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I have found a lot of fun, cheap and FREE Christmas activities to do in Utah and posted them below. Let me know if you know of any that I missed. I will continue to add as I see more as well. *Updated dec. 4, 2019*
Tree Lighting Ceremonies
(Outlets at Traverse Mountain Tree Lighting (Lehi): November 16 @ 5:30 pm FREE Christmas Cottages open from 2-5 pm.
City Creek Holiday Kick Off (SLC): November 21 @ 6-9 pm FREE
Santa’s Arrival at Station Park (Farmington): November 23 @ 5:30-8 pm. FREE
Layton Holiday Lighting Ceremony: November 25 @ 6-7:30 pm FREE
Manti Light Parade (Manti): November 29 @ Dusk FREE
Spanish Fork Winter Lights Parade: November 29 @ 7:00 pm FREE
Lights on Wakefield Lighting Ceremony: November 29 @6:30-8:30 PM FREE (mascots and Santa come on this night, lights are on every night after)
Midway Tree Lighting Celebration: November 30 @ 6-7 pm FREE
Park City Electric Light Parade: November 30 @ 4-6:30 pm FREE
Ogden City Electric Light Parade & Lighting Ceremony: November 30 @ 5:30 pm FREE
Lights On! Gallivan Center: November 29 @ 4-7 PM. Activities FREE, but skating costs remain. Some fun superhero’s show up too!
Tree of Life (Draper): December 2 @ 6-8 pm FREE
Night of Lights (Herriman): Dec. 2 @ 5-9 pmFREE Lights on at 6:00. Lots of events the rest of the night.
Ogden Christmas Village: Ogden FREE with Santa a holiday Trolley and a train!
Harley Davidson Shop: Ogden FREE
All Those Lights: Ogden FREE
Fantasy at the Bay: Willard Bay
Layton City Lights: Layton FREE
Salt Lake County
Christmas in Color: Located at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan. Use our discount code of “adventureincolor” to save 15% off tickets.
Tree of Life: Draper FREE with Santa!
Lights on Wakefield: West Valley City FREE
Christmas in Cottonwood: Cottonwood Heights FREE
Highland Club Drive: Sandy FREE
Shoop Christmas Lights: Sandy FREE
Bible Street: Sugarhouse FREE
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: SLC FREE
Christmas Street: Sugarhouse FREE
Christmas Street: Taylorsville FREE
Neff Circle Lights: East Millcreek FREE
Temple Square Lights: SLC FREE
Zoo Lights: SLC–bonus: you can ride the carousel and sometimes see a few animals.
Luminaria: Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.
Highland Christmas Lights: Highland FREE
Engh Family Christmas Lights: Saratoga Springs FREE
Lehi Christmas Lights: Lehi (6 different houses very close to each other) FREE
Howlett Family Light Show: Lehi (perfect to add to the lights above)
On the Bright Side: Lehi
Squires Family Christmas Show: Saratoga Springs FREE
Spanish Fork Lights: Spanish Fork
Salem Pond Lights: Salem FREE
Christmas Story Murals: Salem FREE
Shepherd Family Christmas Lights: Spanish Fork FREE
Nativities and Pageants
Night in Bethlehem (Pleasant Grove): November 29- December 2–reserve FREE tickets ahead of time. Canned food or children’s book donation encouraged.
Alpine Living Nativity (Alpine): Not happening in 2019. New location in 2020.
Nativity in the Glen (SLC): Dec. 5 at 6-9 pm. Bring an offering of canned or dry-packaged food for the Utah Food Bank or a monetary donation for The Homeless Youth Center.
Young Living Farm Country Christmas & Live Nativity (Mona): December 14 from 12-6 pm.$5/person.
Jingle Bus (SLC): FREE
North Pole Express (Heber) Nov. 23 – Dec. 23.Ride the Heber Valley Railroad with Santa.
Provo River Cruise (Provo) Dec. 2-23. Take a cruise on the Provo River and Santa rows up in a row boat.
Burger Stop Hayrides (Layton) No hayrides this year, but Santa will still be at Burger Stop for free visitings on Dec. 6 & 7 , 14 & 15, and 20 & 21 from 5-7:00 pm
Christmas Time on the Farm (Riverton) Dec.1-23. Fresh cut Christmas trees, Santa and more!
Santa Sleigh Ride (Midway): Nov. 29- Dec. 23.Take a sleigh ride out to the North Pole and spend some time with Santa. (This sleigh ride moved to Jordanelle Reservoir this year and is called Santa Christmas Lights Ride.) Right now they have a deal on Groupon !
Other Christmas Fun
Picture This Utah (Trolley Square): Nov- Jan. 4: A super fun spot to take holiday photos. New in 2019. Buy tickets for a session before November 23 and tickets are only $8.
Winter Sleigh Ride (Hardware Ranch): Dec.6-Feb.9: The wagon ride takes you next to hundreds of elk. The rides last 25 minutes, and cost;
- Adults (9 and older) — $5
- Children (4 through 8) — $3
- Children 3 and younger — free
You must have your ticket and be in line by 4:30 pm.
Holly Days Festival (Vernal): November 29: A day full of fun, FREE activities throughout the Vernal area including a light parade and fireworks.
Candy Windows (South Jordan): Dec. 2-31 FREE
Macys Candy Windows (SLC): Nov.
21-Jan. 1 FREE
Christkindlmarkt (SLC): Dec. 4 – Dec. 7 FREE
Utah Valley Handbell Ringers (Utah County): Concerts Dec. 2, 5, 10, & 15 FREE
Gardner Village Elves (West Jordan): Nov. 23- Dec.31 FREE
Dickens Christmas Festival (SLC): Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-Dec. 7 (St. George) 10 am-9 pm
Larry H. Miller Christmas Carole Sing Along (SLC): Dec. 16 from 7-8 pm
Candlelight Christmas @ This is the Place Heritage Park (SLC): Dec. 10-23 (M-Sat) $7/adult, $5/child
A Pioneer Christmas @ Provo Pioneer Village (Provo): Dec. 13, 14, & 16 from 6-8:30 pm. $2/person suggested donation.
Nebo Holiday Chorus Messiah: Maple Mountain High (Spanish Fork): Dec. 16 & 18 at 7:30. FREEMonday performance for all ages, Wednesday performance for ages 8+.
Hardware Ranch Wagon Rides Dec. 6, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020 (Fri-Mon). Elk Festival Dec. 7 from 10-2.
Grand America Holiday Windows (SLC): Nov. 26 – Dec. 31 FREE
Evermore Park Aurora: Pleasant Grove, Nov. 29- January 25 (most days in December, weekends in January, no Sundays)
Christmas Town Utah (Helper): Nov. 29 Lights on Ceremony at 6:00 pm. Dec. 6 & 7 are electric light parades at 7:00 pm. Fireworks after the Dec. 7 parade. There are many events and tons of lights in Helper since it is know as Christmas Town Utah.
Christmas Trees–Cut your own! Pick up permits now. Check your local forest station for info! Cost ranges from $10-$20 per tree.