Utah Christmas Activities List 2016

 We can hardly believe that the holiday season is just about here! Every year we try our hardest to make the season fun and memorable and we hope our list of family friendly events and activities helps you plan your holiday fun!

Our list is constantly being updated throughout the season as we find out about more events, so make sure to check back. If you know of any events we have missed, please leave us a comment or email us the details at utahmomconnection@gmail.com 

Thank you so much, and we hope you have a very happy holiday season! Christmas Activities in Utah 2015

Tree Lightings/Santa Arrivals

November 12: Tree Lighting at Traverse Mountain Outlets
November 18: Riverwoods Lighting
November 19: Santa Arrives at Station Park
November 19: Santa Arrival Parade at Provo Towne Center 
November 21: Layton City Lighting Ceremony
November 25: Temple Square Lighting 
November 25: Lights on Sherwood Drive Lighting and Santa! 
November 25: University Place in Orem- Santa Arrival
November 25: Lights on at Gallivan Center 
November 26: Heber Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony- Midway
November26: Park City Electric Parade 
November 26: Ogden Christmas Village Parade and Lighting
*Utah Mom Connection Favorite
November 28: Bountiful Main Street
November 28: Kaysville City Christmas Light Parade
November 28: Riverton City
December 2: Light the Night- South Jordan
December 3: Lights On! Provo
December 5: Christmas on Onion Street- West Bountiful
December 17: Santa Comes Down Town Lift- Park City



Christmas Lights 

Temple Square
Gallivan Center
Layton City Park
Christmas Village-Ogden
Pond Town Christmas- Salem
Candy Windows- South Jordan
Lights on Wakefield- West Valley City
Lights on Sherwood Drive- Kaysville *a Utah Mom Connection Favorite
Hooper Holiday House
Lights on 1310- Tooele
Christensen and Hymas Light Display 

Cost Money-
Zoo Lights- Hogle Zoo
Zoo Lights- Willow Park Zoo (Dec 16,17,19)
Thanksgiving Point- Luminaria 
Christmas in Color- Provo and Kearns locations
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
Willard Bay Christmas Lights
Provo River Christmas Cruise

Where to see Santa

Santa’s Castle at Christmas Village- Ogden
Santa greets children in his castle Monday through Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Station Park- Farmington
Monday-Saturday : 12:00- 8:00
Sunday: 12:00- 6:00
Santa feeds his reindeer (santa break) for one hour each day. Check cottage for details.

November 12 Through Christmas Eve
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Christmas Eve: 10am – 5pm
Santa Takes A Break To Feed His Reindeer:
Monday – Saturday: 1pm – 2pm and 5pm – 6pm // Sunday: 2pm – 3pm

Burger Stop- Layton
The cutest little burger joint hosts Santa and hayrides around the lights at Layton Park.
Santa is free. Hayrides are $2 for adults, $1 for kids, 5 and under are free!

Santa at Bowman’s

Santa on Town Center- South Jordan
Weekends in December

Saturday with Santa- 
Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center
December 3, 2016

South Davis Rec Center
December 3, 2016 only.

SugarHouse Santa Shack 

Trolley Square- FREE to take photos with. Every child gets a candy cane

11/10/2016         7pm       9pm
11/17/2016         7pm       9pm
11/25/2016         5pm       8pm
11/26/2016         2pm       8pm
12/1/2016            5pm       8pm
12/2/2016            5pm       8pm
12/3/2016            5pm       8pm
12/8/2016            5pm       8pm
12/9/2016            5pm       8pm
12/10/2016         2pm       8pm
12/15/2016         5pm       8pm
12/16/2016         5pm       8pm
12/17/2016         2pm       8pm
12/22/2016         5pm       8pm
12/23/2016         2pm       8pm

Santa at Top Golf
December 17: Cookies and Cocoa with Santa-(first 200 kids playing Topgolf)

Provo Town Center

Vario’s Christmas Tree Lot 
Every Saturday Santa visits the tree lot from open to close! Come get a tree and see Santa too!


Special Santa Events ($)
Afternoon Tea with Santa at the Grand America
Breakfast with Santa at the Grand America
Christmas Village Breakfast with Santa
December 3: Breakfast with Santa- Bountiful Main Street
December 3,10,17: Brunch with Santa at the Sheraton
December 3,10,17: Breakfast with Santa at Thanksgiving Point
December 5,6,7,8: Storytime with Santa- University Place Orem
December 10: Swim with Santa- Clearfield Aquatic Center ($)
December 17: Santa Comes Down Town Lift- Park City
December 17: Breakfast with Santa- Provo Towne Center 

At the Library!

December 3: Taylorsville Library- 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM
December 9: Columbus Library- Frozen Show and Visit with Santa. 3:30-4:30 PM
December 13: Kearns Library- Come for milk, cookies, and Santa! 6:30-8:30 PM
December 19: Riverton Library- Santa Paws and Santa Claus- 10:30-11:30 AM
December 21: Saratoga Springs Public Library 4:00-6:00

Family Experiences

Santa Sleigh Rides- Midway (KSL deal here
Polar Express Train Rides
- Christmas Village in Ogden
Christmas on the Farm- Petersen Family Farm
SantaLand- Cedar City Aquatic Center
Ice Skating at the Gallivan Center ( Discount here)
November 25-Dec 24: North Pole Express- Heber Valley Railroad - ($)
November 25-December 23: Christmas in the Canyon- Tuachan
November 25-December 31: Festival of the Seas- Living Planet Aquarium ($)
November 18-January 29- Ice Skating at Station Park ($)
November 23-December 3: Photos with Reindeer and Sleigh – Willow Park Zoo, Logan.  ($)
November 26-December 3: Reindeer Trek- Willow Park Zoo ($)
December 1-24: Elf Displays & Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village 
December 3-23: Candlelight Christmas- This Is The Place ($)

Special Dates:
November 25: Holly Days- Vernal
November 25-27: Clay Hand Print Ornaments at As You Wish Pottery ($)
November 25: Clara’s Tea Party- hosted by Utah Regional Ballet ($) 
November 19,26 & December 3: Utah Santa Run (different locations) 
December 1,2,3,5: The Living Nativity
December 2-5: Annual Interfaith Creche Exhibit
December 2-3: Live Nativity – University Place Orem
December 2-3: Swiss Christmas
December 3: Holiday Social -Tonaquint Nature Center – St. George 
December 3: Christmas Crafts with Santa- Highland City
December 3: Hoppin’ Holiday Ice Show  ($, under 4 free) 
December 3: Utah Olympic Oval Holiday Festival ($)
December 4: Hanukkah Market 
December 5: Holiday Sing-a-long- Herriman
December 5: Christmas at the Homestead -Cedar City ($)
December 7: Free Family Hayrides- Layton City Park
December 7: Nativity in the Glen
December 9,10,12,13: Live Nativity at Clark Historic Farm 
December 10: Swim with Santa- Clearfield Aquatic Center ($)
December 12: 32 Annual Christmas Carole Sing-a-Long- Vivint Smart Home Arena
December 12: Midway City Town Christmas Party 
December 15-18: Park City Holiday Spectacular Sing-a-Long ($)
December 17: Santa Comes Down Town Lift- Park City
December 17: Winter Solstice Celebration- Red Butte Gardens ($)
December 19: Family Caroling Fest- Bountiful Main Street
December 19: Decorate a Cookie with Mrs. Claus – Scheels
December 21: Surf’s Up With Santa- Layton Surf and Swim
December 24: 54th Annual Torchlight Parade- Park City

Shows and Entertainment 

The Forgotten Carols (varies locations and times)
November 25-Dec 22: It’s a Wonderful Life- Centerpoint Theatre ($)
November 25-Dec 17: Winter Wonderettes- Centerpoint Theatre
November 26-27: Messiah Sing In- Abravenal Hall ($)
November 26-Dec 23: A Fairly Potter Christmas Card ($)
November 17-19: Barlow Arts: The Nutcracker -Covey Center, Provo  ($)
November 20: Annual Community Interfaith Christmas Concert: The Manger of Bethlehem- Layton High School
November 22: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve ($)
December 2-3: At Last Noel-
December 2: A Nashville Tribute Band- Christmas- Kingbury Hall ($)
December 2-26: Ballet West’s The Nutcracker- Capitol Theatre ($)
December 3: Sounds of the Season- Bingham High School-
December 5: 7th Annual Lower Lights Christmas- Kingsbury Hall ($)
December 5: Clearfield Community Choir Christmas Concert
December 9-10: Junie B in Jingle Bells Batman Smells -Park City ($)
December 9-10: Gloria Christmas Concert- Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra ($)
December 9-24: A Christmas Carol- Hale Center Theater ($)
December 9,10,12,15,16,17,19,20: Mountain West Ballet: The Nutcracker ($)
December 11: Park City’s the Nutcracker ($)
December 12: 76th Annual Handel’s Messiah- Orchestra of Southern Utah
December 12: City Orchestra Holiday Concert- Saratoga Springs
December 14: Clearfield Community Band Holiday Concert
December 20: Salt Lake Avenues Annual Holiday Concert 

Festivals and Shopping 

November 16-21: Jubilee of Trees- St. George
November 25-26: Santa’s Workshop-holiday shopping gift show- St. George
November 30-Dec 3: St. George Dicken’s Christmas Festival ($)
November 30- Dec 3: Festival of Trees  ($)
December 1-3: Christkindlmarkt
December 2-4: Utah Winter Faire  ($)
December 2-4: Art Elevated- Holiday art market 
December 2-3: Cottages for the Children Christmas Festival
December 2-3: Homestead Christmas Market (Cedar City)
December 2-6: Weber County Holiday Festival 
December 8-10: Dicken’s Christmas Festival ($)
December 9-10: Cache Valley Winter Gift Market  (canned food or donation)
December 12: 7th Annual Ivory Homes Gingerbread Festival ($….under 2 is free)




  1. Karyn Anderson's Gravatar Karyn Anderson
    November 7, 2016    

    There will be a new family activity called the “ELVZ Academy” at the Zermatt Resort in Midway. It will include rides and activities for all ages. Opening December 9th.

  2. Patricia Garcia's Gravatar Patricia Garcia
    November 8, 2016    

    Don’t forget the capital tree is stopping November 15th from 4-6 pm before it goes to the white house. Smokey the bear and the owl will be there to take pictures with.

    • Patricia Garcia's Gravatar Patricia Garcia
      November 8, 2016    

      I forgot to write in Ogden on 25th street and Washington.

  3. Alisha's Gravatar Alisha
    November 8, 2016    

    The family Christmas gift show is at the South Towne Expo Center this weekend. They have shopping and santa

  4. November 8, 2016    

    The Springville Museum of Art has their Santa’s Art Shop on December 7 at 5 pm. They have art project and crafts for people to do and Santa will be there as well for pictures.

    There will also be a Handbell Ringers concert at the museum on December 11 at 4:30 pm.

    These events at the Museum are free and open to the public.

  5. November 10, 2016    

    Willow Park Zoo in Logan has a bunch of events this holiday season too. Don’t forget Cache Valley!

    • November 11, 2016    

      We didn’t forget them. :) We have Reindeer Trek under Family Experiences and the Zoo Lights under the Lights section.

  6. Tammy's Gravatar Tammy
    November 14, 2016    

    Eagle Mountain had an interfaith creche display lay year. Do you know if they will do it again?

    • Ted's Gravatar Ted
      December 2, 2016    

      Yes, they are having it tomorrow night. My daughter’s choir is singing in it. Open at least 7-8, but probably before and after that as well (that’s just their performance time).

      • Ted's Gravatar Ted
        December 2, 2016    

        Location: Evans Ranch Stake Center
        7250 Porters Crossing Parkway
        Eagle Mountain, Utah
        (This is the church on the east side – there are two churches right by each other.)

  7. Allyssa Zemke's Gravatar Allyssa Zemke
    November 21, 2016    

    There is also going to be a live nativity at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary in South Jordan on December 3 from 5-7 pm. The Waffle Love truck will be there. Also, free hot chocolate, ornament and live animals! Here is the link for more info…

  8. Kelita Modena's Gravatar Kelita Modena
    November 23, 2016    

    Something missing on your list is seven peaks water park. they are doing sledding and fun activities. plus meet Santa .

    During the Christmas holiday season, Pass of All Passes holders get awesome perks once again! Passholders receive one FREE admission wristband per day on all non-blackout dates. Check out the calendar* for hours of operations including blackout dates. Each admission wristband entitles Passholders to the following:
    Three (3) rides down Candy Cane Slopes
    One (1) ride on the Seven Peaks Express
    One (1) ride on the Lazy River Christmas Cruise
    One (1) ride on the Nutcracker Story ride
    One (1) visit with Santa
    Additional admission wristbands may be purchased at the North Pole ticket office. Passholders wanting to purchase additional wristbands receive 50% off the regular $10 admission price.
    *Click here to view our calendar: under the Event Category, be sure to check the “The North Pole at Seven Peaks Waterpark” and “The North Pole at Seven Peaks Waterpark (Passholder blackout dates)” boxes AND under Venues, check the “The North Pole at Seven Peaks” box.
    Lazy River Christmas Cruise: Hop in a boat and float through the Candy Cane Forest as your journey through magical Christmas scenes to the North Pole! Santa and his elves are hard at work getting ready for Christmas Eve! (Recommended for ages 1+)

    • November 29, 2016    

      Thank you! We’ll get it added! I couldn’t find the info for it when I first posted, so I am so glad they are doing it again!

  9. Brooke Shepherd's Gravatar Brooke Shepherd
    December 4, 2016    

    There’s a ballet called A King is Born: A Nativity Ballet in Eagle Mountain and Pleasant Grove on the 7, 9, and 10th. It starts at 6:00 each night. You make a donation to a charity to gain admission. All ages can come and watch the ballet. Here are the locations:
    7th: garden near the green, eagle mountain
    9th: old pg rec center, pleasant grove
    10th: city council chambers, eagle mountain

  10. gina's Gravatar gina
    December 5, 2016    

    Hi i went last year to a beautiful interfaith creche display live nativity and christmas concert in cache valley utah and i cant seem to find info if they are having it again this year, do you have any info about it?

  11. Megan C's Gravatar Megan C
    December 16, 2016    

    Valley Fair Mall and Fashion Place Mall does free pictures with Santa for adults and children with disabilities. :)

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