This is such a fun time of year! I love getting out with my kids and trying to do as many fun activities as possible. We have created a huge list of Christmas activities in Utah for you to look through so you can find some things to do with your family as well. We have divided everything into three sections. FREE Christmas activities in Utah, Paid Christmas activities in Utah, and City Celebrations.
FREE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES IN UTAH
There is so much to do in Utah during the holidays. These free Christmas activities in Utah will be sure to keep your family busy all of December. Be sure to plan ahead because even some of the free events require tickets. Christmas activities in Utah are always fun – but are usually cold so be sure to dress accordingly.
Red Butte Gardens Holiday Open House & Art Fair (Salt Lake City, Utah)
December 4 & 5, 2021 – Free Garden admission thanks to Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP)
Lights at Temple Square (Salt Lake City, Utah)
11/26/21-1/1/22 from 9 am to 9 pm daily – Free
Santa’s Art Shop at the Springville Museum of Art (Springville, Utah)
12/08/21 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Free
Holiday Stroll at the Grand America (Salt Lake City, Utah)
11/1/21-12/31/21 – check site for times – Free
2021 Festival of Trees – Virtual
November 30, 2021 at 6 pm (Free and Paid)
Utah Cultural Celebration Center Winter Concert Series (West Valley City, Utah)
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2021 – Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm – Free
Elf Displays and Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village (West Jordan, Utah)
11/20-12/31, 2021 – Check site for times – Free
Live Nativity at University Place (Orem, Utah)
12/10/21 – 6 pm to 8 pm – Free
Holiday Open House at Ogden Nature Center (Ogden, Utah)
December 3, 2021 – 9 am – 5 pm and December 4, 2021 – 9 am – 4 pm – Free
The North Pole (North Ogden, Utah)
12/20-12/23 – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Free (Light show, hot chocolate, Santa, Live Nativity)
Annual Christmas Carole Sing-Along at Vivint Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)
December 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm – Free
(COVID-19 VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE TEST (WITHIN 72 HOURS) REQUIRED FOR ENTRY FOR 12+)
Christmas Celebration at the Shops at Riverwoods (Orem, Utah)
Santa visits M-Sa, Ice Sculpture Nights on Mondays, Concert Nights on Thursdays, Free Christmas Carousel M-Th, and Christmas lights nightly. See site for times.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Riverton, Utah)
11/30 – 12/31, 2021 – 6-9 p.m. nightly
The Lights Before Christmas (Layton, Utah)
11/22 – 12/31. The lights turn on each night from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 437 N Wasatch Dr, Layton, UT.
We Need A Little Christmas (Layton, Utah)
December 2 at 7 p.m and December 4 at 7 p.m. Check site for locations.
Utah Valley Handbell Ringers Concerts (various locations around Utah valley)
12/1 (Springville), 12/6 (Provo), 12/9 (American Fork), 12/12 (Springville), 12/16 (Lindon)
Lite Brite Nite (Orem, Utah)
Thursdays from November 19-December 17. 6 pm – 8 pm.
Light the Night Luminary Festival (St. George, Utah)
December 3rd from 5-8 pm at the St. George Art Museum
Nativity in the Glen (Salt Lake City, Utah)
December 3, 5:30 – 9 pm (1035 S. 1500 E. Salt Lake City)
PAID CHRISTMAS EVENTS AROUND UTAH
With so many Christmas Activities in Utah, you will want to plan the new few weeks so you can make sure you get the tickets you need for any events that are requiring them. Don’t feel overwhelmed. Just look at the different options and pick what your family would enjoy the most.
The Best Thing About Christmas Musical (West Valley City, Utah)
Friday, December 10 and runs through Saturday, December 18 – check site for times and pricing
North Pole Festival (Sandy, Utah)
November 26 – January 2 at Rio Tinto Stadium – check site for times and pricing
Christmas in Color (South Jordan, Utah)
11/19/21-1/1/22 – check site for times and pricing
The Forgotten Carols (various locations in Utah)
11/29 – 12/22 – check site for times and pricing
Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express (Heber, Utah)
Runs from 11/22/21-12/23/21 – check site for times and pricing
Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point (Lehi, Utah)
November 18, 2021 – January 1, 2022 – check site for time and pricing
Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo (Salt Lake City, Utah)
December 3-23 and 26-31 from 5:30pm-9:00pm each night – check site for pricing
Christmas Cruise on the Provo River (CLAS Ropes Course, Provo Utah)
12/1 – 12/23 – see site and times for pricing
A Christmas Carol at Hale Center Theater (Sandy, Utah)
11/29 – 12/27 – check site for tickets
The Nutcracker Show at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (Ogden, Utah)
12/2/21 – 12/18/21 – see site for times and pricing
Snowball Express Trail Ride at Gardner Village (West Jordan, Utah)
Saturdays during November and December from 11 am to 7 pm – $4 per person
Festival of the Seas at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (Draper, Utah
Nov 26 – Dec 30, 2021 – see site for times and pricing
Fantasy at the Bay Christmas Lights (Willard Bay, Utah)
November 26 – December 30, 2021 – see site for times and pricing
Festival of Lights (Spanish Fork, Utah)
Nov 25, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022 – see site and times for pricing
Midway Ice Castles (Midway, Utah)
Opens Jan 2022 – see site and times for pricing
Live Nativity at the J. Reuben Clark Historic Farm (Grantsville, Utah)
December 11 & 13 from 6 pm – 8:30 pm. see site and times for pricing
Candlelight Christmas at This is the Place Heritage Park (Salt Lake City, Utah)
12/7 – 12/23, Mon-Sat, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. see site and times for pricing
Light Walk at Liberty Park (Salt Lake City, Utah)
12/3 – 12/18 from 5 pm -10 pm. see site and times for pricing
Christmas at Cross E Ranch (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Nov. 26th – Dec. 30th. 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. see site and times for pricing
Holiday Tunnels at the Shops at South Town (Sandy, Utah)
11/15 – 12/31. 6 pm – 11:59 pm. see site and times for pricing
Festive Fridays at Wheeler Farm (Murray, Utah)
11/26 – 12/17 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. see site and times for pricing
Evermore Park Aurora Winter Festival (Plesant Grove, Utah)
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23. 6 pm – 10 pm. see site and times for pricing.
Alpine Living Nativity (Alpine Utah)
December 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 various times. See site for times and pricing.
Zootah Zoo Lights (Willard, Utah)
11/27 – 12/18 various dates and times. See site for times and pricing.
Holiday Sleigh Rides on the Farm (Wellsville, Utah)
December 4, 11, 18| December 20-23 | December 27-January 1 10:00am-4:00pm. See site for times and pricing.
Rockin Reindeer Ranch Tours (Ogden, Utah)
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – November 26th thru December 23rd. See site for times and pricing.
George S Eccles Dinosaur Park Frozen In Time (Ogden, Utah)
December 3,4, 10 and 11. Ticketed timed entry 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30. See site for pricing.
Live Nativity at Nature Hills Farm (Cedar City, Utah)
Monday December 6 & 13, 2021 6-8pm
Taking part in the City Celebrations is a great way to experience different Christmas activities in Utah and not have to pay very much. Each of these is packed with fun things to do and most of it is free or very inexpensive. Have you been to more than one? Which of these Christmas activities in Utah is your favorite?
Layton Holiday Lighting Ceremony (Layton, Utah)
The Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held Monday, November 22, 2021. The lights will turn on at 7:00pm in the Layton Commons Park. The City Holiday light display is open daily from November 22 through December 31. The lights turn on each night from 5:00 – 11:00 pm.
Christmas Village 2021 (Eagle Mountain, Utah)
Eagle Mountain Christmas Village 2021 is on December 4 , 2021 from 5 PM – 9 PM at Cory Wride Park.
Meet Santa and his live reindeer, drop off a letter and get one mailed to you, blacksmith demo, petting zoo, mini pony rides, vendors, food trucks. Most items are free.
Light Parade and Ogden Christmas Village (Ogden, Utah)
Watch the Electric Light Parade that fills Washington Boulevard from 22nd Street to 26th Street. The parade is full of elaborate floats, sensational themes, and fantastic performers. Starts at 5:30 pm on November 27, 2021.
The 2021 Odgen Christmas Village will be November 27, 2021, through January 1, 2022. Christmas Village illuminates Ogden’s downtown area with magnificent displays and holiday lights every year. Spectators find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.
Christmas Village is free for all visitors. Lights are turned on daily from 5 pm until midnight. Parking can be found either on the street or in the Municipal Bldg. parking lot. (2549 Washington Blvd.) located off of 26th Street.
Santa’s Arrival at Station Park (Farmington Utah)
Join us Friday, November 26 from 9-11AM as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via the Colliers International helicopter and then escorted by Young Automotive Group to Santa’s Cottage. There will be musical entertainment, holiday characters, face painting, balloon artists, vendor booths, and more! Santa’s Arrival presented by Colliers International and Young Automotive Group.
Clearfield City Tree Lighting & Arts Center Open House (Clearfield, Utah)
Nov 29, 2021 at 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm (Mon) – Kick off the holiday season at our annual tree lighting celebration. Come meet Santa and write him a letter. All letters written at the event will get a personal response! This year’s tree lighting is combined with the opening of our renovated Arts Center. After the tree is lit, visit Santa in the new Arts Center, decorate an ornament, and watch local performers.
Kanab Christmas Light Parade and Festival (Kanab, Utah)
November 27, 2021 6:30 pm – Go and enjoy Donuts and Hot Cocoa, the Tree Lighting, Light Parade, and then the Lantern Launch.
Tree Lighting Ceremony Tree of Life (Draper, Utah)
November 29, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Kick-off the holiday season with Draper City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Arrive early to see Santa and special guests light the 65,000 holiday lights just after 6 pm. Bundle up and share in the Holiday Cheer! Meet Santa, get hot chocolate and cookies, pony rides, and marshmallow roasting. All activities and entertainment are free.
Pond Town Christmas (Salem, Utah)
Pond Town Christmas runs from November 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022. The hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free to the public.
Christmas in the Canyon Tuacahn Theaters (St. George, Utah)
From NOV 26 – DEC. 23 you can celebrate Christmas at Tuacahn this holiday season! With over 250,000 twinkling lights, a live nativity show, train rides, open fire, and a visit with Santa Claus, you don’t want to miss Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon event! There is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon. Tuacahn’s Cafe will be open for dinner and treats! There are small fees for some of the activities. Open from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony (Tooele, Utah)
Join Mayor Winn as she lights the Downtown Tree in Veterans Memorial Park to kick off the holiday season in Tooele City! Monday November 29, 2021 at 6 pm at Veterans Memorial Park.
Holly Days Parade of Lights (Vernal, Utah)
Come participate in the Annual Parade of Lights Celebration. Rocky Mountain Power is sponsoring the event this year, with huge prizes for the winners. The parade is Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm.
Peteeneet Santa Dash and Christmas Lighting (Payson, Utah)
On November 26, 2021 at 5 pm, you can join the Santa Dash and then come back at 6 pm for the Christmas lighting. There will be complimentary hot chocolate and donuts. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local pantry.
Herriman Night of Lights 2021 (Herriman, Utah)
November 29, 2021 at 6 pm. Ring in the season at J. Lynn Crane Park with the annual Night of Lights. We invite Santa and Mrs. Claus, experience musical performances, play games, make crafts, ice skate, and soak in the holiday spirit.
Santa’s Grand Arrival at University Place (Orem, Utah)
A long standing tradition here at University Place, come and welcome Santa Clause as he makes an unforgettable entrance! There will be live entertainment and refreshments served while we all wait for the big guy to land in his helicopter. (event will be on the south-west corner of University Place. In front of Tucano’s Brazilian Grill)
Takes place on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at 09:30 am.
Winter Lights Parade (Spanish Fork, Utah)
Nov 27, 2021, at 07:00 pm – On the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving Main Street in Spanish Fork is lit up with festive floats and wagons as part of the Winter Lights Parade and event sponsored by the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses, families, and other groups participate in the parade each year with the parade attracting entries such as hay wagons, city floats, horse riding clubs, marching bands, and city royalty. The parade ends with a visit from Santa Claus who rides through the city on his sleigh. After the parade, there is a tree-lighting ceremony held at the city building and Santa is available to visit and take pictures with the children.
All is Bright Downtown Lighting Ceremony 2021 (Cedar City, Utah)
November 27 – The ceremony will take place from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm and Lights on at 6:00 pm all in front of the Cedar City Offices (10 N Main St, Cedar City). Usher in the Christmas season at the 3rd Annual Cedar City Historic Downtown Lighting Ceremony. Join us as we turn on the lights in Historic Downtown with a holiday feast for the senses with music, hot cocoa, and a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Christmas in Downtown 2021 (Logan, Utah)
November 27, 2021, Christmas In Downtown Logan. Watch Santa’s Arrival Parade on Historic Center Street. Then the Logan Tree Lighting Festival of Lights at the Center Street Plaza. You can see them Unveil Candy Ornaments by the Bluebird Candy Company, and even visit with Santa at the Utah Theatre.
Midway Tree Lighting (Midway, Utah)
Kick off the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at the Midway Town Square. Festivities include holiday entertainment, hot cocoa and Suss cookies, Live reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus, old fashioned candy and peanut bags, Tree Lighting ceremony and fireworks, plus bring a canned food item for discounted ice skating at the Midway Ice Skating rink. Lights will turn on at 6:30 pm sharp – dress warm. We hope you will join us for this fun Christmas kick-off celebration.
Christmas in the Country 2021 (Parowan, Utah)
Santa’s Parade | 10:00 am on Parowan Main Street. Candlelight Walking Parade | 6:00 pm on Parowan Main Street. Line up at 500 North Main. *The public is invited to bring their own light/candle and join the parade* Town Lighting Ceremony | 6:15 PM in the Parowan Town Square.
Lindon Light the Night 2021 (Lindon, Utah)
November 29, 2021 6:30 pm – Join us for the first ever, Light the Night, a short kickoff event for the, “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Lindon City Center Park 200 N State Street. Musical Performance By: Yahosh Bonner. Christmas Lights, Story Pathway, Letters to Santa, Refreshments
December 1, 2021 5:45 pm – Santa Parade
December 6, 2021 – 6 pm – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 11, 2021 – 10 am – Santa Extravaganza
Helper Electric Light Parade 2021 and Lights On Festival (Helper, Utah)
November 26, 2021 – 6 pm – Lights on Ceremony
December 3 and 4, 2021 – 4 pm – 7pm – Chili Dinner
December 4, 2021 – 8 am – 11 am – Breakfast with Santa
December 3 and 4, 2021 – 7 pm – Electric Light Parade
December 4, 2021 – Christmas Fireworks (after Parade)
Park City Electric Light Parade (Park City, Utah)
Saturday December 4th, 2021, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Who doesn’t love a good light display? This event combines the best of all worlds with all the lights you could see in one place, in addition to numerous restaurants that call for dinner and a show! We can’t wait to see you there!
Heber City Tree Lighting Ceremony (Heber, Utah)
Friday, December 3, 2021. 75 N Main. 6:30- 8:30 pm – Mark your calendar to attend an Old-Fashioned Christmas and the Heber Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event is free to the public. Expect music, yummy hot cocoa and a very special visitor from the North Pole.
Light the Night (South Jordan, Utah)
December 3 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. – Don’t miss out on this spectacular winter event! Light the Night is one of our biggest and most popular events of the year. Enjoy the lights, the sites, sounds, and smell of warm cookies and hot chocolate. Tree Lighting • Candy windows • Cookies & Hot Cocoa • Live Music • Santa • Gingerbread House Competition • Craft at the Library • Find the Elves • Letters to Santa • Wagon Rides. 1600 W. Towne Center Dr.
You can also visit Santa on Dec 3 and 4, 10 and 11, 17 and 18. (details here)
Santa is coming to West Jordan (West Jordan, Utah)
Santa is coming to West Jordan! Watch him roll past your house in a West Jordan Fire Truck! He’ll be stopping at four local parks to pass out some sweets and treats!- Veterans Memorial Park (8000 S Redwood Rd, near Wild West Jordan Playground)- Grizzly Park (5200 W 7530 S)- Ron Wood Park (5900 W New Bingham Hwy, near the splash pad)- Browns Meadow Park (2490 W 9160 S).
Saratoga Springs Christmas Tree Lighting (Saratoga Springs, Utah)
Monday November 29, 2021 – 6:30 pm – Kick off the Holiday season by joining us for the 13th annual Saratoga Springs Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa, crafts for the kids and musical entertainment. You can also drop off your letter to Santa in his mailbag when you stop by to visit with him. Food Trucks will be there for you to purchase a treat: Kona Ice (hot Chocolate), Clark’s Malasadas and Waffle Love
Tree Lighting & Wreath Festival (Mapleton, Utah)
Mon., November 29 at 6pm – Come enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, carols being sung by a choir, Christmas lights, and welcome Santa Claus. There will be something for everyone at this traditional, festive, community celebration with s’mores, hot chocolate, food trucks, and roasted chestnuts. Kids from one to 92 are invited to write a letter to Santa and deliver it that night to his special mailbox.
Christmas in Dixie – Christmas Tree Lighting (Washington City, Utah)
11/29/2021 – 6:00 pm – Come join us at 6 pm for the annual tree lighting celebration! There will be free doughnuts and wagon rides to the Covington Home for Santa Visits! Make sure to bring the entire family for this holiday kick-off event!
Christmas Tree Lighting 2021 (Hurricane UT)
11/29/2021 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Our Christmas Tree lighting festival is coming. Join us in this ONE NIGHT celebration where we will light the City Christmas tree! We will also have Santa, a Live Nativity, beautifully decorated Christmas trees for auction and shopping at the festival market.
2021 Kamas Winterfest (Kamas, Utah)
Hot Chocolate, Caroling hayrides around town, Santa, Christmas music, and Tree lighting ceremony.
2021 Light the Heights: Tree lighting and sing-along (Cottonwood Heights City Hall)
Monday, Nov. 29, from 6 – 7:30 p.m – Join us for a tree lighting and sing-along with Santa at City Hall. You can get dinner from Nana’s Sonoran Hotdogs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., enjoy free hot chocolate and a musical performance from 6-7 p.m., and watch the tree lighting and sing with Santa at 7 p.m.
If we missed anything please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us at lovebugsandpostcards@gmail .com!
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This Christmas Activities in Utah post was updated 12/4/2021.