Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fun Things To Do in Utah

So I tried to get mad because everyone is pushing Christmas on me so early. Christmas carols are playing on the radio the day after Halloween! The stores are fully decorated for Christmas, holiday sales events are in every store and you know what? I'm ready for it! This year for some mad & insane reason I'm thinking to myself, BRING IT ON! I'm am in the holiday spirit & ready to go!
Listed below are a bunch of fun things to do for the holidays in Utah!
So quite fighting it, Christmas is almost here so enjoy & spend some quality time with your family doing some quality challenge to you is to make this a Christmas to remember!

A Christmas Carol

  • A Christmas Carol - Adaptation of Charles Dickens' glorious story. Ticket Prices: Mon.-Thurs. & All Matinees: Adult $21, Child $16 - Friday & Saturday Evenings: Adult $23, Child $17 Venue: Hale Centre Theatre 3333 Decker Lake Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah Contact: 801-984-9000

Christmas Carole Sing a Long

  • Annual Christmas Carole Sing-Along returns to the Delta Center. Join Robert C. Bowden and his Orchestra as they lead you through all of your favorite carols. 7:00PM Monday, 19 December 2005

  • Ticket Prices: $0 - Delta Center - 301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah (801) 325-SEAT

Elves Arrive at Gardner Village

  • North Pole elves are back for the holidays to fill your heart with delight. The collection of pointy-eared, industrious elves will charm you as they tinker away, building a gingerbread house, stringing lights and more. Grab the camera and kids and capture the magic of the season in photos.

  • Nov. 18 - Dec. 31 Phone: 566-8903

More Fun

  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert, 801-240-0080
    • "First Night" New Year's Eve Gala, SLC, Ogden,Provo, 801-359-5118
    • Annual Dicken's Christmas Festival, 801-621-2687
    • The Nutcracker Ballet, 801-355-ARTS

Festival of Trees
What: Primary Children's Medical Center benefit
Where: South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State
When: Nov. 30-Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
How much: At the door: $4 adults; $2.50 children (3-11) and senior citizens; Wednesday is family night (six immediate family members admitted for $13); discount tickets available at Zions Bank branches
Also: Windows at the downtown Meier & Frank will be unveiled Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.

Nativity Events / Celebration in Kaysville, Utah
What: Nondenominational community event features more than 300 Nativity scenes from around the world, children's hands-on activities, display of vintage quilts and dolls, a live Nativity, and a variety of groups in concert including the Beehive Statesmen and the Wasatch Bell Ringers.
Where: Historic Kaysville Tabernacle, 198 W. Center St.
When: Nov. 25, 2-9 p.m.; Nov.26, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
How much: Free; children must be accompanied by an adult

Contact Info: Julie 546-2772 & Chloe 544-3537

Temple Square Lights
What: The lights will be turned on every night through Jan.1
Where: Temple Square and Main Street Plaza
When: Initial lighting will occur Nov. 25, 2005 at dusk (approximately 5:03PM)
How much: Free

Jewish Arts and Food Festival
What: Experience Jewish and Middle Eastern culture by entering a traditional Middle Eastern outdoor market featuring falafel, latkes and other traditional Jewish foods; art booths; holiday shopping; storytelling in Bedouin tents; children's art yard; entertainment; book fair.
Where: Jewish Community Center, 2 North Medical Drive Dr.
When: Dec. 4, noon-5 p.m.
How much: $1 suggested donation
Contact:; 581-0098

Christmas Around the World Festival
What: World cultures including the Swiss chorus Edelweiss, World Harmony Youth Choir, the Irish Pipers, Basque Dancers, Ziveo - a specialist in the music of the Balkan region.
Where: Riverton Art Museum, 1640 W. 13200 South
When: Dec. 7-10; call 253-3020 for hours
How much: Free, although donations are accepted

Candlelight Christmas
What: Old Deseret Village takes on a holiday air in a celebration that looks back to the past.
When: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19, 20; 6-9 p.m.
Where: This Is The Place Heritage Park
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children and seniors
Information: 582-1847;

Old Fashioned Christmas
What: Experience Holiday music, old-time stories and poems
When: Dec. 9; 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Memorial Museum, 300 North Main Street, Salt Lake City
Cost: Free
Information: 532-6479

Toys For Tots
What: Come to a drop-off point for new (unwrapped) toys for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. This venue will feature comic book professionals Derek Hunter, Bill Galvan, Ryan Ottley, Rachel Hunter and Nathan Shumate as well as real heroes from our armed forces and local service agencies.
When: Dec. 3; 1 p.m.
Where: Dragons Keep Comic and Game Emporium, 131 N. University Ave., Provo
Cost: Free
Information:; 801-373-3482

Holiday Lights at Thanksgiving Point
What: A feast for the eyes as you drive past holiday themes displayed in lights.

When: Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 5:30-10 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Christmas)
Where: thanksgiving Point in Lehi
Cost: $7 per car
Web:; 801-768-2300

Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
What: Drive through a wonderland of lights complete with animated structures with many new displays this year. A land of enchantment for children.
When: Thanksgiving Day-New Year's Day, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Canyon View Park (From I-15 take U.S. 6 east toward Price approximately 4 1/2 miles. Turn right at the Little Acorn Drive-In.)
Cost: $5 per car; pay at the gate

Christmas Celebration in the Wasatch Mountains
Midway events for Christmas

750 Nativity scenes from around the world, a Fontanini Bethlehem scene, live music, children's activity room.
Where: 165 N. Center St., Midway
When: Dec. 2-5; 11 a.m.-8p.m.
How much: Free
Contact: e-mail

Swiss Christmas

Tuacahn Amphitheatre will be aglow for its Festival of Lights Nov. 25-Dec. 23.

When: Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Where: Midway Town Hall, 125 W. Main St., Midway Street
Cost: Free
Information: e-mail

Cottages for Children auctions handmade gingerbread houses to benefit the Children's Justice Center in Wasatch and Summit Counties.
When: Dec. 2, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 135 W. Main St., Midway
Cost: Free
Information: e-mail

Manti Light Parade
What: Movie at 2 p.m.; Light Parade begins at 6 p.m.; community party from 6:15 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Main Street and the high school gym
When: Nov. 25
How much: Free
Contact: 435-835-2401

Sanpete Holiday Home Show
What: Visit homes beautifully decorated for the holidays, many of which are restored pioneer-era homes, in this benefit for Sanpete Valley Hospital.
Where: Mount Pleasant and surrounding area
When: Dec. 3, 2-8 p.m.
How much: $5 in advance, $7 day of the event

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
What: Works by local artists, a bake sale and a visit by Santa, sponsored by Z-Arts! (Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council)
Where: Rockville Community Center (Rockville is near Springdale, which is near Zion National Park)
When: Nov. 25, noon-4 p.m.; Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
How much: Free

Trees for Charity
What: Decorated Christmas trees are auctioned off to benefit local charities.
Where: Imperial Auto Show Room, 1180 W. Highway 40, Vernal
When: Nov. 25 and 26, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nov. 27, noon-5 p.m., and the auction Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
How much: Free, except the auction Monday night, which is $15 at the door.
Contact: 435-789-1352

Christmas Town Festival
What: Electric Light Parade (7 p.m. each night), chili dinner (4-7), Christmas variety show at the Rio Theater (5:30 p.m.), fireworks Saturday night following the parade.
Where: Helper
When: Dec. 2, 3 2-3
How much: Nominal charge for chili dinner

Festival of Lights - Tuacahn
What: The desert near Ivins comes alive with lights — on buildings, trees and bushes; live Nativity at 7 and 8 p.m.; performances by local musical groups on the Tuacahn plaza at 6:30, 7:30 and/or 8:30 p.m.
When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23; 6-9 p.m.
How much: Free
Also: "Christmas in the Canyon" holiday concert in the Tuacahn Amphitheatre; Dec. 2; $15.50; 435-652-3300

Electric Light Parade
What: Lighted floats travel along Main Street
Where: Moab
When: Dec. 3, dark
How much: Free
Contact: 435-259-7814
Also: Crafts fair Dec. 2 at the Moab Senior Center; another crafts fair Dec. 3 at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Frontier Christmas
What: Activities from the early twentieth century, including trimming the tree and other holiday traditions; making crafts (adults and kids) at Santa's workshop (minimal cost); music of the season performed by local children's groups; sleigh or wagon rides. Bringing a gift or food for needy families is also encouraged.
Where: American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Highway 89-91, Wellsville
When: Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
How much: Free
Contact: 800-225-3378;

Salt Lake Family Christmas Show

  • Friday through Sunday November 11 through November 13 at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. Over 400 exhibits and thousands of gift ideas. This special Christmas event provides holiday entertainment, gift buying, and specialty gourmet foods and sampling

  • Adults: $7.50 Children 14 and under: Free

Gingerbread House Festival at Thanksgiving Point

  • Gingerbread House Festival is a fun, family event with food, fun, a festival store and sports celebrities and mascots waiting to have their picture taken with you, November 11-12, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • Nov 10 to 12 09:00 AM at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah

Festival of Angel Holiday Boutique

  • Festival of Angels Holiday Boutique features 60 artisans and crafters from 3 states, Santa photos at special times, entertainment, food and lots of fun. The Festival is free to the public and advance tickets are available for a Breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning. Come get some of your holiday shopping done early in a fun atmosphere. Proceeds benefit needy families throughout the year. November 11th is Family night with Tacos and Santa. Hours of operation are as follows: Nov. 11th 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Nov. 12th 8:30am - 4:30 pm, and Nov. 13th 9:00am - 1:00pm. The INDOOR event is held at the Skaggs Catholic Center in Draper at 11800 S and 300 E. and is FREE to the public. Just a few blocks from the South Towne Expo Center.


  1. We should do some of these things together! Fun fun FUN!! I was singing along happily to Christmas carols yesterday too. :)

  2. These are last year's dates. The page you copy-pasted this from was from 2008, and I don't know if Riverton is even hosting the around the world festival this year.

  3. Great list! For fun things to do all year I like going to Pirate Island in Orem. They have Karaoke nights, Salsa Dancing, and other fun events; Plus they have an arcade and jungle gym type thing for my kids.


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