Saturday, November 7, 2015

101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

There are so many fun holiday traditions and activities that each family has. Here are some fun activities that you might want to add to your list this holiday season. (Updated for 2015)



There are so many fun holiday traditions and activities that each family has. Here are some fun activities that you might want to add to your list this holiday season.

1.Eat Like a Pilgrim 

November 20,21,23.2015 Eat Like a Pilgrim at Thanksgiving Point. 

2.Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village

From November 20 through December 24, make your way through the paths at Gardner Village enjoying the fun displays and participating in the Elf Scavenger Hunt.


3.Attend the Performance of "Savior of the World" 

"Savior of the World" is a musical production about the Birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Performances run from November 20,2015- January 2,2016. Tickets are required for this event. Evening performances are $8.00 and the Matinee is $5.00.

4.Spanish Fork Festival of Lights 

Starting Thanksgiving Night November 26,2015 through New Year's Jan 1,2016 see the Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork. The cost is $7 per car. According to the website its recommended you listen to 99.9 FM for Holiday Music while you drive through the light displays. 

5.See the Lights at Temple Square 

The lights will be on from the day after Thanksgiving November 27 until New Years Eve December 31.  
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6.Take a Ride on the North Pole Express 

From November 27- December 24 take a ride on the North Pole Express at the Heber Valley Railroad. 

7.Holiday Lights at Thanksgiving Point

November 27- December 28 take a ride through holiday lights. Your ride can be a car, carriage or wagon. What will you choose?


8.Salem Pond Holiday Lights

November 27,2015- January 4,2016 starting at 5:30 each night; the lights will be shut off each night at 11 PM.  There is no charge to see the lights on the pond.

9.The Forgotten Carols 

The Forgotten Carols Christmas Performance by Michael McLean will be in Orem, Utah November 30; Ogden, Utah December 4; and Salt Lake City December 11,12 and 14-19.

10.Take A Christmas Cruise 

December 1st through 23rd take a cruise down the Provo River be sure to use the  $1 off Coupon you can find on clasropes.com.  


Winter in Utah
Winter in Utah

11.Festival of Trees 

This year the festival of trees is celebrating 45 years. The event will run December 2-5,2015 The festival of trees is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and help Primary Children's Hospital  

12.A Swiss Christmas 

December 4 and 5 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm attend an "old fashioned" town party at Midways Historic Town Hall. 

13.See the Living Nativity

See a recreation of the Nativity Scene in Alpine December 3,4,5 & 7.

14.Christkindlmarkt

Utah's German Christmas market at This is the Place Heritage Park December 3-5 .

Christmas Lights - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season


15.Zoolights at Hoggle Zoo

December 3- December 31,2015 each night there are family activities that are included in your admission price.

16.Visit the Angel Statue 

In the book "The Christmas Box" an Angle Statue was introduced by Richard Paul Evans. Now this Monument is in Salt Lake. Each year on December 6 a candlelight healing ceremony is held around the monument.


Temple Square - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season


17.First Presidency Christmas Devotional  

The First Presidency Christmas Devotional will be Sunday December 6 this year. Tickets are sold out for this event but you can watch it online. 

18.Breakfast with Santa

Have a yummy breakfast, play time and holiday crafts with Santa at Discovery Gateway. December 12 and 19.

19.Candlelight Christmas 

Visit This is The Place Heritage Park to take a step back in time and enjoy an enchanting event. 

20.Cemetery Lights 

A tradition in Wallsburg, UT is to put candles on all the headstones on Christmas Eve. 


Snow in Wallsburg Utah
Snow in Wallsburg, Utah 

21.Read Christmas Jars 

Though not specific for Utah reading the novel "Christmas Jars" by Jason F. Wright will change the way you look at Christmas. This story is inspiring and a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

22.Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

This year Laura Osnes and Martin Jarviswill be preforming at the Christmas concert.
Tickets for this concert are by random selection. 

23.Breakfast with Santa 

Breakfast with Santa at Traverse Mountain Saturday December 12. 

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24.Go Ice Skating

 The Ice Skating Rink at the Gallivan Center Opened November 13,2015.


25. DecemberFest

December 19,2015 - January 3,2016 head to The Canyons for fun events and activities. 

26.Cross Country Skiing 

Great places to go Cross Country Skiing are Soldier Hollow, Solitude, Sundance, and Park City

27.Go Tubing!

Soldier Hallow's Tubing Hill is anticipated to be open December 18th.

28. Tour of the Mansion

See the Mansion in all its Holiday Splendor Tuesday and Thursday December 1-17 from 2pm-4pm. 

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29.Go Sledding 

30. Christmas Eve Celebration

Traditional Torchlight Parade and Christmas Eve Celebration December 24 at Park City Mountain Resort. 

31. Wasatch Symphony Holiday Concert


32.Visit the Peppermint Place

Visit The Peppermint Place for some fun holiday treats. 

33. Hear Kurt Bestor 

Live in Park city hear Kurt Bestor December 23,24 & 25

34.Have a Snowball Fight 

35. Utah Valley Handbell Ringers Concert 

To see when a public concert is held view the calendar.

36. Watch A Christmas Movie 

37. See how Candy is Made 

Visit the Peppermint Place in American Fork and see how candy is made. 

Build a Snowman - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

38. Build a Snowman 

39.Try a Pumpkin Spice Steamer (my favorite) at Kneaders 

40.Red Butte Garden 

14th Annual Holiday Open House December 5 and 6

41. Candy Cane Hunt

Kids ages 3-6 years old can hunt for Candy canes Monday December 14 at Draper Historic Park 

42. Christmas In Nauvoo 

Experience Christmas like they did in Nauvoo for FHE 

43. Ice Fishing 

44. Drive Suncrest Highway

See all the homes decorated with Christmas Lights 

45. Go to a Jazz Game

Take the whole family or just send the guys and have a girls day.

46. Visit the Naturally Heated Crater

Its always fun to sit in hot water while its snowing outside

47. Go Caroling 

Holiday To Do List - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

48.Visit a Bookstore 

Deseret Book and Barns and Noble are great place to spend sometime this Holiday season.

49.Build a Snow Cave 

50.Volunteer at the Homeless Shelter 

51. Dickens Christmas Festival 

December 10-12 at the South Town Expo Center

52.Winter Lights Parade 

The Annual Winter Lights Parade is November 27,2015 on Main Street in Spanish Fork from 7-8 pm.

54.Christmas Gift and Craft Show

November 27-28 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds 9am-7pm. 

55. Snowmobiling 

56.Utah County Christmas Expo

November 27 and 28 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo. 

57.Moonlight Madness Sale

Starting at 9pm November 27, 2015 at Traverse Mountain 

Snowboarding - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

58.Go Snowboarding   

59.Santa Parade

November 28,2015 starting at 5pm there will be a parade from Lehi High School to the Main Street Plaza. 

60.Visit Santa

November 28 Santa will be at Thanksgiving Point 

61. Make Chocolates 

62. Park Silly Holiday Bazaar

December 11-13,2015 at the Park City Marriott 

63. Win a Gingerbread house 

Win a Gingerbread house or a decorated Christmas tree at a silent auction. The proceeds go to the Wasatch County Children's Justice Center.

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64. See Santa on the Slopes at The Canyons

December 23 -25 Santa will be on the Slopes at The Canyons delivering candy and treats.

65. Mapleton Christmas Market 

December 4-5 visit the family-friendly Mapleton Christmas Market. This Craft show has handmade items and kids can make a gift for $1 each. 

66.Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing Along

December 18-20 get inspired for the holidays with a holiday-inspired variety show and sing-a-long.

67. Visit Provo's Weihnachts Market

Saturday December 5 from 4-8pm visit this traditional German celebration and enjoy the lights of Center Street. 

68.Santa Comes Down the Town Lift

December 19 starting at 5pm there will be cookies, hot chocolate and after Santa arrives pictures with the happy man. 

69. Santa Run

December 5 in Provo watch the video from the 2014 Santa Run


70.Torchlight Parade

December 24,2015 is Park City's 53rd Annual Torchlight Parade.

71. Do a Fun Run

November 8 draper is having its 6th annual Thanksgiving Crazy Course Fun Run. Prizes include a pair of Utah jazz tickets. 

72. Shop for Sub-for-Santa

73. Attend A Christmas Carol

From December 5-24 attend the production A Christmas Carol at Hale Center Theatre

74. Time Out For Women

November 20-21 in Salt Lake City. 

75.Turkey Bid Bowl 

November 28  from 9AM to 3PM 3v3 Ultimate Tournament.

Merry Christmas - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

76. Music for the Christmas Season 

December 19 Salt Lake Choral Artists will perform "Angels We Have Heard on High: Music for the Christmas Season".

77.Hear an Organ Recital

Monday through Saturday at noon there is a 30 minute organ recital at the Tabernacle on Sundays it is at 2pm.

78. Eat from a Food Truck

Every Thursday from 11am-2pm on Gallivan Ave. 

79. Hear the Bells on Temple Square

November 20-21 from 7:30-9 pm at the Tabernacle. 

80. Listen to a Mormon Tabernacle Choir Rehearsal

Each Thursday from 7:30-9:30 the Choir has Rehearsals that are open to the public.

81.Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 

December 26 and 27 at the Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. 

82. Disney On Ice

November 12,13 and 14 at Energy Solutions Arena.

83. Go to a BYU Basketball Game 

84. Attend the Nutcracker 60th Anniversary 

November 27-28 Ballet West The Nutcracker 60th Anniversary.

Nativity - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

85. Messiah Sing-in

Join the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in singing Handel's Messiah.

86. Stories for a Holiday Season

December 7 Storyteller Donald Davis will share Stories for a Holiday Season

87.Candy Windows

December 4-31 Enjoy the Candy windows of the shops along Towne Center Drive in South Jordan. 

88. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Attend Bugs Bunny at the Symphony 2 December 22 & 23

89. See Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 20-22 at Capitol Theatre 

90. See Macy's Christmas Windows at City Creek

91. Visit Christmas Street

5400 South 3200 West, Salt Lake City.  Neighbors arrange their decorations with stories written on placards
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92. Lighting of Riverwoods 2015

November 20 from 6-9pm. Enjoy live music and entertainment, as well as free carriage rides, face painting and giveaways. 

93. Write a Letter and Send it

The holidays are about giving gifts and thinking of others. Sending a letter is an awesome gift in this world of email and text.

94. Ride the Jingle Bus

The Jingle Bus is a free bus that runs from November 28 through December 28 from 5-10pm 7 days a week. The Bus circulates between The Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza and Capitol Theatre. 

95. Take Family Pictures 

96. Make a Trip Down South

Though not the tropics, with weather that tends to be in the 50's and 60's, St. George will feel warmer than northern Utah. 

97. Trans-Siberian Orchestra 

November 24,2015 at Energy Solutions Arena

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98. Watch 2 Firework shows in 1 night

Hangout at the Provo Towne Centre Mall on New Years Eve, there will be activities and dances for everyone and 2 firework shows. on at 9pm and the other at midnight.

99.New Years at Canyons Village

December 31 enjoy new years eve at the Canyons Village. They will have family friendly activities including sleigh rides and a massive fireworks display. 

100. Attend Five Carols for Christmas and JingleJacks

December 17-19,2015 

101. Spend Time With Those Most Important To You!  


Spend Time With Those Most Important to You - 101 Things to do in Utah this Holiday Season

Add your comment of fun traditions you have in Utah or elsewhere.
Happy Holidays!!
Brian Olsen, WWR 

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