Christmas is around the corner and we are so excited! Here in Utah, there are several activities which make the season so fun! So if you’re local, we’ve rounded up our favorite upcoming Christmas activities in Utah. We hope you have a magical season.


Christmas Activities In Utah 2017

* Indicates a Santa will be present.

Cost: Free

November 24th-January 2nd

Salt Lake City

Temple Square located in downtown around the historic LDS temple; The temple grounds which span a block are completely lit with Christmas lights. Be sure to also visit the reflection pool on the east side of the temple as well as the beautiful assortment of Nativities from various cultures. The Cedars of Lebanon Tree will be covered in 75,000 red lights this year – it’s only lit every other year to preserve the tree.  The Christmas Lights at Temple Square attracts thousands of people, LDS and non-LDS. You can find a guide here that can also help you find the schedule of free performances throughout the season.

Cost: Free

November 17th–December 30th


Visit the Riverwoods to enjoy beautiful lights and decorations for the holidays. The annual tree-lighting will be on November 17th beginning at 6pm. There is fire pits, live musical performances, and carraige rides with hot cocoa.

Cost: Free

November 9th–January 1st


The Shops at South Town; This year, the wizarding world of Harry Potter is appearing in Sandy. It’s a shopping experience like you would find at the Harry Potter area of Universal Studios. They’ll have tons of merchandise inspired by the movies and the shopping area itself will look like the wizarding town of Hogsmeade. It’s a must for Harry Potter fans and anyone who’s seen the movies.

Cost: Adults $7.00, Children (2-11) $4.00

November 28th–December 2nd


South Towne Expo Center; Intermountain Health Care’s annual charity event features gorgeous decorated trees, Christmas decorations and playhouses, as well as shops selling homemade gifts and food.

Cost: Adults – $8.95, Children (3-12) –  $6.95

December 1st–31st

Salt Lake City

Hogle Zoo’s wildlife and wild light nights are a fun time to view animals after-hours and enjoy themed light arrangements. They also have crafts or presentations most nights for the kids.

Cost: Adult $17-20, $13-15

November 20th–December 30th


Thanksgiving Point presents amazing light shows every year. Luminaria is a mile-long stroll through a lit-up Aston Gardens. They’ll also have a peaceful Nativity scene outside the collection of bronze statues depicting Christ’s life. Bonus: Breakfast with Santa will be held at Thanksgiving Point on December 2nd, 9th, and 15th.

Cost:  $6-8

November 17th–end of winter

Salt Lake City

Downtown; The lighting of the Christmas tree is on November 29th at 4pm and will be a super fun event. Ice skating is the perfect winter activity and it’s always nice to skate on an outdoor rink.

Cost: Free

November 16 at 7pm

Salt Lake City

City Creek mall; Santa will be present through the Christmas season, but he arrives on the 16th to City Creek. They have glow sticks for all the kids to help direct Santa’s landing. There will also be elves from the North Pole

Cost: $10

November 17–December 30th

Salt Lake City

The Conference Center; Savior of the World is a musical production based on scriptural accounts of Jesus Christ’s life. It’s such a meaningful way to celebrate Christmas, especially for your kids as you teach them the true meaning of Christmas.

Cost: $8/car

November 23-January 1, 2018

Spanish Fork

From 6:00 pm-10:00 pm each night of the festival, you can enjoy a beautiful drive through Christmas light displays while listening to Christmas music on the radio and celebrating the season with your family!

Cost: Free, registration & lottery to get tickets

Lindon, UT

“The Stringtown Polar Express is a miniature train ride for the whole family that leaves the Stringtown Station in Lindon, UT and travels to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. Each guest on the Polar Express will get to visit Santa Claus, tell him what they want for Christmas, and get their picture taken. Santa also sings Christmas songs with the kids, tells a Christmas story, and teaches about the true meaning of Christmas.”

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and enjoy these Christmas activities in Utah. If you are looking for Christmas activities to do at home check out my post below about Christmas activities or some fun craft ideas. Have a very Merry Christmas.



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