As we approach Thanksgiving, Christmas light displays are going up all over the state. If you’re looking for a way to get into the spirit of the holidays, bundle up the kids, climb in the car and check these out!
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1. Roy City Municipal Building, Roy
VIDEO Walk through a winter wonderland of brightly-lit trees at the Roy City Municipal Building complex, located at 5051 South 1900 West. This year's lighting ceremony takes place on November 21st at 5:30 p.m. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., with a visit from Santa and musical performances from local groups.
2. Temple Square, Salt Lake City
VIDEOIf you've lived in Utah for at least a year, you've surely seen the lights at Temple Square. The tradition began in 1965, and has been a favorite family holiday activity ever since. The LDS Church doesn't know exactly how many twinkle lights grace this space, but the latest guess falls in somewhere just below one million lights. The lights go on this year on Friday, November 25th. Check out this time lapse video of the lights coming on by Mormon Newsroom.
3. Draper City Park, Tree of Life
VIDEO This tree at the Draper City Park is covered in more than 65,000 lights. Join the city for its tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 28th from 6 - 8 p.m. Santa will be there, too. 12500 S. 1300 East, Draper.
4. Kuhn Family Christmas Lights, St. George
VIDEO This Christmas light display won ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight last year, and rightly so! This display includes more than 500,000 lights, a castle, water features, fog and synchronized music. No word yet on what day the family will light up their home this year, but we're waiting with bated breath. 445 W. Heritage Drive, St. George.
5. Zoo Lights, Salt Lake City
This year's Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo is slated to be the biggest and best yet. More than 200 lighted displays make the Zoo festive for the holidays. The zoo is open at night for Zoo Lights from December 1st through the 31st. Tickets range from $6 for children to $8 for adults, with discounts available for seniors. 2600 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City.
6. The Lights On Sherwood Drive, Kaysville
VIDEOLast year's theme was "Star Wars." We can't wait to see what this family has planned for this year's display! The lighting ceremony takes place November 25th at 6:00 p.m. 1098 E. Sherwood, Kaysville.
7. Christmas Village, Ogden
The festivities in Ogden start on November 26th this year, when the Christmas Village opens up. Line up along Washington Blvd. from 22nd Street to 26th Street for the Electric Light Parade. Santa rides on the last float, then he hops off and pushes the switch to turn Ogden's Christmas lights on.
8. Spanish Fork Festival Of Lights, Spanish Fork
This year's festival kicks off on Thanksgiving night and goes through January 1st. Drive through the light display from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night. Located at Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Road, Spanish Fork. Cost is $7 per car (cash or check only).
9. Christmas In Color, Kearns
Christmas in Color is a drive-through holiday light show with over one million lights, synchronized to music. Lights start on November 19th and run through December 31st. Ed Mayne Street, Kearns. Reserve your time slot and buy your tickets in advance by visiting the
10. Christmas in Color, Provo
Christmas in Color's Provo display is one mile long! Book your tickets online now - they go fast. Visit the
to reserve your time slot. 4400 Center Street, Provo.
11. Willard Bay State Park
The lights at Willard Bay State Park run from November 24th through December 31st. 900 W. 650 N., Willard.
12. Luminara at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi
Luminara is an all-new light display at Thanksgiving Point. There aren't many photos available yet, but Thanksgiving Point's website tells us that it's slated to be "a holiday spectacular that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before." Enjoy a mile-long walk with 8,000 programmable luminaries. Visit the
to buy tickets.
13. Burger Stop, Layton
VIDEO Every year for the last 23 years, Burger Stop, Wasatch Rods and Customs Car Club and Layton City collaborate to host hayrides through Layton City Park. The proceeds from ticket sales ($2/Adults, $1/Children) go to local charities. Start with dinner and a visit with Santa at Burger Stop (323 East Gentile Street), then hop on the wagon for a fun ride. Hayrides are held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th,10th, 16th and 17th.
14. Utah's Christmas Town, Helper
Utah's Christmas Town IS Helper, and this little town goes all-out for the holiday. The "Lights On" ceremony takes place Friday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m. at Rio Theatre on Main Street, The Helper Electric Light Parade takes places December 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
What’s your favorite holiday light display in Utah? These are just a few from around the state – which other ones should we include soon?