One of the best things about the holiday season is all the beautiful lights and decorations. Here are just 16 of the offerings around the state.
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1. Temple Square, Salt Lake City
VIDEO35 acres covered in lights. Now through January 3rd. Free.
2. Thanksgiving Point, Lehi
VIDEODrive through Holiday Lights 6-10 p.m. from now until December 28th (closed Sundays). Cars with up to 12 passengers cost $10; larger vehicles, $25. This is the last year to drive through the Holiday Lights display at Thanksgiving Point (they’re moving the lights to the gardens next year).
3. This is the Place Heritage Park
Visit the past at This is the Place Heritage Park. Old-fashioned decorations, carolers and homemade Christmas crafts. $11 for adults; $8 for children (ages 2 and under free).
Utah's Christmas town. Check out the lights on Main Street.
5. Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City
VIDEO Animated light displays, a 135-foot lighted tunnel (with hologram glasses for guests), hot cocoa and other treats. Zoo Lights runs now through December 31st (closed Christmas Day). Open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Adults $7; kids and seniors $5. Thursday. Get a voucher from Wendy’s for $3 admission every Thursday night.
6. Christmas Street, Taylorsville
VIDEOEvery year this neighborhood in Taylorsville celebrates the season with tons of lights and decorations. Each yard tells a page from the Night Before Christmas. Start at 3310 W. Royal Wood Drive.
7. Christmas in Color, Kearns
VIDEOThis new drive-through light display created by Richard Holdman boasts almost 1 million lights. Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. ($20 per car); Friday, Saturday and Christmas week 5:30 to 11 p.m. ($25 per car). Closed Sunday. Buy your ticket in advance; they’re sold in 30 minute increments - you’ll need to arrive during your reservation time. Ed Mayne Street in Kearns (next to the Olympic Oval).
8. Jingle Bus, Salt Lake City
Ride the free hop on/hop off Jingle Bus downtown for a tour of Christmas Lights including Gallivan Center, Temple Square, Gateway, City Creek and Capitol Theater. The bus runs from 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
9. Tuacahn Amphitheater, St. George
Christmas in the Canyon offers lights and music. The Live Nativity is presented in the amphitheater at 7 and 8 p.m. ($2 per person; $15 per family up to 10 people). Open on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
10. Ice Castles, Midway
VIDEOIncredible ice sculptures and lights. The Ice Castles won’t open until January, but they’re still worth a mention here (they'd make a great post-Christmas activity for the whole family). Open from January through March, from 3 pm. Closed Sunday. 2002 Soldier Hollow Road, Midway.
11. Lights on 1310, Tooele
Three homes with more than 70,000 lights set to synchronized music. Drive over to enjoy 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5:30 to 11 p.m. weekends. 426 E. 1310 N. Tooele.
12. Willard Bay State Park
Drive-through Christmas lights from your car or a wagon ride. Through December 31st; $10 per vehicle.
13. Ogden City Christmas Village
VIDEOVisit through January 1st. and wander through the Santa’s Christmas Village with adorable little cottages. Stop in at Santa’s Castle for a visit with The Man.
14. CLAS Ropes Provo River Cruise
VIDEOTake a Christmas Cruise on the Provo River with Santa. The lights reflecting off the water are beautiful! $8 per person.
15. Salem Pond Town Christmas
Through January 4th. From 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. nightly.
16. Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
VIDEOListen to holiday music while you drive through this display. Nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. $7 per car; $20 for large passenger vans. Canyonview Park 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd.
Does your town have a cool holiday light display? Add a photo or video to our comments section!