Utah December 03, 2016
10 Winter Festivals In Utah That Are Simply Unforgettable
Utahns were spoiled this year – we experienced balmy temperatures through much of October and November. Now, the chilly, snowy winter weather has arrived. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Take a look at these 10 winter festivals and put a few on your calendar now!
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1. Festival of the Seas, Draper
November 25th - December 31st
The Living Planet Aquarium is decked out for the holidays in lights and holiday decor. Visit Santa for photos and watch him dive with the sharks for three weekends, beginning December 3rd and 4th. For a full calendar of events,
2. Dickens Festival, Sandy
December 8th - 10th
If you missed the Dickens Festival in St. George, you can still catch the festival in Sandy. Wander through the Old World shops, check out the entertainment, enjoy live music and more. For a complete listing of all events and more information,
3. Elk Festival, Hyrum
This year's Elk Festival takes place at Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, December 10th. Visit with mountain men, create some crafts, and take a hayride amongst the 250 or so elk that winter here every year. Hayrides are $5 for passengers 9 and up; $3 for ages 3-8; Free for toddlers. Here is
Hardware Ranch’s Website
for more details and driving directions.
4. Winter Solstice Celebration at Red Butte, Salt Lake City
Celebrate the Winter Solstice this year at Red Butte Garden, where you can make a wish on the Yule log, take a walk through the winter garden and cozy up to a warm fire with a hot drink. Get more details
5. Snowfest, Park City Resort
December 17 - January 1st
Park City Resort doesn't mess around when it comes to celebrating winter in Utah. In addition to some great skiing, this festival offers 16 days of music and entertainment.
for all the details.
6. EVE WinterFest, Downtown Salt Lake City
December 26th - 31st
In Salt Lake City, we don't just celebrate New Years' Eve - we have a party that lasts six nights, offers tons of entertainment and activities and takes place in multiple venues all over town. The event starts on December 26th and culminates with the big night on December 31st. We can't begin to list all the fun here, so explore the
for all the info.
7. Sundance Film Festival, Park City
January 9 - 29th
This world-famous festival brings folks from all over the world to Park City. If you don't have tickets, you can still stroll Main Street, dine in the restaurants and pubs and celebrity gaze. January 9-29th. For more details, visit the festival's
8. Old Sheepherder's Gathering. Baker Nevada
January 20th - 21st
The Old Sheepherder's Gathering is held every year to celebrate sheep herding with an open mic night of stories, poetry and music, and a fun-filled Saturday that starts with a sourdough pancake breakfast and ends with a Basque dinner and Sheepherders Ball. The event is held in Baker, Nevada, right across the state line. Find all the information you need
9. Bear Lake Monster Winterfest, Garden City
Is there a monster in Bear Lake? We don't know, but we sure don't mind celebrating him, even if he is fictional. This year's events include the Cisco Disco, where you can dip your net in the lake to catch some fish, the Monster Craft Fair, chili cook-off and Monster Polar Plunge. Check out
all the details here
10. Delta Snow Goose Festival, Delta
February 24th - 25th
The snow geese start their annual migration to Canada every February, and you can observe these birds during a fun-filled, two-day festival in Delta. In addition to viewing the birds, participate in the Wild Goose Chase 5K/10K, shop at the Craft Fair/Quilt Show and participate in or watch the Wild Goose Skeet Shoot. Take a look at all the details
For more fun in December, plan a visit to one of these
11 enchanting, magical Christmas towns.