The temperature is dropping, the mountains are dusted with snow, and there are exciting holiday adventures that await you! Here’s a list of the best cheap and free holiday activities and light displays in Utah.
Ongoing Holiday Events
CLAS Ropes Holiday Cruise (Provo)
Date: Now-Dec 23rd
Event: Lighted riverboat ride on lower Provo River, thousands of lights, music, and a visit with Santa.
Festival of Lights (Spanish Fork)
Date: Now-Jan 1st
Event: 25th Annual Festival of Lights
Price: $8.00 per car
Harry Potter: Holidays at the Wizarding World (Sandy)
Dates: Now-Jan 31st
Event: Shops at South Town, experience Hogsmeade village for a themed shopping wizard world experience.
Hogle Zoo’s ZooLights (Salt Lake)
Dates: Now-Dec 31st
Event: ZooLights with Santa and live reindeer.
Price: $3.00 on Thursday with Voucher from Utah Wendy’s, otherwise $8.95 per adult.
Jingle Bus (Salt Lake)
Dates: Now-Dec 30th
Event: This holiday themed ride operates from 5pm-10pm—circulating between The Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center Gallivan Plaza & Capitol Theatre.
Lights on Temple Square (Salt Lake)
Dates: Now-Jan 2nd
Event: One of the most popular events in Utah for holiday lights, these lights stay on until 10pm. (Note: they stay on later for Dec 14th, 16th, and New Year’s Eve.)
The St. George Tuacahn Holidays in the Canyon (St. George)
Dates: Now-Dec 23rd
Event: Holiday lights, nativity, ice skating
Price: Live nativity, $2.00 per person
This is The Place Candlelight Holidays (Salt Lake)
Dates: Now-Dec 23rd
Event: Live nativity scene, carolers, Santa, and a warm fire.
Price: $5.00, children 2 and under are free.
Willow Park Zoo Lights (Logan)
Date: Now-Dec 30th (Mon, Fri, and Sat) 6-8pm
Event: Zoo lights
Price: $4.00 ages 2 and up (Coupons available in Cache Valley Family Magazine)
Holiday Carole Sing Along (Salt Lake)
Date: Dec 18th, 7pm
Event: Vivint Smart Home Arena, receive free treat and gift pack and sing along to your favorite carols.
Parade & Fireworks (Snowbird)
Date: Dec 24th, 6pm
Event: Parade, Fireworks, and a visit from Santa
There are dozens of events happening that we couldn’t fit into this list. Enjoy your winter break—create memories and have fun. Stay jolly!