Best time to go to Utah

Christmas Lights 2020-2021

Shimmering light displays, and tunnels attract thousands during the holidays

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

With impressive skiing and plenty of snow, Utah is a great winter holiday destination. It is also a perfect place to enjoy Christmas festive light displays decorating downtown areas, parks, and resorts.

Park City Main Street 2020
Park City Main Street
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ZooLights At Utah’s Hogle Zoo (December 4–January 3, 2021) and other events

Utah's Hogle Zoo boasts ZooLights during the holiday season. City Creek Mall and Place Heritage Park also boast considerable Christmas decorations, as well as holiday events like German Christkindlemarkt or St. Martin’s Lantern Parade.

Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point (November 20, 2020–January 2, 2021)

Luminaria in Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, is one of the best holiday light displays in the state. The display covers 0.2 sq km (55 acres). Luminaries cover one of the 40-ft (12-m) hills, creating moving shapes of reindeer, poinsettias, and more. In the center of the light display is a large decorated Christmas tree and a giant nativity scene.

Luminaria Opening Display 2020
Luminaria Opening Display
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Holiday lights in Layton Commons Park (November 23–December 31, 2020)

Layton City light display at Commons Park is brightly decorated with animated light displays of animals and Christmas characters. Drive around a loop in the park or walk through illuminated alleys—this is one of the best free Christmas displays in the region.

Christmas in Color at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Grounds (November 16, 2020–January 2, 2021)

The Christmas in Color drive-through is famous for its fantastic light tunnels. You can drive for miles under more than 1.5 million lights synchronized to Christmas music and carols that you can hear on your radio. Displays include giant candy canes, snowmen, Santa, Christmas trees and more. Christmas in Color has several locations across the US, and the Utah one is at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Grounds in South Jordan, Utah.

Christmas in Color drive-through 2020
Christmas in Color drive-through
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Christmas in Color drive-through 2020
Christmas in Color drive-through
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Spanish Fork Festival of Lights (November 26, 2020–January 1, 2021)

Spanish Fork Festival of Lights is one of the largest drive-through holiday light displays in Utah. The Festival runs from Thanksgiving through New Year's in Canyon View Park in Spanish Fork, a city in the Utah Valley with the Wasatch Range to the east and Utah Lake to the northwest. The event features over 3 million bulbs. Displays include holiday characters, dinosaurs, cowboys, toys, and a Nativity scene. You can play Christmas music through your radio as you drive through the park. The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights runs nightly from 6 pm to 10 pm. The admission is $8 per car. If you want, you can drive through the display for the second time for free.

Spanish Fork Festival of Lights 2020
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
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Spanish Fork Festival of Lights 2020
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Spanish Fork Festival of Lights 2020
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Spanish Fork Festival of Lights 2020
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
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Lighting of Riverwoods (November 20, 2020)

The Shops at Riverwoods, an outdoor shopping area in the city of Provo, features an impressive festive light extravaganza during the Christmas season. There is a Santa’s village with Santa himself, giant nutcrackers, and warming fire pits. The best day to enjoy the festive illumination is the Lighting of Riverwoods in mid-December with live entertainment, fireworks, and giveaways.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City 2020
Temple Square, Salt Lake City
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Temple Square, Salt Lake City 2020
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