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Christmas lights and Christmas trees: where to go in Utah County this season

By Karissa Neely daily Herald - | Nov 27, 2016
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People enjoy the lights Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Santa Claus gives Salem Mayor Randy Brailsford a kiss Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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People enjoy the lights Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Santa Claus laughs and sings with the Salem royalty Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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People enjoy the lights Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to bust out the songs and sights of the holiday season.

For most residents, a favorite tradition is viewing light displays, and Utah County is not one to disappoint. From the northern tip of the county to the south, there are many selections of spectacles for your viewing pleasure this season.

Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria

Thanksgiving Point is hosting a new lighting event this year called Luminaria. The event is a mile-long walk through the Ashton Gardens with 8,000 programmable luminaries across the hill. It will also include a 120-foot-tall fully-lit tree.

The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 31, except on Sundays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased at thanksgivingpoint.org.

Utah’s tallest Christmas tree

The Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi boast this year’s tallest live tree in the state of Utah. The tree is over 75 feet tall and holds more than 900 ornaments and 500 lights. The tree is lit nightly and can be viewed for free.

Provo Christmas in Color

Christmas in Color is Utah’s biggest drive-through holiday light show, with more than 1 million synchronized lights set to Christmas music. There are two Christmas in Color locations, one in Kearns, and a local one at the Utah State Park Marina, 4400 Center St., in Provo.

The lights are on from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are available christmasincolor.net/provo. The event is closed on Sundays.

Spanish Fork’s Festival of Lights

The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights is the original drive-through holiday light show, open nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 1 at Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Road. The displays include numerous motion lights and moving parts.

Tickets must be purchased in person on location, paid for by cash or check. The cost is $7 for cars, $20 for large passenger vans or any vehicle towing a trailer, and $30 for buses. For more information, visit www.spanishfork.org/newsevents/events/festivaloflights.

Salem’s Pond Town Christmas

The Pond Town Christmas display in Salem is always a delight during the Christmas season, with lights floating on a pond in Knoll Park. Pond Town Christmas runs nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 2. Knoll Park is located at 200 W. 300 South. No tickets are required, and for more information visit www.salemcity.org.

Christmas trees

In addition to lights, there’s nothing like a well-appointed Christmas tree. Many cities have already celebrated their Christmas tree lighting events, but there are still a few others coming up around the county.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs will celebrate its eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Neptune Park, 452 W. 400 North. The event will include a visit from Santa and treats.

Alpine

Alpine will have its Christmas Lighting at City Hall and Legacy Park on at 5 p.m. Monday. The event will include a visit with Santa, and the Alpine Youth Council is collecting donations for refugees. To find out more about donation items, visit www.alpinecity.org.

Mapleton

Mapleton’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival will also be Monday night, starting at 6 p.m. in Mapleton’s Main Street Park, on the corner of Main Street and Maple Street. The event will include carols, a visit from Santa, a gingerbread house contest, food and wreath donations for a silent auction to benefit the Sub For Santa program.

Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain’s Deck the Halls event will be celebrated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, and will include an appearance from Santa Claus and free hot chocolate. The event will be at Eagle Mountain City Hall, 1650 E. Stagecoach Run.

Provo

Provo will celebrate the start of the Christmas season with its annual Lights On Provo! ceremony Saturday. The downtown area will celebrate a Christmas Market with vendors, reindeer, foods and Santa visits starting at 3 p.m. Provo’s mayor and Santa Claus will turn on the lights together at 6 p.m. at 351 W. Center St.

Lindon

Lindon is celebrating their 23rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting this year at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Lindon Community Center on 25 N. Main St. The event will include a short program and lighting the tree, hot chocolate, candy canes and a visit from Santa Claus. Music will be provided by the local elementary schools.

Christmas lights and Christmas trees: where to go in Utah County this season

By Karissa Neely daily Herald - | Nov 27, 2016
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A view of the lights at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem in November 2016. 

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Santa Claus gives Salem Mayor Randy Brailsford a kiss Friday at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event.

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People enjoy the lights Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Santa Claus laughs and sings with the Salem royalty Friday at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem.

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People enjoy the lights Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Pond Town Christmas lighting event in Salem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to bust out the songs and sights of the holiday season.

For most residents, a favorite tradition is viewing light displays, and Utah County is not one to disappoint. From the northern tip of the county to the south, there are many selections of spectacles for your viewing pleasure this season.

Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria

Thanksgiving Point is hosting a new lighting event this year called Luminaria. The event is a mile-long walk through the Ashton Gardens with 8,000 programmable luminaries across the hill. It will also include a 120-foot-tall fully-lit tree.

The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 31, except on Sundays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased at thanksgivingpoint.org.

Utah’s tallest Christmas tree

The Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi boast this year’s tallest live tree in the state of Utah. The tree is over 75 feet tall and holds more than 900 ornaments and 500 lights. The tree is lit nightly and can be viewed for free.

Provo Christmas in Color

Christmas in Color is Utah’s biggest drive-through holiday light show, with more than 1 million synchronized lights set to Christmas music. There are two Christmas in Color locations, one in Kearns, and a local one at the Utah State Park Marina, 4400 Center St., in Provo.

The lights are on from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are available christmasincolor.net/provo. The event is closed on Sundays.

Spanish Fork’s Festival of Lights

The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights is the original drive-through holiday light show, open nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 1 at Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Road. The displays include numerous motion lights and moving parts.

Tickets must be purchased in person on location, paid for by cash or check. The cost is $7 for cars, $20 for large passenger vans or any vehicle towing a trailer, and $30 for buses. For more information, visit www.spanishfork.org/newsevents/events/festivaloflights.

Salem’s Pond Town Christmas

The Pond Town Christmas display in Salem is always a delight during the Christmas season, with lights floating on a pond in Knoll Park. Pond Town Christmas runs nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 2. Knoll Park is located at 200 W. 300 South. No tickets are required, and for more information visit www.salemcity.org.

Christmas trees

In addition to lights, there’s nothing like a well-appointed Christmas tree. Many cities have already celebrated their Christmas tree lighting events, but there are still a few others coming up around the county.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs will celebrate its eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Neptune Park, 452 W. 400 North. The event will include a visit from Santa and treats.

Alpine

Alpine will have its Christmas Lighting at City Hall and Legacy Park on at 5 p.m. Monday. The event will include a visit with Santa, and the Alpine Youth Council is collecting donations for refugees. To find out more about donation items, visit www.alpinecity.org.

Mapleton

Mapleton’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival will also be Monday night, starting at 6 p.m. in Mapleton’s Main Street Park, on the corner of Main and Maple streets. The event will include carols, a visit from Santa, a gingerbread house contest, food and wreath donations for a silent auction to benefit the Sub For Santa program.

Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain’s Deck the Halls event will be celebrated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, and will include an appearance from Santa Claus and free hot chocolate. The event will be at Eagle Mountain City Hall, 1650 E. Stagecoach Run.

Provo

Provo will celebrate the start of the Christmas season with its annual Lights On Provo! ceremony Saturday. The downtown area will celebrate a Christmas Market with vendors, reindeer, foods and Santa visits starting at 3 p.m. Provo’s mayor and Santa Claus will turn on the lights together at 6 p.m. at 351 W. Center St.

Lindon

Lindon is celebrating their 23rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting this year at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Lindon Community Center on 25 N. Main St. The event will include a short program and lighting the tree, hot chocolate, candy canes and a visit from Santa Claus. Music will be provided by the local elementary schools.

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