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Christmas festivities begin around Utah County

By Ashtyn Asay - | Nov 27, 2021

James Roh, Daily Herald file photo

Children wave to a float in the annual Spanish Fork Light Parade on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Spanish Fork. Various floats with holiday themes made their way down Spanish Fork's Main Street.

For those who start celebrating Christmas right after Thanksgiving, the time has finally come. Here are some events happening in Utah County that will be sure to help you get into the holiday spirit.

Spanish Fork City’s annual Winter Lights Parade hosted by the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will light up historic Spanish Fork Main Street on Saturday. The parade, which features festive floats lit up with Christmas lights, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Library Park and end at 100 E. Center St. with a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Mapleton City’s Tree Lighting and Wreath Festival will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Mapleton City Park.

“Come enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, carols being sung by a choir, Christmas lights, and welcome Santa Claus,” a message on the Mapleton City website states. “There will be something for everyone at this traditional, festive, community celebration with s’mores, hot chocolate, food trucks, and roasted chestnuts. Kids from one to 92 are invited to write a letter to Santa and deliver it that night to his special mailbox.”

A silent wreath auction will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with bids awarded at 8 p.m. All proceeds from the wreath auction will benefit Mapleton’s Sub for Santa program.

Festivalgoers for the Festival of Trees won’t have to leave the house this year to experience this extravagant fundraiser, as it will be held virtually for the second year in a row. Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, participants will have the opportunity to bid on handcrafted trees and decor in a silent auction, purchase items from the virtual gift boutique or have a five-minute video call with Santa. All proceeds from purchased items will benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. The festival will run until Dec. 4.

The 13th annual Saratoga Springs Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Neptune Park. Residents are invited to come to listen to musical entertainment and bring letters to deliver to Santa Claus. Food trucks and crafts for children also will be available.

Lite Brite Nite at the Orchard at University Place in Orem will be open every Thursday in December from 6-8 p.m. Participants are invited to come view Christmas lights, including color-changing shapes and a giant Lite Brite, while enjoying fire pits and free treats.

The Salem Pond Town Christmas Boutique will take place Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Salem Activity Center. The general public is invited to come shop for gifts crafted by local vendors. This event coincides with Salem Pond Town Christmas, an annual event where Christmas lights are lit on the Salem Pond. Visitors are welcome to view the lights for free now through Jan. 1, from 5:30-11 p.m.

The annual Provo Christmas Market will take place from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Pioneer Park. This free event will feature live music, crafts and food vendors, sled dogs, an ice sculpture and more. Thousands of lights will be lit at the Lights On Ceremony, which will be at 5:30 p.m.

Eagle Mountain’s Christmas Village will take place from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Cory Wride Memorial Park. Santa and his reindeer are slated to make an appearance, and vendor booths, a petting zoo, mini pony rides and a food truck also will be available. According to the Eagle Mountain website, all those who bring letters for Santa to this event can expect a return letter in the mail.

Lehi City’s Santa Parade will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 4. The parade route will run from Lehi High School to the Main Street Plaza, and after the parade, there will be a tree lighting ceremony, free treats and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.

Santaquin City is hosting it’s inaugural “Santa” Quin Holly Days from Dec. 10-11. On Dec. 10, crafts, treats, a gingerbread house display and community performances will take place from 5-9 p.m. at Santaquin Elementary School, and a handbell concert will take place at Apple Valley Elementary from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Crafts, treats and displays will be available again at Santaquin Elementary on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and food trucks, a light parade, fireworks, Christmas caroling and more will take place at Centennial Park from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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