Christmas light displays are one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holidays in Utah.
With Christmas right around the corner, friends and family might be coming into town to share the holiday season. Enjoy the splendor of the season by visiting these popular light displays across the state.
Located in Salt Lake City, the lights at Temple Square is one of the most popular locations for visitors during the holiday season. The tradition of putting Christmas lights up across Temple Square started in 1965 and has grown in size and popularity for nearly five decades.
Entrance to see the lights and nativity scenes around Temple Square is free. The lights were turned on Nov. 29 and will be shining through Dec. 31, 2013.
Related: Christmas lights on Temple Square in pictures from 1965-2013
City Creek is lit up during the holidays, and features Santa's Lantern near the food court on the east side of the mall.
Santa will be visiting from Nov. 21-Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Photos with Santa are available for purchase at the lantern.
City Creek Center also has a decorated tree, fire fountain shows and window displays to enjoy.
The Gateway Mall near Temple Square and City Creek Center features a Christmas tree that is more than 50 feet tall and decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights.
During the holiday season, visitors can enjoy a light show at the Olympic Legacy Fountain, located near the north entrance of the mall. The lights and fountain show play to a variety of traditional Christmas songs. The show begins on the hour from 5-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Santa is also visiting at The Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Visitors can have brunch with Santa on Dec. 21 from 8-10 a.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, including pricing for family photos visit shopthegateway.com.
The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City celebrates the season with its light event "Zoo Lights" Nov. 30 through Dec. 31. The light display tradition began six years ago, with millions of lights shining throughout the zoo. Because the lights are on after the zoo's normal operating hours, the lights are the focus instead of the animals. However, some animals are more active at night and will be visible.
Zoo Lights are open Sunday to Wednesday, 5:30-8 p.m. (grounds close at 9 p.m.), and Thursday to Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. (grounds close at 10 p.m.). The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.
For admission prices and more information, visit hoglezoo.org.
Located nearly across the street from Hogle Zoo, This Is the Place Heritage Park commemorates the holiday season with its Candlelight Christmas event. The park display is open from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday evenings until Dec. 23.
Candlelight Christmas features Father Christmas, activities for children, as well as performances from The Heritage Village Carolers.
For more information visit thisistheplace.org.
Located in Sugarhouse at 1500 E. and 1735 S., this cul-de-sac has lit up the street during the holidays for more than 60 years. The 30-house light display features reindeer, penguins, dinosaurs and even a dragon.
Just a few blocks away from Christmas Street in Sugar House sits another way to celebrate the reason for the season. Head for 1400 E. and Blaine Ave. in Sugarhouse to find the Christmas story — as told in the Bible — depicted on more than 30 signs placed in the front yards of all the houses in the neighborhood. The story begins at 1379 E. Blaine Ave. and concludes at 1380 E. Wilson Ave.
This Christmas light tour has also been around for several years. Located on 5400 S. and 3200 W., the Taylorsville Christmas Street features lights as well as decorations on signs that are posted in yards. While driving through the street is available, many people opt to walk on the sidewalk to view these displays.
Located on 805 E. 18th Ave. in Salt Lake City, this house is decorated with more than 300 lit-up and blow-up decorations as well as holiday lights and signs. The lights are on display from 6-11 p.m. every night.
The Ogden Christmas Village is open through Jan. 1, 2014. The tradition began in 1962 and has grown into an attraction for thousands of visitors each year. The village is comprised of cottages modeled to resemble Santa's village at the North Pole.
The village has lights strewn throughout and features Santa in his castle, Monday through Saturday during the evening.
Shopping is available at the village, as well as live performances Tuesday through Friday nights. Each night has three live performances to enjoy.
For more information, visit ogdencity.com.
Featuring more than one million lights, the Thanksgiving Point Holiday Lights is lit up Monday through Saturday, Nov. 29 to Dec. 28 from 6-10 p.m., and 6-9 p.m. on Christmas Eve – closed on Christmas.
The display also includes lit-up snowmen, angels, toy soldiers, reindeer, Christmas trees, as well as wagon, trolley and carriage rides with purchase.
For admission prices and additional information, visit thanksgivingpoint.org.
For those living near the southern end of Utah County, Spanish Fork holds an annual Festival of Lights at Canyon View Park nightly from Nov. 28 through Jan. 1, 2014, from 6-10 p.m.
The lights are accessible by car or bus and gift certificates are available at the Spanish Fork City Office or at the Parks and Recreation Office.
Patrons can listen to holiday music on 99.9 FM while viewing the displays.
For more information, including pricing and policies, please visit spanishfork.org.
For those looking to find a location with lights and entertainment, The Shops at the Riverwoods has both this holiday season. Some events include carriage rides, free gift wrapping, visits from Santa Claus, and musical performances.
For a complete list of entertainment and times, visit shopsatriverwoods.com.
The road leading up to Winder Farms is annually decorated. Visitors can enjoy the lights while drinking hot chocolate or eating a scone available at the country store.
Winder Farm is located 4400 W. 4100 S. in West Valley City. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Mt. Olympus Clock Shop on 2265 E. 3900 S. in Holladay features wood statues of nutcrackers and the three wise men, as well as holiday lights throughout. The shop is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Submitted by Joseph Recksiek
Located on 2192 N. 2230 W. in Lehi, this home features 10 to 13,000 lights choreographed to a recording of "The Little Drummer Boy" sung by Josh Groban.
Submitted by Lyn Chapman
The Christensen residence at 1022 Grant Ave., Ogden, is fully decorated for the season.
Submitted by Russ Christensen