I am a mother to two awesome kids, and have been married to my favorite hubby (okay, my only hubby, but still my favorite!) since October 1999. Our favorite thing to do is get out of the house and find adventures! I am the founder and creator of Enjoy Utah!, a site dedicated to helping families get out of the house and see all that Utah has to offer! I contribute as a blog writer for the Salt Lake Visitors Bureau, and also write CityGuides for SheKnows.com.. I am excited to be a part of Today's Mama! I co-own a DJ Business with my hubby, and also do the online marketing and manage the blog and social media for Gines Auto Service.

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My 2011 Utah Holiday Events Must Do Guide


Echoes of Christmas

There are so many events this holiday season, but how do you choose which ones are worth attending? Here is my top 10 list of Utah Holiday Events Must Do’s this year:

Echoes of Christmas
We went to this for the first time last year, and it was spectacular! It’s free, and you don’t need tickets; how much better does it get?! It’s a non-denominational production at Liberty Park where you walk from scene to scene and learn about the birth of Christ. They always appreciate donations, and you can also choose to purchase a CD at the end of the production if you would like. Read my review from last year of what to expect when experiencing Echoes of Christmas.

Ogden’s Christmas Village
This is on my Must Do list this year because we have never been before. We have heard it’s fabulous, and do not want another year to pass without checking it out. Downtown Ogden has been transformed to look like Santa’s village at the North Pole.

Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village
Enjoy a free activity, strolling the paths of Gardner Village, looking for Santa’s elves. This is an event fun for the entire family, and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time!

Lights on Temple Square
This is a Utah tradition. We like to take the trax downtown to walk around Temple Square and see the spectacular lights display.

Grand America Windows
Like a scavenger hunt, help Maurice find the Christmas Star, and redeem your scavenger hunt forms for a small prize. Browse the windows to look for the star. This is a free activity that we have not done yet, and are looking forward to doing this year!

Downtown Holiday Windows
This is a fun tradition brought back from the early days in Salt Lake City. We have all seen The Christmas Story where they anxiously await the unveiling of the Christmas window. The Downtown Holiday Windows in Salt Lake City have that same excitement. Beginning December 1st, vote on your favorite window. This is a free event.

Larry Miller Christmas Carole Sing Along
This is also something we have not done, but have heard a lot of great feedback. A free event at the Energy Solutions Arena, you will also receive coupons for many things when you attend. Join in the spirit of the season with Christmas carols!

Willard Bay Christmas Lights
Another new thing for us this year, we are excited to check out this local favorite display, and see it from a horse drawn wagon ride

Christmas Cruise
Located at the bottom part of the Provo River, we enjoyed the Halloween Cruise for the first time this year, and are excited to check out the Christmas Cruise! If the Christmas Cruise is as fantastic as the Halloween Cruise was, I know it will become a family favorite!

Candlelight Christmas
This was a really cool event that we attended for the first time last year. Located at This Is The Place Monument and Park, enjoy Christmas the old-fashioned way. Pioneer songs, dance, games and crafts are all part of the celebration.

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  1. Stephanie Petersen 12/06/2011 at 2:25 pm

    You always amaze me at what you find to do during the seasons!

  2. Michelle Powell 12/06/2011 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks! We are definitely a family that likes to be out and about, so we are always on the lookout for cheap, or free, activities! 🙂

  3. Carrie Finlinson 12/07/2011 at 12:09 am

    I can’t believe all the cool things you find to do! Thank you for the great list.

  4. Michelle Powell 12/07/2011 at 11:00 am

    Thanks Carrie! 🙂

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