Today I sat down with my three year old and drew a picture. It included a Christmas tree, Santa, and Mrs. Claus (whom she called Girl Santa). In typical preschool fashion, she is thrilled about everything Christmas and her enthusiasm was contagious. Seeing her eyes shine made me want to try a little harder to make Christmas special. Here are some of the local events I think we’ll add to our season this year.
1. Alpine Living Nativity 900 N. Main St., Alpine Utah
A live casts acts out the story of Christ’s birth, complete with a busy Bethlehem marketplace, Roman soldiers, and a star shining on the baby. There is no cost, but donations of $1 are encouraged and all proceeds go to charities. November 29-Dec. 3.
2. Christmas Cruise on the Provo River 3606 W. Center St. Provo, Utah
Take a lighted riverboat tour to see beautiful Christmas scenes along the shore. If you’re good, Santa will even stop at your boat for a visit. Boats are uncovered, so be sure to dress warm and bring extra blankets. Runs December 1-22, cost is $8 per person.
3. Spanish Fork Festival of Lights 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd. Spanish Fork, Utah
The city decks out an entire park in Christmas lights and displays. Imagine 9 ft. tall lighted ballerinas, a Santa Claus that is 14 feet by 15 feet, and a sea serpent that stretches out 48 feet. Christmas carols are available at 99.9 FM. You drive through the magic, so this is a good one if you’re afraid of the chill. Runs Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve. Cost is $7 per vehicle.