During the holiday season, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy amazing Christmas treats and renowned light displays in Utah Valley. With so much to do this time of year, here is a list of some worthwhile places to visit with your family and friends that will leave you amazed by the Christmas lights while also satisfying your sweet tooth.
Thanksgiving Point: Luminaria Village
Thanksgiving Point's Luminaria, which has been featured on ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight: Season 8 Heavyweight Edition, is a beautiful place to view light shows and sample some delicious warm winter treats. There are concession stands throughout the gardens, and around the half-way point, guests will find the Luminaria Village, one of the most popular stops in the gardens. The village is next to the beautiful hill of 6,500 luminary lights, three themed houses serve sweets including mini-donuts loaded with toppings, cinnamon almonds, and smores kits that can be cooked on open fires. Flavored hot chocolate or apple cider are also great options for staying warm while spending time at this amazing Christmas experience.
Luminaria begins November 18, 2021 and ends January 1, 2022. Monday - Saturday, Closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Time slots are from 5:00 Pm - 8:30 PM. For more information and tickets to Luminaria click here.
Evermore: The Kettle Cafe & Vander’s Keep
Evermore Park, located in Pleasant Grove offers an unforgettable Christmas experience. During the month of December, Evermore transforms into Aurora, “a Magical Old European Christmas Village featuring a variety of Fantasy Themed Characters such as Santa & Mrs. Claus, Elves, Kringle Dwarfs… and more”. Guests at Evermore have the opportunity to practice archery, ride the Evermore Express Train, and see the beautiful town decorated with christmas lights. The food that they serve at Evermore is undoubtedly one of the most memorable parts of the experience. For casual and delicious goodies, The Kettle Cafe is the place to find fresh baked pastries like tiramisu, cheesecake, chocolate domes and more. For those looking for Santa, this cafe is also the best place to spot St. Nick. Vander’s Keep, a Norse and Celtic themed restaurant, serves mouth-watering bread pudding with ice cream and caramel sauce that is sure to warm anyone on a cold winter night.
The Shops at Riverwoods: Süss Cookie Co. & Cake Creation Studio
With one-million lights on display, the Shops at Riverwoods should be on everyone’s list of places to visit during the holidays. As visitors enjoy ice sculptures, a holiday carousel, and Santa Claus himself, they can stop and order delicious cookies from Süss Cookie Co, and have them shipped to friends and family nationwide. Flavors this month include cocamel,(a soft shortbread cookie drizzled with chocolate, caramel, and coconut), gingersnaps, and a christmas sugar cookie. If you aren’t sure which cookie to buy, head in to try some samples before making your decision. For those interested in a more hands-on experience, the Riverwoods also has the Cake Creation Studio, made by the Mighty Baker, Pete Tidwell, who is a two-time winner of Food Network’s Cake Wars. Guests can visit this studio to decorate a cake or gingerbread house with professional tools and tips from the experienced staff.
Outlets at Traverse Mountain: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory & Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Boasting Utah’s tallest fresh cut tree (70ft this year), animatronic reindeer, and gorgeous light displays, the Outlets at Traverse Mountain is a perfect stop to experience holiday magic. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is located inside the outlets and is a must for decadent chocolate truffles, caramel apples, and turtles. Auntie Anne’s Pretzel shop is also a perfect place to stop by with their seasonal Snowball Pretzel Nuggets. Santa Clause can also be found here. His house is close to Auntie Anne's and H&M.