Ogden’s Christmas Village allows you to explore a dazzling wonderland of lights in the Christmas Village located in downtown Ogden, Utah. The village began in 1961 and has become one of Utah’s largest holiday celebrations. Each year, the Christmas Village grows in size until it is now a mammoth winter fantasy land with more than 72 cottages, 1 million lights and live nightly entertainment.
The festivities at Ogden’s Christmas Village begin on the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the Electric Light Parade makes it’s way to the Municipal Gardens. Santa rides on the last float and officially kicks off the holiday season by flipping the magic switch that turns on all the lights in the village. Each cottage is smaller-than-human scale but brilliantly illuminated. Then every night (except Sundays) Santa waits in his special castle, set in the middle of the village, for children to come and whisper their Christmas wishes in his ear. During the daytime, Mrs. Claus will take groups of preschool children on a tour of the village. On weeknights (except Monday) local schools and organizations offer all sorts of entertainment in the amphitheater, with three live performance nightly. Each year, special events are held in the village on specific days — things like special movie screenings, scavenger hunts and karaoke nights.
Visitors will also enjoy Santa’s Store located in the village. It features gifts and curios to help commemorate the season. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Village sweatshirts, posters and Christmas cards will help fund new lights and displays for years to come.
It takes nearly 10,000 donated hours to set up Ogden’s Christmas Village each season and the committee responsible for this amazing event meets monthly to keep things on track. The event is free and opens after dusk every day from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1.
Make reservations for tours with Mrs. Claus at 801-629-8284.