Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ogden's Christmas Village

Ogden's Historic 25th Street holds the largest Christmas Village in Utah. It opens on the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year. I was super excited to go because there was going to be a Holiday Electric Lights Parade and lighting up of the Christmas Village. I love lights; I'm fascinated by them. 

The parade was full of elaborate floats, beautiful themes, music and performers. Here are some pictures from the Parade:

The parade ended with Santa's arrival at the Christmas Village
After Santa's arrival, everyone headed towards the Amphitheater where the opening ceremony of the Christmas Village was held and the illumination of all the lights, followed by fireworks and live entertainment.

The Opening Ceremony
Live Entertainment
Christmas Village all lit up 
It is so beautiful! The entire place is covered with lights featuring more than one million lights and various static displays, aerial ornaments and fireworks. Small cottages have been installed at Ogden's Muncipal Garden, creating a miniature village modeled after Santa's village in the North Pole. Here, elves, snowmen and Santa are depicted in a perpetual state of getting ready for Christmas. Each cottage has its own theme.

There is one human-sized cottage near the garden's entrance on 25th street where children will get a chance to meet Santa, share their Christmas wish lists and click pictures. 

Hot chocolate was being sold everywhere and added to the sweet aroma of the dazzling winter wonderland. I can't wait to go back again.

Here are some examples of the cottages of Santa's helpers:

Photo by: Ogdencity.com

The entire place has a very festive and a happy vibe to it. If you haven't been there, yet, you must. It is estimated that 150,000 people visit the Christmas Village every year. Beginning Nov 26, Santa will greet children in his castle from Monday-Friday, 6-9:00 PM, and Saturdays, 5-9:00 PM through December 23. Live entertainment will be held in the Amphitheater every Tuesday-Friday from 6:30-7:30 PM.

Location: Municpal Gardens
Address: 2500 Grant Ave, Ogden, Utah
Times: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am



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