Posted on: November 9, 2017

Everything You Need to Know about the 2017 Holiday Electric Light Parade and Christmas Village

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Christmas Village will light up the downtown Ogden Municipal Gardens (353 E 25th Street) beginning November 25, 2017, after the Holiday Electric Light Parade. This annual holiday display in Ogden will feature activities and entertainment until December 23, 2017, and the cottage lights can be viewed until January 1, 2018. 

The Village: Sixty-three cottages, sponsored and created by the community, will turn historic downtown into a nightly vision of Santa’s village at the North Pole, open from 5:00 p.m. until midnight. The theme for the Christmas Village festivities this year is “Let’s Get Crack’n” and a nutcracker is hidden in each of the cottages for visitors to find as they explore the displays. Visitors to the village can also vote for their favorite cottage at online.

The Santa Run, Holiday Electric Light Parade and Christmas Village Opening Gala: The festivities for Christmas Village will begin November 25 with the Holiday Electric Light Parade and end with a fireworks show in the Ogden Amphitheater.

The Santa Run, a 5k run preceding the parade where all participants dress as Santa Clause, will begin at 4:30 p.m. beginning near 22nd and Washington Street. The Santa Runners will travel the opposite side of traffic and run south to 28th Street and then come back to 22nd.

The parade will follow after, starting at 5:30 p.m. on 22nd Street and head south along Washington Boulevard to 27th Street. The Christmas Village opening ceremony begins when the parade reaches the Municipal Gardens and gathers in the amphitheater at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Mayors of Christmas Village, Linda and Nick Wiggill, will be recognized and parade awards will be given. Santa Clause will make an appearance, accompanied by 5-year-old Casey Spaulding, who will be the Grand Marshal of the Parade thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After they both turn on the lights that will illuminate another holiday season downtown, entertainment will follow and a fireworks show will conclude the gala.

Entertainment and Activities: Live entertainment and activities will be featured for visitors at Christmas Village until December 23, 2017.

Santa will be greeting children in his castle Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., November 25 until December 23. A "Breakfast with Santa" event will be hosted at the Historic Ben Lomond Hotel on December 9, 2017. Reservations are required to attend the event, costing $20 per person, and can be made online.  

Reservations can be made for pre-school groups to tour Christmas Village with Mrs. Santa during daytime hours by calling 801-629-8720. Santa’s Reindeer will also make an appearance December 15 - 16 and will be available for pictures.

The Mini Polar Express Train featuring a glow in the dark Christmas Tunnel is located in the northeast corner of the Municipal Gardens. It runs Monday through Friday, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Jupiter Train rides through the heart of Ogden and boards at 353 25th Street, Fridays and Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

There will also be live, evening entertainment at the amphitheater, Monday through Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interested performers can visit the Christmas Village website for more information.

Concessions are available from the Hot Chocolate Booth and the new Backstage Bistro, open Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Support Christmas Village: “Santa’s Store” is located at the north entrance to Christmas Village and features gifts and souvenirs to help commemorate and share the Christmas Village spirit. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Village toys, stuffed animals, sweatshirts, posters and Christmas cards will help fund new lights and displays for years to come. Official 2017 Christmas Village Sweatshirts are available for purchase, costing $18 for Youth sizes, $20 for adults and $25 for adult XXL and up.

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More information about Christmas Village events and activities can be found at the website or by following Ogden’s Christmas Village on Facebook. Information on the Holiday Electric Light Parade can be found by emailing specialevents@ogdencity or calling 801-629-8548.

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