Christmas Village illuminates Ogden’s downtown area with magnificent displays and holiday lights every year from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1. Spectators find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.
Take a virtual walk through Christmas Village and learn more about each cottage.
Since its beginning in 1962, Christmas Village has grown to a mammoth and extraordinary seasonal attraction. Each year thousands of tourists and citizens come to view the Christmas lights and cottages, drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made visiting Christmas Village part of their Christmas tradition.
Electric Light Parade and Opening Ceremony
Ogden’s holiday season begins the Saturday after thanksgiving with the Electric Light Parade that fills Washington Blvd from 22nd Street to 26th Street. The parade is full of elaborate floats, sensational themes, and fantastic performers.
Santa always plans his arrival in Ogden for this day. He comes in on the last float of the parade and when he reaches Municipal Gardens, he flips the magic switch to turn on the lights and illuminate all of Christmas Village.
Parade floats are on display along 25th Street through the night, live entertainment is featured in the amphitheater, and the opening ceremony wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show. It’s the official kickoff to a month-long celebration of all the magic Christmas brings.
For more information about participating in the parade, please call 801-629-8547.
Santa greets children in his castle Monday through Friday from 6pm to 9pm and on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. All children are invited to visit with Santa and share their wish lists and Christmas letters. Photos with Santa are available for $5 and proceeds benefit Christmas Village.
Entertainment and Live Performances
Local schools and organizations offer entertainment in the amphitheater Tuesday through Friday starting at 6:30pm. If you would like to perform, please call 801-629-8214.
Onsite Christmas Shopping
Visitors will enjoy Santa’s Store located within Christmas Village featuring gifts and curios to help commemorate and share the Christmas Village spirit. The store is open Monday through Friday from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Village sweatshirts, posters, and Christmas cards will help fund new lights and displays for years to come.
Come take a ride on The Polar Express Train. Travel through a tunnel featuring artwork done in glow-in-the-dark paint. The train rides are available Monday through Friday from 6pm to 9pm and on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. The train is located on the east side of the park, near the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
Story Book Tent
Storytellers read short Christmas stories from 6pm to 8pm, Monday through Saturday. The Story Book Tent is located on the northeast side of the park. Free books are given to children, while supplies last.
Special to the 2013 Holiday Season
Reindeer are planning to make a stop in Christmas Village on December 20th and 21st from 6pm to 8pm both nights. They will be located in the plaza near Santa’s Castle.