Dates & Times
Electric Light Parade and Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with a Santa Run. At 5:30 p.m. the Washington Boulevard lights up during the Holiday Electric Light Parade. Following the parade, make your way over to the amphitheater for a short ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m. A firework show and the lights are turned on immediately after the opening ceremony.
Lights are turned on 7 days a week from 5 p.m. to Midnight through January 1st. During and immediately following very wet storms, water gets into the electrical boxes and may cause some of the lights to not work. Crews work diligently to dry the electrical connections and get the lights turned back on.
Santa will be greeting children in his castle Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. starting the first Saturday after Thanksgiving until December 22nd. He is not in his castle on Sunday. You can have your picture taken with Santa for $5. All proceeds benefit the Christmas Village.
Mrs. Claus gives tours to preschool groups Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a reservation call 801-629-8714 or send an email to Cindi.
Christmas Village Express
Take a ride aboard the "Christmas Village Express" Miniature Train. This restored train is the original train used in the 1960's at Lorin Farr Park.
The ride is free, but a donation to help with operating and maintenance costs is appreciated.
The train runs Monday through Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 - 9 p.m. Starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving through December 22nd, excluding Sundays.
Take a tour of downtown Ogden on the Jupiter Train. You can catch this train on 25th Street in front of the Amphitheater. The train runs Friday, Saturday and Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.
Christmas Store & Concessions
Visit "Santa's Store" to help raise funds for Christmas Village! Located at the north entrance to Christmas Village, Santa's Store features gifts, souvenirs and curios 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.
Other Concession Options
The Breakfast Exchange Club has a concession stand next to Santa's Castle. They offer warm drinks and sweet snacks. All proceeds benefit the "Shoes for Tots" program.
The Backstage Bistro is also open and has warm drinks, concession food and sweets. Open Monday through Saturday, 6-9pm. A portion of the Hot Chocolate profits will be donated to "Shoes for Tots," all other profits benefit Amphitheater programming.
Santa will have his reindeer in the Christmas Village, the date is TBD.
I Spy Game
Each year a special ornament is hidden in every cottage. For 2018, the ornament is a Train Whistle. Can you find all 60 ornaments?