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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Everything You Need to Know about the 2019 Holiday Electric Light Parade and Christmas Village

Holiday Electric Light Parade

Christmas Village will light up the downtown Ogden Municipal Gardens (353 E 25th Street) beginning November 30, 2019, after the Holiday Electric Light Parade. This annual holiday display in Ogden will feature activities and entertainment until December 23, 2019, and the cottage lights will be available to view until January 1, 2020. 

The Village: Sixty-seven cottages sponsored and created by the community, will turn historic downtown into a nightly vision of Santa’s village at the North Pole, from 5:00 p.m. until midnight. The theme for the Christmas Village festivities this year is “Are you Yeti for Christmas” and a Yeti 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 christmasvillage.ogdencity.com.

The Santa Run, Holiday Electric Light Parade and Christmas Village Opening Gala: The festivities for Christmas Village will begin November 30 with the Holiday Electric Light Parade and end with a fireworks show in the Ogden Amphitheater.

The Santa Run, a 5k run prior to the parade where all participants dress as Santa Claus, will begin at 4:30 p.m. beginning near 22nd and Washington Blvd. The Santa Runners will travel the opposite side of traffic and run south to 28th Street and then come back to 22nd street to finally make their jolly finish on 25th street.

The parade will promptly start 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 people gather in the amphitheater at approximately 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will be lit after the end of the parade between 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., though the time may vary if the parade and Christmas Village Opening Ceremony goes over schedule. If any attendee would like to enjoy the parade and leave before the Opening Ceremony and the beginning of the fireworks, it is suggested to park at the North end of the parade route toward 22nd Street, East of Washington Blvd.  

The Mayor of Christmas Village, Ernie Terrazas, will be recognized and parade awards will be given. Santa Claus will make an appearance, accompanied by 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 21, 2019. Performances can be found on the Ogden Amphitheater stage Monday through Saturday. Look for updates on the performance schedule online or on social media! Facebook & Instagram: @OgdenAmphitheater

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 30 until December 23.

Breakfast with Santa: A Breakfast with Santa event will be hosted at the Ogden Union Station on December 14, 2019. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there greeting the children and giving each of them a small gift. We will have entertainment and lots for the kids to do. Reservations are required to attend the event and can be made at christmasvillage.ogdencity.com.

Reservations can be made for pre-school groups to tour Christmas Village with Mrs. Santa during daytime hours by calling 801-629-8714.

The Mini Polar Express Train featuring a glow in the dark Christmas Tunnel is located in the northwest 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. .

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 contact Derek at derekw@ogdencity.com or visit our website christmasvillage.ogdencity.com for more information.

Concessions are available from the Hot Chocolate Booth and The Corner, 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, and posters will help fund new lights and displays for years to come. Official 2019 Christmas Village Sweatshirts are available for purchase, costing $18 for Youth sizes, $20 for adults and $25 for adult XXL and up.

Pictures posted on social media are encourage to be tagged as: #OgdensChristmasVillage #TheOgdenLights #25StreetTidings #FeelElectric  #OtownTradition

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.com or calling 801-629-8548.

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