Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


During Luminaria 2016, blue lights were displayed in dry creek beds, giving the visual interpretation of water. This year, actual H2O will run through Luminaria, adding the sound of water to the visual sensory overload at Thanksgiving Point’s Christmas celebration.

The holidays are almost over. Fight the sweater weather temptation to stay indoors and enjoy your holiday celebrations early with these weekend events.

Countdown to 2017

Start spreading the news, 2017 is leaving for good! Utah County is saying hello to the new year at Provo Recreation Center’s “Countdown in New York City” event. Activities include Godfather laser tag, Coney Island inflatables and  Statue of Liberty boat cruise. Choices for evening entertainment range from magic to animal shows, dance groups and more. To cap off the night, fireworks will burst at 10 p.m. (New York’s midnight) and at our own strike of the clock two hours later.

When: Dec. 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight
Where: Provo Recreation Center
Cost: $8 for kids ages 3–17; $10 for adults
Site: Facebook


Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria was the social media darling of last year, with its inaugural draw of a million light bulbs, 27 themed areas and nearly 60,000 attendees. Now for the second season, this Point of the Mountain holiday mecca has more Christmas tricks up its white-fir-lined sleeve.

When: Nov. 20 – Dec. 30
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $17–$70
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

BYU men’s basketball vs. Saint Mary’s

After winning the conference opener on Thursday night, the Cougars will take on the Gaels on Saturday afternoon. See if the Cougars can continue its nine game winning streak.

When: Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.
Where: BYU Marriott Center
Cost: $15–$80
Site: byutickets.com

Noon Year’s Eve

Is the clock striking midnight too late for you? Provo Beach is hosting a Noon Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday complete with face painting, balloon artists, games, a magician and a countdown to noon.

When: Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Provo Beach
Cost: FREE
Site: provobeach.com

Spanish Fork Festival of Lights

Baby, it’s cold outside, but you don’t have to stay cold to see the night light up with festive holiday fixtures. Take a ride down Santa Claus Lane in Spanish Fork for 25-year tradition with the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights. Plus, it’s your last chance to see the lights before they go away for the season.

When: Nov. 24 – Jan. 1 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Canyon View Park in Spanish Fork
Cost: $8 per car; $22 per large passenger van; $30 per bus
Site: spanishfork.org

Do you have a Utah Valley event you want to add to the calendar? Email us at news@utahvalley360.com.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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