Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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To kick off the 2018 Spanish Fork Festival of Lights, the Winter Lights Parade will drive down Main St. on Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Spanish Fork City)

Here come the holidays. Utah Valley has a variety of weekend events as the county prepares for the holly, jolly season. Don’t let sweater weather keep you indoors this week, especially with these events going on around town.

Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hosted by the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, this annual parade will feature locally-made parade floats decked out with Christmas lights. The parade route runs from 900 North in Spanish Fork to 100 South then loops around Library Park down to 100 East. The floats are glittering with Christmas lights and come from businesses, schools and individuals. Santa Claus will be the grand caboose of the parade.

When:Nov. 23 at 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: 40 S. Main St., Spanish Fork
Cost: FREE
Site: spanishfork-chamber.com

Luminaria

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 third season, this Point of the Mountain holiday mecca has more Christmas tricks up its white-fir-lined sleeve.

When: Nov. 19 – Jan. 5
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $17–$149
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

North Pole Express

All aboard! Ride the Heber Valley Railroad’s North Pole Express for your own little “Polar Express” experience. Warm up with hot cocoa and Mrs. Claus’ famous chocolate chip cookies on this 90-minute excursion. Elves will serve hot cocoa while Santa asks the children what they want for Christmas. The train leaves the station on Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

When: Nov. 20 – Dec. 22
Where: Heber Valley Railroad
Cost: Varies
Site: hebervalleyrr.org

“A Christmas Carol”

Ebenezer Scrooge and the Hale Center Theater Orem are Utah Valley’s past, present and future. For the 29th consecutive year, Charles Dickens’ tradition has been a Utah Valley tradition as Tiny Tim and the cast warm hearts in this theater-in-the-round. Smart attendees don’t squander chances at these tickets — not everyone gets a second chance like Scrooge. This year’s show has been reinvented with a few new surprises, including innovative new staging and an LED screen backdrop. Seats to this beloved holiday show go faster than you can say “God bless us, everyone!”

When: Nov. 24– Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $24–$29
Site: haletheater.org

Peteetneet Christmas Lighting Party

It’s time to flip the switch for the holiday season. Start off the night with the Santa Run. Then scurry over to the auditorium to spread Christmas cheer by caroling loud for all to hear at 5:30 p.m. Then the Christmas lighting ceremony will begin at the Peteetneet Museum at 6 p.m. The museum is collecting non-perishable food to donate to the local food pantry.

When:Nov. 23 at 4:45 p.m. (Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.)
Where: Peteetneet Musuem, 10 S. 600 E. in Payson
Cost: FREE (Food donations recommended)
Site: Facebook

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