Christmas songs are on the radio, trees and tinsel are in stores, and Christmas lights have been up since before the snow came.
But for some, the Christmas season doesn't truly start until the lights go on at Ogden's Christmas Village, a collection of 59 sometimes-whimsical, sometimes-historical cottages.
The smaller-than-human-scale cottages have been installed in Ogden's Municipal Gardens, creating a miniature village where elves, snowmen and Santa are in a perpetual state of getting ready for Dec. 25.
Since 1962, people have made Christmas Village a tradition, and new families join the tradition every year — not only for the cottages, but also for children to get a chance to meet Santa.
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.
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.
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.
Santa greets children in his castle Monday through Saturday in the evenings. All children are invited to visit with Santa and share their wish lists and Christmas letters. Photos with Santa are available and proceeds benefit Christmas Village.
Tour the Village with Mrs. Claus
Preschool groups are invited to tour Christmas Village with Mrs. Claus during daytime hours. Make reservations at 801-629-8284.
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. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Village sweatshirts, posters, and Christmas cards will help fund new lights and displays for years to come.
Entertainment and Live Performances
Local schools and organizations offer entertainment in the amphitheater Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Enjoy three live performances nightly.