Top 10 Christmas Events in Provo!

There are so many festivities going on in Provo this holiday season that I’ve decided to make a list and I’ve checked it twice! I’ve come up with ten Christmas events that your friends, neighbors, roommates, or whole family can enjoy. And that’s not all! I’ve got a fun Christmas Giveaway sponsored by McCoard’s Garden Center. I’m giving away a $20 Giftcard that can be used at their Christmas Bazaar! All you have to do is browse through the list of events and leave a comment letting me know which one you’re most jolly for! I will randomly pick one lucky winner on December 8th. Good luck!

*The giveaway is now closed and I’d like to congratulate Kathryn Allen for winning a $20 giftcard to McCoard’s Christmas Bazaar! Kathryn, we will email you so you can redeem your prize.

Provo Holiday Market

Tuesday, November 29 | 5:00 – 10:00 pm
The Startup Building (111 W 600 S)

The holiday season is here and all of your favorite local brands will be in one place on Tuesday, November 29! This is going to be the Christmas shopping holiday event of the year! Whether its for yourself or for someone else, come get deals on everything you could possibly need this Christmas! Free hot chocolate + 20 local brands: Mako, Dazi, Clayborne, Kz, Fawn Design, Called to Surf, Stay, Arvo, Rustico, Wandrd, Proof, Mission Belt, Thread, Discrete, Little Poppy, Papery Pier, Sticky Sounds, and more!

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

Provo Christmas Market & Lights-On Ceremony

Saturday, December 3 | 3:00 – 8:00 pm
351 W Center Street (Right in front of the City Center)

Joyeux Noel! Mele Kalikimaka! Gledileg Jol! Merry Christmas! Celebrate the beginning of Christmas throughout the world at Provo’s Christmas Market! Ring in the holiday spirit by browsing the market, petting reindeer, trying new foods, and meeting Santa. Center Street will be packed with vendors featuring handmade crafts, clothing, accessories, and food from Peru, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Mexico. The Christmas Market will be an opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early. You can even stop by the Provo City Booth and pick-up this year’s Provo Christmas Album!

Join us from 3:00 – 8:00 pm on 351 W Center Street for an enjoyable culture filled night. We will have Latin Dancers and Polynesian dancers, an African drum circle and singers performing in different languages including Korean, Cambodian and Chinese. At 6:00 pm we will have the Light Ceremony, which will of course be accompanied by a Firework show! Feel free to walk around afterward to take pictures with Santa, pet his reindeer and learn about some international holiday traditions.

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

“The Best Gift is You” Mural

Saturday, December 3 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
52 North 100 West

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Chatbooks presents a mural created by the award winning illustrator and children’s book author Dallas Clayton. Dallas Clayton’s murals have been seen around the world, and on Saturday December 3rd, Dallas will be painting one of his famous murals right in the heart of Provo City. Titled “The Best Gift Is You,” the mural will feature a heartwarming message for the holiday season. Children can help paint the mural alongside Dallas, making this a perfect family activity. Come meet Dallas Clayton as he paints and enjoy donuts and drinks!

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

McCoard’s 1st Annual Christmas Bazaar

November 17 – December 23
Thursday – Saturday | 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
McCoard’s Garden Center (384 S 3110 W)

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Utah County’s Only Garden and Craft Christmas Gift Center! From bonsai’s to stocking stuffers, McCoard’s has gifts that appeal to the gardener in all of us. We have an eclectic assortment that includes amaryllis and paper white grow kits, bonsai’s, poinsettias, rosemary trees, holly, arborvitae, gardener gift baskets, terrariums, festive fairy garden kits, living ornaments, Salt City candles and melters, porch décor, Mennonite porch furniture, crafts from local crafters and so much more!!!

For more information visit their Facebook Page.

The Beehive Bazaar 

December 1-3 & 8-10 | Thu-Fri 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
The Startup Building (125 W 600 S)

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The Beehive Bazaar is a place where artists and crafters express their creativity, hard work, and love for beautiful handmade things. With over 125 artists and crafter participating on Dec 1-3 and Dec 8-10, it’s simple to shop local this year for everyone on your Christmas list.

Beehive Bazaar touts a hand-selected inventory of unique, quality and most importantly, to-die-for handmade goods including jewelry, paintings, bags, glass, vinyl, paper, clothing and accessories as well as, jams, cookies, caramels and treats. This is in no way your mother’s craft boutique.

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

The North Pole at Seven Peaks

November 25 – December 23 | Monday – Saturday
Mon – Thur 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fri – Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Seven Peaks Waterpark (1330 East 300 North)

The North Pole at Seven Peaks is our newest holiday event for the whole family! We’re featuring a ton of new holiday activities including Christmas music, lights, sledding down waterslides, train rides, and a lazy river boat ride to the North Pole!

But that’s not all. Also, included with your admission ticket, you get many other activities including Santa Claus, wreath toss, tic tac mistletoe, character appearances, decorating trees, marshmallow guns, igloo building, hourly candy bombs, and more! You won’t want to miss this amazing seasonal event!

For more information visit: sevenpeaks.com/Provo/Northpole

Provo Santa Run

Saturday, December 3 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm
The Shops at Riverwoods (4801 N University Ave)

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Are you ready to run a 5K wearing a Santa suit?! The Provo Santa Run is held at the Shops at Riverwoods and is an out and back course that takes advantage of the Provo River Trail System. The Shops at Riverwoods is one of Provo’s most festive locations – with lights and music overhead. In the center of the shops you’ll find Christmas decorations, lighted trees, a Santa house, and elves will assist you at the milk and cookie aid stations.

 Visit runsanta.com for more information.

A Pioneer Christmas

Friday, Saturday & Monday, December 16, 17 & 19 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Provo Pioneer Village (600 N 500 W, North Park)

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Photo by the Daily Herald

Celebrate Christmas the pioneer way at the Provo Pioneer Village! Share in the festivities with music, dancing, traditional decorations, treats, Father Christmas, and more! The suggested donation is $2 per person or $10 per family, but please come even if you can’t pay! For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

Provo River Christmas Cruise

CLAS Ropes Course (3606 West Center)
December 1 – 23, 6:30-9PM Monday-Thursday | 6:30-10PM Friday & Saturday

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Grab your hat, gloves and a blanket and come and enjoy a lighted Christmas riverboat ride on the Provo River. Have a seat and enjoy the wondrous display we’ve prepared for you. There are thousands of lights, Christmas scenes and friendly faces lit up all along the shore. The reflection of the lights seem to dance with our holiday music. It is an experience neither you nor your family will soon forget. There is nothing better to get someone into the Christmas spirit than an enjoyable Christmas Cruise.

First cruise leaves at 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and then every half hour until 9:00 Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the free movie “The Light Before Christmas” before or after your cruise. Concessions/Hot Chocolate available for purchase. Enjoy the ambiance and warmth of the fire.

Check out their website for more details, www.clasropes.com.

Christmas in Color

Monday – Thursday | Online: $21.95 Drive-up: $26
Friday – Saturday & December 19-24 | Online: $25.95 Drive-up: $32
Utah Lake Stake Park Marina (4400 Center St)

We all love to drive around and admire the Christmas lights during the holidays. Christmas in Color takes that beloved family tradition to a level that you’ve never experienced before. Immerse your family in our new Christmas light drive-thru that sends you down an enchanted, winding road with almost 1,000,000 LED Christmas lights that are beautifully synched to music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! And this all without having to leave the comfort of your warm and cozy car!

For more information visit christmasincolor.net

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  1. Don’t forget about:

    MESSIAH SING-ALONG
    Dec. 2., 6pm, doors open 5.30
    featuring The Pleasant Grove Community Orchestra and Choir
    *Bring your own score if you wish to sing along.
    Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ
    175 north University Ave.

    CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT, 38th Annual
    Dec. 11, 7pm, doors open 6.30, CAROL-IN 6.40
    featuring Provo Interfaith Choir, Molly in the Mineshaft, Mark Pulham and puppets
    Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ
    175 north University Ave.

    1. Nicole D

      what is “carol-in”?
      Also, is the concert really a full 2 hours?

      1. “Carol-In” is a sing-in of Christmas carols. It takes place while people are arriving for Carols by Candlelight. Its a fun way to pass the time waiting for the concert to begin (@7). The actual concert is about 75 minutes.

  2. Traccie K

    We love the Pioneer Christmas. It has become our favorite Christmas tradition. (Does that count as being Jolly?)

  3. Stacey Jones

    Our favorite, without a doubt, is the downtown lights on ceremony. Thanks for the list, mayor!!

  4. Tottie

    I’m determined to finally make it to the lights on ceremony this year, I’ve lived in Provo for 10 yrs and we always forget to go.

  5. Laurel

    excited to hit Beehive Bazaar and the Christmas Market, as usual. but I’m gonna have to check out the Pioneer Christmas this year for sure – that’s a new one for me!

  6. Alicia McCoy

    Thank you for all the festive ideas! We’re excited to celebrate the season with our community at the lights on ceremony!

  7. Toni Jensen

    South Pole at seven peaks

  8. Kim Shields

    So excited for the lights in provo, not having to leave the warmth of our car and see all the beautiful lights make this family a happy one!!!!

  9. Nancy Vega

    Am exited to take my girls to the Christmas in colors looks like that is something even my 2 yr old will enjoy

  10. Rebecca

    Definitely the Lights On Ceremony!! I grew up here in Provo and I used to work in downtown and I ALWAYS looked forward to the festivities like the Lighting ceremony or the Santa run or the Christmas parade!

  11. I’m most interested in the Beehive Bazaar. 🙂

  12. stacy mickelson

    Im most excited for the Bernice Bazaar!

  13. Wendy

    This looks like a great list. I am excited for the Lights on Ceremony and Bazaar! So fun to have Christmassy kinds of things to do together as a city with our friends and family. Looking forward to them!

  14. Claire

    I think the mural event sounds so cool! I want to check that out for sure. My daughter would love participating and I would love to be able to bring her back and show her where she “helped!”

  15. Bonnie

    I am excited for South Pole at seven peaks! Also the Beehive bazar and the santa run!!! Provo is the best place to live!

  16. Melissa Clements

    The Beehive Bazaar and Pioneer Christmas look like so much fun! We also want to try the North Pole at 7 peaks. Thanks Mayor Curtis.

  17. Jennifer

    Christmas cruise!!

  18. Shanna

    It’s our first Christmas in Utah and in Provo! I am looking forward to the Provo River Christmas Cruise and the Santa Run.

  19. Wendy Wise

    I only get to choose one I’m jolly for? Some of these activities are an annual family tradition….the Provo River Cruise, and Provo Lights On ceremony, And, each December my husband and I celebrate our anniversary at The Shops at Riverwoods. We enjoy a dinner and then enjoy a nice walk looking at all the lights, perusing shops. I attended McCoard’s Christmas Bazaar this year and purchased gifts for others. It’s too hard to pick just one.

  20. Nicole D

    Even though I’m a grown-up, the kid inside of me is so excited to pet the reindeer at the Lights-on Ceremony! What time will the reindeer be there??

  21. Nicole D

    Clarification please? Both 4pm (in header) and 3pm (in description) are listed as start times for the Lights-on Ceremony. Which is correct? We have competing events that day, and the start time makes a difference to our planning. Also, when are the reindeer available to pet?

    1. John

      I believe it kicks off at 3:00. Sorry for the confusion.

      John

  22. Melissa Baugh

    The bazaar at Mccoards!

  23. Stacy C.

    So excited for the lights on! And to try some new ones. Thank you mayor!

  24. Kathryn S. Allen

    Having attended most of them through the years, it’s hard to choose! Tried the Christmas in Color this year and the kids (very young) loved the lights! Lights on downtown is always fun. Especially with the addition of the Market….. Hmmm, I’m not sure I can pick just one. I want to try McCoard’s and see what I can find – they’ve never failed me in the Spring or Summer, so I’m sure I will bring something home from there!

  25. Trish

    We are excited for the Christmas Market and lights on ceremony!

  26. Laura

    I am new In town, I am glad to see a good number of activities to choose from and enjoy the season. Thanks.

    1. John

      Welcome Home!

  27. Alicia

    7 peaks North pole sounds fun.

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