LAYTON -- 'Tis the season for holiday activities, lights and music, and there are plenty of opportunities for all three.
Michelle Howard, Layton's recreation events coordinator, estimated that 500 to 600 people enjoyed free hayrides on Wednesday night through Layton Commons Park. The event is part of the monthly family recreation activities.
"I just think all the hard work that goes into the lights and being out there and seeing people come out and enjoy them makes everyone look forward to this event," Howard said.
Howard said she can tell that it is not only those in the recreation department who look forward to the yearly hayrides.
"It is nice to see the families year after year," Howard said. "There are several who have made a tradition out of coming out and participating. That's why we do it, in hopes that some families can make traditions out of them."
Those in attendance also enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies in the bowery and visited with Santa Claus.
Next month's family recreation activity stays with a winter theme as families will enjoy a night of ice skating at the Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. Families will get free admission into the facility and can rent skates for $1.
But those who did not attend Wednesday's free event are not out of luck.
Burger Stop has teamed up with the city to offer hayrides through the park on Fridays and Saturdays, ending on Dec. 18. The rides start and stop at the Burger Stop, 323 E. Gentile St., and take a trip down Wasatch Drive. The cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free to those 5 and under.
How about Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband? The popular band will be performing at 7 p.m. Monday at the Layton High School auditorium, 440 Wasatch Drive.
The concert is the first of an annual holiday concert series by the Davis Arts Council, which will be known as "DAC the Halls."
While there are still tickets available, Kirt Bateman, executive director for the Davis Arts Council, said he expects the auditorium to be packed.
"It's all Christmas stuff. I think (Shupe) may sing one or two of his really well-known hits," Bateman said. "But the whole point is to get the audience worked up into a Christmas frenzy."
Shupe and his gang will likely perform their Christmas tune, "The Grinch Went Down to Whoville," which is a variation of the popular song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," as well as "Egg Nog," a variation of their own popular song "Corn Dog."
The DAC is also launching another program on Saturday called the Davis Arts Chamber Music Series. It will be a monthly free concert, with this month's concert featuring holiday music.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle, 198 W. Center St. Those attending are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Utah Food Bank.
"It's holiday music, but it will more intimate and traditional," Bateman said.