Fantasy at the Bay opens at state park
WILLARD -- Holidays will be bright with lights as Fantasy at the Bay opens for another season on Thursday.
The annual drive-through light display at Willard Bay State Park features animated figures, lighted trees and roadway lights. Visitors can see it all from their own cars or by taking a free horse-drawn hay wagon ride.
Fantasy at the Bay is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Admission is $8 per vehicle; Utah State Parks annual passes are not valid for the event.
Folks can warm up with hot chocolate, chili and other items around a large campfire.
The display is set up in the Cottonwood Campground at the park, located off Interstate 15's Exit 357.
For more information, call 435-734-9294 or 435-734-9494.
Station soon aglow in new 'Tree of Lights'
OGDEN -- There's something new, bright and shiny at Ogden's historic Union Station.
Union Station is lighting its new "Tree of Lights" at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26, to kick off the holiday season.
Instead of a fir or pine, staff members opted to put a tree made of lights on the Fountain Plaza, in front of the building at 2501 Wall Ave.
"A traditional tree would obscure the view of the building," said Tracy Ehrig, business manager at the station. "With one purely made of lights, in the day you can see the building and at night it's enhanced with lights in the shape of a tree."
The lighting ceremony lasts until 6:30 p.m., and includes a performance by the Hooper Elementary School choir in the Grand Lobby. There will also be free cocoa and cookies, the opportunity to buy crafts, and time to check out the station's traditional train-decorated tree.
Admission is free. For more information, call 801-393-9890.
Sugar Plum Fairy and friends in Cache Valley
LOGAN -- Cache Valley Civic Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," starting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St. Additional performances of the traditional holiday ballet are set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 27, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and Nov. 29. Tickets start at $8, with the best seats selling for $18.
Children and adults are invited to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier at a Sugar Plum Tea, at 11 a.m. Nov. 27 in the adjacent Bullen Center. Tickets cost $3, and include light refreshments. An optional fee of $5 will be charged for a photograph with the characters.
To purchase ballet tickets, call 435-752-0026 or visit www.centerforthearts.us. Tickets to the tea will be sold at the door.
Holiday festivities abundant in Layton
LAYTON -- Layton has three separate holiday-related events over the next few days.
* The city celebrates the start of the holiday season, and the completion of a new road interchange, with a combined event at 10 a.m. Saturday that features a parade on Main Street. The parade starts where Main Street and Church Street cross, and continues south on Main Street to the new South Layton Interchange and Layton Parkway.
Santa Claus will be in the parade, and plans to pose for photos after at The General Store, 50 W. Gentile.
Immediately after the parade, the city will light a Christmas tree at 12 S. Main St. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 801-949-0256, or 801-544-5999.
* A nativity lighting and concert will take place Sunday, with Christmas carols performed by choir groups such as The Wasatch Master Chorale, Grace Presbyterian Church, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the LDS Orchard Grove Ward, Mountain View Baptist Church, Laytones of Layton High and more.
The singing begins at 6 p.m. in the Layton High School auditorium, 440 Wasatch Drive. After the concert, a lighting ceremony for the nativity scene will take place across the street from the high school, at 448 Constitution Circle. Admission is free. For more information, call 801-544-4269.
* The annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will feature performances from local high school choirs and a countdown to turn on the lights of Layton Commons Park at 6 p.m. Monday.
The event starts at Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, and then moves across the street to the lighting display.
The Heritage Museum of Layton, which is connected to the amphitheater, hosts an open house in conjunction with the lighting ceremony. Historic Christmas artifacts will be on display, and hot cider and cookies will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is free for both events.
The light display at the Layton park will be open from dusk to 11 p.m. Monday through Jan. 1. To see the lights by car, enter at the east side of the park. To walk through the display, park by the Surf 'n Swim.
For more information, call 801-336-3924.