Layton hayrides

Old-fashioned hayrides return to Layton Commons Park this holiday season.

Come along for a hayride in Layton Commons Park

LAYTON — Old-fashioned hayrides in the park return to Layton again this holiday season.

For the past 23 years, Burger Stop, Wasatch Rods and Customs Car Club and Layton City have teamed up to provide hayrides through the city’s Lights Before Christmas display in Layton Commons Park.

This year, hayrides will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays/Saturdays — Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, and Dec. 14-15. Rides begin outside the Burger Stop restaurant, 323 E. Gentile St.

Hayrides cost $2 for adults and $1 for children. Age 4 and younger ride free. All rides are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Organizers say all proceeds will be donated to local charities. Since the hayrides began in 1993, more than $90,000 has been donated to charity.

Santa will also be on hand during the event. Families are invited to bring cameras, as children can sit on Santa’s lap for free.

Hot cocoa will be available.

For more information, call 801-544-8090.

'The Nutcracker' comes to Peery’s Egyptian Theater

OGDEN — The Julie Moffitt Ballet School will offer its presentation of “The Nutcracker” here this week.

Shows will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 1, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. Additionally, a matinee will be offered at noon Saturday.

“The Nutcracker” tells to story of Clara, who with her beloved Nutcracker travels to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Castle and the Land of Sweets and looks to defeat the Mouse King and his army of rodents. The performance will include waltzing flowers, dancing polar bears and penguins, and of course the aforementioned sugar plums.

The Moffitt production will feature 148 dancers, ranging in age from 4 to adult.

Children under age two are not allowed at the performances.

Tickets are $10-$14, available through smitstix.com or at 801-689-8700.

City, civic league set holiday tree lighting in North Ogden

NORTH OGDEN — The city and local civic league will kick off the holiday season this weekend with a tree lighting.

The 2018 North Ogden Civic League Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Bicentennial Park at Washington Boulevard and Pleasant View Drive. The program will include entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

In addition to the lighting, city officials report that a North Pole Express mailbox will be placed at the park during December. Letters mailed by noon Dec. 19 will receive a response from Santa. To help Santa save on postage, all letters must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Santa will make another half-dozen visits to the park during December. Visits will inclue:

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

For more information, call 801-782-7211.

Gingerbread Festival coming to Bountiful Davis Art Center

BOUNTIFUL — Think of it as a really tiny — and incredibly sweet — home-improvement show.

The second annual Gingerbread Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St. The festival will offer holiday fun for all ages, including photos with Santa, gingerbread cookies, art vendors, Christmas crafts, face painting and — of course — gingerbread houses entered in a competition at the center.

The gingerbread houses will be on display through Dec. 8.

Admission is $5 for children ages 1 to 15. Age 16 and older are admitted free.

The art center’s Holiday Show is also on view in the gallery through Dec. 21. Artworks and handmade crafts are available for purchase for holiday gifts.

For more information, call the Bountiful Davis Art Center at 801-295-3618.

Wake up with Santa! Station offers breakfast with Jolly Old Elf

OGDEN — What could possibly make breakfast even better?

Santa Claus!

Ogden’s Christmas Village will present its third annual Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Browning Ballroom at Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave.

The meal will include pancakes, bacon, ham, potatoes, eggs and fruit. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.

Children are invited to meet the Clauses and the Christmas Village elves and receive a gift. A magic show and short cartoon will also be a part of the breakfast.

Afterward, families are invited to go over to Christmas Village and enjoy a free train ride.

Admission is $20 per person. Those with a baby or small child who can sit on their lap and share the parent’s food don’t need to purchase an additional ticket.

To register for the breakfast, visit eventbrite.com. For more information, call 801-629-8680.

Ogden Nature Center offers antidote to hectic holiday shopping

OGDEN — Holiday shopping is usually anything but relaxing.

The Ogden Nature Center begs to differ.

Its annual Holiday Open House is coming this Saturday, offering visitors a chance to do a little Christmas shopping and find serenity wandering the center’s nature trails. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St.

Admission is free.

A local artisan fair and fancy bake sale are among the activities offered. The center’s Nest Gift Shop sells potted succulents, nature-related books, stationary, toys, games, art, bird feeders, jewelry, casual clothing and more.

For those making purchases, complimentary gift-wrapping is included.

A make-and-take nature craft for kids will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day. Free hot chocolate is also on tap.

Also popular at the Holiday Open House are fresh evergreen holiday swags and centerpieces. Organizers caution to arrive early for those — the swags in particular sell out quickly.

For more information, visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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