21 November 2022
Christmas in Davis County
by Discover Davis
Dear Santa, we would like snow for our ski resorts, reasonable hotel room rates, beautiful Christmas lights, and fun, affordable things we can do with our families this season. Sincerely, Davis. Whatever your Christmas wish may be, Santa works hard in Davis to make sure you and your family enjoy the most wonderful time of year. We have incredible Christmas light displays, holiday performances, and Santa encounters. Davis County also makes a great place to set up base camp for a fun skiing holiday weekend.
Get the 411 on what’s happening this Christmas in Davis County below!
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Christmas Light Displays
Christmas at Station Park
Not only are there beautiful warm golden lights throughout Station Park, but also a huge Christmas Tree of lights, including a tunnel for all your selfie and family picture needs. The light show from the fountain and visiting Santa make this one of the best places to check off more than one thing on your Christmas list. Bonus activity to add to your Christmas bucket list: ice bumper cars!
Where: Station Park Fountain Square | Map
When: November 25 – December 31
Centerville City: Festival of Lights
Centerville’s light display is low-key and fun, offering lots of opportunities to play around in the snow amongst the lights. Make it a snowball fight or try and bring Frosty to life. Come prepared in snow pants to make it a fun night of play in addition to beautiful light viewing.
Where: Smith Park, Centerville | Map
When: November 29 – December 31
Time: 4:00 pm – Midnight
Lighting Ceremony at Smith Park:
“Enjoy this fun family event at Smith Park. Santa will be arriving in style via the Centerville Police Department. The Mayor will flip the switch for the lights in Smith park and there will be hot chocolate and cookies. The Youth Council will be on hand helping kids with their ornament-making and helping kids write letters to Santa.”
When: November 28 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Layton City: “Lights Before Christmas”
Layton city does not hold back when it comes to their Christmas light display! This beautiful animal scene will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to the North Pole zoo where all their animals are made of Christmas lights. Chances are high that you’ll find your favorite animal somewhere in the park!
This setup has a drive-thru option if you’d like to experience the lights from the comfort and warmth of your car, or a walk-thru with several paths to view both realistic and fantastical beasts. We’d recommend both, but by walking you get a few extra added benefits including some stands with a big green button that will belt out the animals’ call. Sometimes some guesswork is involved with certain animals and it’ll keep you on your toes (Turkey or Peacock, is our biggest debate).
Most nights, earlier in the evening, you can grab free hot cocoa by the LDS Seminary building. Layton city really goes above and beyond with their details, including different colored eyes and claws.
They also have a bison, which is not only the National Mammal of our country but also our unofficial county mascot thanks to our friends on Antelope Island. This one you CAN selfie with because it won’t charge you.
Be sure to pose with your favorite animal and tag us @DiscoverDavis!
Where: Layton Commons Park | Map
When: November 21 – December 31 | Dusk – 11:00 pm
Lighting Party at Layton Commons Park:
Come join Layton City to turn on the 2022 Layton City ‘Lights Before Christmas’ display in Layton Commons Park. The evening will start with performances by a couple local elementary school choirs, then turning on the lights at 7:00 pm, and conclude with the Layton Heritage Museum holding an open house that evening. The Layton Rotary Club will be running the Hot Chocolate Shack, inside Constitution Circle, that evening for anyone interested in purchasing hot chocolate.
When: November 21 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Clearfield Tree Lighting Ceremony
The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place in front of city hall. They’ll have warm drinks and a visit from Santa for you to enjoy! Come write a letter to Santa at the event and get a letter back from the big man himself.
Where: Clearfield City Hall
When: November 28 | 6:00 pm
Christmas at the USU Botanical Center
Where: Heritage Park | Map
Kaysville Main Street
Bountiful Main Street
Remember to dress warmly with layers, maybe bring along a thermos of hot chocolate or tea, and enjoy the special holiday time in Davis, please tag us @DiscoverDavis on social media and have fun!
Visit with Santa
Santa’s Arrival to Station Park
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter in the east parking lot at Station Park (near the Carhartt store). Aside from seeing Santa’s entrance, other activities will include:
- Elsa, Anna, and Olaf characters
- Face painting
- Balloon artists
- Vendor booths
- Enter-to-win giveaway package for Station Park shopping spree
- Performance by Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band
- Free goodie bags for kids
Where: East Parking Lot (by Carhartt store)
When: November 25 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Visits with Santa at Station Park
Reservations are strongly recommended to visit Santa at Station Park. Reservations will include a fee of $21.20 but will count towards a photo package purchase and there are five packages available starting at $24.95. Santa will be available after his arrival to Station Park at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 25th. His regular hours are:
- November 25
- 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Santa’s break 2:30-3 and 5:30 -6)
- November 26 – December 15
- Monday – Thursday | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Friday – Saturday | 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Break: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
- Sunday | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Break: 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm)
- December 16 – December 23
- Monday – Saturday | 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Break: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
- December 24
- 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Paws & Claus
Station Park’s Santa team accepts all cats and dogs for holiday photos. Animals must be on leashes or cages until their individual visit. If you have a non-traditional pet and would like a photo, please check in with the team beforehand to make sure they are comfortable with your pet. Reservations are strongly recommended to visit Santa at Station Park. Reservations will include a fee of $21.20 but will count towards a photo package purchase and there are five packages available starting at $24.95.
Where: Station Park Fountain Square
When: Mondays in December
- December 5 & 12 | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Break: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
- December 19 | 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Break: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa at the Davis Conference Center
One of the most beloved traditions in Davis County during the holiday season is Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Davis Conference Center. This annual, magical morning is something that teh entire family will love. At this breakfast, you’ll enjoy an incredibly festive holiday atmosphere and an even more incredibly delicious breakfast buffet. Children will have the chance to sit on jolly Saint Nick’s lap for a picture and to express all of their greatest Christmas present wishes. Additional activities include: face painting, pictures with your children’s favorite characters, magicians, and cookie decorating stations. Reservations are required and tickets are on sale now! Call 801.416.8888 to make your reservation. Each year, the DCC partners and fundraises for a non-profit organization, making attending this event even more special. This year, they are partnering with Utah Foster Care and all net proceeds will benefit Utah Foster Care.
Where: Davis Conference Center
When: December 17 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast with Santa at Twig’s Bistro
Menu includes: Creme Brulee, French toast, Yukon breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and a Chef’s choice sweet treat. Elsa, Anna, and Olaf characters will be in attendance and all kids attending will receive a craft item. $27 per person and reservations required – call Twigs Bistro at 801.447.8944.
Where: Twig’s Bistro Station Park
When: December 3 & 4 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Santa Breakfast presented by Harmons
Menu includes: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, fruit, orange juice, milk, and water. $10 per person and reservations required – online booking at harmonsgrocery.com or call 801.928.2600.
Where: Harmons Station Park
When: December 10 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Swim with Santa
Swim with Santa Claus at the Clearfield Aquatic and Fitness Center! Registration is open and available online.
Where: Clearfield Aquatic and Fitness Center
When: December 10 | 10:00 am
Clearfield Community Choir and Band
Where: Clearfield Community Church
When: December 10 | 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Where: North Davis Jr. High
When: December 17 | 3:00 pm
Holiday Caroling: Original Dicken’s Carolers
Where: Station Park
When: December 3, 10, 17 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Farmington Christmas Show
Featuring Cori Connors Christmas Peace Through Music show.
Where: Farmington City Community Arts Center
When: November 28 | 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Finding Christmas – A Musical Celebration with The Gibbons Family and Friends
Where: Farmington City Community Arts Center
When: December 2 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Active Pages: The Nutcracker
Join us for a walking storytelling event featuring a Davis Arts Council original adaptation of “Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by ETA Hoffman. This is a walking event with groups departing every five minutes to hear the story of The Nutcracker unfold under the Christmas lights at Layton Commons Park.
Tickets are required but free. Every member of your group, including babies in arms and strollers, must have a ticket to enter the event. Patrons will receive a free hardback copy of The Nutcracker to take home. Limit one free book per ticket order. Additional copies will be available for purchase while supplies last.
Where: Davis Arts Council Building (Layton Commons Park)
When: November 29 – December 1 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
‘Twas: Christmas Eve at Snowbasin
Experience the night before Christmas in the Wasatch Mountains with an appearance by Santa Claus, a skier torchlight parade and fireworks. You can participate in this event by booking a private buffet dinner, or attending free on the plaza. Plus you can spend the whole day on the slopes, and maybe even ski with Santa 😉
Where: Snowbasin Ski Resort
When: December 24 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Bountiful Davis Art Center | Map
Festival Celebration: December 3 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
On View: November 22 – December 3
Pioneer Christmas at The Whitaker Museum
Santa Claus is coming to the Whitaker Museum. Come visit and get a picture with Santa and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas! This event is free but reservations are required.
Where: The Whitaker Museum
When: November 29, December 6, December 13 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CenterPoint Legacy Theatre presents: Elf, the Musical
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to see Elf The Musical. This wildly popular musical is packed with all the magical ingredients needed for the perfect start to your Christmas season. Come along with Buddy the Elf on his adventure to find his dad and ultimately save Christmas!”
Where: CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
When: November 16 – December 22
OPPA! presents: Winter Wonderettes
This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
Where: On Pitch Performing Arts
When: December 2 – 10 | 7:00 pm
OPPA! presents: Holiday Follies
With huge elaborate costumes, giant production numbers, and tons of community groups, this is the show for the whole family! Celebrate the season with us as we bring together our community in the style of the Follies! Hosts, comedy, songs, dance, huge costumes, and special guests!
Where: On Pitch Performing Arts
When: December 14 – 19 | 7:30 pm
Want to find other ways to play in Davis? See below for ways to #discoverdavis outdoors and indoors!
Our impressive trail system here in Davis has great routes for leisure biking or mountain biking, check out our favorites here.
Davis is home to 10 beautiful golf courses — nine public golf courses and one private country club. Each course has beautiful views of the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, and several are highly ranked in Utah and in national golf publications. Check them out here.
Bountiful Town Square
Whether you’re experiencing Dave in the winter or the warmer months, Bountiful’s Town Square has the Bountiful Ice Ribbon in the winter which then becomes a path for roller skating and blading, walking and strollers in the spring. Reservations will not be required, but check with the South Davis Rec Center for opening dates after the ice rink closes for the season. Stay and shop or grab a bite to eat on Bountiful’s Main Street. (Photo: Roger Tuttle)
Discover guided e-biking and horseback riding tours, hike, camp, or get in that salty water. Antelope Island State Park has numerous fun activities!
Take a trip to the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve or the Farmington Bay WMA/Eccles Wildlife Education Center to discover the magic of the Great Salt Lake wetlands and ecosystems, which includes fantastic birding opportunities (our area gets 4 million feathered visitors each year)!
Lagoon Amusement Park
Lagoon Amusement Park is Utah’s only amusement park. Depending on when you are visiting, Lagoon has a generous operating season from late March through Halloween in October. Visit and discover the magic that awaits you in Lagoon, Lagoon-A-Beach, and Pioneer Village.
Experience Station Park
Visiting Station Park is more than just stores – it’s an experience in itself! This open-air shopping center features more than 100 shops and restaurants, from nationally branded to locally owned. A great place to spend the day outdoors, with something for everyone in the family. Be sure to watch the beautiful fountain show, designed by the same hydro-engineering wizards who built the famed Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas.
6 Amusement Centers!
Check out our other fun amusement centers for laser tag, go-karting, bowling, arcade games, mini golf and more!
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium
Snorkel with the stingrays, pet a sloth, feed a tortoise, and get a fishy pedicure! Those are just a few of the fun interactive experiences you can have at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium! Plus, you’re right in Layton Hills Mall which means you can easily add in other fun activities for your day, get some shopping done, and have plenty of restaurant options.