As the December nights are long and kids are short on patience until Santa Claus arrives, even the grownups may be feeling tired of the seemingly endless Hallmark Christmas movies or just can’t Netflix and chill any longer. Here’s a list of *mostly* free events happening in Lehi to get everyone out of the house and enjoying the season.
See the Lights in Lehi
Chapman Christmas Lights 2017, 2192 N. 2230 West
Lindsey Lights, 2740 N. 675 East
Mike’s Lights, 250 E. 700 South
Downey Family Lights, 2489 W. 700 South
“The Schmidt House,” 300 S. Center Street
Old Lehi Home, 100 S. Center Street
Synchronized Christmas Lights, 565 S. 1700 West
Howlett Family Light Show, 1031 W. 300 North
Squire’s holiday light show in Loch Lomond, 83 Archmore Street
Miracle Max’s Christmas, 366 W. 2800 North
Visit with Santa Claus
Santa’s Cottage at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. Kids are invited to meet Santa and write him a letter letting him know what they want for Christmas. Each letter written will be replied to by Santa before Christmas. Visits are always free, and photo packages are available for purchase. Visit Santa Monday through Thursday, Noon – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Noon – 8 p.m. Sunday Noon – 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Noon – 6 p.m. Mrs. Claus will join Santa on December 14 and 21 from Noon – 1 p.m. to tell stories in the Grand Lobby and give a tour past Utah’s tallest fresh cut Christmas tree on the way to Santa’s Village where children can snack on cookies before meeting the Big Man himself.
Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s. Santa will be at Cabela’s until Christmas Eve. Kids can visit with Santa, get a free photo with him, write him a letter (and get an emailed reply), play games and do a free holiday craft. Visit times and crafts vary and are available while supplies last. Information can be found online at www.cabelas.com
Attend a Play
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Lehi Arts Center. The play follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or more commonly known as the worst kids in the history of the world. The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. The play runs through Dec. 15, Mondays and Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. All shows are held at the Lehi Arts Center, 685 N. Center Street. Tickets can be found online at www.lehicityarts.org/Theater.
Pick out a Fresh Tree
Let the aromatic smell of a fresh evergreen fill your home by picking out a hand-cut Christmas tree from Evans Family Farm (2600 W. Main Street, Lehi). Picking out a tree is the perfect activity to do together as a family.
See a Gingerbread Demonstration
Head over to the Lehi Library on Thursday, December 6 for a Gingerbread House demonstration for adults. Award-winning Marlene Smith will demonstrate the art of making the dough, cutting the cough, decorating, assembling with sugar cement, and much more. Leave the kids at home for this one and impress everyone at your next Gingerbread House competition.
Support a Good Cause
Get out and do some good work. A good resource for finding the right project to fit your talents and schedule can be found at www.justserve.org/Projects. For more seasonal giving, Sub for Santa and Angel Tree donation boxes can be found at a variety of locations, from elementary schools to supermarkets. Sub for Santa and Angel Tree make the holidays brighter by providing gifts for children as well as elderly and disabled adults. More information can be found at www.unitedwayuc.org.