Keeping the Santa Spirit Real

The magic of Christmas is unique, especially for our little ones. So, we understand that you might want to delay the answer when the time comes that they start asking you ‘is Santa real?’ The magical memories of Santa will stay with them forever, so it’s helpful for parents to know what you can do to keep up the belief and excitement for a little longer. Santa is the perfect way to get the kids excited about the holiday season. Here are some of the ways we keep the Santa magic alive in our house:

 

  1. Catch Santa on video

Set up a camera with your kids on Christmas Eve, then, when they’ve gone to bed, film Dad dressed as Santa delivering gifts. In the morning your kids will be amazed to discover they caught photographic evidence of Santa!

  1. Make sure Santa’s handwriting is different than yours
    A common way kids stop believing is by realizing the handwriting on Santa’s gift tags is the same as yours. Switch up the handwriting on the presents and letters from Santa to keep them wondering.

 

  1. Visit Norad’s Santa Tracker

Norad has been tracking Santa’s journey around the globe on Christmas Eve since 1955, and now its immersive website does so with videos, maps, and a behind-the-scenes peek at Santa’s village.

 

  1. Be enthusiastic about Santa

The moment many kids realized Santa wasn’t real was when parents acted bored when they went to meet Santa at the mall. If Santa were such a fantastic person, wouldn’t everyone be excited to see him?

 

  1. Have Santa give your kids a gift they’d never imagine you’d give them

If a gift from Santa turns out to be school clothes, kids might figure out it was mom and dad doing the gifting. A truly unexpected gift, however, could only have come from Santa.

BONUS: Leave half-eaten carrots outside to be found on Christmas morning

Who else but Santa’s trusty reindeers could have eaten them? Clearly, Santa is legit.


Holiday Cheer in Utah County

The holiday cheer has been kicked up a notch. We are ready to welcome the snow, curl up by the fire, and appreciate our loved ones near and far. Year after year, our Utah County community is full of holiday events and activities for the whole family. Whether your holiday spirit needs a little boost or it’s in full-fledged Ruldoph mode, we highly recommend checking out what our local community has to offer. ‘Tis the season!

 

1. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics.

 

When: November 30 – December 15, 2018

Cost: Adult – $14, child (ages 3-11) – $12, senior (ages 65+) – $12

Where: SCERA Center for the Arts

 

For more information and tickets, visit the SCERA website.

2. A Christmas Carol

The Orem Hale Center Theatre’s musical version of A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for many families in Utah County.  See it performed by one of the best theatre companies in the state.

 

When: November 24 – December 22

Where: Hale Center Theater Orem

For tickets and showtimes, click here.



2. Spanish Fork Festival of Lights

Spanish Fork’s fantastic drive-through light display has been delighting families for more than 25 years! Find it at Canyon View Park each night from Thanksgiving through the New Year.

 

When: November 22 – January 1

Where: Canyon View Park
Cost: $8 per car; $22 per commercial van or any vehicle towing a trailer ($22 per trailer); $30 per bus.

For more information, visit the website.

 

3. Luminaria

This captivating mile-long walk in Lehi’s Ashton Gardens features programmable luminaries including moving pictures of blooming poinsettias, reindeer, and a 40-foot tree at the top of the hill.

 

When: November 19 – January 5

Where: Thanksgiving Point

 

Learn more at the Luminaria website.


Utah County Holiday Cheer

We’re seven days into December, and for most, the holiday cheer has been kicked up a notch. Lots of us are ready to welcome the snow, curl up by the fire, and appreciate our loved ones near and far. Year after year our Utah County community is chock full of holiday events and activities for the whole family. Whether your holiday spirit needs a little boost or it’s in full-fledged mode, we highly recommend checking out what our local community has to offer. ‘Tis the season!

1.) The Happy Elf

There’s no way this musical won’t become a new classic. Scored by Harry Connick Jr., The Happy Elf is centered around Eubie the Elf who is on a musical mission to bring Christmas cheer to Bluesville, a town on Santa’s naughty list. You can catch the show at 7:30 on Wednesday-Saturday at SCERA and tickets are only $10 for children (3-11) and seniors and $12 for adults and older kids. Hurry, though—this show only runs through December 17th!

For more information and tickets, visit the SCERA website.

2.) The North Pole at Seven Peaks

Now in its second year, The North Pole at Seven Peaks Water Park has become a Utah County holiday tradition. Holiday activities for the whole family include sledding down waterslides, riding trains through the festive landscape, cruising through the North Pole on bumper boats and so much more. This is a perfect evening or weekend activity that is reasonably priced (only $10 for the general public) and you have until December 23rd to enjoy the festivities.

Click here for detailed information and hours.

3.) A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has become a timeless nostalgic performance passed down through generations. For many families, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without it. The Hale Center Theater is known for outstanding productions year-round. Make sure to scoop up tickets before the last show on December 23rd.

For tickets and show times, check out the HCTO website.

4.) Luminaria

The name “Luminaria” itself is intriguing, but what is it? According to its description, “Imagine all the light displays you’ve seen before. Now, imagine something entirely different and you’re on the right track.” This captivating mile-long walk in Lehi’s Ashton Gardens features programmable luminaries including moving pictures of blooming poinsettias, reindeer, and a 40-foot tree at the top of the hill. There are also beautiful holiday touches such as fire pits, hot chocolate, a gift boutique, and even cinnamon-scented mulch.

Learn more at the Luminaria website.

5.) Spanish Fork Festival of Lights

For lots of families, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without driving around and scoping out festive lights. Lucky for Utah County, we have one of the best displays in the nation with the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights. This isn’t any drive through the neighborhood. The display includes 150 raindrops, a candy cane factory, ballerinas, an American flag, a bear fishing, and so much more. We highly encourage you to take the online tour and then get out there to see it for yourself.

For more information, visit the website.