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Lighting displays abound

The entrance to the Festival of Lights at Canyon Park in Spanish Fork.
The entrance to the Festival of Lights at Canyon Park in Spanish Fork.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News

SPANISH FORK — Lighted displays around Utah County celebrate the Christmas season, including the granddaddy of local light shows, Spanish Fork's 13th annual "Festival of Lights."

Spanish Fork flipped the switch on Thanksgiving night.

More than 1 million lights greet visitors as they drive through Spanish Fork's holiday milelong wonderland at Canyon Park. Admission is $5 per carload or $25 per large bus. Gift certificates are also available at the Spanish Fork City Office for $5.

Spanish Fork's lighted displays include a creche, animated animals, a large toyland castle, tunnels of lights, a waving Santa Claus, skiers and toys. New this year is a display of the north wind blowing and a bear catching a fish.

For the fourth year, Salem's Pond Town Christmas shines with floating Christmas trees on Salem Pond through New Year's Day. The lighted trees are set afloat on pontoons to reflect in the water. City Hall is also decked out.

Thanksgiving Point in Lehi kicked off its drive-through Christmas light show, "Holiday Lights," on Nov. 24. It continues through Dec. 31, except Sundays and Christmas Day. Admission is $7 per car, $3 per person for wagon rides, $25 for buses, $20 carriage rides by reservation, $50 trolley rides by reservation, limit 25 passengers. Call 768-2300.

Provo's Lights-On Celebration on Nov. 27 launched the city's WinterFest. The event introduces the 10 entrants in the candy window display contest and follows Dec. 2 with the Christmas parade in downtown Provo starting at 10 a.m. from 500 West to 100 West and back on Center Street.

WinterFest includes First Night, Provo's New Year's Eve party.

To reach the "Festival of Lights" take southbound I-15 to exit 261, or northbound to exit 260. Travel southeast along U.S. 6 for five miles. Turn right at the Little Acorn Drive-In. Drive over the bridge. Entrance is on the right.

To reach Salem Pond, take the Main Street exit from I-15 in either Spanish Fork or Payson. In Salem turn south on Salem's Main Street and follow the signs to the pond. From the "Festival of Lights" turn right when leaving the park and drive to Spanish Fork Main Street. Turn left. Go into Salem.

To reach Thanksgiving Point, take the I-15 Alpine-Highland exit. Go west.


If you go . . .

Where and when:

"Festival of Lights," Spanish Fork's Canyon Park, through Jan. 1. Admission is $5 per carload or $25 per large bus

"Pond Town Christmas," Salem Pond in Salem, through Jan. 1. Free.

"Holiday Lights," Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, through Dec. 31. Admission is $7 per car, $3 per person for wagon rides, $25 for buses, $20 carriage rides by reservation, $50 trolley rides by reservation, limit 25 passengers. Call 768-2300.

"Lights-On Celebration" illuminated lights throughout Provo's downtown on Nov. 27 but runs through Jan. 1.


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