Traveling to Christmas Village

A SMALL CHRISTMAS HUT  —  Braving the cold temperatures for opening night at the Christmas Village in Ogden, Utah, was our own reporter, Tirsea McNeal from the left, and granddaughters Tahlia and Haleigh Cuff.  I-O Photo by Robin Cuff




By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

During the Thanksgiving break, my trip down to visit my children also took me to Christmas Village in Ogden, Utah. 

The experience is similar to Conrad’s Christmas Stroll, except on a much larger scale.

The small lit miniature village illuminates Ogden’s downtown and covers several city blocks. Christmas lights adorn every tree and shrub in addition to specially built displays. 

The Holiday lights remain lit from the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day and stay on until New Year’s Day.

The dazzling lights with the unique setting of small miniature buildings were modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.

Ogden’s Christmas Village began in 1962, and has grown to an amazing seasonal attraction with locals making their visit part of their Christmas tradition.

In the center of Christmas Village is Santa’s small castle where he greets children, listens to their extensive wish lists and receives Christmas letters.

The large crowds made the stroll difficult as our family always seemed to be wandering against the current losing family members for short periods of time.

The fireworks show was amazing and the kids and adults enjoyed all the Christmas lights and creative displays, but the weather was chilling and we soon left for our various homes, each dispersing through the crowds to our own vehicles. 

Here in Conrad as we prepare for our own Christmas stroll and the Christmas season unfolds, the simple street ornaments and lighted shop windows of Conrad creates its own little miniature Christmas village and overall, it’s good to be home.