I have this thing for Christmas lights. I know many of us do, but I love them with all my heart. Nothing makes me happier that seeing colors on the dark and cold nights of winter. Usually, I'm a get-them-up-the-day-after-Thanksgiving girl. But between being pregnant and moving/remodeling...it's suddenly on the back burner. We didn't get them up the day after like usual, but we are slowly getting some of our Christmas stuff out to be more festive.
I also wanted to start out December right with my little family. We were planning on going to the Ogden Opening with the Christmas Village, but the kids were sick and things just didn't pan out the way I'd hoped. They even had FIREWORKS!
Luckily, Thanksgiving Point has a new Christmas Light adventure called Luminaria. I've done Temple Square many times...but the crowds always turn me off. So glad to have so many other options!
It's about a mile walk through all sorts of different light features. I only brought a single stroller, thinking my kids would probably walk most of it. By the end we wished we'd brought the double stroller or even a wagon. I saw some families with wagons and blankets. Smart people.
The flower garden area really did smell like flowers...I kept looking around for some kind of flower, but realized it must be some kind of scent. Whatever if was, it was lovely.
All along the way there were friendly volunteers to keep you going down the right path.
Somewhere in the middle you'll get to meet some reindeer!
There are also three different food stations. We held out to the very end, but the Peppermint Spritz sounded quite tasty.
With the purchase of your ticket, you also get to walk through the Light of the World Gardens. It's a lovely sculpture garden depicting Jesus Christ' ministry.
There were hundreds of lanterns and soft music. It would have been quite peaceful if our children weren't there. Ha!
At the end of the walk there was a giant Lite Brite!
We spent quite a while there. Even I did. Because of course, The Salt Project needed to represent.
There were also racing games, fire pits (open for rent) and treats to buy.
We bought a gingerbread man to share. My kids have been on a gingerbread man kick for a while because of this book. The cookies were priced well and were pretty dang delicious. Sweets aren't my thing, but I do love gingerbread anything!
As you are walking out of the park you'll walk through multiple forest scenes that we pretty amazing. I really do love all the colors.
I'm not sure what these cup/bucket things are, but the colors and lights would be timed to music playing, so be sure to stop and watch.
Thanksgiving Point did so good! I can't wait to see what their second year of Luminaria will bring!
Don't forget to check out the video we made of Luminaria. Plus we've written out some tips below.
- Dress REALLY WARM. Hand Warmers might be helpful.
- Dress the kids even warmer.
- Bring some kind of stroller/wagon/carrier for children. With Blankets. It's a mile long walk so plan accordingly.
- There are bathrooms along the way.
- Bring Glow in the Dark Sticks. (We bought some light up sticks for the kids at the gate, they were $8 but the kids kind of forgot about them in 20 minutes.)
- All sorts of goodies are available for purchase. Mostly sweets. We tried the Gingerbread men $3 and they were delicious! Hot Chocolate and really good looking Waffles.
- There is a S'mores section at the end. You can rent the fire out with S'mores.
- Check out our other Thanksgiving Point posts here.