Everything You Need to Know about the 2021 Holiday Electric Light Parade and Christmas Village
Christmas Village will light up the downtown Ogden Municipal Gardens (353 E. 25thStreet) beginning November 27, 2021, after the Holiday Electric Light Parade. This annual holiday display in Ogden will feature activities and entertainment until December 23, 2021, and the cottage lights will be available to view until January 1, 2022.
Cottages sponsored and created by the community will turn historic downtown into a nightly vision of Santa’s village at the North Pole, from 5 p.m. until midnight. The theme for the Christmas Village festivities this year is “O-Town Christmas,” and a purple ornament is hidden in each of the cottages for visitors to find as they explore the displays. Visitors to the village can also vote for their favorite cottage at christmasvillage.ogdencity.com.
THE SANTA RUN, HOLIDAY ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE, AND CHRISTMAS VILLAGE OPENING GALA:
The festivities for Christmas Village will begin November 27th with the Holiday Electric Light Parade and end with a firework show in the Ogden Amphitheater.
The Santa Run, a 5k run prior to the parade where all participants dress as Santa Claus, will begin at 4:30 p.m. near 22nd and Washington Blvd. The Santa Runners will travel the opposite side of traffic, run south to 28th Street, and then come back to 22nd street to finally make their jolly finish on 25th street.
The Holiday Electric Light Parade will promptly start at 5:30 p.m., lighting up the parade route starting on 22nd Street and head south along Washington Boulevard to 27th Street. The Christmas Village opening ceremony begins when the parade reaches the Municipal Gardens, and people gather in the amphitheater at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The Mayor of Christmas Village, Ed Ehrenberger, will be recognized and Santa Claus will make an appearance, accompanied by the Grand Marshal of the Parade, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After they both turn on the lights that will illuminate another holiday season downtown, a firework show will conclude the gala.
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES:
Live entertainment and activities will be featured for visitors at Christmas Village until December 22, 2021. Performances can be found on the Ogden Amphitheater stage Monday through Saturday. Look for updates on the performance schedule online or on social media! Facebook & Instagram: @OgdenAmphitheater. Interested performers can email email@example.com or visit our website christmasvillage.ogdencity.com for more information.
Santa will be greeting children in his castle Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., November 27th until December 23rd.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:
A Breakfast with Santa event will be hosted at the Ogden Union Station on December 11, 2021. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, greeting the children and giving each of them a small gift. We will have entertainment and lots for the kids to do. Reservations are required to attend the event and can be made at christmasvillage.ogdencity.com.
Reservations can be made for preschool groups to tour Christmas Village with Mrs. Santa during daytime hours by calling 801-629-8714.
The Mini Polar Express Train, featuring a glow-in-the-dark Christmas Tunnel, is located in the northwest corner of the Municipal Gardens. It runs Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Concessions are available from the Hot Chocolate Booth, which is open Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and from The Corner, which is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Support Christmas Village: “Santa’s Store” is located at the north entrance to Christmas Village and features gifts and souvenirs to help commemorate and share the Christmas Village spirit. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Village toys, stuffed animals, sweatshirts, and posters will help fund new lights and displays for years to come. Official 2021 Christmas Village Sweatshirts are available for purchase, ranging in price from $18 to $30.
Information on the Holiday Electric Light Parade can be found by emailing specialevents@ogdencity or calling 801-629-8548.
MORE INFORMATION about Christmas Village events and activities can be found at the website or by following Ogden’s Christmas Village on Facebook.
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