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How to Avoid a Cold & Dreary Utah Winter (& Actually Have Fun!)

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How to Avoid a Cold and Dreary Winter in Utah and actually have fun!

It’s officially winter here in Utah   there is snow on the valley floor, you’ve had to scrape ice off of your windshield and have experienced the awful wintery traffic on I-15.
Dreading the winter months is easy because it’s cold and dark outside. Plus it doesn’t seem like there is much to do. We are making a resolution to make wintertime JUST as fun as the warmer months, and we want you to join us!
Surprisingly, there is a ton to do here in Utah during the winter; you just have to know where to look. We’ve put a list together of some fun winter activities that you can enjoy during this winter season with your friends and family.

sledding and tubing

Sledding and tubing during the winter season is a classic snowy activity! If you don’t have a big hill nearby (or don’t want to carry your sled up a hill over and over again...) check out these fun sledding locations!

Gorgoza

Soldier Hollow

The North Pole at Seven Peaks

ice skating

The great thing about ice skating is that there are indoor and outdoor options! It's a fun activity for all ages and all skill levels. 

skiing and snowboarding

If you’re not already an avid skier or snowboarder, it’s about time you jump on the bandwagon. Utah has some of the world’s most renowned resorts that are right in your backyard. This sport can be pricey so check out these websites to get discounted day/night passes and cheap rentals.

Tickets:

Discounted tickets at ski resorts worldwide: Liftopia.com

Rentals:

snow shoeing

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If you're not into skiing or snowboarding, or want to try something that takes less coordination and skill, you MUST try snowshoeing. There are a ton of hiking trails all along the Wasatch Front. It's a family-friendly activity and helps get everyone outdoors. Don't have your own pair of snowshoes? Don't worry, there are a ton of places to rent them. Like here or here or here.  

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christmas lights

 

Check out this blog post for all of the Christmas light details. 

 

heber creeper's north pole express

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The Heber Creeper turns into the North Pole Express during December– how magical! Open Nov 25- Dec 24.
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ice castles in midway

 

If you haven’t been to the Ice Castles yet, it is a must see. Imagine Elsa from Frozen came to life and made a castle with her wintery powers. May sound cheesy, but it is SO COOL {pun intended}. Ice Castles are all over the US, but this year there is one in Midway, UT. Open late December, weather permitting. Check out pricing here. 

 

sleigh rides

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Nothing says “winter” like sitting in a giant sleigh being pulled by horses & sipping hot chocolate. Santa Sleigh Rides are located at the Homestead in Midway, Utah.
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homestead crater

The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property – and it's warm!
Click here to make reservations. 
PLUS it’s a great way to put on your Kortni Jeane swimsuit and stay warm during the winter season!
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this is the place monument

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This Is The Place hosts activities all winter that you can your family can participate in, like Candlelight Christmas from Dec 9-23.
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holiday performances

Hale Center Theater’s rendition of The Christmas Carol is a perfect Christmas tradition to start with your family if you haven’t already! Tickets sell fast so check their website to buy yours ASAP.
If you’re in Utah Valley, Hale Center Theater Orem is also selling tickets for The Christmas Carol. 
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On tour for it’s 25th year, The Forgotten Carols has shows all throughout Utah, Idaho, Arizona & Nevada. A story of hope & faith with music written by Michael Mclean.
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Will you join us in making this winter season fun?
xoxo KJ Team

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