Christmas in Color: Cocoa, PJ’s and Dancing Lights

When I was a little kid, I loved the nights during December when we would pile into my dad’s car and head to town to see the Christmas lights. We lived in the country so “going to town” was what you did. We would snuggle in with blankets and pillows as my dad sought out the most decked out houses in the neighborhood. There is something comforting about being safe and warm in your car as you drive around, the sound of snow crunching under your tires as Christmas songs play softly in the background.

When my friend told me about the new drive through Christmas in Color display out in Kearns, I knew it was something I wanted to try. I purchased my ticket online ($20 per car) while the girls got in their Christmas PJ’s. In my attempt to make the evening as festive as possible, we stopped to grab some cocoa on the way. This might have triggered a sugar meltdown from my oldest minutes before we pulled in, but the thousands of twinkling lights quickly brought that to a halt. Crisis averted and lesson learned for next year – buy cocoa immediately prior to entering not thirty minutes before. Noted.

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I don’t know if I have heard so many  collective “oohs” and “wows” from my girls at the same time.

They have a radio station that you tune in to and the lights dance to the music. Rose is a music fanatic and watching the beat of the music play out in visual form put her into a fit of happiness. We cranked up the music for her and rolled down the windows since it was a unseasonably warm night. That kid was mesmerized.

Three Whims: Christmas in Color- To do in December in Utah

I will be completely honest, I don’t think my pics do it justice.

Three Whims: Christmas in Color- Must do in December in Utah

If you love looking at Christmas lights and want something new to try, this just might be the thing. Do what we did and get your kids (or yourselves) comfy in your PJ’s, snag some hot chocolate on the way (immediately prior if sugar puts your kids into meltdown mode) and  check out the one million LED light display.

My friends original plan was to utilize our third row and split the cost – a smart move that I would highly recommend – but her adorable baby decided to come that night (congrats friend!) If you can do it that way I say go for it.

Also, if you can hold out for snow, that might just make it a little more magical.



P.S. Take your time, drive slow, and ignore any speed demons behind you. You paid $20 for this half hour and you may as well get all you can out of it!


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