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Children wave at a float in the annual Spanish Fork Light Parade in Spanish Fork on Friday, November 25, 2011. Various Christmas floats moved down the main street of Spanish Fork.

For those who are starting to celebrate Christmas right after Thanksgiving, the time has finally come. Here are some events happening in Utah County that will help you get in the vacation mood.

Spanish Fork City’s annual Winter Lights Parade, hosted by the Spanish Fork Salem Region Chamber of Commerce, will light up Spanish Fork’s historic main street on Saturday. The parade with the floats lit for Christmas starts at 7 p.m. in the library park and ends in 100 E. Center St. with a visit from Santa Claus in person.

The Mapleton City Tree Lights and Wreath Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Monday in Mapleton City Park.

“Come and enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Christmas carols sung by a choir, Christmas lights and say hello to Santa,” read a message on the Mapleton City website. “There is something for everyone at this traditional, festive communal party with s’mores, hot chocolate, food trucks and roasted chestnuts. Children between the ages of one and 92 are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus and hand it in to his special mailbox on the same evening. “

A silent wreath auction takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., bids are placed at 8:00 p.m. All wreath auction proceeds will benefit Mapleton’s Sub for Santa program.

Festival-goers of the Festival of Trees do not have to leave the house this year to experience this extravagant fundraising campaign, as it is taking place virtually for the second time in a row. Starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, participants will have the opportunity to bid on handcrafted trees and decorations in a silent auction, purchase items in the virtual gift boutique or have a five-minute video call with Santa Claus. All proceeds from purchased items go to the Primary Children’s Hospital. The festival runs until December 4th.

The 13th Annual Saratoga Springs Christmas Tree Lights will take place in Neptune Park on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Residents are invited to come to listen to the musical entertainment and to bring letters for Santa Claus. Food trucks and handicrafts for children are also offered.

Lite Brite Nite at Orchard at University Place in Orem is open every Thursday in December from 6pm to 8pm.

The Salem Pond Town Christmas Boutique takes place on December 3rd from 10am to 7.30pm in the Salem Activity Center. The general public is invited to purchase gifts made by local vendors. This event coincides with Salem Pond Town Christmas, an annual event where Christmas lights are lit on Salem Pond. Visitors can view the lights for free from now until January 1st from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

The annual Provo Christmas Market takes place on December 4th from 4pm to 8pm in Pioneer Park. This free event features live music, craft and food vendors, sled dogs, an ice sculpture, and more. Thousands of lights will be lit at the Lights On Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The Eagle Mountain Christmas Village takes place at Cory Wride Memorial Park on December 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Santa and his reindeer are expected to perform, and there will be stalls, a petting zoo, mini pony rides, and a food truck. According to the Eagle Mountain website, anyone bringing letters for Santa to this event can expect a letter back in the mail.

The Santa Parade in Lehi City takes place on December 4th at 5:00 p.m. The parade route goes from Lehi High School to Main Street Plaza, and after the parade there is a tree lighting ceremony, free treats, and the chance to meet Santa Claus, Klaus.

Santaquin City is hosting the first “Santa” Quin Holly Days from December 10th to 11th. On December 10, the Santaquin Elementary School will host arts and crafts, treats, a gingerbread house display, and community performances from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a handbell concert at the Apple Valley Elementary from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., treats and displays will be on December 11th will be available again at Santaquin Elementary from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and food trucks, a parade of lights, fireworks, Christmas carols and more will be held in Centennial Park from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.: 30 p.m.


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