So, the holiday season is finally upon us. Cue the Christmas music, eggnog, lights – lots and lots of lights-, the smell of pine trees and needles, the incessantly happy people or the occasional scrooge which finds its way to Cache Valley.
Aside from reading this blog post and seeking (or avoiding) everything mentioned above, what are you going to do to feel the holiday spirit and be of good cheer?
Here are our recommendations of happy Logan activities for the holidays. If you’re wondering what to do with the snow, which will inevitably blanket Logan at some point, read this article.
Yep, Logan has its very own Parade of Gingerbread Homes. Peruse downtown to seven local shops and see the amazing Gingerbread feats local culinary architects have created. Get to know Logan better and enjoy the sights of the town, while enjoying a holiday tradition!
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At Hardware Ranch, you can enjoy a sleigh ride while viewing elk within their natural habitat. This can be fun for the whole family, as children excitedly point to the animals and remind you of the magic of the holidays.
Ticket prices for a sleigh ride to see the elk range from $3-$5, depending on age. The ranch is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday.
For directions or more information, visit the Hardware Ranch website.
See all the lights!
With Elf like cheer, you can begin your quest to see the best light displays Cache Valley has to offer. On December 17, 19 and 26 visit Willow Park Zoo for Zoo Lights. Have fun seeing the animals in a glowing atmosphere. Admission is $2 per person, and this night out is sure to entertain children and adults alike.
Get out of Logan for a bit and enjoy the lights at Willard Bay State Park. With an entrance fee of $10 per car during weeknights and $15 per car during weekends, you can go see lights along the waterside. Enjoy holiday music, food, train rides and visits from Santa. The Bay is open 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday!
Even if you don’t have a specific destination in mind, enjoy looking at lights as you drive through Logan, Hyde Park and Smithfield. As you climb up the mountainside you can view many houses decked out in holiday cheer. Grab some hot chocolate, tune in to a holiday themed station (or bring your Michael Buble Christmas CD, we all know you have it) and enjoy an evening of looking at lights with those closest to you.
It might sound cliche, but ’tis the season to put others first and serve your fellowman. That being said, how should you serve? You can participate in the Christmas Gift Wrap hosted as a fundraiser for Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse (CAPSA).
As part of the Christmas Gift Wrap, you can either volunteer to wrap presents, or get your presents wrapped for a small fee. All proceeds from the event will be given to CAPSA.
Buy a gift for a child in need. Many shops and restaurants have giving trees where you can pick an ornament with a child’s name and age on it. From there, you can purchase something for that child, and return it to the store you received the name from. This is one great way to serve and get involved in the community.
You can also benefit those around you by shoveling snow. As your neighbors walk past your house or apartment, they’ll appreciate being able to walk calmly and easily past without worrying about slipping. You can even shovel your neighbors driveway.
No matter how you serve, you’re sure to feel holiday cheer as you reach out to others and put them above yourself this year.
No matter how you spend the season, we hope your life is filled with joy and beauty. Thank you for letting us spend some of the holiday time with you.