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The Best Ways to Spend the Holiday Season in Orem, Utah

Happy Holidays

Can you believe it’s already that time of year again? The “most wonderful time of the year” is back, and here in Orem, Utah, we are ready to celebrate!

Orem and the surrounding areas are full of fun things to do during the holiday season! This special time of year comes and goes so quickly, so make sure you don’t miss all the amazing opportunities around you! To get you started, our team at Monteval has put together a list of holiday activities and events in the Orem area! Grab your loved ones and mark your calendars: It is going to be a memorable holiday season!

Holiday Events

Earn Your Turkey Run: When we think of Thanksgiving day, we often think of the overeating that often accompanies it. This year, enjoy a balanced Thanksgiving by participating in the Earn Your Turkey Run! Runner’s Corner and the Orem Fitness Center have been sponsoring this Thanksgiving Running Event since 1982, and it has been a local favorite ever since! Join the community on Thanksgiving Day for this event you won’t want to miss!

Light Up Christmas: With lights, storytelling, and amazing music, what else could you want? This year at Light Up Christmas, come hear the beautiful songs of Christmas performed by Dallyn Bayles, Mindy Smoot Robbins, Marvin Payne, Shayla Beck, One Voice Children’s Choir, and the Utah Valley Symphony. The performance will take place December 3, and tickets can be purchased using this link

Santa Run 5K: The Santa Run 5K is a running event you won’t soon forget! In this race, each participant will receive a Santa suit to run in, and they will stop along milk and cookie stations aided by Santa’s helpful elves! This hilarious Santa-themed race will begin at the Riverwoods on December 4 and be a truly unforgettable event this holiday season.

Holiday Activities

Gingerbread House Competition: Get your creative side on and participate in the 2021 Gingerbread House Competition! The first-place winner of this competition wins a $1,000 cash prize, so take this seriously—you could be the big winner! The entry form must be submitted by November 10, and the completed gingerbread house on November 27, so don’t miss these deadlines if you are interested in entering! If you want to come and check out these masterpieces, come to the University Place Mall on Monday, November 29 (Starting at 8:00 p.m.), through Friday, December 3. Looking at these handcrafted holiday houses will make for a fun activity for the whole family!

Christmas Cruise: Why look at the Christmas lights on land when you could look at them from the water? Gather your family and friends for the Christmas Cruise—a holiday boat ride along the Provo River! The boat ride will take you under thousands of twinkling lights accompanied by holiday music, making it a magical experience! Tickets can be purchased on this website.

A Christmas Carol: Whether A Christmas Carol is a yearly family tradition or you are wanting to see it for the first time, this Charles Dickens classic is a magnificent way to celebrate the season. Here in Orem, Utah, the Hale Theater’s annual performance of A Christmas Carol is always spectacular! Performances will take place from November 27 to December 23, and they sell out quickly! Check out Hale Center Theaters website for ticketing information.

Simple Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is often the happiest time of the year! However, for some, it can be difficult and lonely. This holiday season, make an effort to spread holiday cheer to a friend, relative, or stranger. You never know who could need it! 

In an article by Becoming Minimalist, Joshua Becker shares 12 simple ideas of ways to spread holiday cheer. Here are a few highlights:

  • Handwrite a letter
  • FaceTime/Skype an old friend
  • Leave a nice tip
  • Invite someone over for dinner
  • Shovel your neighbor’s driveway

These are only a few of many endless ways to simply serve others during the holiday season. A little bit of effort can really make a huge difference for someone! And, it may even brighten your own holiday season as well!

There is so much to love about Orem, Utah, especially during the holiday season! By participating in holiday activities, events, and opportunities to spread cheer, you’ll find that your holidays in Orem are some of the best ones yet! And if you are looking for a place to stay in Orem, ICO Monteval could be the perfect place for you to call home. Feel free to schedule a tour with us! We would love to show you our amazing apartments and all that they have to offer.

From our entire team at Monteval, we wish you and your loved one a happy holiday season!