Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Village

Just in time for your holiday festivities (next year), I'm pleased to inform you of a fun place to see Christmas lights: the Christmas Village in downtown Ogden.  I had read about it and we decided to give it a try, and we loved it.  I love Christmas lights of any sort, really, but this was extra good---much better than the drive-through scaffolding-lights at Thanksgiving Point, which gave me a sort of "isn't-this-cheating?" sort of feeling the year we saw them (a few years ago, admittedly, so maybe they're better now)---and certainly as good as the Temple Square lights, which, though always beautiful and enjoyable to see, have been kind of sparse lately (haven't they?).

At this Ogden Christmas Village, basically there are a bunch of tiny houses decorated with lights on the outside, and little scenes inside.  You walk around and peek into the houses to see what's inside---many of them show elves doing Christmas-y things like building toys, but there's lots of variety.  I think each house is sponsored by a business or city department, so sometimes they are themed around that---Fireman elves in a fire station, for example, or elves eating in an ice cream parlor.  Some are animatronic (is that the word I want?) and some are more like detailed dioramas.  Sam said it was just like a parade, but better because you could go at your own pace and get close-up views of all the "floats."  We loved the house that held hundreds of tiny nutcrackers, and the one with dozens of stuffed bears sitting around a fireplace, and the one with elves throwing snowballs at each other.  The kids thought it was just magical.  They loved climbing up on the little steps and peering through the windows to see what they could see.  And it was such a fun, Christmas-y atmosphere---hot chocolate for sale, and a few firepits for warmth, and a little snow falling.  We want to go again next year!  (Here is where I read about it, by the way.)
Seb liked the railroad arms, of course

2 comments:

  1. On our block in LA there was always this house that used its whole front yard to house this tiny village - a couple of streets and dozens of miniature houses with little cars running along the streets and tiny stores and people on the sidewalks. The snow was all, like, white angel hair, which was actually fiberglass insulation, fluffed out, and you couldn't touch it or it would give you microcuts. But I loved that thing SO MUCH. This looks really fun, too. But Ogden is SO FAR AWAY. I am too old to have adventure in my soul. Sad for me, huh?

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  2. My kids are still talking about the Nutcracker house. My fav was the Ogden Nature Center. I want to make little bird houses now. Not that I will--but I want to.

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