Christmas Village, November 30 - January 1
Christmas Village will light up downtown Ogden beginning November 30, after the Holiday Electric Light Parade. The cottage lights can be viewed in the Ogden Municipal Gardens (353 E 25th Street) until January 1. There will be activities and entertainment in the village until December 23.
- Village Cottages: Sixty-seven cottages, sponsored and created by the community, turn downtown into a vision of Santa’s village at the North Pole (Hours: Sunday-Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.). The Christmas Village theme this year is “Are you Yeti for Christmas”, and a Yeti is hidden in each of the cottages for visitors to find as they explore the displays. Votes can be cast online for favorite cottage displays.
- Village Activities: There will be live, evening entertainment on the Ogden Amphitheater stage until December 21 (Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:30-8 p.m.). Updates can be found on the performance schedule online or on Facebook and Instagram by following @OgdenAmphitheater. The Mini Polar Express Train featuring a glow in the dark Christmas Tunnel will run in the northwest corner of the Municipal Gardens (Hours: Monday-Friday 6-9 p.m. / Saturdays 5-9 p.m.). Concessions are available at the Hot Chocolate Booth and The Corner (Hours: Monday-Friday 6-9 p.m. / Saturdays 5-9 p.m.) while visiting the village.
- Breakfast with Santa: A Breakfast with Santa event will be hosted at the Ogden Union Station on December 14 at 9 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there greeting children and giving each of them a small gift. The cost to attend is $20 per person. There will be entertainment and kid-friendly activities. Online reservations are required to attend the event.
- More Santa Claus Sightings: Santa will be greeting children in his castle at Christmas Village beginning November 30 through December 23 (Hours: Monday-Friday 6-9 p.m. / Saturdays 5-9 p.m.). Pre-school groups can reserve a time to tour Christmas Village with Mrs. Claus during the day by calling: 801-629-8714
- Support Christmas Village: “Santa’s Store” is located at the north entrance to Christmas Village and features gifts and souvenirs to help commemorate and share the Christmas Village spirit. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Village toys, stuffed animals, sweatshirts and posters (created by local artist Sherry Ferrin) will help fund new lights and displays.
More information about Christmas Village events and activities can be found on the official website page or by following Ogden’s Christmas Village on Facebook. Pictures posted on social media are encouraged to be tagged as: #OgdensChristmasVillage #TheOgdenLights #25StreetTidings #FeelElectric #OtownTradition
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The “At Your Service” City newsletter is available online for unlimited access to upcoming Ogden events, news updates and safety messages. A digital version of the newsletter is now also published on Adobe Spark to make mobile reading and sharing easier. Find future and past editions of the newsletter on the official Ogden City newsletter archive webpage in both PDF and Adobe Spark (as of October 2019) form. Print copies of the newsletter are always available at The Corner (2501 Washington Blvd) or in the Ogden City Municipal Building 2nd-floor lobby (2549 Washington Blvd). Follow the Ogden City Newsletter webpage and Ogden City social media platforms to catch the digital newsletter when it’s shared monthly.
Be aware of snow removal ordinances in effect from November 1 - March 15. Follow these practices to help keep all citizens and snowplow drivers safer this upcoming winter.
- Do not blow or shovel snow onto the streets. It is against the law due to freezing snow becoming an accident risk on the road. Be sure snowblower spouts aim to blow snow back onto the home property instead of onto the street. Residents are responsible for sidewalk snow removal within 12 hours after a storm starts. (Ordinance 7-2-8A)
- Move vehicles off of the street during snowstorms to avoid blocking snowplows. Keeping vehicles off the street helps eliminate accidental damage from other cars that may lose control on slick roads. (Ordinance 10-5-21A)
- Keep a safe distance between vehicles and the snowplow while driving. Snowplows can slide on ice and snow too, and the safety of snowplow drivers and all citizens on the road can be helped with an extra level of caution.
- Clear the snow around fire hydrants. (International Fire Code Section 508.5.5) Fire hydrants in front of homes must be clear of snow at all times to remain accessible to the fire department. Residents unable to get hydrants cleared can request assistance by calling: 801.629.8074
Winterizing Pipes and Irrigation Systems
Winter months bring freezing temperatures that can cause serious damage to metal and plastic pipes. Be sure to properly winterize home plumbing before freezing temperatures hit. Turn off irrigation systems by turning off the system at the stop-and-waste valve and open each zone valve until the entire system drains of water. If a system does not have a stop-and-waste valve, turn off the main valve and open all drain valves. After the system drains, close each valve and leave the system shut off until spring. Disconnect garden hoses and insulate all outdoor faucets (hose bibs). More information on winter water preparations can be found online.
Emergency Preparedness: Holiday Safety
Winter events and festivities bring their own need for safety vigilance. Remember these key points while hosting guests, traveling or shopping over the holidays.
- Traveling: Stay off the road during and after a winter storm. Always have an emergency kit while flying or driving, and prepare all vehicles for winter weather before the snow begins to fall. Make a communications plan with family while together for the holidays.
- Cooking: Keep an eye on all food when cooking, especially when heating or frying anything. Most house fires start in the kitchen this time of year.
- Decorations: Keep candles away from flammable materials. Turn off holiday lights at night. If a home is celebrating with a natural holiday tree, keep it watered to prevent it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
- Shopping: Actively use cyber safety practices and make sure a wireless network is secure while shopping online.