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Friday favorites: holiday light displays and a giveaway ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED

One of my favorite holiday traditions is viewing the variety of Christmas lights that pop up around town. We are lucky to live in a particularly festive area, where fantastic light displays are in abundance – from gargantuan Griswold family-like home displays to incredibly amazing displays hosted by private organizations along the Wasatch Front.

Lights at Temple Square

You’ve may have heard about the fantastic lights at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, and many of you have probably been there. The number of lights on display there is absolutely amazing. A sight not to be missed…

Recently I discovered another wonderfully fun display a bit farther south – the electric park at Thanksgiving PointThanksgiving PointThe holiday light display is more than a mile long, but tends to be a bit more friendly for the little ones than many others I’ve been to – there is no walking out in the freezing Utah cold!

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At Thanksgiving Point you can drive a personal car through this winter wonderland or ride in the Trolley, both of which are toasty warm. The light display is open Monday through Saturday from 6-10 p.m. until December 27. Admission is $8 per car ($4 for members) or $2 per person on the trolley. Worth every penny!

Don’t be fooled into thinking this place is just about holiday fun though, Thanksgiving Point is a fantastic location for families year round!

  • If your birthday is in January (hint, hint), you might do a little shopping at the Emporium. They have more goodies in the 13,000 square-feet of retail heaven than you could possibly imagine. I think I am in love with about 90% of everything in there…
  • Mom and Dad might enjoy a sweet Valentine’s Day dinner at Harvest Restaurant. Here’s where I recommend the Rock Shrimp Nachos…Just the right amount of kick. Can we say heavenly???
  • Spring is a great time to meet the animals at Farm Country, enjoy the eggstreame Easter egg hunt and ohhh, the Tulip Festival is a must.
  • Summers are great for birthday parties, visits to the gardens and when it’s really hot out you can enjoy the cool interior of the Museum of Ancient Life.
  • Fall brings harvest, an amazing corn maze and more.
  • How about a cooking class to gear up for Thanksgiving in November? Thanksgiving Point offers the most fantastic cooking classes (I’ve taken several fall classes and LOVED every one).

Anyway, I think you get the point…The best part?!? Thanksgiving Point has graciously provided an annual family pass ($175 value) for one of my lucky readers – talk about a fantastic Christmas gift!

To enter, please visit Thanksgiving Point’s website and leave me a comment letting me know what you’d most like to visit at Thanksgiving Point by midnight Thursday, December 16.

For extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

  • Follow It’s a Tradition through Google Friend Connect (at right)
  • Like It’s a Tradition and/or Thanksgiving Point on Facebook
  • Share information about this giveaway on Facebook (please link back in comments)
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Tweet about this giveaway (make sure you mention @taunitweets and link back to this post).

I am looking forward to spending loads of time at Thanksgiving Point this year and hope to meet you there!

*Thanksgiving Point has generously provided me with an annual pass for the coming year and one to giveaway. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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69 Responses to " Friday favorites: holiday light displays and a giveaway ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED "

  1. Living the Scream says:

    I would love to visit the lights. I have not gone for a few years. The trolley sounds like so much fun

  2. Living the Scream says:

    I like you on facebook :)

  3. Living the Scream says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  4. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Since I have a ton of boys, it's always the dinosaur museum!

  5. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I follow via friend connect.

  6. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I follow on Twitter.

  7. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I like on Facebook.

  8. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I like Thanksgiving Point on FB.

  9. Missy says:

    I've always wanted to do the tulip festival but i bet my little one would love the dinosaurs.

  10. Missy says:

    Follow you on twitter!

  11. Missy says:

    I follow with Google connect!

  12. Missy says:

    I like on Facebook!

  13. KT says:

    I've heard the dinosaur museum is great.
    Also I'm a follower, 2 entries please.
    Ogden lights are far away for you, but we go every other year-only if it's a warmer night. The kids love seeing all the new stuff in the little cottages.
    Layton lights are also lights you can drive through for free. They have tons of animal lights, great for little kids.

  14. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I want to check out their cooking classes!

  15. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I follow on gfc!

  16. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  17. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I like you on fb!

  18. katalc says:

    I'd LOVE to visit the tulip festival and my boys would love the ancient history museum!!! Oh. And here's a link that is close to my heart. http://www.abc4.com/news/local/story/What-it-takes-to-put-on-the-famous-Temple-Square/jJojajKbVE6yKV5Qh7VXAA.cspx

    I couldn't find the video of it… DARN! Enjoy!

  19. Jac says:

    The gardens, the gardens, the gardens. Oh how I love that place!!!

  20. Ryley @ That's My Family! says:

    I've never seen TP at chrismas time! I'd love to go down and see it!

  21. Nisha @ Healthy Mom's Kitchen says:

    We go to TP all the time, but I haven't made it into the little art studio yet. I want to go see the glass blowing!

    I have to admit, I was a little dissapointed at teh holiday lights. We went last year and I wished there was more to it than just lights, like cute buildings with elves or something. Massive ice sculptures and igloos. They should hold a contest there so there is more to it than the lights.

  22. Nisha @ Healthy Mom's Kitchen says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  23. Nisha @ Healthy Mom's Kitchen says:

    I like you and TP on FB.

  24. Michelle says:

    I would love going to the Tulip Festival!

  25. Michelle says:

    I'm a follower!

  26. Aimee says:

    I would love to go to the Dinosaur museum! I've never been to that part of TP. :) Oh, and if you love Christmas light displays, you need to check out the house of my friend Richard (holdman.com/christmas).

  27. Aimee says:

    I'm following you on Twitter (I'm @aimeeroo).

  28. Aimee says:

    Now following you via Google. :)

  29. Brooke says:

    I follow you on Twitter!
    @craftingchicks

    xoxo Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks
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  30. Brooke says:

    One of my favorite things at TP is the Tulip Festival. It is breathtaking! :)

    xoxo Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks
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  31. Brooke says:

    I'm a follower! xoxo Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks

  32. Brooke says:

    I "LIKE" you on FB. :)

    xoxo Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks

  33. sayer13 says:

    I would love to see the tulip festival. My sister talks about it all the time. I would also enjoy the thrill of winning!
    Marsha – sayer13@hotmail.com

  34. Juls says:

    I LOVE the Gardens and the Dinosaur Museum!

    juls.jean@gmail.com

  35. Juls says:

    I'm a Google Friend Follower!

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  36. Juls says:

    I "Like" Thanksgiving Point on FB.

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  38. Baby Mama says:

    I would love to visit the gardens
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  39. Baby Mama says:

    GFC follower
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  40. Baby Mama says:

    I like Thanksgiving point on fb
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  41. Baby Mama says:

    I like you on fb
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  42. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I've been a few times, and I can honestly say I didn't know there was anything there other than the dinosaur museum and the Christmas lights! Apparently I have to win so I can try the rest out!

  43. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I follow your blog

  44. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I like you on facebook

  45. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I like thanksgiving point on facebook

  46. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  47. Char says:

    I love taking my kids to Farm Country to do the pony rides.

    charo_harris@hotmail.com

  48. Drey says:

    I'd like to visit the dinosaur museum again – it's been a long time and my kids (especially my boys) would LOVE it!
    -Andrea Scott

  49. Drey says:

    I am now following you on google :)
    -Andrea Scott

  50. Drey says:

    I like Thanksgiving Point on facebook now…

  51. Drey says:

    And I like you on facebook :) I'm really hoping for this giveaway! It would be perfect for my family. So pick me, pick me :) Happy Holidays, Tauni!
    -Andrea Scott

  52. Deborah says:

    I love everything about Thanksgiving point, but my daughter especially loves the animals at Farm Country!!

  53. Deborah says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  54. Debbie / Cranberry Fries says:

    I'd love to see the lights. I've been to a few other things at TGP but never the lights. I'm sure my kids would love them.

  55. Debbie / Cranberry Fries says:

    I like TGP and your page on Facebook

  56. Debbie / Cranberry Fries says:

    I follow with google friend

  57. plaidspolitics says:

    We want to take the kids to the Dinosaur Museum! An annual pass will also get us into the Tulip Festival in the Spring, which is a must do. I love the Gardens all through the Spring, Summer, and into the Fall. Kids love the pony rides at the Farm, too.

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    I now Follow It’s a Tradition through Google Friend Connect :)

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    I like Thanksgiving Point on Facebook :)

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  62. Michaela says:

    I like Thanksgiving Point on FB.

  63. Michaela says:

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  64. Michaela says:

    I would love taking my kids to the Children's gardens the most!

  65. Greta says:

    My son love the dinosaur museum most, but I'd love to try out the Harvest Restaurant.

    ggriffith20(at)yahoo(dot)com

  66. Greta says:

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