The holidays change gradually the older we get. Studies have shown that the majority of Americans experience an increase in stress during the holiday season. When you have to worry about holiday travel, finding the perfect gift or playing Santa, it’s easy to forget the magic of the holiday season. Despite your growing to-do list, it’s important to remember that it’s not about the presents that make the holidays the most magical time of year — but making memories together as a family. Experience the wonder of the holiday season with your family and make holiday traditions that will keep the magic alive for years to come in Heber Valley.
Heber Valley is an incredible place to plan family-fun events to get you in the holiday spirit.
Here are some ways to enjoy the holidays like a kid again by following this simple yet magical formula: Experience, Savor, Create.
There is no better way to embrace the start of the holidays than by attending a tree lighting ceremony. Kick-off the festivities at the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at the Midway Town Square in Heber Valley. Watch as your kids excitingly count down till the lights shine, igniting their hearts with a love for this joyful time of year.
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The North Pole Express is sure to become your new favorite holiday tradition. Take a sip of hot cocoa as you admire the snowy winter wonderland from your seat while singing traditional Christmas favorites with your loved ones. Once you reach the North Pole, Santa joins the train and greets each child with a special gift. As your children are held in Santa’s arms and ask what they would like for Christmas, you’ll think to yourself, this is what the holiday season is all about.
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The Midway Bakery on Main offers an incredible array of holiday treats that all of your family can enjoy. Their selection includes warm cinnamon rolls, gingerbread cupcakes, cranberry orange scones and so much more. These holiday-unique treats will bring the spirit of the season closer to your heart — and stomach! Fill up on sweets and enjoy the scenery around you!
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Available only in the winter months, Dairy Keen offers its peppermint shakes. Noteworthy pit stops during the holiday season are what make the experiences with your family so memorable. Be sure to stop by and make these peppermint shakes a part of your holiday traditions in Heber Valley.
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Nothing screams the holiday season more than a day on the slopes. Teach your kids how to ski or enjoy the scenery with your family on the ski lift. Skiing helps you unwind and destress as you glide upon the powder. Create memories at Robert Redford's iconic Sundance Ski Resort and enjoy the winter scenery like never before. After you’ve skied to your heart’s content, warm up with one of Sundance’s hot drinks.
Soldier Hollow offers the longest tubing lanes in Utah. The hill has lengthy 1,200-foot sliding lanes with lift service for towing people up the hill for tubing day or night, and a sound system keeps the airwaves full of enjoyable tunes. A trip to Soldier Hollow makes for family fun —where kids are kids, and adults get the chance to be kids again.
Special childhood holiday memories have a way of staying with us like no other. Whether the memory is attending a tree lighting celebration, getting peppermint shakes or spending the day racing down the tubing hill, those memories are still visceral for us — regardless of age. It’s easy to remember the pure magic and uncontainable excitement of your childhood holidays. Now, create those memories with your family at Heber Valley — the best gift you could ever provide.