What a winter wonderland in the Heber Valley as we celebrated the Cottages for the Children Gingerbread House Festival, Swiss Christmas in Midway, the Interfaith Crèche Exhibit and the Nutcracker by the Wasatch Dance Company. All happening during a blizzard and subzero temperatures this past weekend. My sweet five year old daughter was adorable as we ran from one activity to another. She 'ooh' and 'aah-ed' at the gingerbread houses, peered into the windows of colored fruit roll ups and melted down jolly ranchers. She walked from table to table looking at the gingerbread homes and pointed out her favorite candies scattered on rooftops and adoring the layout. The smell of sugar and chocolate tempted the senses as we wandered through the room and when we couldn’t resist it any longer we found ourselves in the children corner with a cookie gingerbread man of our own to decorate with frosting and chocolate candies, a delicious end to our gingerbread tour.
Swiss Christmas has been a local’s favorite for wonderful gifts and festive music of the Swiss Bell Ringers, Children’s Choirs and more. This year the Midway Boosters outdid themselves with outstanding talent local and from across the state. The Kaelin Brothers were exceptional musicians that entertained crowds with their beautiful vocals and showmanship. As well as a group called INFRARED from the University of Utah, a Contemporary A' cappella Group that featured 8 soloists with their 9th member doing nothing but "beat box" with his voice. The children were so taken with this group of very talented young people. A tradition for so many families during the holidays is to attend a beloved Nutcracker ballet. The Wasatch Dance Company offered a wonderful family friendly rendition. My daughter reminded me of the wonderment of the holidays as she sat on my lap during the ballet and anticipated the scenes of the sword fight with the Mouse King and the delicate dance from the Sugar Plum Fairy. She absolutely loved the beautiful dancers, the music and the lovely little girls in costumes of glitter and tulle.
We wrapped up our whirlwind of a weekend at the Crèche exhibit at the Midway Community Center with a walk through the beautiful arrangements of nativity scenes from around the world. I love the details on the small wood carved scenes the best. I do appreciate the grand village with its characters and story of the Christ Child told one scene after another, but it’s the small and simple ones that I love the best. It truly feels like Christmas with our snowcapped mountains and fields of snow across the valley. A wonderful time of the year to be in Heber Valley, join us this Holiday season for so many wonderful family friendly activities.