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5 Things to Do in St. George, Utah for the Holidays

Christmas tree with ornaments and garland
November 9, 2022

The holiday season is just around the corner, and there is no better place to celebrate with your family than in gorgeous southern Utah! Plus, you can take advantage of off-peak rates to save on your vacation! St. George has something for everyone in December, including stunning hiking trails with beautiful scenery, pristine golf courses, and plenty of local restaurants and stores for holiday shopping! In addition, there are an array of unique holiday events that you don’t want to miss out on. Here are 5 things to do in St. George, Utah for the holidays:

1. Holidays at Desert Color Event: December 8th-December 10th

aerial view of Desert Resort in St George Utah

Having launched in 2020, Desert Color has quickly become one of the most popular vacation destinations in all of Utah! It has a 2.5-acre lagoon, a heated year-round pool, a hot tub, and more! The resort is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and it also offers a ton of fantastic amenities. Plan your visit during December and experience the first inaugural Holidays at Desert Color event. This will be an incredible 3-day holiday event held December 8th-10th from 5:00-9:00 PM. Desert Color knows how to throw a party, so guests can expect to enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores, a live nativity scene, crafts, snow, pictures with Santa, a DJ, and more! There will even be a 60-foot fluorescent Christmas tree to put you in the holiday spirit and performances from artists Peter Brienholt, Madilyn Paige, and The National Parks. If this sounds like the event for you, be sure to book your stay now at one of our Desert Color vacation homes!

2. Tuacahn’s Christmas In The Canyon: November 25th-December 23rd

Your family can celebrate Christmas at Tuacahn this holiday season with the Christmas in the Canyon event. Tuacahn Amphitheatre is an indoor/outdoor live theater venue offering world-class entertainment year-round to southern Utah visitors. At this event, you will have a chance to take a look at over 250,000 twinkling lights throughout the winter wonderland. In addition to the light displays, there will be plenty of other entertainment options for guests of all ages. Some of the things you can expect to see include a live nativity show, a train ride, and of course a visit and photos with Santa Claus! Admission is free to the event (nativity excluded) and it runs from November 25 through December 23.

3. Dickens’ Christmas Festival: November 30th-December 3rd

decorated gingerbread men

If you are looking for a place to complete your holiday shopping, we guarantee you will find something for everyone on your list at the Dickens’ Christmas Festival! This event is set to take place from November 30 through December 3 and is not your ordinary craft show. At the Dixie Convention Center, you will come across Olde English shops, unique costumes, fortune tellers, and more for a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience! As you wander through the streets, you will find vendors dressed up in vintage booths with Olde English attire. Be sure to stop by the local shops to find all sorts of Christmas gifts and souvenirs, including seasonal sweets, attire, jewelry, and so much more!

4. Jubilee of Trees: November 20th-November 22nd

Since 1983, the Jubilee of Trees event has brought people together to raise funds for the advancement of medical services at the Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. This year’s event is set to take place from November 20 through November 22 at the Dixie Convention Center. The money raised this year is being dedicated specifically to advancing care for mental and behavioral health in children and adolescents. Throughout the event, you can look through hundreds of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths created by local designers, businesses, and community groups. There will be both a live and silent auction so you can find the perfect addition to your home and help raise money for a great cause.

5. The Christmas Village at Red Cliffs: November 25th-December 31st

ice skating rink

You won’t find any other place in town that dawns the Christmas spirit quite like the St. George Christmas Village. If you are looking for some holiday cheer, you are sure to find it here with a variety of activities for all ages. The village will feature an ice skating rink, Polar Express train, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, gingerbread house competition, a 90 ft. ice slide, nightly parades, and entertainment! The Christmas Village opens the day after Thanksgiving and remains open through December 31 so you have plenty of time to join in on the festivities during your vacation. Don’t forget to check out the high-end specialty vendors, live reindeer experience, and opening and closing night fireworks! Red Rock Vacation Rental guests can enjoy 20% off their ticket price by using promo code: REDROCKCHRISTMAS at checkout!

Would you like to celebrate the holiday season in southern Utah? There are all sorts of wonderful things to do in St. George for the entire family! Take a look at our St. George vacation rentals to start planning your holiday vacation today!