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Courtesy of the City of Provo

Provo’s Lights-On Celebration at Pioneer Park.

It’s officially November, and that means the Christmas decorations are getting ready before the holiday season.

In Provo, the celebration takes a step back this year and brings an old-fashioned Christmas to downtown.

“One of my favorite memories growing up was watching Provo Center Street transform and light up into a Christmas wonderland,” said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Provo as we see so many people coming together to recreate this magical experience for the next generation.”

Over the past few decades, Victorian singers, warm chestnuts and an abundance of decorations have transformed Provo into a winter wonderland.

Thanks to Quinn Peterson, Executive Director of Downtown Provo Inc., some of that old magic will return in 2022.

Courtesy of the City of Provo

One of Provo’s Lights-On celebrations for Christmas.

“This year, we hope to turn downtown into a winter wonderland,” Peterson told local business owners. “NuSkin does big installations, the city expands park lights, and our work is Center Street.”

Downtown businesses were invited to take part in the traditional Christmas window display competition. The competition previously included decorating interior window scenes with candies.

“The city is partnering with Downtown Provo Inc. and will be decorating the storefronts of empty storefronts,” said Nicole Martin, city spokeswoman.

There will be two winning companies this year, each receiving cash prizes, gift baskets, newspaper advertisements and more, according to Peterson. However, there will be a change in the decor of the city center this year.

“We have permission to include a Christmas tree in front of stores with your decorations,” Peterson announced.

Retailers are encouraged to decorate trees in a way that would highlight their name or product. Peterson urged companies to be creative and do them soon. Voting on the showcases will begin on December 3.

“Provo City becomes a quaint Christmas village with vendors, live music and refreshments,” said Scott Henderson, director of parks and recreation. “The highlight is the age-old visit from Santa Claus to combine his magic dust with Provo’s Christmas spirit to light up downtown.”

December 3 will also feature the Christmas Market, 4-8 p.m., with the Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center Street.

The public is invited to enjoy the windows, Christmas trees, lights and music as a free and historic Christmas returns to Provo.

According to Martin, special projections will also be projected from the east side of Pioneer Park onto the new city building, as part of the park’s new lighting.



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