Visit the USU Botanical Gardens in the Winter

We aren’t really outdoor people during the winter, so this year I’ve been looking for things that we can do outside that are fun and that we might enjoy. We don’t do much skiing or snowboarding or anything like that, so we have to get creative because that’s everyone’s first suggestion for winter fun, especially here in Utah. I’d love to say that we’re adventurous and plan to go on winter hikes or snow shoeing but we’re not that exciting at this point in our life. We’re going to take some of our favorite activities and date night locations and adjust them to fit the colder weather and snow.

Where: USU Botanical Gardens (920 S 50 W, Kaysville)
Cost: Free
Hours: Ponds and trails are open from sunrise to sunset

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The USU Botanical Gardens have become one of my favorite places in Davis County. I love the calm piece of nature that’s right in the middle of town. Until this year, I’d never really seen it in the winter, but I think it’s almost more gorgeous when it’s cold than during the summer or fall. The pond freezes in places and everything is covered in snow. I’ve seen people fishing there, even when it’s cold and there’s a paved trail around the pond that you can walk on. You have a great view of the mountains and might catch glimpses of ducks and other wildlife that frequent the area.

usu botanical gardens in the winter

The gardens would be a fun place to spend walk and talk on a sunny winter day. It’s a quiet trail close to eating establishments and a freeway entrance. Make an entire date out of spending time at the gardens or include it as a portion of your date.

Davis County Light Displays

My favorite thing about the holiday season are the Christmas lights! I love that no matter where you go or what you are doing, you can enjoy the sights of the holidays. Look up toward the hills, out across the valley, or just at the houses and shopping centers as you pass by. I can't help but smile wherever we go because everything is so festive and fun!

A tradition that we started the first year of our marriage was to drive around town sometime the week before chocolate, our favorite hot chocolate in hand, enjoying all of the Christmas light displays. Each year I find out about more Christmas light displays in the area and add them to my list of places to visit. I'm sure this list will continue to grow, but I wanted to share it with you this year. We'll be going out next week of our traditional Christmas light drive and plan to visit many of these.

Layton City Park Christmas Light Display

Christmas Light Displays in Davis County

Bountiful Main Street

Local businesses have decorated their windows for the holidays and the street is lit up for Christmas. Take a stroll down Main Street to enjoy the window displays and all of the lights. Stop in at one of the delicious restaurants for a meal or dessert while you're there.

Bountiful Temple Neighborhood

One of the things that we do every year when we go on our light tour is to drive around the Bountiful Temple. The homes that circle the temple put out banners telling the story of the first Christmas and Christ's birth. It's a great way to remember the reason for the season and the perfect way to start off your holiday light tour each year.

Davis County Nativity

Centerville's Smith Park

Every tree in the park is lit up for Christmas and it is a gorgeous site to see! Add it to your Christmas lights drive or stop and take a walk through the park while the snow is falling. 

Farmington Station Park

If you haven't seen Station Park's all lit up for the holidays, you are missing out!! The streets through the mall are lined with lights and Fountain Square is surrounded in lights as well. Grab dinner or dessert at one of the restaurants and walk around enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas. Around Fountain Square, you'll find warmers so you can sit outside and enjoy the view without getting too cold. If you're feeling extra festive, you could go ice skating.

Elora’s Lights - Heritage Park Farmington

Take a walk along the trail that surrounds Heritage Park in Farmington (1591 N 1075 W, Farmington). Elora’s Lights have been set up in memory of Elora, a sweet little girl who passed away in 2017 from pediatric cancer. You’ll love the blow up decorations, lights strung around the park and a gorgeous tree completely covered in lights. Don’t miss out on this fun, local display.

Farmington Station Park Christmas Lights

Kaysville Main Street

The other night when I was driving to pick up dinner, I was in awe of the lighted trees lining the sides of Kaysville Main Street. If you're up for a short walk, maybe after eating dinner at Orlando's or catching a movie at the Kaysville Theater, this is the place to do it. Or, simply add it to the route for your Christmas light drive.

Lights on Sherwood Drive

This home's light display is a local tradition, and sadly one that we haven't yet participated in but plan to this year! For those of you who haven't participated yet, the light show runs from 5:30pm to 10pm nightly through January 1st.

Davis County Christmas Lights

Layton City Park

The light display that Layton puts together may be our new favorite tradition! You can walk through the park, drive around the outside or even participate in the Burger Stop Hayrides that benefit charity. I feel like the experience you get walking vs. driving is different, so we're planning to do both each year!

Fantasy at the Bay

I just recently heard about this Christmas light display at Willard Bay State Park. Everyone who's been says that it's the best light display they've seen and that they plan on doing it year after year. It's a little bit of a drive, but definitely worth the trip!

Temple Square Christmas Lights

Lights on Temple Square

If visiting Downtown Salt Lake during the holidays isn't already one of your family traditions, it really needs to be! Temple Square is an amazing sight to see during the holidays with lights, nativity displays and live entertainment nightly in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. This year there have been delicious food trucks parked on North Temple and South Temple nightly, and there so many fun activities for families to enjoy.

You should also jump on The Jingle Bus which drops you off at The Gateway where they have a big lighted tree, City Creek Center where you can view the candy window displays, The Gallivan Center where you can enjoy outdoor ice skating and Capitol Theatre where you can enjoy a show. The bus runs nightly from 5-10pm and is free of charge, courtesy of the SLC Downtown Alliance, City Creek Center, The Gateway and other sponsors.

Photo c/o Downtown SLC

Photo c/o Downtown SLC

You can make your Christmas light tour last throughout the week or enjoy it all in one night. Whatever you choose to do, make this tradition one that lasts throughout the years and make it whatever your family needs it to be. Date night, a family event, or even a special event with hot chocolate and Christmas carols. Christmas lights are a low key way to enjoy the holiday season!

Click here for a FB post with a lot more fun locations to see lights this year in Davis County.

Add Culture to Your Date Nights with Community Theater

For the first few years of our marriage, we were season ticket holders at one of the local community theaters. Those dates when we would grab dinner and then sit down to watch a show together were some of my favorites and being season ticket holders meant that we had six date nights already planned for us each year. When we started to miss more than one show a year due to our schedules or things that came up with the kids, we decided it was time to set aside our regular theater attendance until we hit the next stage of life.

I miss those dates and getting to see musicals on a regular basis, but we still make an effort to attend one or two shows a year at the local performing arts centers. Davis County has three different performing arts centers where you can go to enjoy local talent in one of your favorite musicals or plays. They are all great places run by amazing people who have a goal to keep music and the arts alive in our community. They would all make a great addition to your next date night!

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre in davis county utah

Musical Theater in Davis County

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

Where: 525 N 400 W, Centerville
Cost: $15-$27 per ticket depending on the stage and day of the week you see a show

CenterPoint has two stages and two season line-ups each year. Both stages offer a great theater experience and we’ve enjoyed seeing shows on both of them.

Leishman Performance Hall
The Leishman Performance Hall is a smaller stage and theater that offers an intimate experience. Tickets are $15 a piece, no matter when you attend or where you sit. They put on four shows each season and each of them are fun and definitely worth attending.

Barlow Main Stage
The Barlow Main Stage is what most people are familiar with when the buy tickets for CenterPoint. Their season includes a line up of six shows and each one is Broadway quality. Ticket prices for those shows range from $17.50 to $27 per ticket. If you attend on one of the less popular showtimes (Tues, Wed, Sat Matinee), tickets are a few dollars less than other nights. The closer you sit to the stage, the more you will pay for your ticket as well.

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Hopebox Theatre

Where: 1700 S. Frontage Road, Kaysville
Cost: $10-$15 per ticket

Hopebox Theatre was founded to give back to those dealing, struggling with, or a survivor of cancer or other life-threatening ailments. Their 2019 season will have six shows, all of which look like they will be a lot of fun! Shows are on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in general during their run.

On Pitch Performing Arts

Where: 587 N Main Street, Layton
Cost: Starting from $10, depending on the show.

The 2019 season at OPPA! includes 6 main stage shows, 3 children's shows, 5 summer showcases, 2 Show choir spectaculars, and 1 touring educational show. Their summer show, Newsies, will be performed on the Kenley Amphitheater stage outdoors. On Pitch Performing Arts isn’t just focused on performing for the community, they are also dedicated to educating the next generation of actors, designers and directors. They give kids the opportunity to learn about every aspect of

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There are a few cities in Davis County that put together their own community shows throughout the year; Farmington is one of them. Other cities only put on one show of their own each year, generally in the summer. We try to put those on our Upcoming Events page when we find out about them, so keep an eye on that in the coming year if you’re looking for a fun show to go to and want to support the local community arts.

Where is your favorite place to watch live theater in the community?

Haunts and Thrills for Spooky Date Nights in Davis County

I'm going to be honest with you, I do not enjoy being scared, so my husband and I will be steering clear of the majority of the activities listed below. But I know that a lot of people LOVE October and all of the Halloween festivities that come with it. There are a lot of fun fall festivals in the area, but I also wanted to make sure you knew about all of the frights and scares that you can submit yourselves to this month. You have two and a half weeks to enjoy this spooky madness so get out there and enjoy!

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Haunted Attractions in Davis County

Frightmares

Where: Lagoon, Farmington
When: September 14 - October 30

Prices and hours for different Frightmares attractions vary. Visit their website for all the details.

This is one of the more well known scary attractions in Davis County. For Frightmares, Lagoon is filled with scary fun for all ages.

The Lights on Sherwood Drive

Cost: Free
Where: 1098 E Sherwood Drive, Kaysville
When: End of October

Dates and times have not been set for 2018 yet. The hope is that they will be open the last two weekends in October. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details when those dates are set.

They are best known for their Christmas light display, but this year, Sherwood Drive is gearing up for a spooky Halloween display as well. Beginning Friday, October 20th and running nightly through October 31st, you can enjoy the Scary Lights on Sherwood Drive Halloween show. Drive by from 7-10pm on weekdays and 7-11pm on weekends.

Haunted Kay's Cross

Cost: $6/person
Where: 388 Boynton Road, Kaysville
When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 5th - November 3rd from 7pm-11pm

This year there are new activities at Kay’s Cross for 2018. Click here for more details.

Right here in Davis County, we have the #1 Scariest Haunted Forest in Utah and one of the Top 100 Scariest Haunted Houses in America. Visit this year for guided tours on the weekend and Halloween night.

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Halloween Insanity

Cost: Free
Where: 1352 South 2600 West, Syracuse
When: Walk Through Haunt (10/31) 6:30pm-10pm

A haunted house and fun drive by display that changes every year. Click here to follow them on Facebook and get updated information each season.

Nightmare Acres

Cost: $16
Where: Black Island Farms - 3178 S 3000 W, Syracuse
When: NIGHTMARE ACRES WILL NOT BE OPEN IN THE 2018 SEASON, due to Black Farm’s recent move. Check back in 2019 for updated dates and pricing. You can still visit the fall festival and participate in their other activities for the year. Click here for more information about those.

A haunted corn maze for older children and brave adults.

Halloween activities in Davis County

Blackthorn Manor

Cost: Free
Where: 1587 W 50 S, West Point
When: No details have been posted for the 2018 season

Local Halloween yard display and attraction. Follow Blackthorn Manor on Facebook for updated information.

Lockbox Mysteries

Similar to murder mysteries, escape room dates are a lot of fun and feel festive for the upcoming holiday. We recently tried out an at home escape room alternative and had a lot of fun. Check out my post here for more details and a discount code to try it out yourselves! This is a fun activity to enjoy just the two of you or with a group of up to eight people.

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Who Dun It

If you're looking for even more fun things to do for a Halloween party or festive group date, you'll want to check out this fun mystery detective game group date (affiliate) from The Dating Divas. It's already put together for you so the preparation is easy!

Scary Movie Date Night

Check out this post from Moms & Munchkins for some fun ideas for a scary movie date night this Halloween.

The Walking Dead Date Night

In my world, you can't get much scarier than The Walking Dead. I can't stop watching the show, but it gives me so many nightmares. The newest season premieres this weekend, on October 22nd, so you could plan a date to catch up on previous seasons (check out Netflix) or enjoy new episodes together. Click here for a fun Walking Dead date night plan from The Dating Divas.

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What other fun haunted date nights do you enjoy in October?

Pumpkin Patch and Decorating Date Night

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of October is pumpkins! I'm sure your family has a tradition of picking out pumpkins and carving them as a family. I see the pictures all over social media this time of year. In our six years of marriage, we've never decorated pumpkins together and only one or two years have we gotten pumpkins to add to the fall decor on our porch. How sad is that? I'm determined to change that this year. 

When I envision a pumpkin patch date night, I remember just how much I love the fall season, even if I'm not too excited about Halloween and scary things. Stop by one of the pumpkin patches in Davis County (listed below) and support our local farmers. After you've picked your pumpkins, head home and have fun carving unique designs or funny faces. Then sit down together on the porch to drink hot chocolate while you watch your jack-o-lanterns glow.

davis county pumpkin patches

Davis County Pumpkin Patches

Cross E Ranch

We visited Cross E Ranch for the first time last year and I'm already eager to go back. I'm hoping for a date night to enjoy some food from their concession stand, wander through the corn maze and maybe pick out a pumpkin or two. Click here for pictures and details about the pumpkins that are available for purchase at Cross E Ranch. And seriously, plan a visit today, you won't regret it!

Pack Farms

I took my toddler on a mommy and me date to walk through the hay maze, wander through the pumpkins and pick some of our own a couple of years ago. We had a lot of fun and they had some great pumpkins to pick from. Their little carts are fun and perfect for filling with pumpkins. We’re planning a family night to pick out pumpkins and play at the farm this year and we can’t wait!

Sleepy Hollow Farms

I heard about this patch from The Salt Project and The Real Moms of Insta. Everything that I've heard about it is great, but I have yet to experience it for myself. It sounds like their patch is relatively new and not well known, so it may be a great patch to visit if you're looking for something quiet and not picked over.

Day Farms

This pumpkin patch has been newly opened to the public and sounds like it’s lots of fun! For $5, you can can take a hayride through the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin of your choice. Day Farms is located right next to Cherry Hill.

Hours, location and pricing for pumpkin patches can be found by clicking here.

pumpkin carving date night ideas

Click here to visit Pumpkin Patches and More for even more information about local pumpkin patches and farms.

Our kids are old enough to enjoy squishing their hands through the scooped out pumpkin, but not to enjoy the actual carving so I think this year we will decorate our pumpkins with fun kits like these (affiliate).