Last Thursday we headed over to This Is The Place Heritage Park to rock Christmas old school (thanks to the nice folks at Today’s Mama, who offered us tickets.) I wasn’t sure what to expect or how much my little and often impatient girls would like it (our visit to Temple Square was very brief); but we had a fantastic time. They were dissapointed when the park closed and they couldn’t have one more train ride. (Which they loved even though, as Megan informed us, it wasn’t a real train because it doesn’t run on a track.) Other highlights included meeting Father Christmas and getting an up close look at real reindeer as well as a stroll through Elf Village.

It is fun to walk around the grounds, then slip into one of the houses to warm up and do a period craft or activity. The girls and I learned Georgian/Victorian dances like the Viginia Reel and Pat-a-Cake Polka. I think they would have stayed in this house all night. We loved it.

My favorite part was the live nativity. It was so beautiful. A Wiseman guided us down the path to the stable then we saw the shepheards (who had real sheep and the sweetest little goat that we got to pet). The only thing that would have made it better was if they had told their story. (Maybe that would have gotten old for them though.) All in all, very cool activity. We got there at 7:00 and I really wished that we would have made it there right at 6:00 so we had more time. Their Candlelight Christmas runs until the 30th, I recommend that you go, and go early enough to do lots of the fun stuff.

I also wanted to post about Temple Square. It is dazzling and beyond the millions of fairy lights twinkling fron tree branches, there are dozens of beautiful nativities–which I love. You can’t beat the reverent feeling of gazing over the reflecting pool at a life-size Mary and Joseph or wandering among the large nativity sets from around the world. However, our pictures have mysteriously disappeared. So I guess I will just say go see it. We only stayed for about a half hour (including a painful tantrum in the bathroom of the visitor’s center.) We were pretty stressed by the time we left, but it definitely is worth it and I think it will be more enjoyable once the girls get a bit older. What are your Christmas must-see destinations? Do you still do Christmas up until New Years or are you ready to take down the tree?