University Place Unveils Event Schedule for the 2018 Holiday Season

University Place Unveils Event Schedule for the 2018 Holiday Season 

  • A Full Schedule of Family and Community Events Begins with Halloween Festivities and Continues Until New Year’s Eve
  • The 2018 Lineup Includes Traditional Favorites like Santa’s Village and a Holiday Light Shows as Well as New Additions Including a Gingerbread Baking Competition

OREM, Utah (October 10, 2018) – University Place, a 120-acre mixed-use development project formerly known as University Mall, today released its 2018 holiday calendar with a full schedule of community events designed for families and kids of all ages.

Kicking off this year’s slate of activities is a Halloween costume contest for pets that will be held at The Orchard, University Place’s outdoor community gathering space, on Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. There will continue to be events throughout October, November and December, culminating with a New Year’s Eve celebration beginning on Monday, December 31.

A sampling of some of the free holiday events this year include:


Pumpkin Week
Dates: Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19
Times: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
New this year is Pumpkin Week, which will feature a pumpkin patch on site as well as different pumpkin-related activities throughout the week.

Howling Halloween
Date: Wednesday, October 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  & 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
All Halloween day there will be fun activities and games set up for kids, including a reptile show put on by Scales and Tails. From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. visitors will be able to trick-or-treat at the different stores throughout University Place.


Forest of Misfits Lighting Event
Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The community is invited to join a unique walkthrough experience as The Orchard is illuminated with holiday lights for the first time of the season. There will be live entertainment and keepsakes for the kids (while supplies last).

Santa’s Grand Arrival
Dates: Friday, November 23
Time: 9:30 a.m.
A beloved tradition, the community is once again invited to come help welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus back to their temporary home at University Place’s Woodland Chalet in grand style. There will be live entertainment, free treats and hot cocoa.

Gingerbread Competition
Dates: Monday, November 26 – Saturday, December 1
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
New this year is University Place’s Gingerbread Competition, where local bakers will compete against each other by creating unique gingerbread houses. Visitors to University Place will have one week to come see the confectionary creations and vote for their favorites.

Lite Brite Nite
Date: Every Thursday beginning November 29
Time: 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the holiday lights that will illuminate The Orchard throughout the holiday season, University Place will also be hosting Lite Brite Nite, where there will be color-changing shapes for the kids to play with as well as a life size version of Lite Brite. Hot chocolate and a snack will be served.


Live Nativity
Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
University Place and Orem Community Church are partnering once again to bring the Live Nativity at The Orchard, featuring music from local singers. Free hot drinks and treats will be available while supplies last.

Santa Story Time
Date: Monday, December 10
Times: 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Children ages 3+ are invited to come join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a special story time. Kids will get a free picture with Santa, a holiday take home gift, and cookies and milk. Registration is required and free, visit our website for the link. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

New Year’s Eve
Date: Monday, December 31
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Come ring in the New Year at University Place.  There will be a daytime New Year’s Eve activity for the kids with entertainment and activities, finishing off with a balloon drop at noon.

For more details on these events, updates, and to see the full 2018 holiday schedule, visit:


About University Place
Opening in the early 1970s in Orem, Utah, University Place (formerly University Mall) is a 120- acre development that initially only included retail-uses. Now, having completed the initial phases of a $500 million revitalization project, University Place is home to upscale residential, Class-A office and high-quality green space. University Place was first developed and is still owned and operated by Woodbury Corporation, a 4th generation family-run business, and one of the oldest and most respected full-service real estate development and management companies in the Intermountain West. For more information about University Place and updates on the project, visit For more information about Woodbury Corporation, visit

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