Christmas Village shift to LED lights largely complete – Standard-Examiner

December 8, 2022 by No Comments

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Christmas Village in downtown Ogden, photographed Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022.

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

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Christmas Village in downtown Ogden, photographed Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022.

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

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Christmas Village in downtown Ogden, photographed Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022.

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner


“We’re all-LED,” Lowder said Wednesday. The changeover is about being environmentally conscious and is just one of many shifts over the years in city operations aimed at reducing energy consumption.

LED lights are more expensive, but they use perhaps 80% less energy than incandescent lights, Lowder said. Indeed, he estimates that use of LED lights instead of incandescent lights will reduce carbon emissions at Christmas Village — which has about 800,000 twinkling lights — by nearly 52,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

“The technology is better than the old lights. It’s a lot brighter. It takes a lot less power,” Lowder said.

Though using less energy, Lowder said LED lights are more brilliant and eye-catching. “People say the village is better looking,” he said.

As the changeover in lighting occurred, in fact, some strollers commented that certain Christmas Village sections weren’t quite as pretty as others, which he attributes to the difference in brilliance between LED and incandescent lights.

Lowder mentioned the shift to LED lights at Christmas Village during a presentation to the Ogden City Council last week as one of many measures the city has implemented to reduce energy use. Among many other things, street lights are also being converted to LED technology, including the Ogden arch over Washington Boulevard, and fuel-efficient autos are increasingly used in the city’s fleet.

This is the 60th anniversary of Christmas Village, launched in 1962. As the diamond jubilee year, the Diamond Room has donated a diamond bracelet and necklace to be given away to two visitors. Get a raffle form at the Christmas Village store near the north entrance to the display or at the Diamond Room at 131 25th St., and be sure to enter before Dec. 19.

The Christmas Village, free and open to the public, lights up daily from around 5 p.m. to midnight. It features brightly lit trees and bushes on the grounds around the Ogden Amphitheater and the Ogden Municipal Building and cottages meant to mimic Santa’s village at the North Pole, according to Visit Ogden.

Santa will be on hand through Dec. 23 from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5-9 p.m. on Saturdays.

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