World of Illumination is a new light show in the Salt Lake Valley. This event is held at the Utah State Fairpark and runs during the holidays. The cost to drive through the light show is a little higher than some of the other popular light drives, but we found the cost to be worth it (and see below for a discount code). World of Illumination was definitely a new favorite.
World of Illumination puts on Christmas light shows throughout the United States. Each show is based on a different theme. Salt Lake City's theme is Candy Rush in 2023 (It was Arctic Adventure in 2022), so all of the lights are based on the theme. There are arctic animals like polar bears, penguins, seals, and more. And this year (2023) everything is about candy. You can see a mix of pictures from the last few years.
There were several things that we liked about World of Illumination. First, the lights were thick, and the bulbs were big. This really makes the lights pop. As you drive back and forth, the lanes are narrow so you really get the feeling that you are right in the show. Finally, the lights are higher up. There are multiple tunnels and displays that cross the road, so you feel surrounded by lights throughout the entire drive. We've never really seen a show that makes you feel that you are right in the lights like World of Illumination does.
Another thing we like about this drive-thru is that the lights are set on a dark backdrop. We felt that this made the lights extra bright and fun. Usually lights are standing alone, but on the dark background, the lights standout no matter the weather and time of day.
The drive through World of Illumination is quite long, and the music is very well timed to the dancing lights. We also liked the uniqueness of the displays. Spinning snowman, dancing candy canes, and many other fun displays that fit the theme make this a fun drive-through light show. We are excited this has become an annual Christmas light show here in Utah.
It is cheaper to visit on weekdays, and if you use the code "WOI2023" you can save an extra 15% off tickets Mon-Thurs through Dec. 14. I also saw they had tickets at Costco for $35 and they were any day tickets. This is the best deal that I have seen. Check out their website for current times and prices. And use our post about Christmas Activities in Utah to find all of the fun adventures in Utah during the holidays.