University Place Celebrates the Season

December 6, 2019

OREM, Utah (December 2, 2019) – University Place, a 120-acre mixed-use development project formerly known as University Mall, today released additional details for the seasonal events it has planned for the rest of the year.

Community favorite Quiet Santa is back starting today, available to children with sensory sensitivities each. Approximately 1 in 3 households includes someone living with a disability, and University Place is proud to advocate for this typically underserved community with events such as Quiet Santa. Registration is required, details on our website.

“We are very grateful for the insightful and proactive actions of University Place,” said Laurie Bowen, associate director of community outreach for the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University. “Their thoughtful approach to creating a community of belonging through Quiet Santa is important and impactful. Every child should be able to enjoy the magic of the holidays and this opportunity provides some families a chance that they may not have had otherwise.”

To help foster the spirit of giving, University Place is also proud to support the #LightTheWorld campaign by being the first location in Utah County to be home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Giving Machines. These unique vending machines allow people to purchase items that will then be donated to people in need. The local organizations that will benefit from the donations made at University Place include the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, Community Action Services, United Way of Utah County, and the Family Support and Treatment Center.

The machines are located at the west end of the shopping center, in front of Tai Pan Trading, accessible Monday-Saturday from 10am-9pm.Other activities rounding out the holiday season at University Place include:

 Bakers of Utah Gingerbread House Competition

Monday, December 2 – Saturday December 7

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This year’s competition has 24 entrants, double from last year, who will all be competing to create whimsical gingerbread houses. Starting Monday night at 6:00 p.m., attendees are invited to come meet the bakers, enjoy refreshments and participate in crafts for the kids. In addition to the contest’s official judges—which include Orem’s mayor—people are invited to vote for their favorite creations throughout the week. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m., with the first-place winner getting a $1K cash prize, and second and third places receiving $500 and $250 in prizes from contest sponsor Sweet Tooth Fairy.

 Live Nativity

Friday, December 6

6:00 p.m.

Along with University Place, the Orem Community Church and the Orem Institute of Religion have come together to celebrate the shared spirit of the season with a live nativity. This nativity will feature camels, goats and sheep, and free hot chocolate and treats will be provided while supplies last.

 Santa & Friends Christmas Concert

Monday, December 16

5:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Chik-fil-A, this new event is a chance for families to come and join Santa and his friends for a special, hour-long Christmas concert. Singers include Hale Center Theater performers and the Voiceline UVU acapella group. There will also be a sing-a-long with Santa, and an appearance by some very special guests.

New Year’s Celebration

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

3:00 – 6:00 pm

To help ring in the new year, University Place will offer activities throughout the shopping center, including face painting, balloon artists, a magic show, a Scales & Tales show, crafts, games and a balloon drop to finish off the day’s events.

For additional details on all of University Place’s holiday events, 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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