This year we found out about an annual tradition in Layton. Since the early 90s, one of our favorite restaurants, Burger Stop, has been sponsoring a hay ride from the restaurant to the Layton Lights in the Park.
In the last 20 years, the operation has grown and been taken over by a group of hotrod enthusiasts. They charge a small fee for the ride ($2 for adults, $1 for kids 5-11, free for 4 and under), which goes directly to two charities: Honor Flight, which honors veterans, and another charity that I can’t remember. You can read about it on their website at this link.
We ate at Burger Stop and visited with Santa, then headed out to the hayride. Trucks pull the hay wagons a few blocks to Layton Commons Park where the city has set up a nice light display. The wagons roll right through and make the loop, which includes a tunnel, a Nativity, and lots of animals similar to other light displays like Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork, Fantasy by the Bay in Willard, and Thanksgiving Point.
The trip takes around 15 minutes, but be sure to dress warmly as the nights are pretty cold and the wind can be nippy. A blanket to lay across your laps would be appropriate, too. The wagon rides run Fridays and Saturdays in December before Christmas (2015 dates: Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19) from 6:00-8:30 pm.
Buy tickets to ride the hay wagon inside of Burger Stop in Layton which is located at 323 E Gentile St. Exit the 1-15 on Layton Parkway and head east. Turn left onto Fort Lane, and left again on Gentile St. Burger Stop is on the right hand side of the road.