En­joy a Christ­mas Cruise

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick

De­cem­ber is a busy month with so much to do. We find our­selves in­volved with school and church events, com­mu­nity pro­grams, Christ­mas shop­ping and pack­age mail­ing. We are count­ing the days un­til the 25th and rush­ing around try­ing to get ev­ery­thing done. Maybe we should just re­lax for a slow boat cruise down the lower Provo River. Well, that sounds like a change of pace in this busy month and a new way to re­flect on the sea­son.

CLAS Ropes Course prop­erty borders the Provo River and the own­ers, Ben­jamin Allen and his wife Me­lanie have hosted Christ­mas boat cruise for 21 years. This is a very unique event that will be re­mem­bered for date night or fam­ily night and for ev­ery­one in be­tween. First of all, it is a real boat for the river cruise that is 10 feet wide and 26 feet long, sit­ting a max­i­mum of 40 peo­ple. Christ­mas mu­sic plays as the craft glides through the water si­lently as the boat mas­ter pulls on a rope strung above the river. The shore­line has been dec­o­rated with Hol­i­day scenes and Christ­mas lights. A neat thing about the boat cruise is see­ing the re­flec­tion of the lights in the calm river water. At one point there is half a star at the shore­line, and the re­flec­tion com­pletes the star. Along the way, Santa comes out to visit on a ca­noe. The river ex­pe­ri­ence takes about 25 min­utes. It is an open boat, and you need to dress warm and con­sider bring­ing a blan­ket.

The Christ­mas Boat Cruise de­parts from CLAS Ropes Course at 3606 West Cen­ter Street in Provo. The cruise runs ev­ery 30 min­utes Mon­day through Thurs­day from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and on Fri­day and Satur­day night from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. The price is $8 per per­son. If you have a large group you can rent the en­tire boat for $175 Tues­day through Thurs­day and $195 on Mon­day, Fri­day, and Satur­day. The Christ­mas Boat Cruise runs through De­cem­ber 23.

Lights re­flected in the water along the CLAS Christ­mas boat cruise.

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