r 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 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday night from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. 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.