Holiday Choices Are Abundant in Salt Lake City

It's so nice to live in or visit a larger city at the holidays and have so many options for Christmas activities.  Salt Lake City, Utah provides just that, in a picture perfect setting, with the beautiful snow-capped Wasatch Mountain range on the east providing a beautiful backdrop.  The downtown is energized with seasonal spirit, wtih many people choosing to stroll around the beautifully decorated Temple Square, with its numerous lights and beautiful nativity scenes.  Horse-drawn carriages carrying blanketed riders pass shop-keepers' themed windows.  

Music is such a large part of the season and the Utah Symphony provides that in two different ways.  First, accompanying the professional ballet company Ballet West in their multiple showings of The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre, and secondly, in their own concert at Abravenel Hall, in the "Messiah" Sing-In.  Fulfill your inner dancer and singer by attending these two very inspiring shows.

Finish your holiday shopping while browsing the beautiful City Creek Center downtown or step back in time and to Salt Lake City's beginnings by meandering the old fashioned village buildings at This is the Place Heritage Park and purchase handmade items or make your own while hearing carolers.  Father Christmas is on hand too.

Stay warm indoors at the annual Festival of Trees event at the South Towne Exp or bundle up to see Santa rapel from the tram at Snowbird Resort and see the Torchlight Parade come down the mountain - an awesome sight!

Enjoy your holidays in Salt Lake City!

Festival of Trees is an annual holiday event held at the South Towne Expo Center, in Sandy, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City (ongoing for 44 years!). Themed Christmas trees are decorated by individuals, families and businesses and auctioned...  Read More

The Grand America hosts Santa and Mrs. Claus for Breakfast and a photo opportunity. Join in the holiday sing along and feast on delectable breakfast items served in the Oak Room at the only five star hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. An amazing...  Read More

East Salt Lake City
Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren

Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo is a fun holiday activity for the whole family. Running nightly November 29-December 31, the animals take a back seat for once amid all the excitement, although some displays are still open and some animals are actually...  Read More

The Utah Symphony, under the baton of Thierry Fisher, brings its "Messiah" Sing-In to Abravanel Hall Nov. 29 and 30. Handel's "Messiah" is a famous piece of music performed mostly during the holidays, and contains the familiar "Hallelujah...  Read More

Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary season, Ballet West is the premiere professional ballet company of the West. Its first director originally co-founding the oldest company in the western United States, San Francisco Ballet, William...  Read More

City Creek Center is a wonderful place to do your Christmas shopping in Salt Lake City and enjoy the dazzle of the holiday. Santa arrives on November 21 to jump-start the season and is available for photos with the kids through Dec. 24. Visit...  Read More


Snowbird Ski resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, just outside of Salt Lake City, UT offers something special to those out of town visitors spending the holiday here. On Christmas Eve, Head to the Plaza Deck at dusk for bonfires and to see the...  Read More

This is the Place Heritage Park is a beautiful place to take the family all year long, and learn Salt Lake City's history how one of its founding fathers, Brigham Yourng, made the statement "This is the Place," when leading thousands of...  Read More

At the center of Salt Lake City, Temple Square, home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sits on a beautiful 10 acres, and at Christmas time, it is a spectacular sight, with over a million lights and nativity scenes from all over...  Read More

The Cathedral of the Madeleine's annual Christmas Carol Service is a beautiful way to celebrate the season. The service features music of the Advent and Christmas seasons, including choral works and traditional carols. The memorable evening...  Read More


Meet Jennifer Boren

A native of Oklahoma, by way of New Mexico and now Utah, Jennifer Boren makes her home in Salt Lake City.  A total lover of Park City, she spends many weekends there, especially in the...  More About Jennifer

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