Every skier in the world has heard of Utah's Wasatch Mountains and their legendary snowfall. If great skiing and wonderful new activities sound like a fun alternative to the "same old" holiday at home, head for cozy, charming Salt Lake City. Holiday spirit is everywhere!
A Tiny Fraction of The Lights on Temple Square — Photo courtesy of Sociotard If you're downtown anytime between November 26th and New Year's Day, you must stop by Temple Square to experience The Lights on Temple Square. In the immediate vicinity you will see more than 1 million lights adorning buildings, trees, and lampposts. Tastefully done, these displays elegantly illuminate this already aesthetic square.
If you can, try to time your visit to Temple Square with a trip to see the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Though this incredible group offers free admission to rehearsals every week, the year's main attraction its annual Christmas Concert. This takes place on three back-to-back nights in the middle of December. Tickets cost nothing, but must be obtained in advance of the concert. Alternatively (or additionally), you can check the Salt Lake Symphony's holiday concert schedule. Or get tickets for Ballet West's rendition of The Nutcracker.
On Christmas Eve, head up to Snowbird (if you're not already staying up there), and experience the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Candlelight Service. Or look online to see a listing of their many other holiday offerings.
Finally, close out the holiday season with EVE, Salt Lake City's three-night New Year's Eve celebration. The 2012 countdown includes DJ and reggae shows, film shorts, karaoke, inflatable recreation rooms, comedy, and family-friendly entertainment.