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!