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Salt Lake City During the Christmas Season

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Salt Lake City, Utah should be on your short list to visit during the Christmas season.  The Salt Lake City area offers so much to be desired around the holidays, everything you think of when you think Christmas!  Beautiful churches and temples, holiday events, light displays, opportunities to give and so much more!

I wrote about this a little in last years post,  Getting in the Christmas Spirit.

Downtown

Downtown Salt Lake is a must during the holiday season.  The most popular place in Utah to see Christmas lights is at Temple Square.  Although they do not count the lights, it’s easy to guess there are over a million sparkling lights on display.  Check their website for more information regarding dates, special events and to learn more about the history of the lights.

The lights at Temple Square are truly magical and not to be missed!  Tips: Pay $10 to park in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.  First, take the elevator up the main level to see the indoor Christmas tree and maybe even catch some live choir music on the balcony.  Next, ride the elevator to the top floor to overlook the lights and the Salt Lake Temple.  Then, explore the Temple Square grounds and all the beautiful lights.

Inside the Joseph Smith Building

Inside the Joseph Smith Building

Special Ornaments

Special Ornaments

Salt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Reflection Pond

Reflection Pond

So many lights!

So many lights!

Inside the visitor center

Inside the visitor center

Great night to stroll around Temple Square

Great night to stroll around Temple Square

So many photo opportunities

So many photo opportunities

After strolling around Temple Square, be sure to cross the street to see the Macy’s Christmas Candy Windows at City Creek Mall.  These themed candy displays are unique and will have you asking yourself, “How did they do that?”  Continue on through City Creek Mall for various shops, even if you don’t need to shop it’s worth the walk to see this unique mall.  It’s named City Creek because it has a creek running through it.  Tip: We always head to Kneaders for a bowl of hot soup and fresh bread to complete the evening.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my pictures of the candy windows 🙁 We will need to get some next time we are downtown!

City Creek Mall Lights

City Creek Mall Lights

Fountains in the Mall

Fountains in the Mall

More Christmas Light Displays

Hogle Zoo

Keith and I visited Utah’s Hogle Zoo Lights last year on a weeknight and it was perfect. The weather was just right, the crowd was just right and the lights and animals were fun to see during the winter. This was our first visit to Hogle Zoo and it was a relaxing night to get outside for a couple hours to enjoy another light display. This is a great option if you are looking for something low-key especially during the week.

Hogle Zoo Lights

Hogle Zoo Lights

Now, that is how you light a tree!

Now, that is how you light a tree!

So many lights on each tree

So many lights on each tree

Hogle Zoo Lights

Hogle Zoo Lights

Luminaria

Keith and I attended the Christmas light display, Luminaria, at Thanksgiving Point two years ago.  We were absolutely blown away by the number of lights, the unique displays and the thought that went into this event! We went on the weekend and it was quite crowded, plus you need to plan ahead to order tickets, but it is well worth the price of admission and the hustle and bustle of the event. After the lights at Temple Square, Luminaria would be my top pick to view lights in the Salt Lake City area.

Luminaria 2016

Luminaria 2016

"Poinsettia Place"

“Poinsettia Place”

Giant ornaments

Giant ornaments

"Sparkling Stream"

“Sparkling Stream”

"Colorful Canopy"

“Colorful Canopy”

"Light of the World Garden"

“Light of the World Garden”

Reserve a fire pit to warm up and roast marshmallows

Reserve a fire pit to warm up and roast marshmallows

warm up and roast marshmallows

warm up and roast marshmallows

Game and activity area

Game and activity area

Festival of Trees

If you happen to be in town during the Festival of Trees event you must attend. It only lasts 4 days, but the feeling you leave with will last much longer than the short show. This truly is the spirit of Christmas. Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and more are decorated and donated to the show. The “Opening Night” is a semi-formal event where the trees can be purchased through an auction. The money raised is for Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. This event is much more than just trees though. Many of the trees tell a story about someone who is/was a patient at Primary Children’s Hospital. Their stories will make you cry, smile, laugh and be inspired long after the season.

Festival of Trees 2017

Festival of Trees 2017

"Peppermint Wonderland"

“Peppermint Wonderland”

"Superman"

“Superman”

Each tree has a theme!

Each tree has a theme!

Each tree has a theme!

Each tree has a theme!

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Small tree section - you get an idea of how big the event is

Small tree section – you get an idea of how big the event is

"A Cosmic Christmas"

“A Cosmic Christmas”

There were also large displays

There were also large displays

another large display

another large display

Gingerbread Section

Gingerbread Section

Detail on these were amazing!

Detail on these were amazing!

Impressive

Impressive

"Steampunking All the Way"

“Steampunking All the Way”

"Mountain Christmas"

“Mountain Christmas”

So Beautiful

So Beautiful

Sunset on the way home!

Sunset on the way home!

So Much More

There is so much more to do in Salt Lake City during the Christmas Season. I will be writing more posts on additional ideas and suggestions.

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