Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City. Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Utah, between mountains, saline waters, forests, flats, and a dynamic community, Salt Lake City is on the come-up with more to offer each year! Whether you’re a visitor, returning to see friends and family, or a curious local, you’ll be delighted to know there is a great variety of activities to do here around the year. Read on for some of our favorite holiday season festivals and events here in Salt Lake City, and get ready to explore!

Christmas Lights at Temple Square

One of Salt Lake City’s most well-known communities is the strong presence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who maintain a stunning campus of worship at Temple Square. Each year, after Thanksgiving, the church changes the lights in honor of the holiday season, in a captivating light show all over the grounds. This attraction is a rare event to catch, but quite the memorable one nevertheless. Travelers of all ages and accommodations will enjoy this light show and get to see Temple Square in its beauty.


Enjoy the atmosphere of a central European Christmas market, right here in Salt Lake City! Between endless vendors of crafts, gifts, ornaments, treats, savory delicacies, hot and alcoholic beverages, parades, family activities, performances, demonstrations, and shows, Christkindlmarket is a solid choice for travelers of all groups and ages. Get holiday shopping done in one spot while supporting small businesses at the booths selling one-of-a-kind wares (and flavors). Also, enjoy the strong sense of community at the many happy faces at the parades and music and dance performances that take the stage, or witness a number of old-time occupations much as they were many decades ago on location. Whether witnessing Utah heritage, celebrating the holidays, shopping and dining, or just looking for one spot that has it all, take the whole group over to Christkindlmarkt.

Holiday Window Stroll at The Grand America Hotel

Enjoy the stunning, imaginative (and sweet) holiday season display at The Grand America Hotel, offering a memorable photo opportunity and a trip through the grounds of this Utah icon. Accompanying the sights and sculptures along the window stroll, visitors can also relax and unwind at The Grand Spa, have fine shopping and dining experiences, or just enjoy the views inside and outside this gorgeous institution. Take a breath and enjoy a slower-paced holiday season activity at The Grand America Hotel.

Outdoor Ice Skating and other Winter Sports

Throughout the city, Ice Skating rinks are also an accessible and ready option for visitors in the Salt Lake City area, we couldn’t ignore the natural beauty of Utah outdoors when talking about the holiday season. This timeless classic is a great option for travelers of all ages and those looking for a more relaxed experience, while those who can make the trip can tour the neighboring mountains and ski resorts for more intense winter sports options.

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