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Dec 21
Santa Sunday

First 100 people dressed in a complete Santa Claus suit ski free and access a special Tram at 10:15 a.m.

Register at the Activity Center from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and meet outside the Activity Center at 10:15 a.m. to be escorted to a special Santa Express Tram.

Full outfits must include a white beard or wig, traditional red jacket with white trim and belt and red pants.
 

Dec 20 - Dec 23
Marry Christmas

This season's Script-In-Hand Series is something special for the holidays: Marry Christmas!  Celebrate the first anniversary of marriage equality with us as we share real-life marriage stories.  All proceeds benefit Restore Our Humanity.  Cast TBA, directed by Jason Bowcutt.

Dec 24
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Join us at dusk on the Plaza Deck for bonfires, the Torchlight Parade, and a great fireworks display. At the end, Santa Claus will rappel out of the Tram to say hello to the kids!

In the Snowbird Center, there will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

Dec 5 - Dec 27
A Year with Frog and Toad

SLAC believes in the power of the arts to enhance children’s literacy, educational performance and interest in learning. A Year with Frog and Toad will include eight free matinee performances for over 1,400 Title I schoolchildren. As school curriculums continue to narrow at the expense of the arts, SLAC’s free performances provide a live theatrical experience to academically at-risk schoolchildren who often lack access to opportunities as basic as field trips and arts exposure. SLAC will also offer discounted performances for non-Title I schools; literary partnerships with the Salt Lake City Public Library and local bookstores; an online study guide available for schools and students as they prepare for their visits; and collaborations with local organizations and sponsors.

Dec 5 - Dec 31
The Nutcracker

The New York Times critic called it “one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.” You’ll call it pure entertainment and a wonderful holiday experience. Join Clara, her magical nutcracker prince and exotic characters from around the world, for the 59th edition of William Christiansen’s The Nutcracker and see why this is the longest-running full production in America.

Dec 29 - Dec 31
EVE WinterFest

Salt Lake City comes to life with EVE WinterFest, a three-day celebration with concerts, DJs, grown-up drinks and engaging activities for kids and families. Discover everything that downtown has to offer with one all-access pass. With twelve venues and over 100 individual events, Eve WinterFest is jam packed with fun for everyone. Cheer on the Utah Jazz against the Minnesota Timberwolves, skate under the lights at The Gallivan Center, or learn about the universe at the Clark Planetarium Hansen Dome. Plus, all of your family favorites such as Bounce Town, Ball Room, and HoopDeDoo are back. Ring in the new year with music from Fictionist, a VIP party at UMOCA and the USA's largest disco ball.

Dec 31 - Jan 1
EVE Hops and Spirits VIP Experience

New this year as part of the EVE Winter Fest is the VIP Experience at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. This immersive 21-and-older event features locally made Epic Brewery, Jack Rabbit Gin, Vida Tequila, Five Wives Vodka and savory appetizers, all in a setting of spontaneous performances with beats provided by SLC’s finest, DJ Jesse Walker.

Jan 2
Utah Jazz vs Atlanta Hawks

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

Jan 1 - Jan 3
Holiday Carnival and Expo

Carnival with rides, games, food, laser tag, climbing wall, dunking booth to dunk elves, Santa and others in fake snow, giant "Giving Tree" with donations and proceeds from the event to go to Reach the Children USA; and exhibit booths (home improvement, boutique, health and wellness and others).

Jan 9
Nico and Vinz

See Scandinavian music sensation Nico and Vinz live  at the UCCU Center!

Jan 9
Randy Rogers Band

The State Room presents a night of country with the Randy Rogers Band at The Depot.

Jan 11
Richard Elliott and Tony Arnold

Celebrated soprano Tony Arnold returns to NOVA for Messiaen’s poignant song cycle,Harawi. The first half of this event features the Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School singing Gregorian Chant and Mormon Tabernacle organist Richard Elliot performing Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Jan 15
Debussy Francaix Poulenc Ibert

The Utah Symphony presents a program comprised of music of Debussy, Francaix, Poulenc and Ibert.

Jan 16
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jan 23 - Jan 24
Utah Grizzlies vs Bakersfield Condors

Come see the Utah Grizzlies as they battle the Bakersfield Condors.

Jan 26
Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Boston Celtics. 

Jan 27
Particle

Particle is a jam band formed in Los Angeles in 2000. The current lineup includes Steve Molitz (keyboard), Eric Gould (bass), Darren Pujalet (drums) and Ben Combe (guitar). The music of Particle can be characterized as a combination of rock and roll, electronica and funk. Particle is currently recording their sophomore studio effort with producer Steve Goldman and engineer Marc Johnson to be released in 2007.

Jan 28
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jan 30 - Jan 31
Flabbergast

Re-flabbergastation!

Back by popular demand is the return of Flabbergast, our SHOW FOR ALL AGES. Created by circus director and choreographer Tandy Beal with original music by Jon Scoville, this piece takes a magical and mystery filled tour through time and space and immerses audiences in a journey of wonder. The program will also include the return of fan favorite, You and the Space Between, by Miguel Azcue, a Ririe-Woodbury alum now based in Sweden. This work will challenge your notion of time and space and provide a playful and mesmerizing experience.

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10 Years After Hosting the Olympics, the World Is Still Welcome!

Published: 01/31/2012
SALT LAKE CITY, January 2012--Having the benefit of 10 years hindsight, it's safe to say Salt Lake City, host of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, truly took advantage of being on the world's stage those 17 magical days in February 2002. The spirit that was at the center of the Games, along with the lasting infrastructure and ongoing economic and cultural legacy, has helped transform Salt Lake into a highly sought-after destination and has catapulted it to "world city" status.

"Winning the bid to host the Olympics was a long-term investment in Salt Lake and was decades in the making," said Deedee Corradini, mayor of Salt Lake City during the bid process of and preparation for the 2002 Games. "That effort was the cornerstone of our vision for the future of Salt Lake City and the state of Utah. I believe that investment has paid off tenfold, if not more, and I'm proud of what we as a community were able to accomplish, and where it has taken us."

For those who haven't been to Salt Lake in the past few years, they are in for an eye-opening experience, whether it's on the nearby ski slopes, the sleek TRAX light-rail train or FrontRunner, linking cities along the Wasatch Front. Since hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002, this city of more than 180,000 has gone from good to great. With over $2 billion in construction projects in the final stages in the central business district alone ─ including the March 2012 completion of City Creek Center, an ambitious mixed-use redevelopment covering 23 acres in the heart of downtown ─ Salt Lake is joining the ranks of the major metropolitan centers of the West.

"The Olympics have moved our community 10 to 20 years ahead in our effort to become a great American city," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. "Much of what we enjoy today is a direct result of the many people whose vision and persistence allowed us to successfully host the 2002 Olympic Games, a platform on which we've been able to build upon, further enhancing the experience of locals and visitors."

Salt Lake's Olympic facilities continue to be relevant today. As part of the fast-tracked projects in anticipation of the Games, the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center has undergone two major renovations: the first in 1999 to house the Olympic Main Media Center and a subsequent, larger expansion in 2006, increased the initial footprint from 339,000 square feet to today's 675,000 square feet.

The warm welcome the world received in 2002 continues today. Numerous business and leisure travelers from around the globe were introduced to Salt Lake during the Olympics. Since hosting the Games, Utah's capital city has seen and enjoyed an explosion of restaurants, bars, business development, cultural offerings and internationally-acclaimed conventions.

In the past 10 years, Salt Lake has successfully hosted Rotary International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Meeting Professionals International, Outdoor Retailer and numerous other prestigious groups. Just 39 groups held their meetings and conventions at the Salt Palace in 2002, while 68 groups met in the downtown convention center in 2011.

"We were a strong convention city to begin with, and our tremendous infrastructure of hotels, restaurants and attractions were a large part of why we were selected to host the Winter Games," commented Scott Beck, president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake. "Hosting the Games elevated our entire community to a world stage where we excelled beyond almost everyone's expectations. This legacy has allowed Salt Lake to become an even more relevant, legitimate city and, ultimately, a world-class convention destination."

Ten years on and Salt Lake is truly enjoying its newfound status as evidenced by Salt Lake's culinary renaissance. Salt Lake now boasts four times the number of nationally acclaimed, award-winning restaurants and chefs than prior to hosting the Games. The emergence of world-class restaurants feature some of American's top culinary talent, from Chef Nathan Powers at Bambara; Chef Ryan Lowder of the acclaimed Copper Onion and the newly opened Plum Alley; and Forage's chefs Bowman Brown (Gary Danko) and Viet Pham (The Fifth Floor) who were recently named Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs."

Helping to fuel its burgeoning and diverse nightlife scene, Utah's arcane liquor laws have also been overhauled. Gone are the days of private club membership; patrons can now enjoy Utah's bars and clubs unencumbered, just as they would throughout most of the country. The club and music scene has exploded from a few haunts to multiple venues attracting national talent nightly for a highly diverse patronage.

Salt Lake's cultural arts offerings remain world-class and are growing. Salt Lake City performing arts received a boost from the 2002 Cultural Olympiad and are a vital component of the thriving Utah arts scene. Salt Lake is one is just one of a few cities its size to boast professional symphony, opera and ballet companies. Performances are held nightly on countless stages like the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and Capitol Theater, and plans are on tap for a new $110 million performing arts center in the heart of downtown to host first-run traveling Broadway shows. Salt Lake regularly hosts numerous Broadway Across America musicals, not to mention NBA basketball and World Cup soccer. And you can ski world-class mountains with the Greatest Snow on Earth® the same day as enjoying an evening performance, an experience truly unique to Salt Lake and quite literally the world's largest ski town.

Without a strong infrastructure, Salt Lake would not have been able to host the Games, and the lasting legacy is one that has had a snowball effect on the luxury lodging industry. Salt Lake is now home to a myriad of examples of top-tier lodging garnering national acclaim, including the Hotel Monaco and Grand America Hotel, a five-star property whose completion was fast-tracked for the Olympic Games. To enhance Utah's chances of winning the Olympic bid, civic and Olympic leaders urged the Holding family to build a world-class hotel in Salt Lake City. Today, The Grand America Hotel remains Salt Lake City's only AAA Five Diamond hotel.

Spurred on by its hosting of the Olympics and Paralympics, Salt Lake began reinventing itself over the past decade. It started with improved infrastructure leading up to the Games: rebuilt freeways, airport and convention center expansions, and a major light-rail system (TRAX), all of which enhanced the Olympic experience and created a lasting legacy, making Salt Lake more accessible and desirable than ever. Not to rest on its laurels, Salt Lake is making an even greater investment in its future as well. Thanks to its greater-than-expected ridership, Utah Transit Authority's TRAX system is anticipating multiple line extensions in 2012 and 2013, including the completion of the airport TRAX line, allowing visitors to be downtown in just 20 minutes; the I-80 and I-15 freeway corridors were recently expanded and improved; and Salt Lake City just announced a $1.8 billion airport redevelopment, making the term "world city" truly applicable.

Benefiting from Olympic exposure, Utah's business climate has also enjoyed substantial growth, particularly in the number of outdoor recreation companies that have either relocated or expanded their operations throughout the state. Throughout the Wasatch Front and Back, outdoor recreation companies are now enjoying their new headquarters and the ability to product test their gear on the famed Utah slopes and mountains surrounding Salt Lake.

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. Visit Salt Lake's mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. Salt Lake is a unique fusion of metropolitan city and quaint mountain town; the towering Wasatch Mountains that embrace Salt Lake offer a dramatic backdrop to the vibrancy and activities of downtown.

 

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