Gallivan Plaza Lights in Winter
Gallivan Plaza

Salt Lake's Lights & Sights

As the days get shorter and the Holidays near, Salt Lake’s Lights and Sights shine bright! Throughout Utah’s capital city and along the Wasatch Front, locals and visitors alike can take in any number of brilliant light displays and Holiday events, including the long-standing tradition of strolling Temple Square and taking in its stunning array of Christmas lights as well as the festive, family-fun ZooLights at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and so much more.

In downtown, City Creek Center kicks off Christmas by welcoming Santa Claus, while other must-see Lights and Sights to enjoy this Holiday Season range from Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point, Candlelight Christmas at This Is The Place Heritage Park’s Heritage Village, torchlight parades at a few of Salt Lake’s ski resorts as well as various neighborhoods that vie annually for the unofficial “Clark Griswold” award for the most elaborate home and yard light displays.

Finally, no Holiday Season is complete without experiencing Salt Lake’s world-renowned Ballet West’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs the last half of December. Throw in any number of Holiday concert performances throughout the Salt Lake valley and you’re sure to enjoy one of the most festive and memorable seasons ever. 

And don't forget to see Salt Lake's Lights and Sights all holiday season from The Gateway to Temple Square to City Creek Center to Gallivan Plaza and Capitol Theatre.

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Explore the Winterfest at The Gateway

The second annual Winter Walk is a unique holiday light stroll held nightly during Winterfest. The Gateway will close down Rio Grande, allowing guests to stroll the property looking at the Winter Wonderland light display while they sip on the hot beverage of their choice—from cocoa to spiked cider.

Austen Diamond Photography

Explore the Winterfest at The Gateway

The second annual Winter Walk is a unique holiday light stroll held nightly during Winterfest. The Gateway will close down Rio Grande, allowing guests to stroll the property looking at the Winter Wonderland light display while they sip on the hot beverage of their choice—from cocoa to spiked cider.

This year’s holiday light display was created in partnership with Utah Artists Alliance and local artists. It’s filled with unique one-of-a-kind custom sculptures and arts installations, turning the entire Gateway into a dreamy winter wonderland of light and art. It all adds up to the perfect setting for everyone’s “holiday card” photo with ample shopping and dining options while they enjoy the photo-ops.

Shoppers have three full weekends to visit the Made in Utah Winterfest with 50 pop-up local vendors featured on Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. This popular festival is a community-driven, free to the public, and family-friendly market that showcases some of Utah’s top artists, musicians, artisans, product makers—including breweries, distilleries, food trucks and other local makers. Rio Grande Street will be closed for a memorable holiday stroll with family and friends. The market runs from 1-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. on Sundays and Winter Walk happens both evenings.

City Creek Shop & Stay

Shop, stay and enjoy the holidays in downtown Salt Lake City! Book a deal with one of eight partnering hotels and shop unique-to-market stores like Bonobos, Anson Calder and Fabletics as well as familiar favorites like Nordstrom, Athleta, and Macy’s. All packages include includes offers from over 60 stores and restaurants as well as a discount on Santa photo packages at City Creek Center.

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Kids on Santa's Lap at City Creek Center

Santa's Arrived at City Creek!

Come visit Santa this holiday season, and avoid that last minute gift shopping. Don't miss the the debut of the holiday fire fountains show, and the fun events that Santa's bringing to City Creek Center!

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