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.
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.