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5 Things to Do for Christmas in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a ton of fun things to do for the Christmas season. Here’s 5 of my favorites (including one that only happens once a year – tonight!):

 

1 /// See the lights at Temple Square

This is the classic thing to do every Christmas here in SLC and if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, be prepared for crowds crowds crowds. My advice: go on Tuesday night, go as early as you can, park at City Center near Nordstrom, and stop at Blue Lemon for a hot cocoa to go while you stroll. If you finish up early, do a little holiday shopping at City Center.

2 /// Visit the Zoolights at Hogle Zoo

My second favorite spot for Christmas lights is at Hogle Zoo. It’s not an overwhelmingly impressive display, but it’s a lot of fun for kids and last year that was the only place that Eva had a chance to get her photo taken with Santa Clause. Pack your own snacks (a thermos of cocoa and some cookies) but be sure not to take anything with wrappers that your kids might accidentally drop. It’s unsafe for the animals and you don’t want to be chasing bits of plastic wrap around in the dark!

 

3 /// Christkindlmarkt at This is the Place park

Christkindlmarkt is Dec 4 – 6 this year and it’s both fun and free. They set up a little Christmas market in the plaza outside of This is the Place park with all of the charming things you’d expect from a traditional German Christmas market. It’s a great spot for grabbing unusual presents and Eva always loves to see the carol singers and the live reindeer. This is also a good spot for meeting Santa!

4 /// The holiday windows at The Grand America hotel

The windows that line the shops inside The Grand America hotel are always done up for the holidays, so it’s nice to head down to view the window displays and marvel at the beautiful trees. Technically this is a free family activity, but we inevitably end up picking up some of the amazing hot cocoa (best in Salt Lake if you ask me!) and a little something at the incredible toy store for the kiddos.

5 /// Nativity in the Glen (1050 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105)

This neighborhood live nativity only happens on one night (it’s tonight, Dec. 3rd!) and it’s a very special event. Volunteers perform the nativity story complete with live animals and people sing Christmas carols. There’s usually a delicious treat (cocoa and lion house rolls this year) and it’s just down the street from Christmas Street (1050 S 1500 E) where a few of the houses usually go all out with the holiday lights.

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