12 Free Christmas Activities in Salt Lake City that your whole family will love.
When December comes each year we have a tradition of making the whole month special. Some of the activities we do are a family tradition while others we may only hit once every couple of years. The most important part of sharing these experiences together as a family is to get away from the busyness of the season and spend time as a family remembering the true reason for this special holiday.
With that in mind, there are so many activities to do that you could get overwhelmed, not to mention spend a lot of money. Here are 12 FREE Christmas activities your whole family will enjoy in Salt Lake City, that won’t break the bank.
1. See the Lights at Temple Square-
Seeing the lights at Temple Square is an annual tradition for many families. In fact, the Lights at Temple Square has been THE most popular Christmas activity in the whole State of Utah for the past 50 years with visitors coming from all over to view them. The lights cover 35 acres, and it is unknown how many actual lights are used to cover the 35 acres, although in 1997 the count was up to 800,000 lights.
2. Life-size Nativity at Temple Square-
Along with the lights to view at Temple Square, you will also find the famous life-size nativity that originally began in 1967. This life-size nativity is located on the lawn in front of the North Visitors Center, where you will listen to the story of the birth of Christ.
3. Enjoy Christmas Performances at the Church History Museum-
Visit the newly renovated museum and enjoy Christmas performances from November 25 through December 23 at 12:00 and/or 4:00 p.m. You can view the performance schedule here.
4. Catch a Musical Performance at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building-
Take a picture in front of the grandly decorated Christmas tree while enjoying musical performances throughout the day at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Performances are held at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. View their holiday performance schedule here.
5. Grand America Holiday Window Stroll-
Enjoy the beauty of the Grand America as you stroll the halls taking in the creative window displays. Each year the theme & windows change, the designers start sketching and creating the windows beginning in March to have them completed by November 21st when they premier.
The Grand America Holiday Window Stroll runs from just before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. At the time of this post, the hours are Monday thru Thursday 4pm-8pm and Friday thru Sunday 10am-5pm November 21st-December 22nd and 10am-9pm on December 23rd thru 31st. Window Stroll attendees will receive a 1-hour self-parking validation as well.
You don’t want to miss out on their life-size Gingerbread house either! The design changes yearly as well, so this makes a fun family tradition to come view each Christmas.
6. Macy’s Candy Window Displays-
Another popular attraction is the candy window displays along the West side of Macy’s Department Store on Main Street.
7. Ride the Jingle Bus Downtown-
All aboard! Holiday visitors can hop-on, hop-off the free holiday decked-out Jingle Bus that runs daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. as it circulates between The Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center, The Gallivan Plaza and the Capitol Theater. As you ride along you will learn fun downtown facts provided via narration by volunteer hosts, enjoy the abundant lights of downtown Salt Lake City and view the beautifully decorated storefronts.
8.Elf Displays and Scavenger Hunt @ Gardner Village-
See Santa’s magic in action as Gardner Village brings the North Pole to you with their whimsical elf displays. See Santa’s helpers at work, testing toys, sorting letters addressed to Mr. Claus, and maintaining those all-important Naughty and Nice lists. Turn your walk into a game with this downloadable Elf Hunt form.
Gardner Village Elf Display runs from November 18 through December 26th, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
9. Enjoy the Dancing Fountains at City Creek Center-
City Creek Center is a wonderful place to get out of the cold weather while doing a little window shopping. Your whole family will enjoy the dancing fountains, beautiful Christmas decorations, and lights throughout the shopping mall.
10. Christmas Concert Series at the Southtowne Mall-
Enjoy a mini Christmas concert at the Southtowne Mall, presented by FM100. Take a break from shopping and gather around the fountain every Wednesday and Friday at 12 Noon for a holiday concert.
11. See the Tree of Life at the Draper City Park-
Nestled in the heart of the Draper City Park, this lone willow looks seemingly ablaze with white lights. With more than 1,000 strands of lights, the Tree of Life symbolizes more than just the Christmas Spirit, it has become a living symbol of the love of Christ.
11. Christmas Eve Parade & Fireworks @ Snowbird Resort-
Stay toasty & warm by the bonfires, watch the torchlight parade, a beautiful winter fireworks display, and Santa too!
Enjoy all the festivities on the plaza deck of the Snowbird Resort, the torchlight parade begins at 6:00 p.m. on December 24th with the fireworks following and Santa repelling out of the tram!
All of this is followed up by a Candle Light service at 7 p.m.
12. Christkindlmarkt at This Is The Place State Park-
This traditional German Christmas market takes place Wednesday through Saturday, the first weekend of December. Shop unique vendors selling homemade goods and German-designed crafts, enjoy entertainment, kids activities, and eat delicious treats like Bratwurst and poffertjes. Find out more here or read my post about it here.
Share your favorite Christmas activity in the comments below, I would love to hear what you like to do!
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