Utah creates a beautiful back drop for Christmas, with the snow, mountains and the smog. It might not be as great as Christmas in the Northwest, a gift God wrapped in green, but I have decided to share some local events I like to do to get in the holiday spirit.
Festival of Trees– Is a spectacular event and is a great start to the holiday season with hundreds of decorated trees that are created and sold off to auction with the proceeds going to Primary Children hospital. Each tree that is created usually has a theme and is done in somebody’s honor. Not only are there trees but also amazing gingerbread houses, quilts, and wreaths. The festival also has entertainment and food. I went last year and only grazed the festival. I could have spent a full day there and still not seen everything.
Temple Square lights-Is a wonderful experience with all of the amazing lights and beautiful performances done in the tabernacle by either local high school choirs or orchestras. The walk around the square makes you feel the Christmas spirit without being visited by any ghosts. Make sure to dress warm and go by the Nordstrom’s café in City Creek to grab a white hot Chocolate and enjoy the splendor of Temple Square.
Zoo lights-The Hogle Zoo holds its own when it comes to Zoo lights. Not only is it fun to see the colors but also the animals makes for a fun experience for all ages.
The Nutcracker– I always feel that this is a must for Christmas with the classic music always brings me back to my childhood and Christmas. The Ballet West does a great job in bring this classical story to life. If you are not interested in Ballet check out the Odyssey dance company’s ‘ReduxNut-Cracker” using the original score but with a modern twist.
Thanksgiving Point Lights– Makes you go “awe” at all the lights but in the warmth of your car. Not only are there lights but many other activities to do with the family.
What events do you like to do to get in the Christmas spirit?