Salt Lake City, Utah (ABC4) — Christmas has many different types of traditions and We have explained some of thembut what about Utah-specific Christmas traditions?
Stroll through a Christmas tree forest
Since 1970, the festival of the trees has stolen the hearts of many Utah citizens with its decorated trees, decorated wreaths, gingerbread houses, and homemade candy and crafts. This year it’s from Wednesday, November 30th to Saturday, December 3rd, from 10am to 9pm
In addition, every penny raised goes to support children at Primary Children’s Hospital.
Ice skating at the Gallivan Center (or any other ice rink!)
Each year, East Gallivan Plaza turns into a winter wonderland with its public ice rink from mid-November to February. The entire Ice Age is public and first come, first served, with an option for hockey and figure skating to rent with your entry fee.
If you get cold, be sure to try a hot cocoa or other sweet/savory treat from their concession stand.
But if the Gallivan Center is too far away or you just want to try something new, stop by Millcreek Common Skate Loopnow open for the winter season as Utah’s largest outdoor ice rink.
Stroll the streets of London (in St. George and Salt Lake)
Travel back to 19th-century London during the Charles Dickens Festival which runs from late November to early December at the Dixie Convention Center, then usually for two days at the Sandy Expo Center.
- 1835 S Convention Center Dr, St. George, UT 84790, USA
- 9575 S State Street, Sandy, UT 84070, USA
Marvel at the lights in Temple Square
Each year, Temple Square offers a wide array of lights and holiday treats on its 35 acres surrounding the Salt Lake Temple. The lights in Temple Square come on the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday and stay on until January 1st. Lights are on from 3:30pm to 10pm and 6am to 8am MST. .
Despite restorations to the temple, the lights still shine, but with one slightly different light path.
Stroll through the Christmas Village in Ogden
Started in 1962Ogden’s Christmas Village offers a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus giving an insight into Christmas life for children at Ogden’s Christmas Village from 26 November to 23 December, Monday to Friday from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday from 5pm to 9pm Preschoolers during the day 10am to 3pm Monday to Thursday.
The city shines with lights every day from 5 p.m. to midnight. best part? The Christmas Village is free for all visitors.
Lions, Tigers, ZooLights!
Annually from 2.12. until 31.12. Hogle Zoo turns on over 200 lighted displays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ZooLights features new animal light displays, around the world scavenger hunts, Santa visits and more!
Also, on December 27, the zoo will offer a “Silent Night” when flashing lights and sounds will be turned off for guests with neurodiversity needs.
See a real Christmas town
If you fancy a road trip, Go to Helpers, a town in Carbon County, Utah, seven miles northwest of the town of Price. The city decks out in lights and festive activities every Christmas. Watch the Helper Electric Light Parade taking place on December 2nd & 3rd at 7pm. The city even puts on fireworks after the parade!
Utah has many different cherished traditions, and now is your time to enjoy them!