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Free Salt Lake City Holiday Events



Most of us dig deep into our pockets during the holiday season - for gifts, dining out, and entertainment - but holiday cheer doesn't have to be expensive. There are lots of free holiday events and activities in the Salt Lake area that will bring joy to the season without breaking the bank.

Christmas Events on Temple Square

Photo by Jeff Clay

Christmas concerts on Temple Square and nearby locations begin with "Bells on Temple Square" Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle and continue almost nightly until New Year's Eve. Some events require tickets obtained in advance; others do not require a ticket. Most events are free, but "Savior of the World," performed in the LDS Conference Center, is $8 for evening performances and $5 for matinees.

Christmas Events on Temple Square

Light Up the Night at the Gateway

Courtesy the Gateway

The Gateway will kick off the holiday season with it's annual "Light Up the Night" on Nov. 23, featuring holiday musical performances, a special appearance by Santa, and a countdown to the tree lighting ceremony.

Nov. 23, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

The Gateway Shopping Center
400 W. between 200 S. and South Temple

Downtown Holiday Lights

Joe Sohm, Visions of America
The lights at Temple Square, the Gallivan Center, City Creek Center and Gateway are one of Salt Lake City's best holiday traditions, and best of all, they're free!

Holiday Celebrations at Thanksgiving Point

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Free activities at Thanksgiving Point include live reindeer on the plaza and ice sculpting demonstrations.

  • Live Reindeer in the Plaza - Nov. 29-Dec. 23, M-F 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m.
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations - 2, 4, 11, 13, 18, 6-8 p.m.

3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi

Community Christmas Events

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Check out this list of free hometown holiday celebrations in communities throughout the Salt Lake Valley, including Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Taylorsville, West Jordan and West Valley.

Utah Governor's Mansion Tours

Scot Zimmerman

The Utah Governor's Mansion is decked out for the holidays, and free tours are available to the public throughout December.

Tuesday and Thursdays in December until Dec. 19, 2-4 p.m.

603 E. South Temple

Parking is available east of the Governor's Mansion behind the Utah Arts Council building. The lot is accessible from H Street.

Red Butte Garden Holiday Open House

Laurie Rubin

Red Butte Garden's annual free open house event features local handmade gifts for sale, free cider and hot chocolate, and acres of winter garden to explore.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

300 Wakara Way

Wasatch Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert

Wasatch Community Symphony Orchestra

This lively and festive concert is a crowd-pleaser sure to get all of your friends and family in the spirit. Holiday classics and some lesser-known pieces are featured in our annual Holiday Celebration Concert.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

All Saints Episcopal Church
1710 S. Foothill Dr.

Admission is free; donations accepted

Live Nativity at Liberty Park

Courtesy Echoes of Christmas

"Echoes of Christmas" is a free community music and theater event presenting the story of the first Christmas. The audience walks from scene to scene as actors and singers - along with live sheep, goats, a camel and a donkey - present portions of the Christmas story.

The show runs continually from 7 to 8:45 p.m., with new scenes starting approximately every five minutes. Walking through all six scenes takes about 40 minutes.

December 12-14, 16-18, 2013, 7-8:45 p.m. nightly

Liberty Park North Entrance
900 S. 600 E., Salt Lake City
Park by Tennis Bubble, follow signs to gathering spot west of Youth Center

Free, no ticket required, donations accepted

Christmas Carol Services, Cathedral of the Madeline

Courtesy Cathedral of the Madeline

The Cathedral Choir's annual Christmas Carol Services feature music of the Advent and Christmas seasons, including plainchant, choral works and traditional carols.

Performances Dec. 17, 18, and 24; see website for details


Christmas Carole Sing-Along

Courtesy EnergySolutions Arena

The Larry H. Miller Family and Robert C. Bowden present the 29th Annual Christmas Carole Sing-Along. Featuring Kurt Bestor and a 30-piece orchestra with music specially arranged for this event. Come and experience the sights and sounds of the season. Guests will receive a special gift package including a holiday treat while supplies last.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, 7 p.m.

EnergySolutions Arena
301 W. South Temple


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