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Salt Lake City Holiday Events

2013

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Christmas is a time to enjoy home and hearth, but it's also a wonderful time to enjoy music, dance and theater events. Here's a list of holiday events in Salt Lake City that can help add sparkle to your celebration.

The list keeps evolving as Christmas draws closer, so check back frequently for new ideas.

Note: While we do our best to verify details for all listed events, it's best to call the venue or visit the website to get the most up-to-date details before attending any event.

Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you're far away from Grandma's house or just don't want to cook, having Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, or having all or part of your meal catered, can be an excellent option. Here are some great restaurants and caterers serving Thanksgiving dinner in the Salt Lake area, with both fine dining and less expensive options.

Free Holiday Events

Grand America Hotel
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.

Holiday Light Displays

Joe Sohm, Visions of America

Holiday light displays are an indispensable part of the season. Here's info on some of the best displays in the Salt Lake area.

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
801-456-2000

Desert Star Theater: 'Miracle On 42nd Street'

Desert Star Playhouse

As snow begins to fall on Broadway, legendary producer C.B. d'Mille is preparing to open his new show, "Christmas Magic." After a series of flops, he is hoping that this will be the show to get him back on his feet. This wild holiday romp is sure to put even the toughest of humbugs in the Christmas spirit.

Desert Star is a dinner theater with pizza, hamburgers, wraps, desserts and more served at tableside seating. Appropriate for all ages.

Nov. 14-Jan. 4, 2013, except Tuesdays and Sundays

4861 S. State St.
801-266-2600

Tickets $9.95-$17.95

Off-Broadway Theatre: 'It's a Wondrous Life'

Off-Broadway Theatre

Another new Christmas comedy at the Off Broadway spoofs the Jimmy Stewart classic, It's a Wonderful Life.

Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays Nov. 22-Dec. 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

272 S. Main St.
801-355-4628

Tickets $8-$16

Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express

Courtesy Heber Valley Railroad

Heber Valley Railroad's North Pole Express features a historic train ride through the beautiful Heber Valley, plus cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas carols performed by local choirs, and a visit with Santa. It's a holiday tradition for many Utah families.

Nightly except Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 2013

Trains depart at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; check website for times and availability

450 S 600 W. Heber City
435-654-5601

Coach: adults $30, children $20 (ages 3-12)
First Class: adults $47, children $37 (ages 3-12)

Holiday Central at Thanksgiving Point

Courtesy Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point becomes "holiday central" with the following special events in December:

  • Live Reindeer in the Plaza - Nov. 29-Dec. 23, M-F 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m. (Free)
  • Drive-Through Holiday Lights - Nov. 29-Dec. 28, M-Sat. 6-10 p.m., 6-9 p.m. Dec. 24 ($8 per car)
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations - 2, 4, 11, 13, 18, 6-8 p.m. (Free)
  • Breakfast with Santa - Dec. 7, 14, 21, 9 a.m. ($18-$26)
  • The Nutcracker - Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. ($10-$12)
  • Voice Male in Concert - Dec. 17 and 18, 7 p.m. ($12-$14)

3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi
801-768-2300

Community Christmas Events

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