Holiday Headquarters – Christmas Light Displays


BEST PLACES TO GO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Temple Square Christmas Lights

November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Temple Square in Downtown SLC is really THE place to see Christmas lights in Salt Lake each year… and it’s FREE. Crowds flock to Temple Square for the holiday lights, and for good reason. Photos and video do not do them justice. Plan a night downtown, and just go! The Christmas lights turn on the day after Thanksgiving. They turn on daily at 5:30 pm (or when it gets dark) and stay on until 10:00 pm. On December 11-13, the lights will stay on until 11:00 pm due to the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts and until 12:30 am on New Year’s Eve. 50 N Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150

 

Zoo Lights

The Hogle Zoo puts a ton of time and money into their Christmas light displays, and it shows. Make sure you bundle up, but grab the kiddos and head up to Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo. You do need to walk through the zoo to see these awesome holiday lights, but there are quite a few areas to warm up, and even grab some hot chocolate or coffee. On top of that, there are still animals to see in addition to the Christmas lights. Zoo Lights are a must! They’re my little boy’s favorite Christmas lights in Salt Lake, hands down.
Zoo Lights is open from December 1st – December 31st. Tickets are $6 for children and $8 for adults, with discounts available for seniors. 2600 E Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

 

Gardner Village

Any time of year, Gardner Village in Midvale is a fun place to visit. But between Halloween and Christmas, it gets really fun because of the decorations and activities they have. During Christmas, they have a cool Elf Scavenger Hunt throughout the village for the kids, along with Christmas lights on the shops and trees throughout Gardner Village. They even do a Santa 5k run. Gardner Village is a fun place to see Christmas lights in Salt Lake. 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan, Utah

 

Christmas in Color – Kearns

This music synchronized drive-thru light show starts on November 19th and runs through December 31st. Last year, we took my 1 year old son to see the light show from the warmth of our own car. He LOVED Christmas in Color… and so did we. They do such a great job with choreographed music, and have over 1 million Christmas lights! You’ll tune your radio to a specific station, so the synchronized music can blast through your speakers as well. Ticket pricing is per car, so load ’em up! Tickets are cheaper (and easier) online, so plan ahead. 1 Ed Mayne Street, Kearns, Utah

 

Tree of Life – Draper

On the south end of the Salt Lake valley is the Tree of Life in Draper City Park. This tree can’t be missed, literally. They say there are over 1,000 different strands of lights on the Tree of Life. I’d hate to be the one to put those lights up! There are Christmas lights throughout the park in addition to the Tree of Life, but for obvious reasons, it gets all the attention. Draper City Park (12500 S. 1300 E. in Draper)

 

Christmas Street – Taylorsville

The “other” Christmas Street in Salt Lake is Royal wood Drive. It’s another great drive-by Christmas light display, and all the homeowners on the street take pride in it. 5400 South 3200 West, Taylorsville, UT

 

The Gateway

The Gateway used to be THE coolest new place to go for Christmas lights and holiday shopping. It was packed! Now the crowds have “thinned” a bit, but they’re all missing out on the Gateways HUGE 62 FOOT TALL Christmas tree! You heard me. The Christmas tree near the fountains at The Gateway is a staggering 62 feet tall, and one of the most stunning Christmas trees you’ll ever see. Each tree along the mall is lit as well, and makes the Gateway a great option for getting the whole Christmas light experience, without the crazy crowds. 18 N Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT

 

City Creek

Santa is the main attraction at City Creek Center during the holidays, but their awesome Christmas lights don’t get enough respect. Stroll through City Creek either before, or after, seeing the lights across the street on Temple Square. For those who want pictures w/ Santa, look for his “hut” just outside the food court and Microsoft Store. My family loves City Creek’s Santa photos each year. If you want a BIG discount on the photos, America First Credit Union members get 50% off! Downtown Salt Lake between State St and 200 West, and South Temple and 100 South