Tonight, City Creek Center is joining Temple Square and the Gallivan Center in displaying the city's holiday spirit with the unveiling of candy-art displays in Macy's windows on Main Street and the arrival of Santa Claus. The mall is also completely decked out.
Earlier today, Salt Lake magazine took an exclusive tour led by General Manager, Linda Wardell, of the new displays, decorations, and we even a few new stores moving in this holiday season. "We've been planning this for years," Wardell says. "We really don't do this anything like this any other time of year, and that shows how important the holidays are to us."
Starting in Richard's Court at the west end of the mall, you'll find a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree with 12,450 lights wrapped around it.
You'll also find the mall's dancing waters, spouting out of a heated fountain to songs like Carol of the Bells, Nutcracker and Let It Snow. Kids are going to love the fountain, which also has a fire pit at its center. (Heating water isn't anything new for City Creek Center. The stream that flows through the mall is at 55 degrees, the optimal temperature for keeping trout.) Shows are every hour on the hour, and all three songs are played starting at 7 and 9 p.m.
Shoppers will also enjoy the storybook lanterns, displays throughout the mall showcasing holiday stories, including The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas and Twas the Night Before Christmas.
All hand-crafted scenes are beautifully done, but The Nutcracker is Wardell's favorite, and shows static images of wooden soldiers and ballerinas spinning at 150 revolutions per minute in a strobe light, making it animated.
"Santa came early this year," Wardell says about the upcoming Apple Store at the mall. "It's going to be a great addition to the Center." The store left the Gateway for the City Creek Center will soon open.
Another addition to the mall is Athleta, which sells women's athletic clothes. The store opens next week.
During the tour, we ran into Mrs. Frost (Jack's mom), who told us a story about fig pudding. Storytellers will be at the mall for the holiday season, entertaining guests as they shop for their loved ones.
And over head, you'll see four six-foot lanterns hanging throughout the mall with giant wreaths around them.
The mall really went all out to give shoppers a jolly shopping experience.
Santa Arrives Tonight
Tonight at the mall, Santa's sleigh arrives. Kids will be asked to wave lights to guide Santa toward his magical lantern, where he'll set up shop throughout the holiday season. The event starts at 7 p.m.
When visiting Santa this year, parents will give one of Santa's helpers a cell number instead of standing in line. When it's your turn, expect a text message letting you know Santa's ready to see you.
Unveiling Candy Window Displays
Bringing back a tradition from ZCMI, Macy's is going to unveil holiday window displays made out of candy. Be on Main Street near Macy's at 6 p.m. tonight to see them for yourself.