Jump into the Holiday Spirit with our December Event Guide

Whether its the ever-popular Festival of Trees, the artsy market hosted by Finch Lane Gallery or a trip to see the Utah Symphony perform your favorite Christmas carols, find something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season below.


Holiday Window Displays at the Grand America Hotel

Trees of Diversity – Utah Cultural Celebration Center

November 26-December 31

Held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Trees of Diversity is a month-long celebration of the diverse ways in which we celebrate the holidays. This year, trees will flow from exhibit to exhibit. Admission is free and the gallery is open Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Festival of Trees – South Towne Expo Center

November 30-December 3

A beloved classic of Salt Lake residents, The Festival of Trees features aisles of beautifully-decorated trees in support of Primary Children’s Hospital. The festival runs Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children 2-11 and $5 for senior citizens.

Star Wars-Themed Christmas House – Stein Eriksen Lodge

Beginning December 3

Stein Eriksen Lodge will open its doors to the public on December 3 for the gingerbread display reveal and 32-foot Christmas tree lighting. The full height of the display will be over 11 feet tall and 12 feet long and is made of more than 50 pounds of molasses, 40 dozen eggs, 250 pounds of sugar and 4 pounds of pure spices.

Holiday Window Displays and Gingerbread House – Grand America Hotel

November 22 – December 31

The Grand America’s annual holiday displays come to live this year with the help of artist Jonnie Parker Hartman. Her creations follow the journey of penguin Maurice as he travels through 17 countries, featuring over 2200 hours of hand-crafted, hand-stitched and hand-glittered designs.


Christkindlmarkt at This is the Place Heritage Park

33rd Annual Holiday Craft Market – Finch Lane Gallery

Dec. 2-20

More than 80 artists will be selling their finest ceramics, jewelry, textiles, body products, journals, decorations, artisan food and artwork for your gift-giving needs. The Holiday Market runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christkindlmarkt – This is the Place Heritage Park

December 1, 2 and 3

With 50 unique vendors, children’s activities and entertainment, Christkindlmarkt will be up and running from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. on December 1 and 2 and 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 3. With free admission, feel merry and bright as you spend your money on gifts and participate in acts of service instead.

15th Annual Holiday Open House and Art Fair – Red Butte Garden

December 3-4

From 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., peruse the jewelry, glass art, pottery and more from over 19 artists in Red Butte’s Orangerie. Garden admission is free and complimentary cider and hot cocoa will be provided.

Winter Market – Utah Cultural Celebration Center

December 5, 12 and 19

Held in conjunction with the center’s holiday concerts and Trees of Diversity exhibit, the Winter Market will host a wide variety of holiday gifts and environment designed to get you into the holiday spirit. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. enjoy the market’s offerings at then catch the show!

Things to Do


Zoo Lights – Hogle Zoo

December 1-31

Held throughout the month of December, Zoo Lights is the perfect opportunity to see the animals and over 200 lighted animal and holiday-themed displays. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children, $7 for senior citizens and free for children 2 and under.

15th Annual Holiday Festival – Utah Olympic Oval

December 3

From 6 – 10 p.m., the Utah Olympic Oval will host a festival full of ice skating, photos with Santa, a Hoppin’ Holiday Ice Show, face painting and more. Cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 or bring in a non-perishable food item for free admission.

Jingle Bell Run – Sugar House Park

December 3

Sugar House Park will host this year’s annual Jingle Bell Run, in support of the Arthritis Foundation. Dress in your best Christmas garb, raise as much money as you can (more than $500 earners get special treats) and jingle all the way to the finish line. Help them achieve their $55,000 goal today by registering or joining a team.

Wassail and Waffles – Broadway Centre Cinemas

December 10

Check of all your holiday bucket list items at The Salt Lake Film Society Wassail and Waffles. Arrive at 10 a.m. to make your own delicious waffle, grab a cup of warming wassail, meet Santa Claus and choose from one of many favorite holiday films, including A Christmas Story, The Polar Express and more.

Winter Solstice Celebration – Red Butte Garden

December 17

Face-painting, warm drinks, a yule log and and candle-making all await you at the Children’s Garden for the Winter Solstice Celebration. For a $3 admission, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

EVE Winterfest – Downtown & The Salt Palace

December 29-31

One of the largest New Years Eve celebrations in the country, EVE Winterfest returns with even more live entertainment, treats and activities. With participating venues throughout downtown Salt Lake City, there is sure to be something for everyone in your family, including America’s largest mirror ball dropping at midnight.

Theater and Dance

Irving Berlin's White Christmas at The Eccles
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at The Eccles

Dickens’ Christmas Festival – South Towne Expo Center

December 8-10

Located at the South Towne Expo Center, this year’s Dickens’ Christmas Festival will host a reenactment of the classic novels Scrooge and Oliver Twist. Tickets range from $5-$7 and promises a front row seat to actor’s performances and shopping down Ole London street.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – Eccles Theater

December 6-11

Running for just 8 performances in Salt Lake City, The Eccles Theater brings Salt Lake Valley Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas. The classic soundtrack includes “Sisters,” “Happy Holidays” and, of course, “White Christmas.” Tickets are still available and begin at $40.

Nutcracker – Ballet West

December 2-26

With performances throughout the month of December, The Nutcracker invited the public to the retirement season of their long-held and loved sets and costumes. Tickets range from $19 to $97 and promise a perfect view of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece from any seat in the house.

ReduxNut-Cracker – Odyssey Dance Theatre

December 14 – 23

For a modern retelling of the classic holiday ballet, Odyssey Dance Theatre has revamped Tchaikovsky’s score with a hip hop flair. Performed at Kingsbury Hall, their original version features smartphones, robots a DeLorean and more. Tickets begin at $20.

Concerts and Sing Alongs

Here Comes Santa Claus at Abravanel Hall

32nd Annual Christmas Carole Sing-Along – Vivint Smart Home Arena

December 12

A free event for the public, The Christmas Carole Sing-Along will feature Grammy-nominated performer Jenny Oaks Baker and the West Valley Symphony of Utah. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show so arrive early, grab a seat and follow along with your program to the sounds of the season.

Here Comes Santa Claus – Abravanel Hall

December 17

Performing some of your favorite Christmas songs, like “Carol of the Bells,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas,” ring in the holiday season at Abravanel Hall. Tickets start at $8 with two performances at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and stick around for an appearance by Ol’ Saint Nick himself.

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas with the Utah Symphony – Abravanel Hall

December 21

The celestial voices of Celtic Woman will fill Abravanel Hall with songs from their new album, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Starting at $40, a ticket will provide a night full of harmonious and angelic Christmas spirit.

Rejoice and Be Merry – Libby Gardner Concert Hall

December 5

A concert performed by the Utah Chamber Artists, Rejoice and Be Merry is an annual and widely popular tradition in Salt Lake City. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, but increase day-off and sell out quickly. Show begins at 7 p.m.

-Brieanna Olds

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