Tag Archives: Top Picks

Festival of Trees

Utah Festival of Trees is one of the world’s largest indoor displays of decorated Christmas Trees and a local favorite holiday tradition. This annual festival embraces its heritage through the passion embodied by thousands of volunteers who organize and orchestrate the Festival to raise funds for children at Primary Children’s Hospital.

November 29–December 3, 2022
Multiple Times

Festival of Trees
Mountain America Exposition Center, Sandy

Utah Christmas Holiday Festivities & Events

Christmas On Temple Square

The Temple Square Christmas lights and concerts are an annual tradition and a top favorite for many Utah locals. The lights are turned on each year the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and remain on through New Year’s Day. During these evenings, Temple Square is usually aglow with over one million lights, musical performances, and holiday cheer.

November–January 1, 2023
Nightly, 5–10 pm & 6 am–7:30 am

Christmas on Temple Square
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
50 North Temple, Salt Lake City

Utah’s Best Christmas Lights

Gardner Village Christmas

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Santa's Elves

November–December 24, 2022
Monday-Saturday, Multiple Events/Times

Gardner Village Christmas
1100 W 7800 S, West Jordan

A Christmas Carol by Hale Centre Theatre

Hale Center Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol, Utah, West Valley

A Utah Christmas Favorite

Deemed ‘Utah’s #1 Christmas Theatre Tradition’!

Parents, who once came as children – are now returning with their children to witness the miracle of Ebenezer Scrooge’s change of heart.  Charles Dickens’s important tale of redemption and forgiveness is splendidly retold through Richard G. Wilkins’ rich adaptation and Barlow Bradford’s stunning choral arrangements and orchestrations.  The costumes and sets are spectacular. 

November 30–December 27, 2022
Monday–Saturday, Multiple Times

Hale Centre Theatre
9900 Monroe St, Sandy

Dickens’ Christmas Festival

Utah Annual Dickens’ Christmas Fair

Transport yourself to another place and time, as the sights and sounds of nineteenth-century London come alive at the Dickens’ Christmas Festival! Shop for that special, one-of-a-kind gift, as you stroll the streets of Olde England and enjoy entertainers in period costumes filling the holiday air with carols. Mini-productions of Charles Dickens’ “Scrooge” and “Oliver Twist”, and many more performing groups, combine to bring your family the spirit of Christmas past and present.

  • Local Boutiques
  • Shopping
  • Handcrafted Goods
  • Live Entertainment
  • Christmas Shops
  • Seasonal Treats

November 30–Dec 3, 2022, 10 am–9 pm

Dickens Christmas Festival
Dixie Convention Center, St. George

Hogle Zoo

Utah Top Pick Destination

Hogle Zoo is one of the most-visited attractions in Utah and the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. Founded in 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Its natural terrain covers 42 acres of tree-lined pathways where visitors can view over 800 animals.

  • Daily Shows
  • Zoofari Express Train Ride
  • Conservation Carousel
  • Lighthouse Point Splash Zone
  • Creekside Playground
  • Animal Exhibits
  • Dining

Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City

Train Ride Provo Canyon

Heber Valley Railroad up Provo Canyon, Utah, Utah County, Family Train Rides

Climb aboard for breathtaking scenery and a time to unwind during this relaxing, three-hour ride. Capture stunning views of Mt. Timpanogos and the dramatic landscape of the glacier-carved Provo Canyon.

The Provo Canyon Limited departs from The Heber Valley Railroad Station, follows the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir then travels along the banks of the renowned Provo River to Vivian Park. You will have a layover of approximately 20 minutes at the Park, where the little passengers can play at the playground, and the grown-ups can enjoy the riverside views.  The return trip to the Heber Depot is just over an hour aboard the train.

Daily Train Rides
Monday- Saturday

Heber Valley Railroad
450 S 6th W, Heber

Capitol Theatre

Salt Lake City Downtown

Ballet West, Utah Opera, Children’s Dance Theatre

  • Dance
  • Concerts
  • Holiday Venue
  • Nutcracker Ballet
  • Films & Lectures

The Capitol Theatre is one of Salt Lake County’s most beloved buildings. A landmark in downtown Salt Lake since 1913, a newspaper reporter at the time described the building as “rich and restful, without vulgar or gaudy display.” Vaudevillians, silent movies, and “talkies,” were the mainstay in the theatre for years.

Salt Lake County Arts & Culture Event Calendar

Ballet West Event Calendar

Capitol Theatre
50 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Utah Places of Interest

Top Locations To Visit In Utah

Must See Venues, Tourist Attractions, Points of Interests

Featured Photo: Historic Utah Governor’s Mansion, 603 E S Temple, Salt Lake__ScottyReed

Salt Lake City Area

Temple Square Best
50 North Temple, Salt Lake

Joseph Smith Memorial Building
Temple Square, Salt Lake

The Beehive House
Temple Square, Salt Lake

Utah State Capitol
350 State Street, Salt Lake

Memory Grove Park
300 N Canyon Rd, Salt Lake

Cathedral of the Madeleine
331 E South Temple, Salt Lake

Governor’s Mansion
603 E South Temple, Salt Lake

Hogle Zoo Best
2600 Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake

This Is The Place Heritage Park
2601 Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake

Red Butte Garden Best
University of Utah, Salt Lake

Natural History Museum of Utah Best
University of Utah, UoU, Campus

Tracy Aviary & Botanical Gardens Best
589 E 1300 S, Liberty Park, Salt Lake

Liberty Park
900 S 700 E Salt Lake

Trolley Square
602 E 500 S, Salt Lake City

Gilgal Sculpture Garden

Crone’s Hollow – Pagan Community Center
3834 S Main St, Salt Lake City

Murray Park

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Best
12033 Lone Peak Pkwy, Draper

Rio Tinto Stadium

Utah Olympic Oval Best
5662 Cougar Ln, Kearns

Gardner Village Best
1100 W 7800 S, West Jordan

Kennecott Copper Mine

Park City Area

Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City

Provo Utah Valley Area

Thanksgiving Point Best
3003 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Brigham Young University, BYU, Utah

Springville Museum of Art

Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Provo Library at Academy Square
550 North University Avenue, Provo

Krishna Temple
Spanish Fork

Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center

West Utah, Tooele, Wendover

Utah Bonneville Salt Flats
Wendover

Stansbury Park Observatory Complex

Utah Motorsports Campus

The Old Grantsville Church

Ogden North Utah Area

Antelope Island State Park
4528 W 1700 S, Syracuse

Ogden Nature Center
966 W. 12th Street, Ogden

Eccles Mansion – Community Art Center

Golden Spike National Historical Park
6200 N 22300 W, Corinne

Logan Cache Valley Area

American West Heritage Center
4025 S Hwy 89-91, Wellsville

Bear Lake State Park Best
Garden City, Utah

Southern Utah Area

Arches National Park, Utah Best
Moab, Utah

Moab Information Center Best
Moab, Utah

Little Sahara Sand Dunes

The Four Corners
San Juan County

Mystic Hot Springs
475 E 100 N, Monroe

Zion National Park Best
Southern Utah, Springdale, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park Best
Southern Utah, Tropic Utah

Utah Resources

Utah’s National Historic Districts

Tracy Aviary

Salt Lake Cultural Landmark

A Utah Top Pick destination, Tracy Aviary is one of the largest and oldest of only two free-standing aviaries in the nation and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  It has grown and evolved over its more than 80-year history to become a cultural landmark, public garden, and environmental education and conservation leader.

Tracy Aviary Indoor Bird Shows
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:30 & 11:30 am
June–September

Tracy Aviary
589 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84105