Mornings: 6:00 a.m. — 7:30 a.m.
Evenings: 5:00 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.*
The brightest and most remarkable phenomenon that happens in downtown Salt Lake City is when Temple Square comes alive with festive lights and decorations for the Christmas holiday. Find joy and warmth beginning the day after Thanksgiving, when the lights are turned on for the first night. Not to be missed is the marvelous Cedar of Lebanon and the life size nativity scene staged on the lawn in front of the North Visitors Center, bringing focus to the reason for the season.
Along with the lights, find inspiration in the handmade paper lanterns bearing the message of “peace” in many different languages, as well as the variety of ethnic nativity scenes on display at the Church Office Building plaza. Traditional Christmas and gospel songs play in the background as you wander through the merrily-lit grounds but be sure to catch live performances from local bands, choirs, and artists that are featured in various venues around the 35 acres of Temple Square, providing the soundtrack to your Christmas time enjoyment.
* The lights will be on until 11:00 p.m. during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concerts; on New Year’s Eve they will be on until 12:30 a.m. at Temple Square and until 1:00 a.m. at the Church Office Building, Main Street, and Conference Center Plazas