Happy Holidays, Salt Lake City! The holidays are going to be a bigger challenge this year, so why not make even more time to connect with friends and family? Here are some of our staff picks to enjoy the holiday season responsibly.

Think about your happiest holiday memories. It most probably involves the senses — the smell of cookies baking, lights at temple square, the City Creek windows and Grand America, holiday markets — and the time spent decorating, plotting and anticipating with family and friends. We can enjoy these things again, with a little creative planning. Here are some ideas to connect with each other and love on our beautiful city:


  • Virtual holiday parties are a type of virtual team celebration. This list from teambuilding. com has some really awesome virtual holiday party ideas including party help, games, activities and more.

  • Host a watch party with your family “SLC Nights In” rewind – pick a recipe for food and a cocktail from local SLC restaurants, originally aired Spring 2020 – find recordings here.
    • Valter’s Osteria’s famous pasta!
    • A gingersnap ice cream sandwich from Normal Ice Cream
    • A whiskey sour from Boltcutter
    • … and more!
  • The Salt Lake City Jewish Community Center is holding their annual Hanukkah Market online this year. From November 16 – December 17 you can support local vendors to find all your holiday needs.

This year the Utah Symphony will be hosting their very popular Messiah Sing-In ONLINE, virtual performances will be held NOV 26 – DEC 9. Get more information on the USUO: On Demand – Messiah Sing-in Online Event 2 here.

  • This year’s Small Business Saturday has gone virtual! Join Local First Utah for the Shop Small Digital Crawl with over 100 participating local businesses, and a chance to win prizes!


  • Support our local restaurants. Our hardworking small business owners need your help now more than ever. Order takeout or try dining outside! So many owners are taking special care to provide a safe, cozy outdoor dining experience. Get some fresh air and avoid cooking dinner tonight, WIN-WIN!

  • Here’s a great list of socially-distanced ideas to get outside from Kids Out and About.
  • While Temple Square is out for construction this year, there are still many other ways to walk around and enjoy the lights, including Gateway Lights On 2020 Nov. 20th continuing through the season, Hogle Zoo Lights, Gallivan Center, City Creek and Red Butte.
  • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are expected to be in high demand this winter. Good thing we have plenty of spots to choose from. Explore Cross Country trails near SLC, and rent equipment from our local shops – a relatively inexpensive way to get out for some fresh air and explore the beauty of Utah in wintertime.
VisitUtah.com Guide to Cross Country Skiing

From all of us at Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development, Happy Holidays!