So you found yourself in Salt Lake City for the holidays. Whether you’re here visiting friends or family there are plenty of awesome things that you can do to liven up your experience even more. Here’s a list of five family friendly yet totally fun activities that you can take part in here in Salt Lake City.
From December 29 to December 31 EVE Winterfest takes place in downtown Salt Lake City. This event is family-friendly or a great way to celebrate with your friends’ downtown enjoying a couple libations while you’re at it. For only 20 bucks you get an all access adult three day pass or you can pay $15 for a single day and don’t worry kids under 10 are free. With this pass you can enjoy live concerts complete with adult beverages from the Hops Rising Lounge, admission to museums and family activities, and even admission to a Utah Jazz game. The event takes place across 12 separate venues during the three days and is not to be missed. And while you’re there make sure you check out the 20 foot wide disco ball that hangs above the Countdown Stage at the Salt Palace.
Go to a Jazz Game
Speaking of Jazz games, the Utah Jazz have plenty of home games over the course of December into January and tickets are not too expensive. You can check out Gordon Hayward and Dante Exum of the Jazz do their thing and even have a chance to see some of the out-of-state talent come in and put up a show all while making some new memories to share around the holiday dinner table. Expect to pay between $20 and $40 a ticket but keep your eyes peeled for special deals on E-bay and KSL Classifieds.
See the Lights
Salt Lake City is also known for its amazing light displays. Every December the LDS church decks out there Temple Square with hundreds of thousands of different lights as well as a life-size nativity scene and various video presentations in the visitor center as part of their Temple Lights display. If you want to take less religious approach Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo hosts Zoo Lights where the Zoo is all lit up and you can walk through, see the animals, and the lights for less than $10 a person.
Ice skating at the Galivan Plaza
If you have never been ice-skating or if you are a seasoned pro Galivan Plaza is an awesome place to go. Located in the heart of downtown adults, seniors, and children can get together and hit the ice. When the winter air is too much and you get cold there’s a full concession stand with hot beverages and snacks. The rink is open seven days a week with midnight hours Friday and Saturday and parking located right across the street.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Feel like getting out of the city for a day or two take the family up Solitude Mountain Resort where you can take part in some amazing skiing and snowboarding or if you’re not that active they also offer snowshoeing and Ice skating. While you’re up there check out some of the great food they have to offer from the Honeycomb Grill or grab a drink and some hand rolled sushi at the Thirsty Squirrel. The views are breathtaking and well worth the 30 minute ride up the canyon oh and did I mention you can take the public UTA bus up there so you can keep your eyes off the road and on the scenery.