5 Awesome Holiday Activities to do in Salt Lake City

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.


EVE Winterfest

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.


5 Things you need to know about xmas!


Its December, and you know what that means. We’re all getting ready to celebrate christmas, hanukkah, kwanzaa and any other holiday I missed (oops). Its tradition in many families to put up the lights and set up the plastic and or real tree but other families are eagerly waiting to light up the menorah. Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated in December but it is the most popular in the United States.
I remember christmas gave me so much joy as a child, which I think is the biggest reason why I still celebrate that glorious morning, but as I get older I start to ask myself…where did christmas come from? Why do we celebrate it?..and who the hell is the REAL Santa Claus?
Since the first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD,  we can assume the humans back then weren’t stringing up lights and spiking eggnog. When I dug a little deeper on the subject I found 5 things, you need to know about christmas!



History Channel

Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in Turkey in the 4th century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. St. Nicholas was also known as “the protector of children”. This explains the connection between children and their fondness of Santa.


Many people believe xmas falls on Dec. 25th because thats the day Jesus was born, but the bible never states this. So it is widely speculated that Dec. 25th was chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving. 

#3. Upside down or right side up!

Originally only used in department stores to increase floor space, consumers (as usual) decided they like the idea and took it home with them. Some european folks believe the “inverted tree” represented the holy trinity. You can buy this here tree for 198$.

#4. I’ll take EVERYTHING!

We lead in consumer culture thats a given but according to List25 Christmas purchases account for a 1/6 of all annual retail sales in the United States. Hot damn! No wonder why christmas comes earlier every year.

#5. “Im changing my status!”
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Facebook released an article that tracked changing of relationship status, ‘Tracking the Seasonality of Relationship Formation’ and it stated that on Dec. 25 people are 34% more likely to pair up!


RSS Feeds

I have never used RSS feeds before but for this assignment I recently started using the RSS Feed Reader as an extension on Google’s Chrome browser. So far I’ve subscribed to Vogue Fashion, Radio West, and New York Times Technology. I’m going to use the feed for a while to see how it works out, I like the idea of having easy access to topics I find interesting in one spot.

– Lauren Gutierrez

Currency in Like$ and Follower$

By Lauren Gutierrez


Chad Cooper, FallFest Crowd (CC BY 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/chadcooperphotos/10330066024

In the PBS Frontline documentary “Generation Like” the media industry’s manipulation of user content and its audience’ ability to become the media is analyzed. While watching the video I thought how incredible it is that information can be exchanged so rapidly, bringing big business for some and a chance at the spotlight for others. One moment that caught my attention was when I saw the young Steven Fernandez, a talented skateboarder hoping to get his family out of poverty, doing obscene Youtube videos to gain followers. Among his peers Steven is the man and I can see the humor in having a baby-faced kid do these stunts but at a certain point it’s exploitation when even they point out in the video that he is mostly paid in merchandise like hats, skateboards, and shoes.

It is demonstrated in the documentary how agencies like “The Audience” gain momentum around a person or product by creating a stir of conversation online behind their curtain of software that tracks what their client’s followers “like” on Facebook. They also stimulate their audience to generate more likes, shares, conversations, comments, etc. For example, the actor Ian Somerhalder from the Vampire Diaries, with a few posts, in a single day can reach “3 to 6 million people”. That is a striking number when there is absolutely no cost of advertising.

There was a young girl in the documentary who was spending hours on social media basically acting as an un-paid promoter but she didn’t mind it because she got “sparks” which got her the low-down on the movie Catching Fire. I don’t think it’s fair to, again, exploit someone even if technically they are willing participants. In this situation you would think her parents would get concerned that she is spending so much time doing this.

In the end there are people who are benefiting from this like the actors, agents, movie executives, etc. Even some Youtube video bloggers, like Tyler Oakley the “professional fangirl”, have made a name for themselves and have gotten attention from sponsor’s like Taco Bell and Pepsi. Despite the cringe worthiness, I’m not sure there is anyone to blame, it is capitalism at its finest.

For another take on the fame-obsessed culture brewing on the internet take a look at New York Magazine’s article by Joe Coscarelli, “Who Did You Think Teenagers Were Watching on Their Phones?” from their section on The Weird Wide World of Internet Celebrity.