As Christmas is approaching quite quickly, you may be feeling time slip away to enjoy some of the many holiday attractions with elderly loved ones. While some events such as the Festival of Trees are over with for the season, others are still going on for you to enjoy. Keep in mind that if you are planning to go to an outdoor attraction, be sure to bundle up your elderly loved ones and children alike, as it's difficult for them to stay warm in the cold. Hats, gloves, scarves, snow boots and hand warmers are important to have ready to bundle up with. Listed below are some events that you can attend.
1. Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo Running until New Year's Eve, the zoo lights are fun for all ages. There are a ton of Christmas light displays around the park and often times, the animals are more active at night. The underwater viewing of the north pole exhibit is a fun place to view the polar bears, penguins and sea otters swim around and interact with you from the other side of the glass wall.
2. Christmas at the Grand America Hotel offers breakfast with Santa and Mrs Clause along with photo opportunities at the five star hotel through December 24th. In the afternoon, tea is served with hot cocoa and cookies while holiday stories are read aloud. Shop windows and gingerbread house creations are fun to walk around and look at.
3. Ballet West Nutcracker at Capitol Theater runs through December 31st. Watch Clara in the timeless classic dance her way through the Land of Snow and Sweets on her magical adventure to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.
4. Candle light Christmas at This is the Place Heritage Park looks like a Christmas card in all it's old fashioned glory. Although it is closed December 24th and 25th, the holiday festivities run until December 27th, giving you a couple extra days to lean about the pioneers history in Utah as they settled with Brigham Young so many years ago.
5. The Tree of Life in Draper, Utah will light up your Christmas Spirit as over a thousand strands of white lights shine on you. The tree is meant to remind others of the Tree of Life depicted in a painting based off a story in the Book of Mormon.
6. Cathedral of the Madeleine hosts an annual Christmas Carol service on the night of Christmas Eve in a historic cathedral that took nine years to build starting in 1900. The Program starts with one single voice of a child and gradually evolving into a full chorus of powerful voices.
7. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert takes place this coming Sunday the 20th. Guest singer Laura Osnes is an award winning Broadway singer joined by a few of the Metropolitan Opera Soloists. This concert really is one of the best concerts to partake of during the Christmas season.
8. Christmas Lights at Temple Square is a magnificent sight to see. Thousands of lights across the 35 acres twinkle and shine brightly as you walk around the grounds. There are nativity scenes scattered around and the reflecting pool is a beautiful spot to take photos of the temple and of your family. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is another fun and informative option if you need to get out of the cold for a bit to warm up.
These are just a few of the many fun activities available around Salt Lake City, Utah for you to enjoy with your family and friends. It is sure to be a treat for your elderly loved ones to get out of the home or facility they live at to see and hear some of the wonderful things that go on this time of year.
Tips for holiday events and festivities were gathered from: Holiday Choices Are Abundant in Salt Lake City