Temple Square Lights Up the Season
- 25 November - 1 January 2012
Temple Square is a popular destination for visitors all year, but for many families, coming to downtown Salt Lake City during the Christmas season is an annual tradition. That’s because between the Friday following Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the 10 acres that comprise Temple Square are aglow with Christmas lights.
This season, the lights will be turned on at dusk on Friday, November 25. They will be turned on each evening after that through Sunday, January 1.
The glittering display also includes a several nativity scenes (including a life-sized nativity located directly north of the Tabernacle), lanterns lit up with words like “joy” and “peace” in many languages, and floating lights in the reflecting pool east of the Salt Lake Temple. (Read “Lighting Up Temple Square,” and watch missionaries who served on Temple Square last year talk about the lights representing the Light of the World.)
In addition, dozens of concerts and other events—most free of charge—take place nearly every afternoon and evening throughout the rest of November and December.
The tradition of having lights on Temple Square dates back to the tenure of President David O. McKay (1873–1970), who served as President of the Church from 1950 to 1971.