The Temple Square Christmas lights draw tens of thousands of visitors on an annual basis, especially when they go on for the first time the day after Thanksgiving. During the opening Temple Square lighting event, visitors can enjoy more than just the lighting ceremony. There is also the unveiling of the life-size nativity scene, and plenty of Christmas music is played, adding to the holiday season atmosphere. Video presentations also add to the festivities when the Temple Square Christmas lights go on for the first time.
After the initial Temple Square lighting event, the lights at this famous Salt Lake City square stay up through the entire month of December. This allows locals and visitors alike numerous opportunities to enjoy them during the heart of the holiday season. Literally hundreds of thousands of lights are switched on every night at Temple Square in December, and many of them are strewn among the square's numerous trees and its lovely gardens. The beautiful Salt Lake LDS Temple is floodlit, as are some of the other surrounding structures, helping to create an almost magical effect.
After a day of skiing or snowboarding on a December visit to Salt Lake City, heading downtown and checking out the Temple Square lighting display can be an ideal way to cap things off. You might also wander over to the square to enjoy the lights after a holiday season shopping spree in the downtown area. On Thursday nights, it is possible to catch a Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle on the square, and many people have this in mind in conjunction with taking in the Temple Square lighting display.