Each holiday season, my family visits Temple Square, usually twice assuming that we are in town for both times. The first time we visit the Christmas Lights on Temple Square is the first night the lights come on. The whole area is completely packed with people but it’s absolutely magical. The second time each year we visit the lights on Temple Square is Christmas Eve. It’s a nice way for my family to enjoy Christmas lights.

The holiday season is by far the most magical time of the year to visit Temple Square. The 35 acres completely transform the day after Thanksgiving every year, when the Christmas lights are lit, decorations are hung and several nativities are placed on the grounds for the first time for the holiday season. Free concerts and performances are taken to a whole new level. A variety of local groups—from schools, to church choirs, to bands—perform daily at six different venues. And of course the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert and First Presidency of the LDS Church Christmas Devotional attract visitors from all over the world. Coming to Temple Square during Christmas has become a tradition for locals and visitors alike. These lights are available until January 3, 2016.

During your visit to the Christmas Lights on Temple Square, make sure you stop by Nauvoo Cafe at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Inside is delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, pot pies, and hot chocolate. After walking around Temple Square, it’s a nice way to warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy the inside of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building with the gorgeous Christmas tree and if you make your way up to the 10th floor, you can have some incredible views of the lights. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is conveniently located on the south side of Temple Square.

PC: Temple Square

If you’re planning to visit for New Year’s Eve, here is a list of what will be happening and free performances.