It’s here! The holiday season is upon us and, more importantly, ski season has begun.
As visitors come into Park City for their holiday vacations, there’s always the question, “so, what do I do when I’m not skiing?” or “what can I do if I don’t ski?”
Thank goodness there’s a whole bunch of fun things to do around the Park City area, even on the chilliest days.
Park City Mountain – Snow Fest
From December 20 – January 5, you can participate in daily activities at Park City Resort. Visit Santa, check out the Torchlight Parade, and enjoy some winter fireworks all with the backdrop of Park City’s mountain landscape.
Catch a Holiday Performance at the Egyptian Theater
Looking for something a little warmer? All season long the Egyptian Theater and the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts run holiday productions. For more a traditional show, head to the Eccles for Ballet West’s performance of “The Nutcracker” (tickets can be purchased here). For a more musical night, check out the litany of holiday sing-alongs, choirs, and classical performances with Kurt Bestor. See the full schedule here.
Park City Christmas Eve Traditions
- The Park City Mountain Torchlight Parade occurs at dusk every December 24th. A truly breathtaking sight, Park City ski staff light up the mountain with formation flares.
- Santa visits Deer Valley from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
- Experience fine dining at several of the iconic restaurants in Park City. From casual dining to 7-course meals, you’ll be set with a delicious Christmas eve meal.
Shopping and Site Seeing on Main Street
Starting the first week of December, Main Street in the heart of Park City is decked out with lovely lights and holiday decor. Stop in at any of the eclectic boutiques and eateries for last-minute gifts or a yummy lunch/dinner.
Surrounding Park City Area
One of the best perks of visiting Park City (besides the world-renowned skiing) is the proximity to Utah’s largest metropolitan area and a few close by sites worth a short drive to see.
In the heart of downtown Salt Lake (about a 45-minute drive) is the LDS temple square. From Thanksgiving to New Years, this huge block of gardens and stunning buildings are lit up with nativity scenes from around the world, unparalleled tree lights, and nightly musical performances. After this season, the square will be closed for renovation for 4 years, so if you have a chance to visit you should!
Heber North Pole Express
Heber Valley, about a 30-minute drive from Park City Main Street, has a fun classic train that runs around the city. During the holiday season, they transform the experience to a “North Pole Express.” Your fare includes cookies, hot chocolate, sing-along fun, and a 90-minute train ride around a stunning mountain valley. See fares and schedule here.