The annual tradition will continue even during construction
The colorful lights of Christmas are a major part of the holiday season. They add to the beauty of Christmas. Many people have the tradition of driving around to see the Christmas lights or to go to special events where the beautiful lights are on display.
An important tradition for many who live in the Salt Lake Valley is to visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the lights which are turned on the evening of the day after Thanksgiving. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints normally provides over one million lights and also concerts for their members and the public to enjoy during the holiday season. The Church has announced that the 2021 plans for the lights have been modified because of COVID-19 and the renovation which is going on at Temple Square, but there will be Christmas lights and events there.
Temple Square looks a lot different these days as workers are demolishing and renovating some of the buildings on Temple Square. The renovation started after the temple was closed in December 2019.
The North Visitors Center at Temple Square has just recently been demolished. Crews have been working at Temple Square to make renovations and changes.
The Christmas lights on Temple Square will be on in the evenings from November 26, but it will not be quite the same as in the past because of the ongoing construction. There will be International nativities near the Assembly Hall. Guests will be able to walk around parts of the grounds and listen to Christmas music. They can enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas on Temple Square.
A Christmas nativity in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. This Christmas season, see an animated nativity projected on the ceiling of the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the first time. This new presentation, entitled “Peace on Earth,” uses shadow graphics, narration and musical underscore to tell the Christmas story in a child-friendly way that adults will also enjoy. Showings begin Friday, November 26 and will continue daily every 15 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The presentation lasts about four minutes and will alternate between Spanish and English. The images and audio tracks from the presentation will be made available at TempleSquare.org for recreating this Christmas story at home. [From the website: TempleSquare.org]
Although the lights and celebrations will be somewhat limited this year in size and scope due to the construction, it will still be a wonderful experience to visit Temple Square during this Christmas holiday season to enjoy the lights, music, activities, and atmosphere of Christmas on Temple Square.
Although the construction around the Salt Lake Temple makes it almost unrecognizable now, the Temple will be restored to be better than its original beauty and magnificence.
Anyone who is interested in the Christmas holiday events on Temple Square can find further information and descriptions of events at the websites listed below for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
[Some information came from the websites, www.thechurchofjesuschrist.org and www.templesquare.org]