Utah is a unique state with so much to offer residents and visitors alike, and the holiday season and winter months are when this state truly shines. From the red rocks of the desert to the powdery white ski slopes, there is something for everyone. Here are 5 things you simply must do in Utah this holiday season to really help you feel the holiday spirit.

1. Temple Square

If you want to see the finest Utah has to offer, visit Temple Square after dark—we promise you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to bundle up in your warmest and most fashionable winter coat and some cozy layers, and prepare yourself for the most beautiful light display. Wander through 35 acres of colorfully lit trees and consider taking in a free Christmas music performance to get out of the cold.

2. Shopping at Station Park

What is the Christmas season without shopping? When you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays along with some of the best shopping the state has to offer, visit Station Park. With lovely boutique stores (like Hope Ave!) to check out, you can rest assured you’ll find something for everyone on your list, including yourself.

3. Visit Santa at the University Mall

The University Mall in Orem is home to over 150 shops, but during the holidays, it’s also home to Santa. Because really, what brings back the nostalgia of the holidays more than a visit with the jolly man? Don’t forget your list, stop by Hope Ave’s location at the mall, and then let Santa know what you want most.

4. The Tree of Life

Adorned with more than 1000 strands of lights, this weeping willow has only been a Draper City tradition for the past few years but is one that already draw visitors from all over. The soft glow of thousands of white lights creates a dreamy ambiance you won’t find anywhere else. Bundled up, and arm-in-arm in your sweetheart, the Tree of Life is something you won’t want to miss.

5. Fantasy at the Bay

Willard Bay has proven itself to be much more than just a destination for summer fun with its Fantasy at the Bay light display. Whether you choose to drive through the lights yourself or take the train, it’ll no doubt be a night to remember. So snuggle up with your honey and enjoy a magical adventure you won’t soon forget.

Get Out There and Enjoy the Holidays

From shopping to light displays, there is no shortage of fun to be had in Utah. Hit the slopes, go sledding, attend a Christmas party—get outside and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful state. Just make sure you’re dressed properly for the holiday season!

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