It’s hard to describe the magic of Candlelight Christmas. We’d like you to experience it! The Village is decorated like a Currier & Ives card, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time when you join us for this enchanting event.
You’ll enjoy a visit with Father Christmas and see real live reindeer (taking a break from their duties at the North Pole)! In the quiet of the Village the live Nativity scene is sure to touch the hearts of young and old alike. The Heritage Village Carolers return each year for an encore presentation, providing an inspiring backdrop to the glitter of lights, the glow of warm fires and the smells of Christmas.
Take home a little bit of Christmas by joining in the fun of making crafts and homemade gifts in one of the decorated historic homes or pioneer cabins. And you can save all your holiday shopping for your visit to the Park. The Gift Shop at the Visitors Center and the ZCMI Mercantile have Salt Lake’s best selection of unique, all-occasion gifts for everyone on your list! And don't forget to warm up with a hot soup meal at the Huntsman Hotel complete with a sweet treat for those who have been good this year!
Observe a Christmas of over a Century ago - quieter, simpler, fun for all. Slow down, take a stroll through streets ringing with music and make Candlelight Christmas part of your cherished family traditions. Bundle up and join us for an event you’ll be talking about for years to come! Now that's a family memory!
Make a memory that will last a lifetime - Start your family tradition this year at Candlelight Christmas, This Is The Place Heritage Park –
My Family’s First Trip to ‘Candlelight Christmas’ at Heritage Park, Utah
One of the first years the park was open, we brought our two young daughters to Candlelight Christmas. I believe they were about 7 and 8 years old. We loved the idea of leaving ‘Commercial Christmas’ behind and experiencing a kinder, gentler time of life.
It was early evening, but dark, and the clouds hung low. It was just starting to snow; that soft, light snow fall you see in Currier and Ives Prints. It was so peaceful and serene that we stopped the Jingle Bells and fell into a quiet, almost reverent, chorus of Silent Night. There must have been a moon as the hillside was lit and there, just across the fence, almost within our reach, was a herd of deer calmly standing in a meadow.
Never, before or since, have I had a moment of such complete awe and wonder and immersion in the spirit of Christ and Christmas. It was truly a moment to remember forever. I like to believe there were angels singing with us and touching our hearts. Twenty years later my children still remember that night and, as they are starting their own families, want to continue the tradition of our visit to the ’Christmas Park.’