Winter Spots to Visit

Juan Rios

Winter is approaching us here in Utah, the coldest season of the year, characterized by falling snow and cold temperatures. Many of you, I assume, want to stay home where it is cozy and warm, while a small percentage of you are probably wondering what to do now that it is cold outside. There are a lot of activities you can do, or places you can visit during the month of December. December is possibly the most beautiful and exciting month of the entire winter season, especially since Christmas is approaching.

Downtown Salt Lake is considered to be “the brightest and most remarkable phenomenon” during the christmas holiday. During this time of year, Temple Square “comes alive with festive lights and decorations” that gets you into the christmas spirit. Wander around the Church Office Building Plaza, and enjoy the festivities all through the entire month of December and New Year’s Eve. While enjoying the nice walk around temple square, stop by Salt Lake’s City Creek Center Mall, an indoor and outdoor mall that combines the enjoyment of shopping and dining. Like ice skating? go to the ice skating rink at the Gallivan Center for a few bucks. Race and twirl around the rink appreciating the amazing center lights.

Just outside the city is a small town by the name of Park City, located near the mountains. Visit and explore the wonders the small town of Park City has for you and your family. Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, and Sleigh Riding, are just a few of the fun activities available around the town. While in Park City, you can rent a nice cabin and bask in the beautiful view of the mountains. If you are willing to spend a few more extra dollars, I suggest you take a visit to, the Sundance Film Festival. Park City is the epicenter of the festival, but there are other venues in Salt Lake and Oregon as well.

My personal favorite winter activity is going up to the Homestead Resort in between Heber Valley and the Wasatch Mountains. The Homestead Resort has a 55 foot natural limestone hot spring dome, where you can relax and enjoy the views. Heber Valley also has those famous ice castles everyone talks about. Explore the frozen architecture for yourself next time your are up in the Utah Mountains.

Going out and seeing all of Utah’s winter wonders is not for everyone. For those who do not like going far from home, there are things you can do as well. Bring a book, stop by a coffee shop, get yourself a hot drink, and relax. Stay inside and binge while you watch some of your favorite christmas movies. It does not matter if you love downhill action, prefer snow tubing, ice skating, or even if you do not like going out, Utah’s winter experiences are endless. Whether or not you decide to have fun this winter, do not let a little cold weather stop you from having fun.