Magazine article Sunset

A Glittering, Musical Christmas in Salt Lake City

Magazine article Sunset

A Glittering, Musical Christmas in Salt Lake City

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A glittering, musical Christmas in Salt Lake City Salt Lake City celebrated its first Christmas in 1847, when Brigham Young and his band of Latter-day Saints gathered to sing hymns around a sagebrush fire.

Today, the City's Christmas is more elaborate but no less heartfelt. In Temple Square, 300,000 miniatrure lights glitter on the Latter-day Saints' temple, domed tabernacle, assembly hall, and surroundings. The lights combine with Christmas music, ecclesiastical architecture, and wintry air to create a scene as evocative and seasonally festive as a Utah version of It's A Wonderful Life.

The church sponsors a Christmas concert series amid the glowing lights.

November 24, 5:30 P.M., Temple Square. Lighting ceremony.

November 30, 7:30 P.M., Assembly Hall. Ralph Woodward Chorale and Orchestra perform Handel's Messiah.

December 1 and 2, 8 P.M., Tabernacle. Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus Christmas concert.

December 9, 7:30 P. …

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