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10 things to do at Temple Square this Christmas season

Plus 4 Christmas-related broadcasts to watch from home

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Christmas lights outside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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10 things to do at Temple Square this Christmas season

Plus 4 Christmas-related broadcasts to watch from home

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Christmas lights outside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Despite ongoing construction, Temple Square in Salt Lake City is offering a variety of activities for visitors during the 2022 Christmas season.

The Church is also offering a few events that can be enjoyed virtually by Latter-day Saints and their friends worldwide.

A list of the following activities was compiled on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Refer to the Temple Square holiday hours page for hours of operation for each location and building closure details.

Several activities begin Friday, Nov. 25.

Things to do at Temple Square during Christmas 2022

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Map of Temple Square shows construction zones and the locations of activities.

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1. Christmas lights

Lights on Temple Square turn on Nov. 25 and will remain on from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily through Jan. 1. There is no longer a formal lighting ceremony.

2. ‘Peace on Earth’ animated Nativity

See an animated Nativity projected on the ceiling of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. This 4-minute presentation uses shadow graphics, narration and music to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in a child-friendly way that adults will enjoy as well.

Available nightly Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Repeats every 10 minutes, alternating between English and Spanish. Download a PDF and audio to try this Nativity at home.

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A virtual Nativity projected on the ceiling of the Tabernacle, as seen here in 2021, will be part of the Christmas lights display on Temple Square during the 2022 holiday season.

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3. Christmas Around the World display

At the Family History Library, see a display of Christmas foods and traditions from various countries. Open Nov. 29 through Dec. 31.

4. International Nativities

A collection of nativities from around the world are on display at the Assembly Hall from Nov. 26 through Dec. 31.

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Christmas lights at the Church History Museum on Temple Square in 2021.

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5. Church History Museum activities

At the Church History Museum, piano music will be provided throughout the day, and small instrument groups will perform Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Guests may take a photo in front of a Christmas-decorated drawing room from the early 1900s and enjoy sing-alongs, Christmas stories, crafts and card writing. See schedule posted in the lobby.

6. ‘The Christ Child’ film

This 18-minute depiction of the Nativity story recounts in vivid detail the sacred events found in the Bible about Jesus’s birth. Showings are every 30 minutes in the lower level of the Church History Museum auditorium as well as in the Conference Center media alcoves.

7. ‘Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection’

Watch a musical production featuring scenes surrounding the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Two-hour performances will run Tuesdays through Saturdays from Nov. 25 until Dec. 30 (except Dec. 13-17) at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Little Theater. Saturday matinees are on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. There will be no evening performance on Dec. 24.

Tickets are required. Shows are sold out. Check with the ticket office (801-570-0080 locally, or toll-free 1-866-537-8457) as additional tickets may become available.

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A scene from “Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection.”

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8. Daily Christmas concerts by local choirs

Temple Square Performances hosts daily school and community choirs, as well as various string, flute, guitar and bell groups. Free performances are Monday through Sundays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 23 in four locations:

See the detailed schedule that lists specific times, locations and performing groups.

9. ‘Light the World’ Giving Machines

Purchase and donate humanitarian services and items such as a water, child vaccines, beds, educational supplies and more. Several Giving Machines are located at City Creek Center, beginning Nov. 22. Those unable to visit a physical machine can participate online at LightTheWorld.org/give.

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Children Rise Up School of Dance performs during the opening of the red Giving Machines, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

10. ‘Music & The Spoken Word’

The public is invited to watch live performances of “Music & the Spoken Word” each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. On Dec. 18, the 30-minute performance will feature some numbers from the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas concert and an appearance by guest artist Lea Salonga. No tickets are required.

No live broadcast will air on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. For streaming and broadcast options, check the Where to Watch page on the Tabernacle Choir’s website.

Events to watch at home

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The First Presidency make their exit following the Christmas devotional at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.

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First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional

The First Presidency’s annual broadcast from the Conference Center features inspirational messages about the Savior from general authorities and general officers of the Church. Music will be provided by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. View on ChurchofJesusChrist.org or YouTube on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

For those interested in attending the Christmas devotional at the Conference Center, ticket requests are available, with a maximum of six tickets requested at a time.

‘The Promise of Christmas’ broadcast

This hour-long virtual concert presented by Temple Square Performances celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ through hope-filled messages and new arrangements of favorite Christmas music. Available on demand beginning Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time and throughout the Christmas season on broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and YouTube.

The Bells at Temple Square

The “Visions of the Season” concert by The Bells at Temple Square handbell ensemble held Nov. 18-19 can be viewed on-demand on the choir’s YouTube channel and in the choir’s website’s “Watch and Listen” section.

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The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells at Temple Square and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble perform during a taping for the “Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir” television special at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Special guests Megan Hilty and Neal McDonough joined the groups, with music director Mack Wilberg conducting.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The annual Christmas concert by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square featuring guest artist Lea Salonga is Dec. 15-17 in the Conference Center. Tickets are sold out, but the 2021 concert, “O Holy Night: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir Featuring Megan Hilty and Neal McDonough,” will be broadcast on PBS on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. EST and on BYUtv on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. EST.

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