So much to give thanks for in Park City

November 19th, 2021 | Holidays

Photos courtesy Historic Park City Alliance

It’s officially feeling like the holiday season has kicked off in Park City! 

Granted, we had to wait a few days longer than we’d hoped for the opening day of ski season, but rest-assured that Park City Mountain is working to target a new opening date as soon as conditions allow while focusing its efforts on delivering a high-quality snow surface. Check the resort’s weather report for updates. Meanwhile, Deer Valley Resort is on track to open this Saturday, Dec. 4, and will celebrate with Shred For Red, the annual on-mountain fundraiser aimed at spreading awareness and raising funds to eradicate blood cancers on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

However, there’s no shortage of things to do while we eagerly await the return of The Greatest Snow on Earth®. “Tis the season” for flocked trees, twinkle lights, a visit from Santa and more when you head up to Park City’s Historic District. Festivities on Park City’s Main Street have already begun with the second annual Snow Globe Stroll, so mark your calendars, make your lists (and of course, check them twice!) and we look forward to celebrating with you all winter long.

Historic Park City’s Snow Globe Stroll

Now through Jan. 5, take in the nine interactive snow-globe installations while enjoying a stroll along Historic Main Street. It doesn’t matter if you start at the bottom, top, or middle, but don’t miss a single globe by downloading the Snow Globe Stroll Map to easily follow along. What’s more, look for Santa’s mailbox at the Depot on Main Street between now and Dec. 24. Park City has made special arrangements to be a drop-off site for letters to Santa!

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony + Fireworks at Canyons Village

“Black Friday” is already a whole lot brighter thinking about one of Park City Mountain’s annual traditions – holiday tree lighting and fireworks at Canyons Village! Stick around after Turkey Day, Nov. 26, and join in the fun starting at 4 p.m. featuring photos with Santa, holiday music with Flamingo, live ice-carving demonstrations by Iceworks, complimentary hot cocoa bar and souvenir Park City Mountain ornaments (while supplies last). At 5:15 p.m., Canyons Village holiday tree lights up, followed immediately by a brilliant fireworks display. 

Small Business Saturday

Share the joy this holiday season by supporting the local businesses you love in Park City! On Saturday, Nov. 27, you’re invited you to visit your favorite restaurant for a bite or beverage and “shop small” at the many local businesses in Historic Park City. Patrons are also invited to like a post, leave a comment or write a review in support of your favorite shops and restaurants.   

Grand Menorah Lighting

Chabad Lubavitch of Park City invites everyone to join in the lighting of the Grand Menorah on Wednesday, Dec. 1, on Main Street at Miners Park to celebrate Hanukkah. Check online for time and more details.

Park City Electric Light Parade

Let there be light! Join in the fun, either from the sidelines or as part of the glowing action, when the annual Electric Light Parade makes its way down Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. Prepare to be dazzled by the sparkle of Historic Park City, but also, by the parade participants, who have a chance to win cash prizes in one of four categories, awarded by a panel of local judges. Visit the web to learn more and to register your “float,” as well as to check out tips on how to decorate your vehicle. 

PLAN AHEAD! Santa Comes Down the Town Lift, Dec. 18

Santa’s elves called ahead and the whole crew is planning to make an appearance in Park City on Saturday, Dec. 18. Park City Mountain Resort is helping confirm Santa’s schedule, so check the web for details.

BEFORE YOU GO: 

Toy drives are happening now, and the Christian Center of Park City invites you to support this year’s Summit County Operation Hope, set for Dec. 14-15. Help make Christmas better for families in our community by donating a new, unwrapped toy to the CCPC office by Wednesday, Dec. 8.  For gifting suggestions, volunteer opportunities and more, visit CCofPC.org.

Finally, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival recently announced its new “Local Lens” program, a series of free in-person and online screenings designed just for Utah residents. The festival also announced a $100 discount on its Salt Lake City Package to Utah locals from Dec. 17-Jan. 3, offering early access to film selections before the general public. Additionally, Utahns can receive $5 off any single film tickets during the second half of the Fest, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 26. Residents can take advantage of this offer at any box office location. 

Free in-person screenings for Utah residents will be held in Park City at the Library Center Theatre and Redstone Cinemas on Thursday, Jan. 27, and at the Eccles Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 30. As a bonus, residents can also enjoy two free online screenings between Jan. 22-29. Film selections will be unveiled in late December after the Festival lineup is live.

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