There’s really no better place to celebrate Christmas than Park City, Utah. With the fresh, powdery snow, the beautifully decorated streets, and the unique local events, you’ll be sure to feel the spirit of the season.
The USC Trojan Marching Band leads a parade down in Park City, Utah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Things to do During Christmas in Park City
lebrations are enjoyed by both locals and visitors, creating a close-knit community feeling that enhances that Christmas feeling. If you’re coming to town this year, here’s what you should be on the lookout for:
World Class Christmas Shopping
Park City has endless options for holiday shopping where you can find unique gifts for your friends and loved ones. The shops and boutiques of main street offer everything from high-end fashion, to one-of-a-kind knick-knacks, so you can fill every wish on your list. The Rocky Mountain Christmas Boutique
is one of my favorite spots on Main St., so be sure to check it out! If you’re looking for a great deal, the Tanger Outlets are just 5 minutes from downtown, in Kimball Junction. Here you can stock up on the best deals of the season. Be sure to bring someone along to help you carry all of your bags!
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Santa Claus loves to ski, and he can be seen all over Park City this time of year. Santa can be seen hitting the slopes all day on Christmas Eve at Park City Mountain Resort, but he leaves by sundown to make his deliveries. On Christmas Day, Santa greets guests at the Snow Park and Silver Lake Lodges at Deer Valley. Check with the front desk for his schedule this year. I’ve also heard that Santa loves the Flight of the Canyons gondola at Canyons Resort, and is usually hanging out there from Dec. 23-25. He gets in plenty of skiing time and delivers candy and other treats to kids.
Christmas Day Dining
If you’re visiting Park City from out of town this year, you’re probably looking for a nice place to have you Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day meals. Several of the hottest restaurants in town remain open throughout the holidays so you can celebrate with your family. The most highly awarded, critically acclaimed restaurant in the State of Utah, The Riverhorse on Main, remains open on Christmas, and serves their full menu, plus a special holiday cuisine. Another upscale option that stays open for both days is the J & G Grill at the St. Regis, Deer Valley. For affordable, family oriented options, Grub Steak Restaurant in Prospector Square, Cisero’s on Main, and The Eating Establishment on Main all serve up delicious Christmas meals. All of these restaurants take reservations or offer a priority seating list, all of which can be booked as early as months in advance. Bon appetite, and Merry Christmas!
Park City has fantastic skiing at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. There are over 7,300 acres of skiable terrain at Park City Mountain where you can find all types of trails. You will need to spend more than one day here in order for a full ski experience here. You could also do a day trip over to Brighton and ski a day there.
Stein Eriksen Lodge
I recommend staying at European style 5 star resort, Stein Eriksen Lodge. This is a luxury, ski in/ski out hotel. The rooms are intimate and the bathrooms have huge bathtubs. The views around the property are gorgeous and the room service is delicious.