Holiday Travel with Salt Lake Express

Are you a homesick student? Or perhaps it’s been forever since you’ve visited your extended family. To many people, the holiday season represents a time to come together. To celebrate relationships and enjoy the end of the year. However, getting home for the holidays can be a challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with winter travel you may not feel comfortable traveling home. But fear not. No matter how far you go, Salt Lake Express is here to help with all the ways we help with holiday travel.

Travel to Utah or Idaho

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We have routes all throughout Idaho and Utah. Traveling is as simple as picking your destination. The most popular route goes from Idaho Falls to Salt Lake. However, the bus does stop in towns along the way. If you are traveling from Idaho to Utah, or vice versa, you need to think about the weather. Utah and Idaho weather is often similar, however Utah can be slightly warmer. In the winter, your best bet is to pack for cold weather either way. If you travel to St George, you have the option to get dropped off at your door. Which can come in handy if you’re hoping to save time.

Travel to Nevada

Aerial view of Las Vegas strip, in front of teh Bellagio
Getting to and from Las Vegas is simple and affordable with our shuttles.

Salt Lake Express has several popular routes from Utah to Nevada. The most popular destinations lie near Las Vegas, but there are several other options. If you do travel from Utah to Nevada, planning for weather is key. Nevada weather often reaches the 70s in the winter, while Utah rests below freezing. You’ll want to dress warm for the trip, but have layers you can remove as it gets warmer. Pack for warm weather, but bring a light jacket just in case. Pack a swimsuit in case you want to enjoy warm weather at it’s fullest. Once you’re packed and ready to go, you can relax and enjoy the show of Christmas lights and Vegas neon.

Travel to Wyoming or Montana

We have several routes if you’re traveling to Wyoming or Montana, most being to Yellowstone or Jackson Hole. You’ll need to prepare for very cold weather if you’re traveling that far north. You’ll want to pack heavy clothing for your trip. Especially if you’re planning any outdoor activities or ventures. Bring a large suitcase to carry sweaters, pants, and thermals. Dress appropriately for travel. Check weather conditions for Wyoming and Montana before you leave. Bring extra layers in your carry-on bag to add as you travel and wear a heavy coat that is easy to remove on the bus. Your coat can double as a pillow if you’re hoping to sleep on the bus. If you can, bring an extra dry, warm pair of clothes, just in case.

Further Travel

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The Salt Lake International Airport has become a major hub connecting the mountainous West with the rest of the world.

If you’re traveling further east, you’ll need to travel by airplane. However, bus travel can help you save on gas and airport parking. Salt Lake Express provides transport to airports in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming. Simply pick the one closest to you and we can get you to the destination. But if you are planning to travel by plane, you’ll need to plan how you pack. Most airports have a weight limit for your luggage. The standard limit comes to around 50 pounds per suitcase. Salt Lake Express allows you to bring two suitcases, but you can pay an additional fee if you need to bring more. However, additional baggage fees can add up. If you’re only traveling for the holidays, try limiting yourself to one suitcase. It’s a good idea to leave with one suitcase, then return with two after the holidays.

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Holiday Events in Salt Lake

Travel and See Holiday Events

October has officially come and gone. Now the holiday season continues with Thanksgiving and Christmas. We at Salt Lake Express know our travelers are itching to get home for the holidays. While we want to get you home quickly and safely, it’d be a shame if you missed out on some of the wonderful opportunities this season has to offer. Which is why we’re breaking down the best holiday events in Salt lake this season. If you are planning on visiting Salt Lake, check out some of these great events and performances. Consider this our gift to you.

For more info on our routes and stops, check out Salt Lake Express

Dickens Christmas Festival – Nov 18 – 20

Charles Dickens practically made Christmas the powerhouse holiday it is. The popularity of Christmas celebrations and traditions was greatly influenced by his book A Christmas Carol. This November, you have the chance to celebrate Christmas the way they did in Dickens’ day. The festival includes traditional performances, old English shops, entertainment, music and much more. Kids visiting the festival can meet a surprise visitor from the north. Travel with Salt Lake Express and get into the holiday spirit the old fashioned way.

Festival of Trees – Nov 22 – Dec 4

The Festival of Trees is an annual charity event held by Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake. At the Festival, local artists and designers have 24 hours to decorate and present their original Christmas tree artwork side by side. The presentation is like walking through a forest of Christmas trees. And the proceeds go to treatment and research at Primary Children’s Hospital. If you are looking for a way to get involved with a great cause, travel to the Mountain America Expo Center in Salt Lake and stop by the Festival of Trees.

A Christmas with David Archuleta – Nov 26

Were you ever a fan of American Idol? Over a decade ago David Archuleta competed on Idol and became a Utah celebrity. Archuleta is an incredibly talented singer and performer, and this concert marks his first Utah performance since the pandemic. The concert is a great opportunity to hear a ballad of your favorite Christmas song or carol. He’ll be performing at the Orpheum Theatre the day after Thanksgiving 2021. If you are traveling with us this Thanksgiving, consider getting tickets. You won’t want to miss this!

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Temple Square Christmas Lights – November 26 – Jan 1

Take a shuttle to St George for the holidays.

We have talked before about the Christmas lights, but we’ll keep talking about them as long as we can. Nobody celebrates Christmas quite like Salt Lake City. Throughout the valley, homes put up Christmas lights and displays up and down the street. Salt Lake is beautiful in December. But the crown jewel has to be Temple Square. The Salt Lake Temple is the pride and joy of the city during Christmas time. You can see the light display all across the grounds. They light their tree the day after Thanksgiving every year. Travel to Salt Lake anytime in December to see it.

Holiday Concerts with the Utah Symphony – Multiple dates in December

The Utah Symphony presents a plethora of performances this winter. If you’re in the mood for great music and a powerful performance, this is the stop for you. The Symphony plans to perform a wide range of pieces such as; traditional pieces like Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 3 & 4 or modern music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Overall its a great holiday event for music lovers. If you travel with us to Salt Lake this December, stop by Abravanel Concert Hal to check out a performance.

Check out Utah Symphony for dates and performances.

Travel Stops & Photo Ops Along Salt Lake Express Routes

Photo Ops Along Our Routes

At Salt Lake Express, we’ve seen every corner of the west from Vegas to Yellowstone. But, there’s always a new way to see things. For example, going cross country in a bus provides unique travel photo ops that most people miss. Which is why we’re here to highlight the few exceptional spots and remind you of new ways to capture them!

Antler Arch – Jackson Wyoming

Salt Lake Express travelers can’t miss the chance to take a shot under the famous Antler Archway in Jackson. Directly in the town square, Jackson’s archways are built from real elk antlers. Visitors to George Washington Memorial park in Jackson have the opportunity to snap a pic under each of the four archways. Families near Jackson line up for family portraits and photos. For any traveler, the archways provide a great place to for some quick travel photo ops.

Boise Idaho – Kathryn Albertson Park

Travelers can find this park off Americana Boulevard near the Boise River. Builders designed the park to attract wildlife which makes it a great place to capture nature shots! Most of the park is off limits to dogs and vehicles so be prepared to do a lot of walking. But travelers to this park can find opportunities for pictures of deer, turtles, birds, and other wildlife. The park is a can’t miss for photographers and a great place to go even if you’re just out to look.

Idaho Falls – The Falls

It’s ironic how many people visit or drive through Idaho Falls every day, but never go to visit the actual falls. This section of the Snake River is amazing. Smack in the middle of downtown Idaho Falls, the view of the river is spectacular. As an added bonus, next to the falls lies the Japanese Friendship Gardens. The gardens are filled with cherry trees and traditional style Japanese architecture that add character to the scenery. I’ve gotten some great shots from this part of Idaho Falls. The LDS temple is across the street from the river. It’s a fun challenge to get both the falls and the temple in one shot.

Salt Lake City – Temple Square & Architecture

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Utah travelers probably know the majority of the sights Salt Lake has to offer. But, from a photography standpoint you can see these sights with new eyes. Take Temple Square for example. Most people who visit Utah will have seen it once or twice. Maybe they’ve seen the lights for Christmas. But, what if you took up the challenge to get a new outstanding shot of the temple at night or with the Christmas lights? That adds a layer of interest to your visit. There are several different areas in Salt Lake with great architecture. You just need to find a unique angle for your shot. On your next trip, try going up to the top floor of one of the Salt Lake buildings. That will give you a great new perspective.

Las Vegas – The Strip

Most Salt Lake Express travelers headed to Vegas are traveling to the airport. But, if you plan your trip well you could have several hours before your flight for travel photo ops of the Vegas strip. People recognize Las Vegas for its lively and energized atmosphere. On your trip to Vegas, we’d suggest getting some shots of people in action. Try to capture the fast paced feel of Vegas. If you’re down for a challenge, try to get a unique shot of the neon strip. Look for a new angle or perspective that can really stand out against the usual shots of the city.

Yellowstone – Grand Prismatic Overlook & Old Faithful

These geysers are known worldwide for a reason! They are outstandingly beautiful and a great shot of a geyser is breathtaking. However, most travelers settle for a simple shot over the viewing area. For photographers and the adventurous traveler, we’d suggest taking a hike to a more interesting vantage point. However, be aware of the wildlife and prepare so that you’re as safe as possible on your trip. Bears live in Yellowstone. Shots of wildlife are interesting, but you should never put yourself at risk. So, take every precaution. Alert park rangers of where you are going and don’t wander from the designated trails.

Overlooking St. George from the red mountains on the edge of town.

Reasons To Visit Utah In The Fall

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Fall is one of the best seasons of the year. The trees change color and people pack every month with festivals and attractions! Here at Salt Lake Express we want to keep you up to date on everything our destinations have to offer. And boy does Utah have a lot to offer during the fall! Check out Salt Lake Express to book a trip to these events! Let us show you just a few reasons to visit Utah in fall 2021.

Oktoberfest  – Snowbird

Dancers at the Shakespeare Festival

Located up at the Snowbird Mountain Resort outside of Salt Lake, the Oktoberfest celebration is one of the most anticipated things about autumn. This traveling cultural festival livens up the first month of fall! The family friendly celebration includes traditional food, games, drinks and activities. Admission is free, making this one of the best things to do in Utah on a budget.

Nature Hills Harvest Festival – Cedar City

Nature Hills annual harvest festival has arrived. It doesn’t get much better than picking a fresh pumpkin and sipping apple cider in Autumn. And Nature Hills sure takes the metaphorical pumpkin cake this time of year. Admission is at a low 5 dollars and the farm has enough activities to fill a whole day. Stop by on your next trip to Cedar City and take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, or stop by the harvest store for their original pumpkin spice hot cocoa!

Field Of Screams – St. George

Try testing your courage this fall at the field of screams! This haunted attraction takes it above and beyond. The Field of Screams has been voted Utah’s number one haunted attraction. With realistic props, special effects and costumes, the Field of Screams is a walking nightmare. This corn maze is a must go for any Halloween enthusiast! But we suggest not taking any small children. Stop by next time you travel to St. George. If you Dare!

Comedy Performances – Salt Lake

Fall shows provide a way out of the cold and an escape for a few hours, and Salt Lake packs these shows in at the end of the year. Most local comedians have been itching to perform and several clubs have reopened. The comedy scene in Salt Lake is livelier than ever with contests and performances! They don’t limit themselves to local performers either. Clubs in Salt lake plan to host national comedians such as Cameron Esposito, David Spade, Jeff Allen, and Kristina Kuzmic, through the end of the year. Swing on by on your next trip to Salt Lake!

Temple Lights – Salt Lake City

Residents of Utah know that the last day of November marks the start of Christmas lights in Salt Lake City. The LDS temple in Salt Lake is famous for its Christmas lights at this time of year. The light display can be seen throughout the whole city and are lit every night till Christmas 2021. Cross country travelers often go out of their way to make sure they catch a glimpse of the beautiful displays and feel the Christmas spirit. It has to be a stop on your winter trip to Salt Lake. Make sure to bring a cup of cocoa, it does get cold.

Skiing – Various locations

People around the country know Utah for it’s amazing powder snow and ski resorts! People travel far and wide for their ski trips and to drift down that fresh powder. These early months of mid November through December provide some of the best skiing weather! But, most locations get booked incredibly early. So don’t wait, Salt Lake Express can provide you transportation to your destination in Utah. Plan your ski vacation on your next visit to Utah!

Take a shuttle to St George for the holidays.

Take a Shuttle to St George for the Holidays

We would love to highlight the many great things to do in St. George all in one place. How nice would it be to have a one-stop blog for everything St. George? Of course, anyone who has been here knows that there is simply way too much to do in St. George to cover everything in one blog or even one trip. Even around the holidays, this city comes to life. And even though many of the holiday events have passed, there is still plenty to do to justifying taking a shuttle to St George for the holidays.

Here are a few of the things you still have yet to do in St. George this holiday season.

Take a shuttle to St George to see the many events happening at Tuacahn.

Fairy Tale Christmas

Head on over to Tuacahn Canyon for a new holiday musical, written by M. Scott and Michael Mclean. “Fairy Tale Christmas” is a humorous, enjoyable play for the whole family and involves familiar fairy tale villains kidnapping Santa Claus. Why? You’ll have to go check it out at the Indoor Hafen Theater to know their nefarious purposes. This play runs Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm with matinee shows at 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, through December 23rd. Be sure to head over soon! Once Christmas ends, so will this new and fun fairy tale. You can purchase tickets here.

Christmas in the Canyon

When you’re not enjoying the thrill of a fairy tale on stage, you’ll feel like you’re in one anyway as you walk through Tuacahn. Every year, St. George puts on their Christmas in the Canyon every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This free event includes a holiday train ride and music, a live Nativity at 7 and 8 pm, visits with Santa Claus from 6:30 to 9 pm, and, of course, tons of holiday lights. Truly, you haven’t seen the canyon at its most beautiful until you see it all lit up with twinkling holiday lights. This is definitely something to check out while in town.

Plaid Tidings

This special holiday edition of Forever Plaid comes to Brigham’s Playhouse and like the appearance of Santa Claus is a treat to the region of St George. Enjoy classic holiday tunes in four-part harmony, the group’s hilarious backstory, and, of course, their impeccable taste in plaid. Swing by Washington City for to catch a performance, which will happen Thursdays through Saturdays (7 pm each night with a 2 pm Saturday matinee) through December 30th.

Take a shuttle to St George to be with family and friends for the holidays.

Visit Family & Friends

Holidays are about loved ones, and perhaps there is no better reason to take a shuttle to St George than to spend time with yours. If they’re locals, they’ll know all the fun things to do, including what we have already listed. But no matter what you do, we are happy to have brought you this far. These are the holiday memories that you will cherish forever, and we are honored to be part of that.

Jump on a shuttle to St George with St George Express, and have a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

The Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point has some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City.

Best Christmas Lights in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City and its neighboring cities really come to life around Christmastime. This is perhaps most evident in the lights. From Temple Square to South Jordan, the city is alight with Christmas splendor.

Whether you are just an awestruck passerby or you stand amazed with your camera, there is so much to see this time of year. We at Salt Lake Express highly recommend you take time and make a point of visiting some of these places. It won’t be the holiday season forever and the pictures you take and memories you make now are good all year.

If you are looking for opportunities to enrich that Christmas spirit, you have come to the right place. Here are our picks for the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City.


City Creek

If you haven’t made it out to City Creek to do some shopping yet, you probably will before The Big Day. Even if you have, or if you had originally planned to stay far away from the crowds, take it from us, make a trip down purely for the lights. Take a walk and take it in. And see if you can’t block out the hubbub and find peace and serenity in the thousands of twinkling Christmas lights.

Temple Square has some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City.

Temple Square

Just across the street from City Creek is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple Square. World-renowned by LDS and non-LDS alike for its historical and religious significance, Temple Square is also quite the sight around Christmas. Light displays and nativities dot the landscape, and combined with the enormous, lit-up temple makes for a glowing Salt Lake gem.

Christmas Street in Taylorsville

Why walk around to look at lights when you can stay in the warm car? The good folks on Royalwood Drive in Taylorsville go all out with the Christmas decorations, all for your viewing pleasure. A little more centrally-located than the Sugar House lights and still amazing, swing by Taylorsville for some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City.

Christmas In Color

At the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park in South Jordan, you don’t have to get out of your car to take in the Christmas in Color display. The real draw here is the music synchronized light show; tune in your radio to hear the music, throw on some 3D glasses, and prepare to be wowed! Also, be sure to get your tickets before you go.

The Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point has some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City.

Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point

Apart from the fantastic Christmas light displays, the truly unique gem here is the Luminaria. Take the mile-long walk through breathtaking, glowing luminaries, culminating in a 120-ft illuminated Christmas tree. There is also a nativity scene on site that includes 35 bronze sculptures of Jesus Christ. Whether you’re looking for reflection or simply spectacle, Thanksgiving Point is the place to be this time of year.

Christmas Street in Sugar House

Another option to view fantastic Christmas lights from the comfort of your car is Glen Arbor Drive in Sugar House. “Christmas Street” has offered some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City for over 70 years, and they show no signs of stopping. This makes for a quick and delightful way to get into the holiday spirit.

Winder Lane Holiday Lights

You don’t always have to go into neighborhoods for a Christmas show. Take a country drive down Winder Lane (4400 West 4100 South) and enjoy not just the lights but the journey. Of course, you have to stop in at Winder Farm Country store for some hot chocolate and freshly baked bread. If you imagine a cozy little Hallmark Christmas town at the end, you wouldn’t be the first.

Gardner Village

Here, the Christmas lights act as a fun prop for the holiday displays and kid-friendly Elf Scavenger Hunt, but they are still incredible. If you are looking for an interactive experience when seeing Christmas lights, The Gardner Village in Midvale is it.

Check out the ZooLights at Hogle Zoo for some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City.Hogle Zoo

According to tradition (and general “manger” trivia), the manger in Bethlehem was full of animals. So why should 2017 stray from such a winning formula? All December long, the Hogle Zoo adds beautiful festive lights to the experience. The kids will love watching the animals as well as the lights, and will likely beg you to take them back throughout the month. The display is inside the zoo, so there is a cost associated — $6.95 for children and $8.95 for adults.

 

Trees of Diversity at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center

We all love the nostalgia and tradition of Christmas as we know it. But if you want to see how Christmas looks to various ethnic groups, check out the Trees of Diversity exhibit at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. See decorated trees, nativity scenes, gingerbread houses, and more all through the lens of different cultures.


Full disclosure: there are probably close to a hundred great places to see Christmas lights in Utah. A great time to tell you, right? We do believe, however, that this list will definitely get you started on some of the best Christmas lights in Salt Lake City. So bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and take your loved ones to see some lights!

What are some of your favorite places to see Christmas lights?