Since they were first switched on back in the 1960s under Church President David O. McKay, the Christmas lights on Temple Square have inspired thousands of visitors with the magic and beauty of Christmas.
This year, the lights are still on, even though some areas of Temple Square will remain unlit due to construction. And the Salt Lake Tabernacle is still open and features an illuminating new addition inside.
For the first time ever, an animated nativity will be projected on the ceiling of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. This new presentation, entitled “Peace on Earth,” uses shadow graphics, a narration of Luke 2, and music to tell the Christmas story in a kid-friendly way that the whole family can enjoy.
Showings of the nativity program began on Friday, November 26 and will continue daily every 15 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. MST. The presentation lasts roughly four minutes, and showings alternate between Spanish and English. It will also be available in 8 other languages via headset.
For those who are unable to see this new show in person, the images and audio tracks from the presentation are also available here so your family can recreate this fun Christmas story from your own home.
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Read more about the nativity projection on Newsroom.
Along with the projection and musical presentations in the Tabernacle, there are still plenty of lights and magic around Temple Square for families and visitors to enjoy. Here are a few photos of what the holiday decorations and lights on Temple Square look like this year.