Some Christmas lights will shine in Temple Square, even with construction
A new presentation of the Nativity will be projected on the ceiling of the Tabernacle; other events will be broadcast online.
While much of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is still closed for construction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will feature a limited version of its traditional Christmas lights.
The church announced his vacation plans on Friday – including the presentation of an animated tale of the Nativity story – for the square, where a four-year restoration and renovation project began in December 2019.
The new presentation of the Nativity, “Peace on Earth”, will be projected on the ceiling of the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. With shadow graphics, narration, and musical underline, the presentation tells a child-friendly version of the story of Jesus’ birth, according to the Press release.
The four-minute presentation will air every 15 minutes – alternating between English and Spanish – from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving.
Images and audio tracks of the presentation will be available, via TempleSquare.org, so that people can incorporate this interpretation of the Christmas story into their celebrations at home.
Also on November 26, the lights in Temple Square will be on in the evening. The traditional display of Christmas lights will be limited in size and scope, due to construction. Scenes from the International Nativity will be on display near the Assembly Hall in the southwest corner of the square.
Areas of Temple Square open to visitors include the Salt Lake City Tabernacle and Meeting Hall and the space between them, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the reflecting pool east of the Salt Lake City Temple, the Relief Society building, Church administration building and Hive House. Buildings adjacent to Temple Square, such as the Conference Center, Church History Museum, Family History Library, and Church History Library, are not in the construction zone .
The Palais des Congrès will be open to visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Participants in Temple Square events must wear masks and be vaccinated against COVID-19 (in eligible age categories). Crowd sizes and COVID-19 conditions will be monitored and adjustments will be made as necessary.
The church’s “Light the World” giving machines – vending machines that accept donations for charity – will be placed at the City Creek Center, starting November 24. The machines will also be placed at Orem’s University Place from November 23 and in eight other cities during the Christmas season: Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; Honolulu, Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; New York; Oakland, California; and Gilbert, Arizona.
The church announced two Christmas season events, both of which streamed online on the church’s website, ChurchofJesusChrist.org:
• “Witnesses of Christ”, a 50-minute musical presentation. Line-up featuring the Truman Brothers, Utah State University Chamber Singers and Daniel Beck will perform new arrangements of familiar Christmas carols. Host David Butler will deliver “empowering messages” centered on the birth of Jesus, the church said. The show will air on Sunday, November 28 at 6 p.m. MT.
• The annual Christmas devotion of the First Presidency, with Christmas messages from top church leaders and music from the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in Temple Square. It will also air live on Sunday, December 5 at 6 p.m. MT. There will be no audience this year.
Other vacation plans for the Tabernacle Choir are still pending, the church said.