How much do you know about the Tabernacle?

The Tabernacle is one of the most iconic and historic buildings on Temple Square. Most famous for being the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Tabernacle was completed in 1867 to serve as a gathering place for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For over a century it was where the general conferences of the Church were held, until the Conference Center opened in 2000.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About the Temple Square Christmas Lights

The holiday season is by far one of the most magical times of the year to visit Temple Square. The 35 acres completely transform the day after Thanksgiving every year, when the Christmas lights are lit for the first time for the holiday season. Coming to Temple Square to see the lights has become a tradition for locals, on top of attracting visitors from all over the world. Even though the lights are only up for about a month, the preparation for the holidays takes around 4 months! Check out below more things you didn’t know about the Christmas lights on Temple Square.


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13 Things to do in Salt Lake City Before Fall is Over


Before the holidays arrive we get to enjoy beautiful colors and crisp air. With the colors changing on the trees and the gorgeous scenery of the mountains, it’s clear that Utah shows much of its beauty during the fall season. There are many things to do and enjoy in Salt Lake City before the heavy snow comes, so check out the events and activities below for ideas on how to enjoy the rest of the season!

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10 Best Salt Lake Restaurants for Your Business Lunch

Whether you have a big company lunch planned or want to head out for a bite to eat with a client, you should always have several options for a killer meal up your sleeve. Luckily, Salt Lake City is packed with incredible restaurants that will please your palate and your employees!

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Next time you’re looking for someone to cater your business luncheon or a place to celebrate a coworker’s birthday, check out one of these ten eateries!

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Plan the Ultimate Company Christmas Party

It’s almost that time. What time, you ask? The time for candy canes, hot chocolate, crowded malls, and planning your company party. In the past, your parties haven’t been bad, but this year you really want to rock it. You want the party that your employees will be talking about until the next one comes around.

Luckily for you, we have six steps that will take your party from mediocre to mind-blowing. So start planning today – you don’t want to have to rush things at the end!

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Step One: Pick a theme.

Every good party has a theme. Whether it’s as simple as Winter Wonderland or as intricate as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you should have some kind of focus around which you can craft the rest of the party! Here are some of our favorite suggestions:

  • A Christmas Story: Dress up as the characters from this iconic movie and decorate accordingly. Don’t forget the leg lamp!
  • Masquerade: This is a great option for a more formal, classy party. All the guests must wear a mask as they mingle and maybe even hit the dance floor.
  • Santa’s Workshop: If you love cute, kitschy decorations, this one is for you. Find corresponding games and make sure that Santa makes an appearance!
  • Candy Store: Here’s your excuse to have candy everywhere! Decorate cookies, get candy-cane striped table cloths, and eat all the sugar you want.
  • Ugly Sweater: This one is a classic, but your guests are sure to love it! Make sure you have an awesome prize for the person with the tackiest getup.

For the sake of this blog post, we’re going to be using the Ugly Sweater theme, but feel free to adapt any of these ideas to whatever theme you choose!

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Weekend Getaway: Zion National Park

Looking to get away for the weekend? Utah offers plenty of options! One of the favorite destinations is Zion National Park, the oldest and most visited National Park in Utah, as well as the 7th most visited in the country! Pleasant temperatures and fascinating colors makes fall one of  the best times of the year to go visit, and you won’t face the crowds the park sees in the summer. Here are some suggestions we’ve put together for a fun-filled weekend among the red rocks.

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From Our Oven to Your Holiday Table

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Want the comfort of homemade food during the holidays without the hassle? We’ve got you covered! Read more »

7 Best Photo Ops Around Temple Square



  1. Pedestal with Salt Lake Temple Background

Sure, this might be the most popular (and obvious) spot to take a picture from on Temple Square, but that doesn’t make it any less of a must-have Temple Square photo! This bride and groom’s favorite spot is also perfect for families, friends and individual pictures. Insider’s Tip: because the Temple is facing east, the best times of the day to take a picture in this hot spot are early morning, noon or sunset/after dark.

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Plan Your Christmas Dinner at Temple Square

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Planning a dinner party for the family or the office is a lot of work, especially a party revolving around one of the biggest holidays of the year – Christmas! You probably already know the guest list, but what are you going to feed everyone? And where on earth are you going to host them? Well have no fear, Temple Square has two beautiful venues available for hosting private events for 12 to 430 people, and we just happen to have a NEW Christmas Menu that is hot out of the oven!


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    Joseph Smith Memorial Building                      Lion House

Whether you prefer the elegant grandeur of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, or the vintage, charming feel of the Lion House, the Christmas dinners available in both of these historic buildings will have your guests begging to come again next year. Let’s take a look at what’s NEW on the Christmas menu: Read more »

100 Years of History: The Beginnings of the Roof and the Garden Restaurants

The legacy of The Garden Restaurant and The Roof Restaurant dates back to 1914, four years after the completion of the prestigious Hotel Utah. The two restaurants were then known as The Roof Gardens restaurant, located in the magnificent rooftop garden that the hotel’s general manager spared no expense in building. Corinthian columns and the rose garden pergola were signature features of the ambiance, as well as the entertainment stage placed next to the lily pond at the north end of the garden.

Today, 100 years later, the current restaurants have distinct resemblances to the grandeur of The Roof Gardens. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve put together a collection of iconic historic pictures that tell the story of the beginnings of The Roof Restaurant and The Garden Restaurant.

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The Hotel Utah opened in 1911 with full hotel capability, but The Roof Gardens did not open as a restaurant until 1914. The 1911 original hotel food service staff poses here for a publicity photo. Read more »