Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

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It is the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many fun things to do at Christmas time around the city. You can find an activity that is perfect for families, friends and couples who want to enjoy the holiday goings-on and embrace that festive spirit. From outdoor holiday light displays to indoor fun, there is lots to see at Christmas time in Salt Lake.

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees 2020 has moved virtually!

The annual Festival of Trees, produced by the Intermountain Foundation and benefiting Primary Children’s Hospital, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this is the first year that the event will be the first-ever live broadcast celebration. You will be able to purchase on the virtual shops, or bidding online on special auction items, every contribution benefits the kids at Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Hospital.

The Santa Shack in Sugar House

Yes! Santa will be in his Sugar House Shack in December for socially distant visits beginning November 28! Visits are outdoors and masks are required. Children of all ages can visit Santa in his festive shack this season. The shack is open Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 11am-7 pm. Visiting Santa to tell the jolly fella what you want for Christmas is free, there are photo packages available for purchase.

Zoo Lights

Thanks to a generous grant funded by the Utah Legislature through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, this year’s ZooLights will be FREE to the public! With over 200 animal displays, all lit in holiday glow, you can meander around the zoo with a hot cup of chocolate and take in all the sights. New this year are 10 life-size animal-shaped lanterns that are sure to be impressive. And don’t forget to visit Santa at his station.

Lights at Temple Square 

Christmas lights are a glow on the grounds covering 35 acres of Temple Square. Decorations are hung throughout, along with nativity scenes placed along the way.

Christmas in Color

Load the family up and experience a synchronized light display from the warmth of your car. Set to classic holiday music favorites, you’ll gaze upon dancing snowman, giant candy canes, and tunnels of flickering lights.

$25 per car

The Grand America Holiday Stroll 

Due to physical distancing and capacity control guidelines, the 2020 holiday stroll will be exclusively for overnight hotel guests and patrons of the restaurants and The Grand Spa. The Windows at The Grand America will take you on a storybook journey set to be a memorable holiday experience for hotel, restaurant, and spa guests.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials to Enjoy with Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day, that time of year when cheesy love notes, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and red roses take center stage.

Why not really impress your sweetheart this year by making plans to visit one of these romantic eateries in Salt Lake–you may even win extra love points. Make those reservations today!

Fratelli Italian Ristorante

Serving a prix-fixe dinner for $35 a person, you get a 3-course dining experience with your choice of lobster bisque or Campagne Ceasar salad to start, crab cake or petite filet with Cabernet pan sauce for course two,  and chocobella cake or raspberry Tiramisu for dessert.  You can also order off the regular menu that evening.

https://fratelliutah.com

 

Log Haven

If the picturesque atmosphere isn’t enough, the food will impress you. Order the Korean Fried Cauliflower as a starter and you will have a taste of what the evening will have in store.  From the Grilled American Waygu with charred brussel sprouts, pomme frites and truffle aioli to Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccini, you will delight in the satisfying flavors. Chef Jones has even created a 3-course Low Calorie/High Impact Special if you are watching those calories.

http://www.log-haven.com/

SLC Eatery 

Enjoy a 3-course dinner for $60 a person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $35. Choose from Roasted beets, black kale salad or seafood fried rice to start. Followed by your choice of Goat Cheese Agnolotti, ora King Salmon, Snake River Farms Beef Shoulder Tenderloin or roasted chicken. End this amazing meal with choice of dark chocolate panna cotta, Raspado, or Affogato.

http://slceatery.com/

London Belle

A lovely 3-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day has been selected at London Belle for $50 per person. Start with smoked salmon nachos or Chermoula spiced cauliflower. The main dish choices are Wagu tenderloin or honey butter blackened sea scallops and your choice of triple chocolate mouse or tangerine English custard for dessert.

www.londonbelleslc.com

Tucanos Brazilian Grill 

A delcicous dinner for two at $31.95 per person which includes the chef’s selections of rosemary herb salmon, roasted rib eye, grilled shrimp and a special Valentine’s chocolate treat. Complinmentary rose included! 

https://www. tucanos.com 

Great Places to Get Comfort Food in Salt Lake

comfort food in salt lake

Comfort food, the classic and often nostalgic foods from our childhoods that bring us comfort because they are rich in flavor and high in carbs. Think mac and cheese and fried chicken, those two items can stand alone or pair together perfectly as a meal.

The Salt Lake valley has many restaurant options to satisfy those cravings, here are few to get your started.

Tradition SLC

Tradition opened in 2017 by Ashton Aragon and Max Shrives. Opening the restaurant is a way for them to share their family favorites and traditions with their customers and bring an elevated, but comfortable family meal to your table. With dishes like fried chicken, served with grits or the classic chicken and dumplings with roasted chicken and scallion dumplings, dining here will warm your belly.

501 E 900 South

Open for Dinner Monday-Sunday, Brunch on Saturday and Sunday

OquirrhThis fairly new, small but quaint restaurant has a menu full of comfort food dishes. One of the most popular is the chicken confit pot pie. Think flaky crust, tender chicken with a savor filling and you be craving this place often. They also just added a root vegetable risotto to their fall lineup.

368 E. 100 S.

Open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday 5-10pm

Francks– Few dishes scream comfort food as much as meatloaf. Whether you grew up eating it as a kid or found a hankering for it as an adult, there is something about a slice of meatloaf that warms the soul. However, Franck’s meatloaf is made in a circular shape…just adds to its charm.

6262 S Holladay Blvd

Open for Dinner

Oak Wood Fire Kitchen Chef Brandon Price just dropped a new fall menu at this Draper eatery, and with classics like Bolognese and short rib gnocchi, most every entre has that comforting, stick to your ribs, kind of good. And well, there is always there woodfire pizza…

715 E. 12300 South

Open 11am-9pm Daily

Ruth’s Diner It is no secret that Ruth’s mile high biscuits are reason enough to head up the canyon for a meal, but there are plenty of other reasons on the menu as well. Classic dishes like pot roast and chicken fried steak do not get any heartier. And they serve breakfast until 4pm every day.

4160 E. Emigration Canyon

Open Daily 8am-9pm

Stoneground Kitchen– From house made lasagna to pork tenderloin with fried polenta, this comfort food with an Italian flare is all that is right about eating carbs. Not feeling a heavier entre, try one of their pizza’s, which are available gluten free.

249 E 400 S

Open for lunch and dinner

How We Market Selling Your Home (and why we do it that way)

Knowing the right way to market your home to sell is vital. Market Source Real Estate has been providing home sellers with excellent service and extensive local expertise since 2007, securing the highest price and quickest sale possible for you in the best and worst times in the market. We excel in evaluating homes, making them better with staging, advising of needed repairs and setting the right price to get the best outcome for our sellers. We set realistic expectations based on anticipating repairs needed after a buyer’s home inspection, preventing most of the typical drama that comes up during a sales transaction.

Staging:

Staged homes sell an average of 17% faster than homes that are not. There are many statistics to be found from many sources but staged homes also appear to sell for 1-5% more than a home that is not staged. We work with many different staging companies so we can tailor staging services to each unique home’s needs.

Photography/Video:

Professional photos and/or video tours of your home is a part of your listing which greatly helps our marketing efforts. If you don’t have great photos, most people will not make an appointment to see your home!

 

Signage:

When Market Source Real Estate lists your home for sale, a professional, oversized and easy to spot sign will be placed in your yard. Our company colors have also been specifically chosen to stand out. The two most memorable colors in marketing are red and yellow.

Community Outreach:

We will implement the appropriate community outreach strategy either through sending out flyers, alerting neighbors through community social media sources, sending postcards to neighborhoods or reaching out directly to neighbors to try to secure a buyer for your home.

Open Houses:

If determined to be in the right location for open houses, we will also host open houses at your home. Only 1-3% of homes sell from an open house but it can be effective if your home is in a high traffic area or fast-moving market.

 

MLS/Website:

We market homes for sale on the MLS and utahrealestate.com, where most buyer’s agents are searching for homes as well as saltlakeopenhouse.com, redfin.com, facebook.com, thinksaltlakecity.com, realtor.com, ksl.com, youtube.com and all other brokerage websites that broadcast MLS feeds.

Social Media:

In addition to advertising your home for sale on websites, we will create a branded social media strategy for your listing so we can best target potential buyers for your home through the appropriate social media channels. Our developed social media channels include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Showings:

Sellers should be aware that same-day and even last-minute requests for showings are
common, so a seller with a ‘24 hour notice to show’ stipulation often cuts himself out of a good chunk of the buying market.
In Utah the standard is 24 hours notice.

Halloween Fun in Salt Lake

Halloween is fun for all ages, amiright? Whether you enjoying dressing up, hosting a spooky party, or just handing out candy to the littles that show up at your door, there is such a fun energy on this particular holiday, we suppose it could be all the candy?

Whatever your thoughts are, there are many fun, themed attractions this time of year. If you are not into scary, check out some of the less frightful events. Either way, they are bound to get you into the spirit…

Sleepy Hollow

You have heard the tale now experience it! Ride through the woods on a horse drawn wagon. Be sure to keep your eyes open, it has been said that it is haunted by the Headless Horseman. Wear warm clothes and bring a blanket, evenings get pretty chilly!

https://www.sleepyhollowutah.com/

 

Thriller Park at Kuwahara Wholesale

So many fun things to do here! From a pumpkin patch for Zombie Paintball. There are nightly performances of “Once Upon a Time” and spooky inflatables for the kids. Toddlers will enjoy the corn pit; older kiddos can peruse around the Haunted House or get their speed on with a mini tractor race. And so much more!

https://www.kuwaharawholesale.com/?fbclid=IwAR3fjrfLVZgJZXgwHp1zbjbRy1LswSYzVm2jbMqhAVHlfOeieHDBgMoCVt0

 

Nightmare on 13th

Be prepared to get spooked going through this haunted attraction. Around every corner, something is lurking and sure to jump out at any time. The costumes and actors are some of the best in the state. If you love to be scared during the Halloween season, put this on your ‘must do’ list. No one under 10 years of age is recommended to enter.

https://www.nightmareon13th.com/?fbclid=IwAR148UWzBR-mHluVLga6byEyIrqyWRtlnthHO9rtgF6EeuyGxR91CCsFfO0

300 W. 1300 South

Pumpkin Nights

Buried treasure, bounce houses, live entertainment and lit pumpkins galore! There are seven pumpkins lands with over 3,000 carved pumpkins and multiple Halloween displays. Spend hours roaming though the fairgrounds that is transformed for the season, creating the essential fall experience.

https://pumpkinnights.com/salt-lake-city/

For Adults Only:

 

Vault of Nightmares

Bambara’s Vault Bar and Nightmare on 13th haunted house, have teamed up to create a spooky pop-up bar so that adults may be too old to trick or treat can still join in on some fun. The décor will be decked out in haunted décor and themed drinks like Medusa’s eye will be served.

320 W. 1300 South