Salt Lake City

Gallivan Center Kicks Off Holiday Season with Annual Lighting Celebration

The Gallivan Center will host its annual holiday lighting celebration on the plaza Wednesday, November 29th, from 4-7 p.m. The ceremony will illuminate over 350,000 lights, including a 60’ tree at 5:30pm following welcome greetings from Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Council Member Derek Kitchen.

The celebration kicks off with family friendly activities, entertainment, and of course ice skating. Admission is free into the event, but activities such as ice skating, face painting, hot chocolate, and food from Fry Me to the Moon Food Truck are available for purchase. DJ Jon Smith will play the festive tunes, Santa Claus and holiday carolers will be on site, American Ice Theatre of Utah will do a fantastic ice skating performance as well as host a winter clothing drive, and CenturyLink, sponsor for the ice rink, will be on site conducting a toy drive and other fun activities.

CenturyLink is proud to partner with the Toys for Tots Foundation who provide toys to less fortunate children. Toys for Tots is in need of new, unwrapped toys for ages 0-14 years. Please donate at the event or find more information at:

The American Ice Theatre of Utah will be hosting a warm winter clothing drive to benefit The Road Home. Please bring all warm winter clothing items (new or used) to their donation table at the event.

Schedule of Events:

4:00 pm Public ice skating, DJ Jon Smith, Santa Claus visits, booth activities, winter clothing drive, toy drive, food, and more

5:00 pm Special appearances by Princess Moana and Princess Elsa

5:15 pm Greetings from Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Councilmember Derek Kitchen

5:30 pm Mayor Biskupski gives countdown to holiday lights illuminating the plaza

5:30 pm Holiday Carolers

6:00 pm American Ice Theatre (Ice Skating Show)

6:10 pm-9:00 pm Public ice skating

Our holiday lights are going green this season with help from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program. By supporting renewable energy to match the electricity powering the lights, Blue Sky customers are helping us reduce our carbon footprint by about the same amount as taking 8 cars off of the road for a year or planting 1,000 trees.

The ice rink will be open on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information is available at or by calling (801) 535-6117. Special thanks to CenturyLink, KUTV Channel 2, Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City, and Yelp Salt Lake City for making this event possible.


The John W. Gallivan Utah Center features a user-friendly layout with an expanded grassy amphitheater, a larger, updated ice rink system, a unique array of art projects and a gorgeous two-story, copper finished, banquet, party and meeting facility. Special events such as festivals, concerts, cultural performances, holiday celebrations, weddings and public celebrations make the Gallivan Center a lively and exciting gathering place year-round.  Call (801) 525-6110 for Plaza rental information.

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