Salt Lake City

Gallivan Center Kicks Off Holiday Season with Annual Lighting Celebration

SALT LAKE CITY – The Gallivan Center will host its annual holiday lighting celebration on the plaza Friday, November 23rd from 4:00pm-7:00pm. 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.

The celebration kicks off with family friendly activities, entertainment, and of course ice skating. Admission is free into the event, with activities such as ice skating, 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 will be there to hear holiday wishes, American Ice Theatre of Utah will do a fantastic ice skating performance as well as host a hygiene kit drive. The Gallivan Center is excited to host families from Millie’s Princess Foundation, a non-profit which offers support to families and the Prince and Princesses battling childhood cancer.

The American Ice Theatre of Utah will be hosting a hygiene kit drive to benefit The Utah Refugee Connection. Please bring items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, feminine hygiene products, 10-packs of razors, 6-packs of toilet paper, and reusable shopping bags to their donation table at the event. They will also be accepting monetary donations.

Schedule of Events:

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

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

5:15pm            Greetings from Mayor Jackie Biskupski

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

5:30pm            Christmas Carolers

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

6:10pm-9pm   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 Friday from 12:00pm to 12:00am. More information is available at or by calling (801) 535-6110. Special thanks to Ski City, KUTV Channel 2, Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City, and Yelp Salt Lake City for making this event possible.

The Gallivan 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 it a lively and exciting gathering place year-round.

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