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The magic started the moment we walked down the red carpet hallway into the gold plated elevator. There’s just something magical about a high-class hotel letting families roam around their hallways.

We parked in the visitor parking lot and took the elevator to the lobby. We hadn’t taken two steps off the elevator when we were greeted by a woman with a basket of cards and pencils. She showed us that one side of the card had a map of where to find the Holiday Windows and the other side had a fill-in-the-blank for each window. Each window represented a well known Christmas song and our job was to figure out what song the window represented and then fill in the blank.

My kindergartener who is learning to write loved the writing part. She would find a fancy chair, cross her legs and write the missing word. She thought she was pretty high class, and I must admit, she acted the part pretty well.

The Holiday Windows were designed by local artist Jonnie Hartman and team. They were whimsical and magical and my kids gasped at every one of them.

We’ll share just a few of our favorites...because we have to give you a little glimpse.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Sleigh Ride

Tip: this is a free event but two of the windows are just outside the most quaint little bakery. If you are into desserts (and really, who isn’t?), you’ll want to make sure to bring your purse.

Of all the Christmas events we’ve been during our time here in Utah, this has got to be one of my favorites. It was such a peaceful, magical night. There is Christmas music softly playing throughout the entire hotel and old women in full length red coats walking arm in arm to meet their husbands for a nice dinner. Everywhere you go there are workers with smiling faces ready to help you find your way or hand you a cookie (don’t miss the cookie at the gingerbread house you’ll see it about half-way through) The whole evening had that old time Christmas feel. It was simply perfect.

And, P.S. the whole event is INSIDE! Not in the mood to bundle up the kids for a freezing night outside? Just had a new baby that you really don’t want to take into large crowds and extreme cold? This is the perfect place for you. Quiet, warm, magical.

Helpful Tips
  • Park in the Visitor Parking Garage. You won’t get charged unless you stay overnight.
  • The Holiday Windows at the Grand America run through Thursday, December 31. Monday-Friday 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am-9:00 pm, and Sundays 10:00 am-4:00 pm  

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