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Salt Lake City's 'Christmas on Temple Square' to return in 2020

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 19:55:16-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City holiday tradition will return in 2020, but like most things during this pandemic year, it will do so virtually.

The annual "Christmas on Temple Square" event will be held despite the coronavirus, organizers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say.

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Seasonal lights will still be displayed on Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City starting Friday, Nov. 27, but can only be viewed from surrounding roads and exterior sidewalks. The plaza itself will be fenced off to visitors.

On Dec. 1, The Church will present the kickoff performance inside the Tabernacle and will be broadcast live on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and the Temple Square Facebook page.

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"The Christmas Collection Concert Series" will take place online each night from Dec. 2-23 and include holiday performances from around the world.

On Dec. 6, The First Presidency Christmas Devotional will be broadcast at 6 p.m. with messages from General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.

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Musicians will hold the "Light the World: Social Sing and Serve" event on Monday, Dec. 14.

The annual "Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir" was filmed before pandemic restrictions were put in place and will be shown throughout December. The choir's website has a schedule of performances that include those featuring Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas.