Christmas lights at the Gateway (The Gateway)
Christmas lights at the Gateway (The Gateway)

Utah Stories has partnered with The Gateway to present the second annual Made in Utah Winterfest in collaboration with the Gateway’s unique Winter Walk holiday light experience. With distinctive holiday light displays created by local artists, specialty art and cultural programming each December weekend and a focus on local shopping, it promises to be an amazing “Winter Wonderland” experience for all ages.

This holiday season, options are plentiful starting with the popular Lights On Nov. 21 at dusk. The second annual Winter Walk is a unique holiday light stroll held nightly during Winterfest.  The Gateway will close down Rio Grande, allowing guests to stroll the property looking at the Winter Wonderland light display while they sip on the hot beverage of their choice — from cocoa to spiked cider. This year’s holiday light display was created in partnership with Utah Artists Alliance and local artists. It’s filled with unique one-of-a-kind custom sculptures and arts installations, turning the entire Gateway into a dreamy winter wonderland of light and art. It all adds up to the perfect setting for everyone’s “holiday card” photo with ample shopping and dining options while they enjoy the photo ops.

Christmas tree lights at the Gateway (The Gateway)
Christmas tree lights at the Gateway (The Gateway)

Shoppers have three full weekends to visit the Made in Utah Winterfest with 50 pop-up local vendors featured on Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. This popular festival is a community-driven, free to the public, and family-friendly market that showcases some of Utah’s top artists, musicians, artisans, product makers – including breweries, distilleries, food trucks and other local makers. Rio Grande Street will be closed for a memorable holiday stroll with family and friends. The market runs from 1-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. on Sundays and Winter Walk happens both evenings.

“We, at Utah Stories are passionate about telling the stories of local makers, small business owners and inspiring local characters. With this event we want to enable our readers to get to know these people and their products,” says Golda Hukic-Markosian Ph.D, the festival director. “At Made in Utah Festival you will find a variety of products and art as well as people from all over the world that made Utah their home. We have been told that at our events are unique because one can see such diversity not only when it comes to makers but visitors as well. “