Grand America Holiday Windows

Every December, Grand America in Salt Lake City holds a Holiday Window Stroll. There are little windows to view, as well as a huge gingerbread house that is made from real gingerbread. This is a fun, free adventure, but make sure to check the bottom of our post for the hours the windows are open and for tips on parking.

In the lower level of their hotel, you can walk a circle and admire the windows that are decorated with Christmas themes. Every year is a different theme, so you can see different windows from different years in our pictures. Check their website for the current theme and for a map of the windows.

Watch for signs directing you to the beginning of the windows stroll.

Our boys loved looking at the windows. It was fun to talk about the different countries and languages represented. The Holiday Window Stroll always has a hidden object to find in the windows. One year there was a penguin, another year there was a kitty. Our boys love finding the hidden object, and it keeps them interested.

In 2023, there is a QR code on every window. If you scan the QR code there is a little letter to read, and you can answer a simple question about the hidden kitty. If you answer all 14, you can enter yourself into a drawing to win a free night stay at Grand America. Even if you don’t want to enter the giveaway, it was fun to read the little letters at each window.

The windows are bright and colorful!
This was our boys’ favorite one year.
Mom really liked the Italy window!
Some of the windows have items that move. The owls in this window moved up and down.

Gingerbread House

Once you are about halfway around the loop, you will come to the gingerbread house. It is amazing. It’s hard to believe that they really were able to construct such an amazing house from edible food. We love seeing what amazing creations they come up with each year. Make sure to check out the sign that talks about how much flour, sugar, and other items they used.

Amazing, right?!
We thought the rice krispie sidewalk was very cute.
This is the 2023 gingerbread house. WOW!!! The State Capitol.
Look at how they use macaroons and pretzels to decorate!
A lot of baking went into this gingerbread house.

You can also spend a few minutes walking through the Grand America Courtyard. There is a large Christmas tree, Christmas lights on all the trees, and a beautiful fountain. We were there during the late afternoon, but it looked like their fountain had green and red lights inside!

The lights were just coming on in the courtyard when we were there.
We had fun wandering around for a few minutes, but were glad to be able to walk inside!

Grand America’s Holiday Windows is a nice simple Christmas adventure. We enjoyed it because it’s inside, so you don’t have to bundle up. It’s perfect for all ages. All of our boys thought it was a fun stop, and we can’t wait to see what the theme is this year. It is FREE to visit the Holiday Windows at Grand America.

Parking

Parking is the trickiest part because they no longer validate your parking for the window stroll. If you spend at least $10 at a restaurant or store, or stay at the Grand America, they offer complimentary free. Otherwise we recommend street parking, or using Trax after parking somewhere else downtown. Our favorite place to park is on 500 S, just north of Grand America. It is $2.25 for 1 hour, and you will probably spend just about that walking through and enjoying the windows.

This is a great adventure to pair with other fun places in downtown. We stopped here on our way to the Temple Square Lights. You could also visit City Creek’s dancing fountain, Clark Planetarium, or any other venue on Temple Square.

Our youngest was ready to move right into the gingerbread house!

In 2023, the windows are only available for viewing during certain times:

NOV. 4 – DEC. 20
SUNDAY – THURSDAY:
11 AM – 8PM
FRIDAY – SATURDAY:
10AM – 5PM
DEC. 21 – JAN. 1
10 AM – 8 PM

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