Utah Christmas Eve celebrations
Updated: 12/25/2012 2:25 pm | Published: 12/24/2012 11:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Crowds spilled into Temple Square to worship Jesus Christ Christmas Eve night. The falling snow and more than million Christmas lights made for a winter wonderland of sorts.
The most popular exhibit was the nativity scene north of the Tabernacle. Crowds gathered to watch it light up to a recorded music presentation.
"It's just really pretty," said Anastasia Erekson from Salt Lake City.
"It's beautiful. Especially with the snow falling and everything. It helps the lights really shimmer," said Heidi Thornock from Syracuse, Utah.
Many families on Temple Square say visiting the area is a Christmas Eve tradition.
"Just trying to remember the reason for the season. You get caught up in the commercialism and you come down here and experience some tradition," said Matt Ashcraft from Kaysville.
Moving east to the Cathedral of the Madeleine a Roman Catholic Choir sings praises to Jesus Christ. The beautiful music reverberated inside the spacious cathedral walls for a large audience to hear.
A few blocks south at the First United Methodist Church small children gathered to recreate what their faith teaches about the night Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem.
"It's about Jesus and not so much about Santa," said Mark Annis from the Salt Lake area.
Worshipers walked to the front of the chapel to light candles. It's a symbolic gesture representing their witness Christ is the Lord who was born to redeem people from sin.
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