Lights at Temple Square turn on before four years of renovations begin

Lights at Temple Square turn on before four years of renovations begin. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

The lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake City will officially turn on Friday night, making it the last holiday season before four years of renovations begin.

Christa Morgan, manager at Deseret Books in the square, said during the holidays, "It's crazy, but fun crazy."

She said it is business as usual during the day, but when the sun sets, that’s when things start to get busy.

Morgan says:

Daytime is pretty usual staffing, but nights is definitely more just to handle the crowds of people that come in.

But this time next year, Temple Square will be under renovations, and while it will still be lit, the lights will be somewhat limited by the construction.

It's unclear if the four-year project could mean smaller crowds and fewer shoppers.

Morgan told KUTV:

I think because of that, this year will be especially busy because people don't know, so they might just be saying hey, this might be our last year for a couple of years, so we will come down.

For Denise Walker's family, coming to see the lights is a tradition, as they come every year.

Walker says:

We come down on Friday, go shopping and see the lights.

Walker isn't sure how much the construction could change the experience, saying:

I know that a lot of people want to go to the temple before it closes. I’m sure the lights are going to be... I have no idea.

The Salt Lake Temple will close on December 29th, 2019 and it's projected to reopen in 2024.