Park City, Utah is one of my very favorite places to visit. It’s beautiful and charming and one of those places that begins to feel like home shortly after arriving. We traveled with our families over Christmas. It was the first time we had ever been away for the holiday but felt it was a great choice for us this year. We truly loved every minute of it. I’ve put together a recap but also a Park City Travel Guide so that it is helpful should you choose to visit. I honestly can’t wait to return.
There is no question that this destination shines during Christmas. The lit trees and decor throughout the town are truly beautiful.
Let’s be honest. Food and discovering new restaurants is one of the best things about traveling. So let’s begin with that.
WHERE TO EAT
There are so many fantastic restaurants in Park City. Just make sure you do your research. If they have a bar, often times children are not allowed into the restaurant either. It’s best to call ahead. 501 on Main is a casual spot we loved. The children’s menu offers delicious options aside from the usual “kid fare.” Request to sit upstairs as it boasts a nice view of Main Street and an inviting fireplace. You can literally ski into the village and grab lunch.
- 501 on Main
- Harvest – great healthy breakfast and lunch options
- High West Distillery
- Riverhouse Provisions
- The Farm
- Burgers and Bourbon
- O’Shucks Bar and Grill
- The Nelson Cottage
501 on Main
501 on Main
The Nelson Cottage is a splurge for sure. We enjoyed an amazing dinner here ( just the parents). They offer a whiskey pairing but even more special is the way the evening unfolds. A host welcomes everyone and each course is served family style to the handful of tables all at once. Dining here absolutely feels like you stepped into someone’s beautiful home for dinner. It was a special experience and such a fun way to kick off the holiday.
WHERE TO STAY
There are so many wonderful places to stay. We chose to rent a house because we wanted it to feel like home and we all wanted to be together. Here are more options for Park City.
- Montage Deer Valley
- St. Regis Deer Valley
- Lodges at Deer Valley
- Deer Valley Resort
- Canyons Resort
- Hotel Park City
- Washington School House Hotel
- Hotel Park City
My bucket list includes staying at the Washington School House Hotel one day. It looks absolutely amazing. Maybe one day!
St. Regis Deer Valley
We popped into the St. Regis to walk around and explore. You take the Furnicular from the lobby up to the hotel. It’s really fun for the kids to experience. The boys chose to play chess in 21 degree temperatures while the girls sipped hot cocoa inside!
the house we rented
We so enjoyed skiing all day and then making meals together. Nothing better than that after ski fatigue and relaxing with family.
I lived in this sweater most of the week. It’s currently marked down to $30.
TRAVELING FOR CHRISTMAS?
- pack a piece of festive fabric
- bring boxes of lights
- banners are easy to pack
- make ornaments, string popcorn or purchase candy canes for the tree
We loved playing games each night. If you haven’t already heard of it, Exploding Kittens is hilarious. We played with all ten of us and LOVED it.
If you rent a home or have a hotel room with a kitchen, it’s nice to know where to go to grab groceries or items you need.
WHERE TO GROCERY SHOP
- Whole Foods
- Fresh Market
Loved seeing these two just enjoy the snow. They made slides and enjoyed every minute of it. We picked up saucers at Walmart for them to use in our neighborhood.
WHERE TO SKI
- Park City Mountain
- Deer Valley
- Brighton and Solitude
- Snowbird and Alta
Skiing in Park City is fantastic. Do your homework. I know Deer Valley Resort offers deals where the kids ski for free. It’s worth looking into options during the time of your visit. Also many of the mountains offer a deal on lift tickets if you purchase them 24 hours in advance. We skied Park City this time but my husband hit up Solitude the last time we were there and loved it.
WHERE TO RENT SKIS
- Christy Sports
- Breeze Ski Rentals
These are both great for Park City. Breeze is literally at the base of the ski slopes. You would drive up, walk up to the rental shop, rent you equipment and hop on the lift. We used Christy and were very impressed with the service as well as no wait time. They were awesome about swapping out boots when the first pair didn’t work.
WHERE TO SHOP
Main street is a great spot to just stroll up and down. It’s small enough so that you won’t feel overwhelmed. There are a few stores I have to hit up each time.
- Olive & Tweed
- Cake Boutique
- Dolly’s Bookstore
shopping on Main Street
WHERE TO EXPLORE
- Utah Olympic Park
- Kimball Art Center
- Canyons Village
- Hit up the resort hotels – St. Regis
- Gorgoza Park – great for families
MORE TO SEE
You can go and explore so easily. Nothing is too far away. From Midway to Salt Lake City, there is plenty to do and see.
WHERE TO GO
- Midway – charming small town
- Hatch’s Family Chocolates – hot cocoa! Call for hours. We showed up too early.
- Temple Square – Lights are gorgeous at night
- Liberty Park – absolutely gorgeous
- Night Tubing Soldier Hollow
- Swim in the Homestead Crater
outside the Homestead Crater
The Homestead Crater is adjacent to the resort and 10,000 years in the making. You can swim inside of the crater and it’s the only warm scuba diving destination in the Continental US. The geothermal spring is hidden tucked inside a 55 foot tall limestone rock. Something to see for sure.
inside the Homestead resort
my coat | Hunter boots | white coat | Sorel boots
Truly grateful for such a beautiful Christmas celebration in Park City. The together time was just what we needed and always love exploring with this crew.
MORE PLACES TO SEE
- Coeur d’Alene Idaho Travel Guide
- Washington D.C. Travel Guide
- Temecula Valley Travel Guide
- Napa Valley Travel Guide
Enjoy the day, my friends.
*So many questions about my daughter’s jacket. I’ve had that for years but found a similar jacket here. Timeless.
*We adored the home we rented. You can see the listing here.
Spent New Years week at Brighton and loved it! My husband and I were there 18 years ago and decided to take our kids this year (they are 12 and 13). We stayed in the lodge there …simple, no frills, absolutely perfect! Our kids loved it. We don’t get that kind of snow in western NC!
Wow! Looks amazing! And so good to switch it up given the challenges you faced this year. Inspiring for me!