Utahns pick Temple Square lights as favorite holiday tradition

Temple Square Lights

Taking in the lights at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is the most popular holiday tradition among Utahns according to a new Utah Political Trends poll.

The survey from UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics found 55% of Utah voters said the Temple Square lights are their favorite holiday/winter activity. 19% picked the annual Festival of Trees, while 18% said they like a local tree lighting festival or light parade. 15% chose the yearly Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo, and 11% said visiting the Midway Ice Castles is a favorite tradition.

No other holiday tradition in Utah had double-digit levels of support. 

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Most Utahns said they plan to stay at home this holiday season according to the survey. Nearly ⅔ (63%) told us they would stay home this year, while about a third (32%) told us they planned to travel over Christmas or the New Year.

Of those who do plan to hit the road, most said they will travel out of state for the holidays, while 32% will stay in-state. Just over 10% planned an international trip for the Christmas season.

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According to AAA, more than 115 million Americans will travel this holiday season, which is the biggest number of travelers in nearly two decades. The number is nearly 4% higher than last year. More than 104 million of those travelers will do so via car.

Independent voters were the least likely to travel according to the demographic breakouts from our survey, while moderate Republicans and Democrats were most likely to visits locales away from their home over the holidays.

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The survey was conducted among 911 registered Utah voters from November 19-December 7, 2019. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.