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Christmas festivities, Jazz game expected to crowd downtown again Saturday

FILE: Downtown visitors can expect another round of packed streets Saturday night as several major venues are expected to be busy simultaneously for the second time in three days.
FILE: Downtown visitors can expect another round of packed streets Saturday night as several major venues are expected to be busy simultaneously for the second time in three days.
Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Downtown visitors can expect another round of packed streets Saturday night as several major venues are expected to be busy simultaneously for the second time in three days.

The Utah Jazz host to the Sacramento Kings, and major performances are ongoing at other large venues, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert at the LDS Conference Center and a production of "White Christmas" at the Eccles Theatre.

The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is on tap at Abravanel Hall, and the Capitol Theatre will be hosting another performance of Ballet West's "The Nutcracker." The Christmas lights at Temple Square are also expected to draw large crowds, in addition to ramped-up holiday shopping.

The Utah Department of Transportation is asking drivers to "plan ahead for heavy holiday traffic." The agency advises motorists to arrive downtown before 6:15 p.m., when traffic is expected to peak until about 7:30 p.m.

UDOT has asked motorists to plan additional time for parking as well. Agency spokesman John Gleason said the UDOT Traffic Operations Center will be actively monitoring lights at several Salt Lake intersections to help traffic move along.

Blue Line TRAX trains will have additional cars Saturday in anticipation of the busy night, Utah Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron said.

The night is expected to be comparable to Thursday, when many of the same Christmas performances were also running and the Jazz played the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors.