Christmas is a time to enjoy home and hearth, but it's also a wonderful time to enjoy music, dance and theater events. Here's a list of holiday events in Salt Lake City that can help add sparkle to your celebration.
The list keeps evolving as Christmas draws closer, so check back frequently for new ideas.
Note: While we do our best to verify details for all listed events, it's best to call the venue or visit the website to get the most up-to-date details before attending any event.
01 of 33Most of us dig deep into our pockets during the holiday season - for gifts, dining out, and entertainment - but holiday cheer doesn't have to be expensive. There are lots of free holiday events and activities in the Salt Lake area that will bring joy to the season without breaking the bank.
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Holiday light displays are an indispensable part of the season. Here's info on some of the best displays in the Salt Lake area.
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This holiday season Desert Star presents 'How the Grouch Stole Christmas', a parody of the Christmas classic. Desert Star is a dinner theater with pizza, hamburgers, wraps, desserts and more served at tableside seating. Appropriate for all ages.
Nov. 13, 2014-Jan. 3, 2015, except Tuesdays and Sundays
4861 S. State St.
December price $20.95
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Christmas concerts on Temple Square and nearby locations begin with "Bells on Temple Square" Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle and continue almost nightly until New Year's Eve. Some events require tickets obtained in advance; others do not require a ticket. Most events are free, but "Savior of the World," performed in the LDS Conference Center, is $8 for evening performances and $5 for matinees.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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The evil Jack Frost plans to take over Santa's magic snowball, to give coal to good children and presents to bad ones. Luckily, the X-Mas Men are here to save the day and bring heroic yuletide cheer this holiday season.
Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays Nov. 21-Dec. 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
272 S. Main St.
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The Gateway will kick off the holiday season with it's annual "Light Up the Night" on Nov. 22, featuring holiday musical performances, a special appearance by Santa, and a countdown to the tree lighting ceremony.
Nov. 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
The Gateway Shopping Center
400 W. between 200 S. and South Temple
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Heber Valley Railroad's North Pole Express features a historic train ride through the beautiful Heber Valley, plus cookies, hot cocoa, and a visit with Santa. It's a holiday tradition for many Utah families.
Nightly except Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 24, 2014
Trains depart at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; check website for times and availability
450 S 600 W. Heber City
Coach: adults $30, children $20 (ages 3-12)
First Class: adults $45, children $35 (ages 3-12)
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Thanksgiving Point becomes "holiday central" with the following special events in November and December:
- Drive-Through Holiday Lights - Nov. 28-Dec. 29, M-Sat., 6-10 p.m., 6-9 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25 ($10 per car)
- Voice Male in Concert - Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 7-9 p.m. ($17 in advance, tickets sell out quickly)
- Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m., ($18-$28)
- Santa Visits Thanksgiving Point Venues - Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (prices vary by venue)
- Timpanogos Symphony - Monday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. ($12-$14)
- Santa's Reindeer - Nov. 28-Dec. 23, 12-10 p.m. (free)
- Ice Sculpting - Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, and 22, 6:30 p.m. (free)
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi
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Community Christmas EventsCheck out this list of hometown holiday events in communities throughout the Salt Lake Valley, including Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Taylorsville, West Jordan and West Valley.
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Raise your voice as the Abravanel Hall audience becomes 3,000 voice choir. Bring your family (and your score) and sing along with the Utah Symphony.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, 2014, 7 p.m.
123 W. South Temple
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More than 90,000 people visit the Festival of Trees each year to see over 1,000 imaginatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces, gingerbread creations, playhouses and quilts, which are auctioned to raise funds for Primary Children's Medical Center In addition, the festival provides activities for children and entertainment for the entire family.
Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 3-6, 2014, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street in Sandy
Adults $5, children 2-11 $3
Discount tickets available at Zions Bank locations
Wednesday, Dec. 3 is Family Day, six immediate family members can attend for $15.
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The Brigham Young University dance department's popular annual "Christmas Around the World" revue features a cast of more than 200 dancers, singers, and musicians presenting the dance traditions different cultures united by the message of peace on earth.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee 2 p.m.
BYU Marriott Center
500 E. Mariott Parkway in Provo
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Ring in the holidays with Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, The Nutcracker‘s dazzling blend of costumes, sets and choreography creates an enchanted storybook world that has captivated Utah audiences for more than 50 years.
Dec. 5-31, 2014, times vary
50 W. 200 S.
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Enjoy one-on-one time with Jolly Old Saint Nick over a warm, tasty breakfast, along with holiday crafts and play time at the Discovery Gateway, Salt Lake's popular children's museum.
Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 8-10 a.m.
Sundays, Dec. 14 and 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Members: $22 per child/$27 per adult
Non-members: $27 per child/$32 per adult
444 W. 100 S.
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This year’s KUTV Holiday Pops Concert featuring the Choral Arts Society of Utah and West Valley Symphony will benefit the 2News Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Joining the concert this year is special guest Collin Raye.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Cottonwood High School
5715 S. 1300 E.
Tickets available at Smiths Tix, $12 in advance, $15 at the door
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Red Butte Garden's 13th annual open house event features local handmade gifts for sale, free cider and hot chocolate, and acres of winter garden to explore.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, 2014, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
300 Wakara Way
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Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre celebrates the holidays with four special events:
- "Eclipse 6 Christmas Concert" - The annual Christmas with Eclipse concert has become a favorite tradition during the Christmas season. Bring your family out to feel the spirit of Christmas and celebrate the season with a night of Christmas music delivered in a way that only Eclipse 6 can deliver. Dec. 11-15, 7:30 p.m. ($7.50-$18.50)
- "Juanito Bandito's Christmas Carol" - Pickleville Playhouse is coming to Salt Lake for the 2014 holiday season. From the imagination The "most guapo villain in the world" is back, now more hilarious than ever starring in Juanito Bandito's Christmas Carol. Dec. 18-20, 7:30 p.m. ($18-$28)
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Looking to score one-of-a-kind gifts and support local artisans this holiday season? Put UMFA’s Holiday Market at the top of your shopping list. At this one-day sale shoppers will find classic and contemporary hand-crafted items—jewelry, pottery, textiles, paintings and photography, ceramics, fine edibles and more. Museum admission is free, and gift wrapping is complimentary.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 11 a.m.-5p.m.
UMFA Anderson Family Great Hall
410 Campus Center Drive.
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This on-stage recreation of Charles Dickens’ beloved story has been a popular Salt Lake area Christmas tradition for 30 years.
Dec. 6-24, 2014
Mondays-Saturdays 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday matinees 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
3333 S. Decker Lake Dr. in West Valley City
Tickets: Adults $29-$32
Children (5-11) $16
No children under five permitted
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This lively and festive concert is a crowd-pleaser sure to get all of your friends and family in the spirit. Holiday classics and some lesser-known pieces are featured in our annual Holiday Celebration Concert.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church
1710 S. Foothill Dr.
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Stroll through a pioneer village decorated like a Currier & Ives card, enjoy a visit with Father Christmas, see live reindeer, witness a live Nativity scene, listen to the Heritage Village Carolers, make crafts and homemade decorations, and shop for unique gifts.
Dec. 8-27, 2014, excluding Sundays
Adults $11, children 3-11 $8, seniors 55+ $8
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"Echoes of Christmas" is a free community music and theater event presenting the story of the first Christmas. The audience walks from scene to scene as actors and singers - along with live sheep, goats, a camel and a donkey - present portions of the Christmas story.
The show runs continually from 7 to 9 p.m., with new scenes starting approximately every five minutes. Walking through all six scenes takes about 40 minutes.
December 11-13 and 15-17, 2014, 7-9 p.m. nightly
Liberty Park North Entrance
900 S. 600 E., Salt Lake City
Free, no ticket required, donations accepted
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The Dickens Festival is an arts and crafts fair in the recreated atmosphere of Old London. Shop for unique gifts while enjoying carols, entertainers, mini-productions of "Scrooge" and "Oliver Twist," and a visit with Father Christmas.
Dec. 11-13, 2014, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Adults (13+) $7, seniors (65+) $6, and children (4-12) $5
South Towne Exposition Center
9575 So. State Street
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Michael McLean presents The Forgotten Carols, the story of a nurse caring for an elderly patient who warms her heart by reminding her of long-forgotten Christmas carols.
Dec. 12-20 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Cottonwood High School
5175 S. 1300 E.
Other performances and locations throughout Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington throughout the season.Continue to 25 of 33 below.
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The Salt Lake Men’s Choir is excited to present "The Best of Christmas", a collection of holiday favorites from the past 33 years of Christmas concerts.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m.
First Baptist ChurchTickets are $10 each plus a suggested canned food donation.
777 S. 1300 E.
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The Utah Symphony presents two festive holiday concerts at Abravanel Hall:
- "Joy to the World with Pink Martini" - Portland’s favorite “little orchestra” joins the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall for a holiday show that brings music, magic, and excitement from around the world right to our doorstep. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2014, 8 p.m. ($23-$90)
- "Here Comes Santa Claus!" - A family holiday concert featuring all your December favorites and an appearance by a very special guest! Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall ($6-$18)
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Local favorite Peter Breinholt has been selling out theaters with his self-styled acoustic music for more than a decade. His Christmas concerts have been a tradition since 2003. He will be performing songs from his Christmas album, as well as favorite original songs with his four-piece band and string section.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
138 W. Broadway (300 S.)
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Odyssey Dance Theatre will present its own version of the holiday dance classic The Nutcracker, The ReduxNut-Cracker. ODT will bring this production to life in the present day, with the original Tchaikovsky score re-imagined and arranged in a pop/hip-hop style.
Dec. 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 7:30 p.m.
1395 E. Presidents Circle at the University of Utah
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The Larry H. Miller Family and Robert C. Bowden present the 30th Annual Christmas Carole Sing-Along featuring Lexi Walker. Come and experience the sights and sounds of the season. Guests will receive a special gift package including a holiday treat while supplies last.
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, 7 p.m.
301 W. South Temple
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The Cathedral Choir's annual Christmas Carol Services feature music of the Advent and Christmas seasons, including plainchant, choral works and traditional carols.
Performances Dec. 17, 18, and 24; see website for details
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A Kurt Bestor Christmas draws more than 20,000 delighted fans every year. Featuring 45 musicians on stage, sophisticated sound and lights, and special guests combined with warm storytelling and humor, Bestor creates an intimate rapport with concert-goers.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 and 8 p.m.
123 W. South Temple
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Celebrate a holiday homecoming when the Piano Guys return to Salt Lake City for their Christmas concert.
Saturday Dec. 20, 2014, 7 p.m.
301 W. South Temple
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Looking for a fun way to ring in the new year? Here's a list of Salt Lake City New Year's Eve events to please both kids and adults.