Weekend best bets (Dec. 13-15)

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It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend:

1. Christmas Cruise

Bundle up and climb aboard the CLAS Ropes Course’s annual Christmas Cruise. Santa’s helper will take you on a ride filled with Christmas lights and beautiful winter scenery. This 20-25 minute ride costs $8 per person with children under two being free. The first boat departs at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and it closes at 10 p.m.

2. Meet Santa’s Reindeer

In preparation for their big night, Santa’s reindeer are resting and prepping at Thanksgiving Point. Come meet some of Santa’s animal helpers for free at the Water Tower Plaza. You can also pick out a Christmas tree while you are there. Visiting hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 10 p.m.

3. Beehive Bazaar

Don’t wait until the last minute to finish up your Christmas shopping, instead come explore the Beehive Bazaar at the Shops at the Riverwoods for unique holiday gifts. The bazaar features 90 independent local and national artists and crafters. The bazaar runs Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

4. “Holiday Night Live”

Combining sketch comedy and holiday situations, UVU’s “Holiday Night Live” will give you a reason to laugh this holiday seasons. Original sketches and songs, written by UVU students, provide a second glance at holiday traditions and situations you are probably familiar with. Tickets cost $10. Watch the show in UVU’s Noorda Black Box Theatre.

5. “Joyful Noise”

Turning the famous Christmas musical production into a play, “Joyful Noise” follows George Frideric Handel as he struggles to write a movement, “Messiah,” for London audiences. Enjoy this local play at the Covey Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for students and $14 for adults.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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