Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


The Lighting of Riverwoods includes ice sculptures, a visit from Santa and performances. (Photo courtesy Shops at Riverwoods)

The countdown to the holidays has officially begun. Fight the sweater weather temptation to stay indoors and start your holiday celebrations early with these weekend events.

Lighting of Riverwoods

Get the holidays started with a flip of a switch on Friday night. The Shops at Riverwoods presents its annual “Lighting of the Riverwoods” with special guests SPARK Singers, Utah Regional Ballet and Party Crashers. But the most special guest is of course the big man himself, Santa Claus. Do you want s’more? Well, they have those, too.

When: Nov. 17 from 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Where: Shops at Riverwoods
Cost: FREE
Site: shopsatriverwoods.com

“Into the Woods”

Fairy tale characters cross paths in the woods as they seek out their dreams. Will Cinderella, the baker and his wife, and Little Red Riding Hood find their happy endings? Find out in the woods at the BYU performance. “Into the Woods” is directed by Utah Valley Magazine “cover boy” Dallyn Vail Bayles.

When: Nov. 17–18, 29 – Dec. 2, Dec. 5–9 at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: Pardoe Theatre, BYU
Cost: $14–$26
Site: arts.byu.edu

Eat Like a Pilgrim

Give thanks to this Thanksgiving re-enactment. As an excuse to eat a turkey meal more than once this holiday season, Thankgiving Point’s “Eat Like a Pilgrim” serves up a variety of pilgrim dishes, including parched corn, hard tack, roast pork, turkey, mixed berry cobbler, cold apple cider and more.

When: Nov. 19 and 21 at 6pm
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $32-$45
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

A Night of Broadway

The show must go on with Broadway classics including songs from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Matilda,” “Spamalot,” “Sound of Music” and more. Performing for the SCERA’s annual show are local singers Shawn Mortensen, David Smith, Brittni Bills Smith, Cameron Cahoon, Scott Sackett and Kelsey Mariner Thompson.

When: Nov. 15-18 at 7 p.m.
$12 for adults; $10 for children/seniors
Site: scera.org

Barlow Arts: “The Nutcracker”

Get an early taste of Christmas this year with “The Nutcracker.” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music is always en pointe as Utah Valley revisits the classic story of Clara and the Nutcracker. Join them in dreaming as the Sugar Plum Fairy comes to life.

When: Nov. 15–18 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
Where: Covey Center for the Arts
Cost: $15
Site: coveycenter.org

Do you have a Utah Valley event you want to add to the calendar? Email us at news@utahvalley360.com.

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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