Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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Christmas Around the World takes people out of Provo and on an excursion around the world for the holiday season. (Photo by Mark A. Philbrick)

Here come the holidays. Fight the sweater weather temptation to stay indoors and start your holiday celebrations early with these weekend events.

Provo’s Christmas Market

Shopping around the Christmas tree market! Light up your holiday with Provo as Santa and Mayor-elect Michelle Kaufusi light the city at 6 p.m. Then shop to your heart’s content along Center St. with 40 vendors and food trucks.

When: Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Center St. in Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: provomayor.com

Christmas Around the World

BYU gifts the community a 90-minute trip around the world to celebrate the holiday season. With dances from Italy, Ukraine, Scotland, China and more, the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble spins and kicks its way across the map (and across the Marriott Center floor). In addition to the traditional performance, a Pre-show Festival provides a literal taste of ethnic foods as well as a taste of international games, such as Chinese yo-yo, an hour prior to the show.

When: Dec. 1–2 at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: BYU Marriott Center
Cost: $11–$22
Site: arts.byu.edu

Luminaria

Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria was the social media darling of last year, with its inaugural draw of a million light bulbs, 27 themed areas and nearly 60,000 attendees. Now for the second season, this Point of the Mountain holiday mecca has more Christmas tricks up its white-fir-lined sleeve.

When: Nov. 20 – Dec. 30
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $17–$70
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

“A Christmas Carol”

Ebenezer Scrooge and the Hale Center Theater Orem are Utah Valley’s past, present and future. For the 28th consecutive year, Charles Dickens’ tradition has been a Utah Valley tradition as Tiny Tim and the cast warm hearts in this theater-in-the-round. Smart attendees don’t squander chances at these tickets — not everyone gets a second chance like Scrooge. Seats to this beloved holiday show go faster than you can say “God bless us, everyone!”

When: Nov. 25– Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $15–$26
Site: haletheater.org

Ryan Schupe and the RubberBand

Ryan Schupe and the RubberBand bright the Christmas spirit with a lighthearted concert. The rocking, acoustic sound brightens the holiday season. And who knows, Schupe might even play the banjo.

When: Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Covey Center for the Arts
Cost: $18
Site: provo.org

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

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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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