Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


“The Miracle on 34th Street” is showing at the SCERA from Dec. 8–22. (Photo by Jenae Ripplinger Jeppesen)

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

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Santa cynics beware. This musical variation of the timeless Christmas film reignites belief in Kris Kringle. A reluctant mother takes her daughter to meet the Macy’s Santa Claus only to discover that he may just be the real deal. This wholesome story has the audience remembering what it really felt like to believe in jolly old Saint Nick.

When: Dec. 1–16 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: SCERA
Cost: $12–$14
Site: scera.org

Spanish Fork Festival of Lights

Baby, it’s cold outside, but you don’t have to stay cold to see the night light up with festive holiday fixtures. Take a ride down Santa Claus Lane in Spanish Fork for 25-year tradition with the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights.

When: Nov. 24 – Jan. 1 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Canyon View Park in Spanish Fork
Cost: $8 per car; $22 per large passenger van; $30 per bus
Site: spanishfork.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


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

Nathan Pacheco

Listen to the songs of the holiday with No. 1 Billboard artist Nathan Pacheco. The classically trained tenor will perform music from his Christmas album, “O Holy Night.”

When: Dec.  8 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: UCCU Center
Cost: $25–$49
Site: uccucenter.com

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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