By Jayna Smith
The holiday season is upon us, and calendars are filling up quickly. Make sure to add these events from the Must Dos section from our November/December issue.
“The Forgotten Carols” musical travels from Idaho to Arizona this year, with sleigh stops in Utah. Michael McLean and team create an evening to un-forget at the UCCU Center for the 28th year.
November 30- December 23
For the 35th year in a row, the Hale Center Theater in Orem will bring the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to the round. “God bless us, every one!” who sees this long-running tradition of “A Christmas Carol.”
Utah Valley University choir rings in the season with Christmas carols. Choir Carols by Candlelight will be held at Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. This will be the new Noorda Center’s first noel.
This is one jolly 5K! At the Utah Santa Run, runners’ packets include Santa Claus costumes so the race looks like a herd of St. Nicks. At the finish line at the Shops at Riverwoods, a Christmas celebration and concert wraps up the race.
November 29- December 14
Based on the beloved Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell, “Elf the Musical” comes to the stage at SCERA. Spread Christmas cheer with Buddy the elf this holiday season, and don’t forget to sing loud for all to hear.
Through the power of colorful costumes, choreography and music, the Utah Metropolitan Ballet will bring The Land of Sweets right to the Covey Center for the Arts in this performance of “The Nutcracker.”
Award-winning storyteller Tim Lowry tells the memorable “A Christmas Carol” story. No “bah humbugs” here — just a holiday dinner and the reading of “A Christmas Carol” at Thanksgiving Point for $39 a plate.
Spanish Fork’s historic Main Street transforms into a flurry of Christmas spirit for Spanish Fork’s Winter Lights Parade, featuring spectacular floats and Christmas lights.
This year is the 40th annual Spanish Fork Christmas and Craft Show. With a variety of vendors showcasing unique gifts, bring your naughty-and-nice list and get shoppin’.
On this race track, runners really earn their Thanksgiving turkey. Throughout the Earn-Your-Turkey Race, turkeys will be randomly left on the route for runners to haul to the finish line. Proceeds from this race benefit Kids on the Move.
November 23- December 23
This Christmas, the Heber Valley Railroad transforms into the North Pole Express. This train to the North Pole has Santa and his elves handing out hot chocolate, cookies and even presents to the good little boys and girls on the train.
This year’s theme for the BYU Christmas Around the World is “Light in the Window,” celebrating the migration of dance. More than 200 performers from the BYU Department of Dance, Men’s Chorus and other guest artists twirl and tap the excitement of the Christmas season.
Local school choirs and musical groups fill the halls of mall as holiday shoppers search for the perfect gift. Choral performances have been a long tradition at University Place.
The Outlets at Traverse Mountain are celebrating their 8th Annual Tree Lighting. Kick off the holiday season and light Utah’s tallest Christmas Tree. One Voice Children’s Choir, Santa and even the Grinch will highlight this Point of the Mountain festivity.
Christmas gets real at this live nativity at the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah. Country Christmas and Live Nativity also includes frosting cookies, a scavenger hunt, visit with Santa, trim-a-tree contest and more.
Provo offers a one-horse open boat this holiday season as The CLAS Ropes Course transforms into a Christmas Cruise. Guests sail slowly down the Provo River and see thousands of lights reflecting on the water.
November 22- January 4
Thanksgiving Point’s Ashton Gardens transforms into a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. One of the most impressive holiday displays in the nation, Luminaria showcases Christmas music, a nativity scene, thousands of lights and interactive light exhibits.
While Santa Claus has been busy making toys, Mrs. Claus has been baking. Kids can write letters, decorate cookies and drink hot chocolate at Thanksgiving Point’s Cookies with Mrs. Claus.