Must-dos: Can’t miss events this holiday season


Nov. 15 – Dec. 22
Happy Mall-idays
The Grinch turns on Christmas lights, Santa touches down in style via helicopter, a Gingerbread house contest sparks cheerful competition, and Quiet Santa spends one-on-one time with children who have sensory sensitivities. Check out the events page for the University Place Mall for more details.

Nov. 19
Deck The Riverwoods
Winter fireworks, millions of lights lining the streets, and lovely ice sculptures highlight this year’s Lighting of The Riverwoods. This annual event is a family favorite and Christmas classic. Enjoy some shopping under a holiday ambiance. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 20
O’ Lehi Christmas Tree!
It begins to look a lot like Christmas when the Outlets at Traverse Mountain host their annual tree lighting. A special performance by BYU Vocal Point welcomes Santa’s Arrival before the tree is lit at 6 p.m. Festive activities begin at 1 p.m. and continue through the evening.

Nov. 25
FOR Health and Strength
Run now, eat later. Starting at Thanksgiving Point, the Thankful 13 race lets runners choose how far to run — from a kids loop to a half marathon. Thanksgiving Day can start off healthy, grateful, happy and sweaty.

Nov. 25
Run, gobble, run
A 5K length is so 2020. The “Earn Your Turkey” race (sponsored by Runner’s Corner and the Orem Fitness Center) has a 2-mile and a 4-mile option, which both mean Thanksgiving dinner can be guilt-free.

Nov. 26 – Nov. 27
Ho Ho Ho-liday Shopping!
Let’s give the Amazon delivery man a break and shop local this year. Vendors and shoppers gather at the Spanish Fork Christmas Gift and Craft Show for a variety of gifts, goodies and decorations. What’s more community-building than buying your loved ones’ presents directly from the artisans?

Nov. 29
Not So Silent Strumming
Thirteen years in a row, local Utah band Joshua Creek has been providing Christmas cheer through guitars, drums and vocals. The Joshua Creek Christmas Concert includes a mix of original and traditional songs with story-telling lyrics that leave listeners enchanted for the winter season.

Dec. 10
A Cappella Christmas
Representing “the gold standard in a cappella,” the King’s Singers blow audience members away with their masterful control of music. Individual voices merge to bring Christmas carols to life on this special evening. Music fit for a king — and for merry families.

Dec. 10
A Deseret Book Christmas
No tickets or shoes required for this virtual event. Popular Utah artists and bands are coming together to perform a Christmas concert full of merry. A Deseret Book Christmas features beautiful music and storytelling from the Nashville Tribute Band, Nathan Pacheco, Lexi Walker, and more for $15.

Nov. 22 – Dec. 23
Hot! Hot! Choo-colate
All aboard! Tom Hanks may not be your guide on this Polar Express, but Christmas cheer surely will be (along with hot chocolate and warm cookies — yes, please). Heber Valley Railroad’s North Pole Express gives riders their very own ride to Santa’s headquarters might feel like.

Nov. 27 – Dec. 23
God Bless Us, Every One!
A classic, annual play based on the book by Charles Dickens, this cherished story warms the Scrooge-iest of hearts. Hale Center Theater performs “A Christmas Carol” every year. Spoiler alert! It ends with generosity, Tiny Tim’s famous line, and renewed hope for humanity.

Nov. 26 – Dec. 22
Yeehaw, Rudolph!
Young Living Lavender Farms knows how to throw a country Christmas. A welcoming horse-drawn wagon with loved ones and cocoa will undo all the frustration of the pandemic. (We wish!) Yeehaw, y’all. It’s the holidays.

Dec. 3 – Dec. 18
Santa’s Little Buddy
Buddy the Elf — the embodiment of Christmas spirit — reminds us of the good things in life: “candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” It’s likely your family watches the movie each December; shake it up this year and see “Elf the Musical” performed live at the Lehi Arts Center.

Dec. 3 – Dec. 18
A Musical Christmas Story
Why watch the leg lamp on TV when you could experience it live? This favorite Christmas hits the stage, having you laughing at the iconic, familiar lines, while smiling at the entertaining music. And don’t worry — nobody actually shoots their eye out.

Dec. 3 – Dec. 4
Made merry
Handmade gifts are a-plenty at this year’s Christmas Maker’s Market at SCERA. Plus! Fun activities, visits with Santa, live entertainment, Christmas lights and gingerbread competitions.

Dec. 10-21
A Nut Above
Storytelling is a key component of the holidays, and Utah Metropolitan Ballet has mastered the story of The Nutcracker. Professional dancers plus a live orchestra make for a grand, magical evening.

Thanksgiving night to New Year’s Day
May Your drives Be Merry and Bright
The pandemic gave us additional practice going through drive-thrus, and this 20-minute jaunt through Canyon View Park is the prettiest in the valley. The paved winter wonderland in Spanish Fork showcases dinosaurs in Santa hats, snowy ballerinas, and plenty of sparkling silver and gold.

Dec. 3 – Dec. 4
Around the World in two nights
This annual Christmas tradition celebrates the world’s rich ethnic diversity through music and dance, featuring more than 200 dancers, singers, and musicians with colorful costumes and captivating choreography. This festival dubbed “Christmas Around the World” is the longest-running Christmas production on BYU campus!

Dec. 22
Listen Local
Raised in Orem, Aubree Oliverson is now a world-renowned violinist, performing in multiple countries with various symphonies and orchestras. Aubree Oliverson and Friends — which includes her sister Lily and the Timpanogos High School Chamber Singers — will leave audiences in wonder and awe at renditions of Christmas classics.

​​Dec. 10 – April 4
Sun, Dance, Snow, Ski
Luckily for those Utahns who have never tested out the greatest snow on earth, Sundance has skiing and snowboarding lessons for all skill levels. Both private and group lessons, along with half-day or full-day sessions, are available. Visit the website for pricing and dates.

Dec. 16
Part of Your Christmas World
The voice of everyone’s favorite mermaid — Ariel — is joining with the Utah Symphony this Christmas. Isn’t it neat? Jodi Benson and the symphony are filling the Noorda at UVU. Think “Part of Your World” meets “Let it Snow!”

Dec. 4
A Jog that Sleighs
What’s better than some friendly competition while dressed in Ole’ Saint Nick’s get-up? Hundreds of Santa’s doppelgangers will line up for the Utah Santa Run — a 5K that starts at the Shops at Riverwoods. Mommy Santa, Daddy Santa, and all the little Santas are all welcome to join the fun. Runners fuel with milk and cookies provided by elves at the aid stations lining the course up Provo Canyon.

Oct. 18 – Jan. 1
A Winter Walk in the Park
With Temple Square under construction, the headquarters of holiday lights is at the Point of the Mountain with Luminaria. The mile-long walk meanders through charming lights and themes. A skyscraping 120-foot tree can be seen from I-15 and is the center of the display. With a nativity and 15 scenes from the life of Christ, Luminaria is both meaningful and merry.

Dec. 1 – Dec. 23
Whatever Floats Your Christmas Boat
No need for a passport and sunscreen. The Provo River Christmas Cruise offers a 20-minute float of festivity. Bright, riverside holiday scenes are set to the backdrop of continuous Christmas music and beautiful colored lights reflecting off the water. Once you hop off he cruise, cozy cup of hot chocolate is waiting at the concession stand. You might even see rosy-cheeked Santy Claus. Use code “SANTA21” online for $2 off per ticket for rides Dec. 1 – 9.


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