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What to do in Utah: December 2015


  • Dec 1st – 31st: Deck The Hall at Sandy City Hall: Visit City Hall during the month of December to see thousands of lights outside, an old time village and a huge Christmas tree that can be found inside.
  • Dec. 2nd, 9th 16th: Winter Nights at Natural History Museum of Utah: Enjoy discounted shopping and live performances every Wednesday night starting at 6:30pm. Bells of Joyful Sound choir performance on Dec. 2nd, How the Grinch Stole Christmas live performance on Dec. 9th, SLC school musical performances on Dec. 16. Performances start at 7pm.
  • Dec. 3d – 31st:  Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo: the Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo return for its ninth year with more than 250 animated light displays. Wear hologram glasses to walk in the 135-foot lighted tunnel. Every night features a fun family activity. Santa will also be at Macy’s Santa Station until Dec. 24th.
  • Dec. 4th – 19th: The Forgotten Carols Christmas tour: See the timeless Christmas classic during its tour in Utah. Performances will be held in Ogden, Orem, and Salt Lake City. visit the website for exact dates and times.
  • Dec. 4th – 23d: “A Christmas Carol” a musical by Hale Center Theater Orem: See the original musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Visit the haltheater.org for ticket information.
  • Dec. 10th – 12th: Holiday Night Live at UVU: This comedy show is written and directed by UVU students and features original sketches, songs and digital shorts.
  • Dec. 10th – 12th: A Kurt Bestor Christmas: Bestor will perform with his band The Collective and a chamber orchestra, featuring Nathan Pacheco and Ryan Innes.
  • Dec. 10th – 27th: “The Nutcracker” by Ballet West: Come see the longest-running film production in America. Evening matinee performances run throughout the month at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City.
  • Dec. 14th: Candy Cane Hunt at Draper Historic Park: Thousands of candy canes will be hidden around the park for kids to find. Open to boys and girls 3-6 years old. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck. Take your own pictures with Santa for free under the gazebo. Starts at 4:00pm.
  • Dec. 14th:  Millennial Choir and Orchestra Christmas concert: This holiday performances will be held at the Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. Ticket prices start at $22.50. Visit arttix for more information.
  • Dec. 18th – 22nd: “Nutcracker” by St. George Ballet Company: In association with Westside Studio of Performing Arts,  the cast features over 120 local dancers.
  • Dec. 21st: A Christmas Concert featuring Bonnie Harris and the Valley Jazz: Presented by the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, located at 1355 West 3100 South. Concert starts at 7pm and admission is free.
  • Dec. 32nd: Santa’s Reindeer at Thanksgiving Point: Meet some of Santa’s reindeer at the Water Tower Plaza. Runs Monday through Sunday from noon until 10pm. Admission is free.
  • Dec. 23d: Ogden City Christmas Village: Stroll through the lighted village, visit Santa in his castle, take a ride on the Polar Express Train and enjoy live entertainment. The village will be list every night from 5pm until Midnight.
  • Dec. 24th: Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express: The 90-minute ride features hot chocolate and cookies from Mr. Claus. See website for prices and ticket information.
  • Dec. 1st – 27th: Holiday lights at Thanksgiving Point. Come see 1 million sparkling lights and light-up displays that include angels, snowmen, and reindeer. Keep warm in your car or view the lights by wagon or trolley.
  • Dec. 1st – 28th: Downtown Jingle Bus in Salt Lake City: Take this bus to see all the sights downtown. This holiday-themed ride will circulate between the Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza, and Capitol Theater. The bus runs from 5pm to 10om seven days a week, free of charge. Courtesy of the SLC Downtown Alliance, City Creek Center and the Gateway.
  • Dec. 1st – 31st: Lights on Temple Square: Christmas season begins when millions of lights are turned on the day after Thanksgiving. All events on Temple Square are free and the lights will stay on until Dec. 31. No Tickets necessary
  • Dec. 1st – Jan. 2nd: Savior of the World on Template Square: This musical production is based on scriptural events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Tickets are required. Evening performances are $8 and minuteness are $5.
  • Dec. 1st – 31st: Draper City Park Tree of Lights; The tree lighting ceremony has already happened but stop by and enjoy thousands of lights and see the famous willow ‘Tree of Lights’ take center stage.
  • Dec. 1st – 31st: Montage Hotel Christmas Tree: This Park City hotel featured the biggest Christmas tree in the state, standing at 55 feet with over 10,000 lights. Enjoy walking through a winter wonderland before you get to the main attraction.
  • Dec. 1st – 31st: Utah State Capitol Christmas trees: For the first time ever, the Utah State Capitol has decked its halls. Enjoy Utah-themed Christmas trees all season, found inside the building.
  • Dec. 1st – 23d: Christmas Cruise at CLAS Ropes Course in provo: See thousands of lights reflecting off the water as you enjoy a boat ride about 25 minutes long with lighted holiday scenes along the shore. Santa will also make an appearance in his canoe. Blankets and warm clothes are encouraged since the boats are uncovered. Tickets are $8 per person and kids 2 and under are free.

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