Christmas concerts on Temple Square and nearby locations begin with "Winter Festival of Sound" Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle and continue almost nightly until New Year's Eve. Some events require tickets obtained in advance; others do not require a ticket. Most events are free, but "Savior of the World," performed in the LDS Conference Center, is $8 for evening performances and $5 for matinees.
Gateway's annual "Light Up the Night" celebration features special appearances by Kurt Bestor, the One Voice Childrens Choir and Santa Claus. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.
Friday, November 17, 2012, 6 p.m.
The Gallivan Center
239 S. Main St.
Free activities at Thanksgiving Point include live reindeer on the plaza and ice sculpting demonstrations.
- Live Reindeer in the Plaza - Nov. 23-Dec. 23, M-F 6-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m.
- Ice Carving Demonstrations - Dec. 3, 10, 17, 6-8:30 p.m.
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi
The Utah Governor's Mansion is decked out for the holidays, and free tours are available to the public throughout December.
Tuesday and Thursdays in December, 2-4 p.m.
603 E. South Temple
Parking is available east of the Governor's Mansion behind the Utah Arts Council building. The lot is accessible from H Street.
Red Butte Garden's annual open house event features free garden admission, free cider and hot chocolate, and handmade gifts for sale in the Orangerie.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 2012, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
300 Wakara Way
Join the Wasatch Symphony Orchestra for a free Christmas concert including Manheim Steamroller's "Deck the Halls" and "Stille Nacht," "Sleigh Ride," "Canadian Brass Christmas Celebration" and more.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church
1710 S. Foothill Dr.
Admission is free; donations accepted
"Echoes of Christmas" is a free community music and theater event presenting the story of the first Christmas. The audience walks from scene to scene as actors and singers - along with live sheep, goats, a camel and a donkey - present portions of the Christmas story.
The show runs continually from 7 to 9 p.m., with new scenes starting approximately every five minutes. Walking through all six scenes takes about 40 minutes.
December 13-15, 17-19, 2012, 7-9 p.m. nightly
Liberty Park North Entrance
900 S. 600 E., Salt Lake City
Park by Tennis Bubble, follow signs to gathering spot west of Youth Center
Free, no ticket required, donations accepted
The Cathedral Choir's annual Christmas Carol Services feature music of the Advent and Christmas seasons, including plainchant, choral works and traditional carols.
Performances Dec. 14, 17, 18, 21 and 24; see website for details
Music will be provided live by Generations of Sound, a 30-piece orchestra conducted by Robert C. Bowden, with performances by country music star Collin Raye and a special holiday reading by legendary coaches LaVell Edwards and Ron McBride. Big Budah from Fox 13 will emcee the event. Guests will receive special gifts like free parking, a special Larry H. Miller Gift Package, and a delicious holiday treat, while supplies last.
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 7 p.m.
301 W. South Temple