Christmas is a time to enjoy home and hearth, but it's also a wonderful time to enjoy music, dance and theater events. Here's a list of holiday events in Salt Lake City that can help add sparkle to your celebration.
The list keeps evolving as Christmas draws closer, so check back frequently for new ideas.
Note: While we do our best to verify details for all listed events, it's best to call the venue or visit the website to get the most up-to-date details before attending any event.
Christmas concerts on Temple Square and nearby locations begin with "Bells on Temple Square" Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 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.
The Gateway will kick off the holiday season with it's annual "Light Up the Night" on Nov. 23, featuring holiday musical performances, a special appearance by Santa, and a countdown to the tree lighting ceremony.
Nov. 23, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
The Gateway Shopping Center
400 W. between 200 S. and South Temple
As snow begins to fall on Broadway, legendary producer C.B. d'Mille is preparing to open his new show, "Christmas Magic." After a series of flops, he is hoping that this will be the show to get him back on his feet. This wild holiday romp is sure to put even the toughest of humbugs in the Christmas spirit.
Desert Star is a dinner theater with pizza, hamburgers, wraps, desserts and more served at tableside seating. Appropriate for all ages.
Nov. 14-Jan. 4, 2013, except Tuesdays and Sundays
4861 S. State St.
Heber Valley Railroad's North Pole Express features a historic train ride through the beautiful Heber Valley, plus cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas carols performed by local choirs, and a visit with Santa. It's a holiday tradition for many Utah families.
Nightly except Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 2013
Trains depart at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; check website for times and availability
450 S 600 W. Heber City
Coach: adults $30, children $20 (ages 3-12)
First Class: adults $47, children $37 (ages 3-12)
Thanksgiving Point becomes "holiday central" with the following special events in December:
- Live Reindeer in the Plaza - Nov. 29-Dec. 23, M-F 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m. (Free)
- Drive-Through Holiday Lights - Nov. 29-Dec. 28, M-Sat. 6-10 p.m., 6-9 p.m. Dec. 24 ($8 per car)
- Ice Carving Demonstrations - 2, 4, 11, 13, 18, 6-8 p.m. (Free)
- Breakfast with Santa - Dec. 7, 14, 21, 9 a.m. ($18-$26)
- The Nutcracker - Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. ($10-$12)
- Voice Male in Concert - Dec. 17 and 18, 7 p.m. ($12-$14)
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi