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Draper Christmas Festival » 3-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Hidden Valley Shopping Center, 1166 E. Draper Parkway. Live entertainment, shopping booths and fun activities. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Santa and his elves will be riding around Draper distributing treats before ending up at the Hidden Valley Shopping Center. For more information, www.draperchristmasfestival.org.
8th Annual Christmas Extravaganza Ice Show » 7 p.m. Friday, South Davis Recreation Center, 550 N. 200 West, Bountiful. The Utah Figure Skating Club is staging its annual Christmas ice show. Admission $3 per person. For more information, http://utahfsc.site.aplus.net/utahfigureskatingclub/.
Cirque de la Symphonie » 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Abravanel Hall, The daredevils of Cirque de la Symphonie return with a new twist on holiday music. Tickets $27-$85. For tickets and more information, www.utahsymphony.org.
Liberty Park Nativity » 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 19-21, Liberty Park, 900 S. 600 East. Live Nativity performance; groups form every 20 minutes, it takes about 30 minutes to see all the stations. Admission free. For more information, http://echoesofchristmas.com/index.htm.
Southern Utah Heritage Choir Christmas Concert » 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Cox Auditorium, Dixie State College, 400 S. 700 East, St. George. Admission free. For more information, heritagechoir.org or 435-673-5507.
Heber Valley Christmas Bird Count » 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Wasatch Mountain State Park Visitor Center, 1281 Warm Springs Road, Midway. Local birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to participate in the 112th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Intermediate and expert birders are welcome to participate. Cost is $5 per person or free for those 18 and under or participating through feeder watching. For more information or to register, contact Wasatch Mountain State Park Naturalist Kathy Donnell at 435-654-1791 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc.
Elk Festival » 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. Activities will focus on winter wildlife-watching opportunities and safety. Some activities will include balloon elk antlers, fish printing, animal track stamping, wildlife Christmas decorations and more. Sleigh rides will be at the regular price: $5 for adults (ages 9 and above), $3 for kids (ages 4-8), and free for toddlers and infants (ages 3 and younger). For more information, http://wildlife.utah.gov/hardwareranch/activities.php.
3rd Annual Unsilent Night » 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, meet at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. For more information, www.unsilentnight.com/download.html.
Breakfast with Santa » 9 a.m. Saturday, Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 West, Layton. Fundraiser for the Family Connection Center. Hot breakfast buffet with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating, entertainment. Bring non-perishable food items or baby items to donate. Admission: $18.99 for adults, $16.99 for seniors and $12.99 for kids (4-12 years old). For more information, 801-416-8888.
Santa at the Town Lift Plaza » 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Town Lift Plaza, Main Street, Park City. Welcome Santa and Rudolph as they fly their sled full of goodies into Park City on the Town Lift. Enjoy an evening of carols, hot cocoa and cookies. For more information, www.parkcitymountain.com/winter or 800-222-7275.
Here Comes Santa Claus » 11 a.m. Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Hear all of your December favorites performed by the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall. And bring your wish list because rumor has it that Santa will be in the lobby to consider any last minute requests. Admission: $6-$20. For more information, www.visitsaltlake.com/events/ or 801-869-9027.
Life & Times of Lake Bonneville » 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Antelope Island Visitors Center, Syracuse. Come discover the past of the ancient granddaddy of the Great Salt Lake. Admission: $9 per vehicle state park fee. For more information, 801-721-9569.
Layton hayrides » 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Burger Stop, 323 E. Gentile, Layton. The hayride leaves the Burger Stop and goes through Layton Commons Park. Admission $2. Proceeds go to local charities. For more information, www.burgerstop.net or 801-544-8090.
North Pole Express » Mondays through Saturdays, through Dec. 24, Heber City. Take a train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Admission $18 to $47. For more information, www.hebervalleyrr.org/ or 435-654-5601.
Ogden Christmas Village » Nightly through Jan. 1, 2500 Grant Ave., Ogden. Visit a replica of Santa’s village at the North Pole. Live entertainment Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, www.ogdencity.com or 801-629-8247.
Candlelight Christmas » 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays through Dec. 23, This is The Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. Observe a Christmas of over a century ago — quieter, simpler, fun; you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Admission $10 adults, $7 seniors/children 3-11, free for children 2 and under. For more information, www.thisistheplace.org or 801-582-1847.
Holiday Central at Thanksgiving Point » Daily except Sundays, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi. Holiday lights, live reindeer, ice sculpting on Monday nights; breakfast with Santa on Saturday. Admission varies by event. For more information, www.thanksgivingpoint.org or 801-768-4900.
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights » 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. Canyon View Park, 3300 East Powerhouse Road, Spanish Fork. The Festival of Lights displays are animated and contain motion lights or moving parts. You can view lights from your car or take a hayride through the park. Hayrides available for groups of 20 or more. Admission $5 per car, $15 large van and vehicles with trailers, $25 for buses. For more information, www.utahvalley.com or 801-804-4500.Next Page >
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