There are so many Utah holiday events going on this weekend that instead of trying to find something to do, your problem will be trying to decide which activities to do! Here are my top picks for what to do this weekend:
Ice Skating at The Gallivan Center
The Gallivan Center ice rink is now open and ready for skating! Come support the Angel Tree kickoff and see an amazing firework show as the Gallivan Center Ice Rink opens in style. Live music and other performances for all those who participate! Money for skate admission will go to support Angel Tree.
Natural History Museum of Utah OPEN!
It’s been a long time waiting for the new (and newly named) Natural History Museum of Utah to move to its newly built home at the Rio Tinto Center. Their grand opening day is on Friday November 18th, and are open daily from 10am to 5pm. Wednesdays they will stay open until 9pm. They are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Their new home is located at 301 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City. Admission prices are posted on their website.
Elves Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village
The elves have arrived at Gardner Village, which means the official start of the holiday season! You can download the scavenger hunt on the Gardner Village website, and receive a special prize when you complete it. Gardner Village is having their Midnight Madness savings event on Saturday November 19th from 6pm to Midnight, which is the perfect opportunity to put a big dent in your Christmas shopping list.
Eat Like A Pilgrim at Thanksgiving Point
Step back in time with this annual event. Enjoy food, games, pilgrims in costume, and more! Visit the Thanksgiving Point website for complete details and to purchase tickets. Happening Saturday November 19th and Monday November 21st.
Bells on Temple Square
Hearing the Bells on Temple Square concert at the Tabernacle will definitely get you in the Holiday mood. Friday November 18th at 7:30pm is when you can attend this annual concert, and tickets can be obtained on their website.
It’s A Wonderful Life at Desert Star Playhouse
This weekend is opening weekend for this annual classic. With a modern twist, you’ll see It’s A Wonderful Life like you’ve never experienced it before. Running November 17th through December 31st, you can purchase tickets and read complete details on the Desert Star Playhouse website.
Holiday Floral Arranging Workshop
Red Butte Garden is holding a floral arranging workshop on Saturday November 19th from 10am to noon. Learn how to create classy seasonal floral displays for your home. Register and get complete details on their website.
Shops at Riverwoods Lighting
On Friday November 18th at 6pm, The Shops at Riverwoods in Provo will hold their annual lighting, with free carriage rides, face painting, balloon artist, giveaways, and hot cider. Special appearances by local favorites Jon Schmidt, Jill Transtrum, Brenda Burch, Radio Disney, and of course Santa Claus.
The Forgotten Carols
Michael McClean will be playing his holiday favorite, “The Forgotten Carols”, at Wasatch High School in Heber City November 19th. A local holiday favorite, you will walk away inspired and ready for the holiday season. Purchase tickets and view more concert dates on the Deseret Book website.
Light Up The Night at The Gateway
Local favorite Jon Schmidt will be performing at The Gateway Olympic Legacy Plaza on Saturday November 19th at 6pm for the annual Light The Night. The Gateway tree will be lit up with over 100,000 LED lights. This is a free event! Come and enjoy caroling and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.
Trees Of Diversity
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley kicks off their annual display on November 17th. See decorated trees, gingerbread houses, and more! Visit their website for complete details.
For a complete list of holiday events, visit my Holiday Events page.
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Photo courtesy Michelle Powell.
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