Christmas Calendar 2008

Stephanie Peterson with The Utah Mama’s Handbook maps out six season events your family won’t want to miss.

December 5 – 23rd

A Christmas Carol

Hale Centre Theatre

3333 South Decker Lane Drive

West Valley City

‘Honor Christmas in your heart!’ Relive the enduring story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s reformation…acclaimed as ‘Utah’s #1 Christmas theatre tradition’! Adapted especially for Hale Centre Theatre by Richard G. Wilkins with music and orchestrations by Barlow Bradford…our 23rd annual production promises to light up your season and brighten your new year!

Friday, December 3rd – 6th

Festival of Trees

South Towne Expo Center

9575 South State Street

10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Almost as magical as Santa himself, a cold barren exhibit hall transforms into a warm, festive holiday haven. Each year, the magic of Festival of Trees unfolds, and with it the hope and future of children in need at Primary Children’s Medical Center.

November 20 – December 31

Elves Arrive

Gardner Village

The North Pole elves are back for the holidays to fill your heart with delight. The collection of pointy-eared displays will charm you as they help Santa prepare for the season. Enjoy new displays this year and grab the camera and kids and capture the magic of Christmas in photos and memories.

Saturday, December 13th

Breakfast with Santa

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

44 West 100 South

Salt Lake City

8:00 am

Breakfast with Santa Start your holiday season off with a delicious breakfast with a special visitor from the North Pole — Santa Claus! The jolly old elf will be at Discovery Gateway for a hearty breakfast at 8 am on Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 13. Prices: $15 per adult member/$12 per child or grandparent member $17 per adult non-member/$12 per child or grandparent non-member Pre-registration is required. To register, please email Tammy at or call (801) 456-5437, ext. 112.

Monday, December 15th

West Valley City Giving Trees

Valley Fair Mall

3601 South 2700 West

West Valley City

Valley Fair Mall in conjunction with the West Valley City Police Department and Hollywood Connection will host three giving trees this year. Each tree will feature a tag displaying a child in need of special assistance. New this year, when shoppers donate unwrapped gifts purchased from Valley Fair Mall for the Giving Tree program, they will receive an entry into a drawing for one of the five jumbo animals on display at the Santa Set. Each gift purchased equals one entry in to the drawing.

Saturday, December 20th

Candy Cane Carnival

SCERA Center for the Arts,

745 South State Street


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come play with Santa, Mrs. Clause, and their elf friends at the craziest carnival this side of The North Pole! Fun games, prizes and some of Mrs. Claus’ famous cookies and milk are sure to cheer you. Games include: Once There Was a Snowman (create your own whimsical snowman using household items), Present Peek (put your hand in wrapped boxes and see if you can figure out what’s in the box), Stocking Stuffer (help Santa fill the stockings in a relay race by carrying candy in spoons), Snowball Fight (toss snowballs into Frosty’s top hat and see if you can get 5 in fifteen seconds), O Christmas Tree (a relay race to decorate a tree with ornaments). Reservations are required, call (801) 225-ARTS. Child: $10.00 Adult: $5.00

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