Free-Or Cheap-Weekend Holiday Family Fun Along The Wasatch Front

Christmas Jedi

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I’ve got bandaids on every finger from paper cuts, trying to wrap the presents while throwing a leg over our youngest–Zoe–who’s frantically trying to tear into the box and see WHAT IT IS!!!  Maybe this is a good time to take the offspring out of the house and…like…DO something.  But what?  Why, look!  Free–Or Cheap–Weekend Holiday Family Fun Along The Wasatch Front.  We’re here for you, honey.



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Friday 12.12:

10a-9p: The Dicken’s Christmas Festival-Southtowne Convention Center, runs through Sunday.  Tickets $0-7.00.

10:30am: Stop in for Stories–story hour at the Murray Library for kids 2-7, free.

1pm: Storytime at Barnes & Noble-free storytime and crafts for kids 3-7 at the Murray location.

3pm: Utah Web Design-Free Wordpress class!  Layton

4pm: Holiday Origami-Riverton Library, free class and materials for making Holiday-themed origami art

5-10pm: Candlelight Christmas at This is the Place State Park-live nativity, time with Father Christmas, make crafts and learn pioneer dances.  Tickets: adults $11, kids $8

5-8pm: Christmas at the Homestead: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cedar City. Tickets are $5.00.

7pm: Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat-ESA. Tickets start at $12.00

7pm: Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert-free.

7:30pm: “Joyful Noise” the story of Handel’s “Messiah” Covey Center of the Arts, Provo. Tickets $7-14

7:30: Comedian Owen Benjamin-50 West Club, SLC.  Tickets $15.00, runs through Sunday.



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Saturday 12.13: 

9a-9p: Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardener Village-track down those pesky elves with a scavenger hunt form you can print here.  Free activities for the Littles.

9am: The Polar Express Christmas Concert & Story from the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony-Midvale Bible Church, Bluffdale.  Tickets $10

9am: Winter Raptor Field Trip at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve-free admission, guided trip.

10am: Living Ornaments-so pretty!  Building a mini terrarium inside a glass ornament at the Ogden Nature Center.  Tickets $1-12

10am: Anti-Gravity Classes–free trial classes at The Imagination Place in SLC for kids.  See how ariel classes work.  Times vary per age, please call for reservation: (801) 463-9067

10am: Eat, Play, Read: Trolley Square. Free admission for reading, cooking activities and theatre games for kids.

11am: Dancing With Angels-sensory-rich dance class for kids and young adults with developmental difficulties.  Saturdays at Artistic Dance in Draper, $55 per month

11am: Holiday Origami at Calvin Smith Library in SLC, free class and materials for holiday-themed origami art.

11a-3p: Lakeshore Learning free holiday craft for kids-make a winter wreath for free!

2-4pm: Holiday Family Art class at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art-painting class for Scandinavian holiday art.  Suggested donation $5.00 for materials.

5:30: Live Nativity at Morgan Farm-meet the animals, take a hayride and sip some cocoa.  Tickets: $15 per family OR 2 cans of food donation per person

6pm: Blood on the Dance Floor-Murray Theatre, tickets $16.00.

6:30pm: Skinny Puppy at The Complexholy moley!  Is this punk revival weekend?  Tickets $25.00.

6:45pm: Geminid Meteor Shower–see it up close with the Clark Planetarium1  Tickets $2.00

7-10pm: The Harry Potter Yule Ballbenefits pediatric cancer research and treatment.  Dress up in your finest Hogwart’s attire and head for the Realtor’s Education Center in Sandy-donations $22-25

7pm: Winter Light Solstice Concert-holiday music from all over the world, Chapman Branch Library, SLC.  Admission is free.

7pm: 7th Annual Sweater Soiree at The Complex-slap on that hideous holiday sweater and head out for prizes, fun and dancing.  Tickets are $5.00


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Sunday 12.14:

8:30: Music & The Spoken Word–LDS Conference Center, Temple Square.  Free admission for a Christmas taping from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

10a-2p: Park Silly Sunday Market presents The Silly Holiday Bazaar-free admission and photos with Santa.  Amazing goods and food for gifties.  The Chateaux Deer Valley.

10a-3p: Wagon Rides at Wheeler Farm: take the kids on an old-school wagon ride, pet the animals, milk a cow!  Free admission to the farm, wagon rides are $2.00.

5-9pm: Cedar City Creche Festival-hundreds of Nativties from all over the world.  Admission is free.

6pm: Bear River Valley Community Choir performs “This Is Christmas,” admission is free.

7pm: USU State Women’s Basketball-vs. Colorado.  Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, tickets are $1-5.00

All day: IM Flash Christmas in Lehi-stop by for the prettiness and pick a name off the Angel Tree to sponsor for Christmas!  Free admission.


This is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to adventures along the Wasatch Front – please stop by and find more Awesome from my girlie Michelle.


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