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Ring in the season with hometown celebrations

By Linda Petersen
Just about every community in northern Utah County has found a way to celebrate the season. Some of this year's activities are much-loved traditions while others are brand-new.

A community celebration to welcome Santa to Alpine, hosted by the Alpine Youth Council will be held on Monday, November 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Legacy Park north pavilion. Watch them turn on the Alpine City Christmas lights and enjoy a visit with Santa. Children can bring their letters to Santa (be sure to include a return address on the envelope) and drop them in a special mailbox for letters to the North Pole.

The annual Joyful Christmas Sounds community concert will be presented on Sunday, December 10, at 7:30 pm in the Alpine Stake Center, with Marvin Payne conducting. In its 38th year, this concert put on by community members to celebrate the Christmas season is free (8 years & older). The theme this year is "Peace."

Light the Way, Alpine's Christmas Eve luminary tradition, is celebrating its 25th year. You can order your luminary kit (consisting of 20 long-burning candles, weather-resistant sacks and the sand to hold them in place) for $22 through December 15. All proceeds will benefit the Color Guard at Lone Peak High School. You can order your kit(s) by mailing a check or money order to:
88 North 200 East
Alpine, UT 84004
You may also reserve your kit online at
Last minute sales and pick-up of reserved kits will be held at Alpine City Shops, 181 East 200 North on the following dates:
December 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
December 18 & 22, 4 - 6 p.m.
December 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For its November 27 Monday Movie Night, the American Fork Library will be showing "It's a Wonderful Life" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The library is located at 64 S. 100 E.

Several events will be held in the library's rotunda this holiday season:
The annual Christmas in the Rotunda Art Show for children ages 6-11 will be held at the American Fork Library, December 1 - January 3 during regular library hours. An artist's reception will be held December 4 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Christmas in the Rotunda -- Timpanogos Chorale, December 11 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Christmas in the Rotunda -- American Fork Children's Choir & Ukulele Choir, December 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

This year Eagle Mountain is kicking off a new holiday event, Christmas Village at City Hall. The event which will be held Saturday, December 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. will feature the traditional tree lighting ceremony along with a holiday boutique and some extras. There will be blacksmith demonstrations and live reindeer, along with free hot cocoa and doughnuts for everyone. City Hall is located at 1650 East Stagecoach Run.

The traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Trot/Walk will be held Thanksgiving morning (November 23) from 7 to 10 a.m. at Hidden Hollow Elementary School, 7447 Hidden Valley Parkway. Check-in is from 7 to 8 a.m. The race, which will begin at 8 a.m., starts at Hidden Hollow and ends across from City Hall.
There will be prizes for first, second and third places for ages 13 and older; ages 12 and under. There will also be prizes awarded for Best Costume 13 and up, 12 and under and a Secret Prize (race participants will be given a ticket to redeem at the prize table). This race is free.

The annual Cedar Hills "Night with Santa" party will be held on Monday, December 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Vista Room at the community center, 10640 N Clubhouse Drive. To start the evening off, Santa will arrive in his fire truck and will join everyone in the Vista Room, where he will lead the singing of several favorite holiday songs. Refreshments for everyone will be provided.

Highland City will hold its annual Christmas Crafts Day at City Hall on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities will include visits with Santa Claus, crafts, performances by the Highland Children's Choir, Chime Choir, and Flute Choir and activities at the library. Crafts range from free to $1.25. All proceeds go towards the Highland City Arts Council.

The Highland Children's Choir will hold its Christmas concert on Monday, November 27, at 7 p.m. at Timberline Middle School. Admission is $3.

On December 8 at 7 p.m., Highland Choral Arts will perform its upcoming Christmas concert with special guest artist Jenny Oaks Baker at Timberline Middle School. Discount tickets are available online at Regular priced tickets will be available at the door.

Lehi City will hold its annual Santa parade on Saturday, November 25 beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will start out at Lehi High School, 180 N. 500 E. and ends at the Main Street Plaza,100 W. Main Street., Following the parade there will be a tree lighting, ceremony, visits with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies.

The Lehi Library will host Christmas puppet shows December 5-7, with shows at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. and December 6 at 4:30 p.m. No registration is required. There will be Christmas storytimes November 29 and 30, at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. No registration is required.

The Lehi Arts Council presents "It's A Wonderful Life" directed by Cali Wilkes, December - 16 at 7 p.m. with Matinees December 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at

The Lehi Area Symphonic Band will perform its winter concert at Willowcreek Middle School on December 19 at 7 p.m. and at Temple Square December 23 at 5 and 6:30 p.m.

The Lehi Children's Choir will have two holiday concerts: 4 p.m. December 11 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City and at 7 p.m. on December 18 in the Stonegate Reception Center in Pleasant Grove.

Saratoga Springs is kicking off its first ever Home Decorating Contest. To enter you must live in Saratoga Springs, and register online on the city website by November 27. Residents will be able to view and vote for their favorite home. The winning homes will be announced on December 18.

The city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place Monday, November 27, at Neptune Park. Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m; the tree will be lit at 6:45 p.m. with fireworks immediately after. Food trucks will be at the park from 5-7:30 p.m. with family-friendly dinner options and a variety of hot chocolate flavors.

On December 4, the Community Messiah concert will be held at Westlake High School, 99 North 200 West, at 7 p.m.

On December 18, the Community orchestra concert will be held at Vista Heights Middle School, 484 pony Express Pkwy. at 7 p.m.
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