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Sandy Filled With Holiday Happenings

Nov 21, 2014 08:36AM ● By City Journals Staff
There’s lots of great family fun planned in Sandy. The Sandy Journal has tried to round up information on as many events as we can below. 

Deck The Hall

Sandy City’s annual Deck the Hall event will be held Monday, Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall. People can come and look at the train display, watch as Mayor Tom Dolan and Miss Sandy, Lizzy Palmatier, light up all the trees in and around City Hall and meet Santa Claus.  

A few elementary school choirs and orchestras will also perform on Dec. 1. Edgemont Elementary School has a choir that will perform at 5:10 p.m. An orchestra made up of kids from Altara, Crescent, Bell View and Edgemont will perform at 5:40 p.m. Willow Canyon Orchestra will perform at 6:20 p.m. and there will be a brass quintet made up of members from the American West Symphony playing music throughout the night.

Festival of Trees 

The annual Festival of Trees runs Dec. 3-6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 displays of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, quilts and other hand-made gifts and goodies.

There will be activities for children as well including a kid’s station where young ones will be shown how to make handmade Christmas cards, tree ornaments and other small gifts. They can also have their face painted, play in bouncy houses and pose for a picture with Santa.

It takes more than 300,000 dedicated volunteers to make this festival happen. The goal of the event is to raise as much money for Primary Children’s Hospital, so all proceeds will be donated to the hospital.

Christmas in the Nighttime Sky

The Christmas in the Nighttime Sky event will be held for the second year on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church and School, 1815 East 9800 South. This event is meant to kick off the holiday season with fireworks and a run, while also collecting toys for charity. The event is free, but organizers ask that each family bring a toy for a child, age newborn to 16. All of the toys collected will be donated to the Sandy Boys & Girls Club.

The Grace Lutheran School band will perform holiday songs throughout the night, and there will be dinner available. Everyone can dine on chili, baked potatoes, coffee and hot cocoa. There will be a plethora of desserts as well.

Santa will arrive on a fire truck around 6:30 p.m., and around 7:30 p.m. there will be a fireworks show. Bonfires will be set up so that people don’t get cold during the fireworks display.

‘The Nutcracker’

Mountain West Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” Dec. 12-22 at Eastmont Middle School, 10100 South 1300 East. This year, the nonprofit organization focused on providing local dancers with opportunities to celebrate its 30th anniversary of performing the popular Christmastime show, which features Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.

Audiences are invited to buy tickets online or at the door at either an evening show at 7 p.m. or a matinee showing at 2 p.m. This year’s cast will feature mostly new dancers. However, dancers who performed in the first showing of Mountain West Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” 30 years ago will play some roles as a special treat.

There is a total of 350 dancers in this year’s three casts, and they will switch out each night. The performers range from 6-years-old to the elderly.

Sandy Arts Guild Chamber Concert Series

The Sandy Arts Guild will be hosting four different concerts in the Sandy City Council Chambers, located at Sandy City Hall (10000 South Centennial Parkway). 

Friday, Dec. 5: Dyer Highway – $10 per ticket
Saturday, Dec. 6: Cherie Call – $10 per ticket
Friday, Dec. 12: Ryan Tilby and Craig Miner – $10 per ticket
Saturday, Dec. 13: Ginger Bess – $10 per ticket

Tickets can be purchased online at or over the phone by calling (801) 568-ARTS. Each show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the given dates.

FM100.3 Holiday Concert Series

The free, annual  FM100.3 Holiday Concert Series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the South Towne Center (10450 South State Street) on the following dates:

Friday, Nov. 28: Kurt Bestor & One Voice Children’s Choir
Tuesday, Dec. 2: David Tolk & Peter Breinholt
Thursday, Dec. 4: Ryan Shupe & Eclipse
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Joshua Creek & Abe Kaelin
Thursday, Dec. 11: Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band
Tuesday, Dec. 16: VoiceMale & Cherie Call
Thursday, Dec. 18: Adam Reader and the Terks & Beyond 5