The BHURDinUtah team loves the holidays, but let's be honest, sometimes the holidays come with their own set of...er, issues. There's shopping to do, lights to hang up, baking to do, relatives to visit, office parties to attend, little Jimmy getting the stomach bug, and all of that can sometimes leave a person feeling a little overwhelmed or even a little “bah humbug”. 

So what can you do if you’re having a hard time mustering up the excitement of the holiday season? Well, the good news is there are LOTS of fantastic events going on around the Salt Lake Valley that will lift your mood and have you singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” before you know it. 

Christmas Carole Sing Along -

In the words of Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!” And you’re invited to sing along loudly at the Larry H. Miller “Christmas Carole Sing Along” at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday, December 12th. The annual Christmas Carole Sing-Along will feature conductor Robert C. Bowden with specially arranged music for a 30-piece orchestra. 

Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome. No tickets are necessary and all seating is general admission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Outfitters -

Experience the magic of a horse-drawn sleigh ride with Rocky Mountain Outfitters. Their beautiful team of horses will pull you through a breathtaking view of around the Homestead Resort and end at the North Pole!  You will be invited inside to spend some time with Santa, himself in his humble home. 

So much fun, you’ll want to make it a new family tradition! For tickets visit http://www.rockymtnoutfitters.com/Santa-Sleigh-Ride 

Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo -

Each year, Zoolights! at Hogle Zoo, gets better and brighter! This is a festive, family-fun light event with over 200 lighted animal and holiday-themed displays throughout Zoo grounds. Have fun walking the lit pathways with hologram glasses on and work your way through the 135 foot lighted tunnel. Snacks and hot chocolate are available at the Beastro, and you can meet Santa and his reindeer at the Macy's Santa Station. \

This is an event that’s sure to delight the whole family! For tickets visit https://www.hoglezoo.org/promo/zoo_lights/ 

Candlelight Christmas This is the Place State Park -

Take a stroll back in time for an old-fashioned Christmas at This is the Place State Park. Enjoy a visit with Father Christmas, a live Nativity scene, carolers, lights and the glow of warm fires and the smells of Christmas. You can even take home a little bit of Christmas by joining in the fun of making crafts and homemade gifts in one of the decorated historic homes or pioneer cabins.

A truly unique experience, escape the hustle and bustle and observe a Christmas of over a century ago when it was quieter, simpler, fun for all. For tickets visit http://www.thisistheplace.org/todays-fun/candlelight-christmas.html 

Jingle Bus -
 All aboard the Jingle Bus! Servicing all your holiday shopping needs, the Jingle Bus is a hop-on and off the holiday themed ride circulating between The Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center Gallivan Plaza & Capitol Theatre.

Shoppers will find free service especially useful to connect downtowns two malls, as well as holiday sightseers enjoying the holiday lights and storefront decorations. Those looking to learn fun downtown facts will enjoy the narration provided by volunteer hosts.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Gallivan Center-

Make the most of the winter wonderland by lacing up your skates! The outdoor skating rink at the Gallivan Center offers a stunning backdrop of city lights in the heart of downtown. And whether you glide with grace or scramble and stumble, you’re sure to have lots of fun!

You can bring your own skate or you can rent on site. For tickets visit http://www.thegallivancenter.com/ice-skating 

Hopefully one, or all, of these events will bring a little bit of Christmas cheer into your life! May you have yourself a merry little Christmas!