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Holiday activities around Sugar House

Dec 01, 2017 08h00 ● By Spencer Belnap

Santa knows who's been naughty and nice.

By Spencer W. Belnap | [email protected]

Around town, the holiday season is bursting with fun, family-friendly events and activities. While productions of “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol” are always classic options, there are also plenty of more local holiday events. Sugar House is no exception this year with some choices starting at the end of November.

One of the beloved holiday traditions in Sugar House is the Santa Shack. This comes alive the weekend after Thanksgiving and has been a fun activity in the neighborhood for more than 70 years. This year, Santa will begin occupying the shack the same day as the Sugar House Winter Carnival. 

The 3rd annual Winter Carnival is on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-focused event will utilize a few different locations around Sugar House, with the main hub being the Legacy Village Plaza at 1212 E. Wilmington Ave. Families can decorate cookies, meet Elsa from “Frozen”, and make baby toys for the kittens at Best Friends Animal Shelter. There will also be a pop-up shop where people can get a start on their holiday shopping. Across the street from Legacy Village, there will be hot cocoa and s’more making at Wilmington Plaza. The plaza will have food trucks, music and other activities throughout the day as well. The Paint Mixer, located at 1327 E. 2100 South, will offer a step-by-step painting workshop that morning. Families can enjoy hot drinks and donuts, and take home their own “Winter Wonderland” painting. Visit for more information on this year’s Winter Carnival. 

In December, Highland High School and Westminster College will perform seasonal concerts and shows. Highland’s drama department has a cabaret on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. The school’s band and orchestra students have holiday concerts on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., and their choir has one on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. 

Westminster College’s Chamber Singer Holiday Concert will be held Dec. 8 and 9. The college’s dance team has a Fall Concert on Dec. 10 and 11, and their Chamber Orchestra will be performing on Dec. 13. All concerts at Westminster start at 7:30 p.m.