THURSDAY

PINK MARTINI

This “little orchestra” combines jazz, classical and popular music, with the Utah Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Browning Center’s Austad Auditorium, Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. $18-$56, 801-626-8500.

”SHERLOCK GNOMES”

The gnome detective works to find out what is happening to garden gnomes around London, 3 p.m. Dec. 20, Weber County Library North Branch, 475 E. 2600 North, North Ogden. FREE.

”THE NUTCRACKER”

Come join Clara in her adventures with the prince and the Mouse King, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-22, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. $15-$29, smithstix.com, 801-689-8700.

LIVE NATIVITY

Join the Hunt family for their annual live nativity, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Dec 20-23, Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden. FREE.

FRIDAY

JOE FRIDAY BAND

A high energy live rock party that provides the best dance, rock and top 40 favorites, 10 p.m. Dec. 21, Brewskis, 244 Historic 25th St., Ogden. $5-$10, 801-394-1713.

LIKE A STORM

A hard rock band from Auckland, New Zealand, known for combining guitar riffs with the didgeridoo, 7 p.m. Dec. 21, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. $20, smithstix.com, 801-467-8499.

AN EVENING WITH COLD HARD CASH

Tribute to Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Trio, 9 p.m. Dec. 21, The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City. $15, ticketfly.com, 801-596-3560. Age 21-up.

THE GRINCH STEALS THE MUSEUM

The green grouch has invaded Discovery Gateway, noon-5:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. $12.50, 801-456-5437.

”JOY TO THE WORLD: A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR”

The multi-genre ensemble Pink Martini is joined by the Utah Symphony and others in a holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-22, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. $31-$92, 801-533-6683.

”THE BIRD OF DAWNING”

The Christmas story told through music, poetry and masks, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-22 (2 p.m. Saturday), Regent Street Black Box, 131 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. $15, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

SHAWN PAULSEN

Comedian/hypnotist takes the stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 21-22, Wiseguys Comedy Cafe, 269 Historic 25th St., Ogden. $12, 801-622-5588.

PETER BREINHOLT

One of the most recognized musicians in Utah, he plays a mix of original and traditional Christmas music, 8 p.m. Dec. 21-22 (4 p.m. Saturday), Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. $20, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

”NUTCRACKER” TEA

Enjoy a tea party and light lunch with Clara and her friends, noon Dec. 21-22, Ballet West Studio, 52 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. SOLD OUT, 801-355-2787.

KURT BESTOR

Bestor brings holiday cheer with a mixture of traditional favorites and originals, 8 p.m. Dec. 21-25, Egyptian Theater, 328 Main St., Park City. $34-$50, 435-649-9371.

SATURDAY

A VERY MERRY METAL X-MAS

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, come see the Metaldogs, 10 p.m. Dec. 22, Brewskis, 244 Historic 25th St., Ogden. $5-$10, 801-394-1713.

”HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS”

The Utah Symphony plays your holiday favorites, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. $8-$27, 801-533-6683.

HIT N MISS

Stop by the Ogden Amphitheater to sing along to a variety of holiday songs, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Ogden’s Christmas Village, 343 Historic 25th St., Ogden. FREE.

DARCI LYNNE

A singer/ventriloquist who performed on “America’s Got Talent,” 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. $29.75 and $49.75, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

GINGER & THE GENTS

Rock group playing holiday music, 9 p.m. Dec. 22, Funk ‘n Dive Bar, 2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden. $5, 801-621-3483.

MONDAY

CHRISTMAS EVE AT SNOWBASIN

Annual celebration with plenty of fun events, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 24, Snowbasin Resort, 3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville. Dinner available, 801-620-1000. FREE.

WEDNESDAY

QUEEN NATION

Queen tribute band singing all their hits, 8 p.m. Dec. 26-28, Egyptian Theater, 328 Main St., Park City. $35-$55, 435-649-9371.

CONTINUING

"HOW THE GROUCH STOLE CHRISTMAS”

Green eggs and hilarious hams, various times Nov. 8-Jan. 5, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St., Murray. $24.95/adults, $14.95/children. 801-266-2600.

”SOLACE” BY PABLO CRUZ AYALA

Showcase of art by junior-artist-in-residence, Nov. 16-Dec. 21, Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St., Bountiful. FREE.

EFFETS DE NEIGE

A collection of winter paintings inspired by Monet and impressionism, Nov. 16-Dec. 21, Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St., Bountiful. FREE.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Visit Santa’s village and take pictures or watch him feed his reindeer, various times Nov. 17-Dec. 24, Station Park, 140 N. West Union Ave., Farmington. FREE.

”ELF THE MUSICAL”

Musical adaptation of the fun movie, various times Nov. 23-Dec. 22, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville. $17.50-$24.75, 801-298-1302.

”SCROOGE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

The beloved story of Scrooge and his change of heart, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 22, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Washington Terrace. $15-$17/adults, $14-$16/students and seniors, $10-$12/children, 801-393-0070.

”MUFFET’S CHRISTMAS CAROL”

Features life-size puppets who walk, talk, and present the classic story, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 29, Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. $10-$16, 801-355-4628.

LAUGHING STOCK IMPROV

They have been performing improv for more than 21 years, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 23-Dec. 29, Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. $8-$11, 801-355-4628.

”MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET”

See the magic Santa works on a mother and daughter, 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 22, Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry. $12, 435-723-8392.

”A FAIRLY POTTER CHRISTMAS CAROL”

Spend a night with Harry and his friends as they learn the magic of Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 22, Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., South Ogden. $19-$17, 855-944-2787.

”PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL”

The story of how Pinkalicious turns pink, set to music, 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 30 (noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays), Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City. $27/adults, $17/kids, 801-363-7522.

”THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE”

Siblings stumble through an old wardrobe and enter the land of Narnia, various times Dec. 1-Jan. 5, Utah Children’s Theatre, 3605 S. State St., Salt Lake City. $16, uctheatre.org.

”LITTLE WOMEN”

Follow the adventures of four sisters, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-22, Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna. $10, 801-347-7373.

”ANNIE”

The story of the beloved red-headed orphan, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-Dec. 22, Hopebox Theatre, 1700 S. Frontage Road, Kaysville. $15, 801-451-5259.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS

Irish dancing to Christmas music, 8 p.m. Dec. 19-20, Egyptian Theater, 328 Main St., Park City. $35-$55, 435-649-9371.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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