THURSDAY

JOE BIDEN

The vice president gives a keynote address and discusses his new book, noon Dec. 13, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. $10, 801-581-7100.

SECONDHAND SERENADE

American rock band led by John Vesely, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. $20, smithstix.com, 801-467-8499.

COLT.46

A family-friendly concert by a local country group, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Union Station's Browning Theater, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. $10, 801-645-9646.

THOM YORKE

English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, The Union, 235 N. 500 West, Salt Lake City. $55, ticketfly.com, 877-987-6487.

THE DEVON ALLMAN PROJECT

Six piece band playing Southern rock and blues, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City. $30, ticketfly.com, 877-435-9849. Age 21-up.

"A KURT BESTOR CHRISTMAS"

Not only will Bestor play his popular hits, he's also arranged some new music, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15 (and 2 p.m. Dec. 15), Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. $25-$50, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

FRIDAY

HOOKS AND BOOKS

Chadd VanZanten's stories about fly fishing, with Tim King doing interpretive fly-tying, 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Booked on 25th, 147 Historic 25th St., Ogden. FREE.

PAJAMA PARTY WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Come in your PJs and fill your evening with activities alongside Santa and his wife, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14, Jeremiah's Lodge, 1329 W. 12th St., Ogden. $15, www.jeremiahslodgeandgarden.com, 801-394-0222.

SKATING POLLY

Sibling punk-rock trio performing with Potty Mouth, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Kilby Court, 748 W. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City. $13/adv., $15/day of, ticketfly.com, 866-943-1958.

CHRISTMAS JAM

A family-friendly show featuring a collection of Utah's finest musicians and vocalists, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, The Commonwealth Room, 195 W. Commonwealth Ave., Salt Lake City. $25/adults, $12/age 15-under, $60/family four-pack, ticketfly.com, 866-943-1958.

THE MARIAS

A band based out of Los Angeles that plays psychedelic soul music, 9 p.m. Dec. 14, The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City. $17, 801-596-3360. Age 21-up.

FAB FOUR: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE

A realistic Beatles tribute band, 9 p.m. Dec. 14, Peppermill Concert Hall, 680 Wendover Blvd., West Wendover, Nev. $5-$25, 800-217-0049.

OCTAPPELLA CHRISTMAS

No instruments, just fun, upbeat holiday songs, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 (also 2 p.m. Dec. 15), Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. $20, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

“AN EVENING IN SPAIN”

An evening of Spanish music including "Bolero" and "Carmen," performed by the Utah Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. $15-$86, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

ART ELEVATED

Winter handcrafted gift market and art showcase, 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-16, Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive, Park City. FREE.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR AND SING-A-LONG

Park City's annual variety show, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-16, Egyptian Theater, 328 Main St., Park City. $12/kids, $15/adults, 435-649-9371.

"CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?"

Film about Lee Israel, who went from being an author to becoming a master forger, 8 p.m. Dec. 14-16 (6 p.m. Sunday), Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave., Park City. $6-$8, 435-615-8291.

"THE NUTCRACKER"

Favorite holiday ballet performed by Imagine Ballet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-22 (also 1 p.m. Saturday), Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. $15-$29, 801-689-8700.

"THE NUTCRACKER"

Performed by Ballet West, various times Dec. 14-29, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. $24-$89, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

SATURDAY

ANTELOPE ISLAND CREATURE QUEST

Kids will walk around Antelope Island learning about the animals that live there (Dress for the outdoors), 1 p.m. Dec. 15, Antelope Island State Park visitor center, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse. $10 park fee, 801-725-9263.

SANTA AT THE RUSH

Santa will visit with prizes and candy, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15, The Rush Funplex, 1806 S. 2000 West, Syracuse. FREE.

SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Come meet the big man himself, 10 a.m. Dec. 15, Hill Aerospace Museum, 7961 Wardleigh Road, Hill Air Force Base. FREE.

"FAMILY TRADITIONS"

Art center director Patrick Poce and staff decorate the center with lights in an artistic way, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 15, Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave., Ogden. $10/person, $20/families, 801-392-6935.

COMET 46P/WIRTANEN VIEWING

Learn about winter constellations and view the comet through a couple telescopes, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Antelope Island State Park visitor center, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse. $10 park fee, 801-725-9263.

NATHAN PACHECO

Opera/pop/crossover singer performs at the "DAC the Halls" event, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Layton High School, 440 Wasatch Drive, Layton. $19-$49, 801-546-8575,www.davisarts.org. Sold out.

VOICE MALE

Six-man a cappella group, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Browning Center's Austad Auditorium at Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. $9-$21, 801-626-8500.

OPPAC GALA

Come celebrate the past and upcoming seasons, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, On Pitch Performing Arts Center, 587 N. Main St., Layton. $30/one ticket, $50/two tickets, 385-209-1557.

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES

Songs that range from classical to modern, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 676 N. East Capitol Blvd., Salt Lake City. $10/adults, $5/students and seniors, 801-425-1537.

"BEAUTIFUL BOY: DAVID SHEFF & NIC SHEFF"

Extensive look at Nic's struggle with addiction, and mental health care in our country, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. $29-up, 435-655-3114.

STONEFED

Four musicians with roots in blues and funk, 9 p.m. Dec. 15, The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City. $15, ticketfly.com, 866-943-1958. Age 21-up.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS

Join Santa and his wife for breakfast, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Jeremiah's Lodge, 1329 W. 12th St., Ogden. $20, www.jeremiahslodgeandgarden.com.

"MADE IN UTAH" WINTER FESTIVAL

Showcasing some of Utah's top artists, musicians and product makers, noon-8 p.m. Dec. 15-16 (noon-6 p.m. Dec. 16), The Gateway, 14 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City. FREE.

SUNDAY

GENERATION AXE

An American rock/heavy metal group, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. $34.50, smithstix.com, 801-467-8499.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-IN

Everyone is invited to sing along to traditional carols, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Ogden LDS Tabernacle, 2145 Washington Blvd., Ogden. FREE.

BOB WOODWARD

Author who writes about political subjects, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. $30-up, 435-655-3114.

JOHN LEGEND

His "Legendary Christmas" tour, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. $120-up, eventticketscenter.com, 855-797-3949.

MONDAY

FARADAY LECTURES

A celebration combining the holidays and science, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 17, Tracy Hall Science Center, Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. FREE.

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Performed by La Rae's Dance Unlimited, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. FREE.

"HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS"

Holiday favorites performed by the Utah Symphony, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Browning Center's Austad Auditorium, Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. $5-$10, 801-399-9214.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-ALONG

Join The Bonner Family singing some of your favorite Christmas carols, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Vivint Smart Home Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. FREE.

UTAH COPA WINTER CONCERT

COPA students will perform musical theater medleys, dance numbers and pop music selections, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. $7.50-$9, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

TUESDAY

THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA "CHRISTMAS ROCKS!" TOUR

A swing and jump blues band, 7:30 Dec. 18, Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. $64-$614, 844-854-1450.

"CELTIC WOMAN: THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS"

Quartet of Irish women singing their favorite holiday songs with the Utah Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. $45-$125, arttix.com, 801-355-2787.

WEDNESDAY

"JAZZY NUTCRACKER"

PALS and Imagine Ballet Theatre offer alternative take on the classic, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. $10, 801-689-8700.

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.

THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS

The story of a nurse whose empty life is changed, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-22, Cottonwood High School Auditorium, 5715 S. 1300 East, Murray. $15-$36, eventbrite.com, 801-668-0419.

CONTINUING EVENTS

"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, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (noon-5 p.m. Saturday) 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, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (noon-5 p.m. Saturday) Nov. 16-Dec. 21, Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St., Bountiful. FREE.

"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.

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.

"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.

"MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY"

Join the Bennet family as they stay with Elizabeth Darcy at her new home, 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 15 (2 p.m. Saturday), Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City. $32-$45, 801-581-6961.

"MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET"

See the magic Santa plays on 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 about the magic of Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 22, Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden. $19-$17, 855-944-2787.

"PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL"

The story of how Pinkalicious turned 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, 7 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-Jan. 5, Utah Children's Theatre, 3605 S. State St., Salt Lake City. $16, uctheatre.org.

"ELF JR. THE MUSICAL"

The musical version of the holiday movie, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-17 (2 p.m. Saturday), The Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 Washington Blvd., Ogden. $12/adults, $5/kids, 855-944-2787.

"HOLIDAY FOLLIES"

Celebrate the season in bringing together the whole community, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14, On Pitch Performing Arts, 587 N. Main St., Layton. $12-$15, 385-209-1557.

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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