The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, conducted by George Welch, will celebrate "The Story of Christmas in Sacred Word and Song" at the First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East, this evening at 8.

Favorite carols and anthems of the season will alternate with scripture readings by guest clergy from various Salt Lake denominations. Admission is free and the public is welcome.- BALLET WEST will dance "The Nutcracker" nine times this week in the Capitol Theatre, concluding its run on Saturday, Dec. 29. Performances will be Monday (Christmas Eve) at noon, and Wednesday-Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets, at $7-$30, are still available for some performances, through the ballet ticket office in the theater lobby, as are $7 tickets to Sugar Plum parties onstage after each matinee.

David Van Alstyne conducts the Utah Chamber Orchestra, with artists of the company alternating in leading roles.

- "A CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALE," written and choreographed by Ala Chernova, will be presented Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 26-29, at 7 p.m. in the Christensen Centre, 4880 S. 70 East in Murray. Tickets, at $3, may be purchased in advance at Wright Costume and Dancewear or at the Centre.

The holiday entertainment employs classical ballet, drama and comedy to tell a story in which good triumphs over evil, with kings and queens, princes and princesses. Chernova, a former member of the Odessa Ballet, migrated to the United States just over a year ago. She is now a full-time instructor at the Christensen Centre.