Holiday pageants, plays, concerts, displays and exhibits: To list an event in the Utah Valley Life section, call 437-7600 or e-mail Genelle at [email protected].

• Polar Express on the Heber Valley Railroad, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 10-15, 17-22. Read along as the train makes its magical journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa, enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and gift for each child. Children may wear pajamas. Cost: $32/ $21 children/ $29 seniors, 0-2 years ride on lap free. Infants cannot occupy seat without a ticket. Off-peak fares: $28/$17 children/ $25 seniors Dec. 3-6. Call SmithsTix at 800-888-tixx or 435-654-5601 or see www.hebervalleyrailroad.org.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," through Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Valley Center Playhouse, 780 N. 200 East, Lindon. Cost: $6/$5 children/$25 family. Call 785-1186.

• Holiday Lights at Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park, through Dec. 29, from 6-10 p.m. Cost: $7 per car; $3 wagon rides; $25/buses; $20/carriage rides (reservation only); $50/trolleys (reservation only, limit 25 passengers). Call 768-2300.

• "Return to Christmas With Steve and Lisa James" through Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State. Cost: $14/$12 children. Call 225-2569.

• "A Christmas Carol," Nov. 30-Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Hale Center Theater, 225 W. 400 North, Orem. Cost $13.50-$17.50. Call 226-8600.

• Christmas Dance Concert presented by Front and Center Dance Company, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo. Free.

• "A Christmas Carol — the Broadway musical" Nov. 30-Dec. 22 (Thursdays-Saturdays and Mondays) at 7:30 p.m., Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center, Provo. Cost: $10/$8 children/$45 Monday night family ticket. Dinner for $10. Reservations required. Saturday matinee, 11 a.m., $9/$7/$35. Belgian waffle/hot chocolate breakfast, $5/$3 children. Call 373-4485.

• "Christmas Around the world, A Tapestry of Peace," Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the BYU Marriott Center. Cost: $10-$25. Call 422-2981 or buy at the door.

• Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 9 a.m. in the Show Barn, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Cost: $18/$12 children. Includes entertainment, crafts and breakfast. Call 768-2300.

• Santa visits American Fork, Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the Northampton House, 198 W. 300 North. Drive into the north parking lot by heading south on 200 West from 400 North. Features a live nativity scene, music and treats for the children. All cars exit onto 300 North. Free.

• Messiah Sing-In, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center. Cost: $10/$7. Call 852-7007 or see www.coveycenter.org.

• American Fork Symphony presents "A Christmas Spectacular," Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., American Fork High School, 510 N. 600 East. Cost: $3/$10 family.

• Christmas in the Rotunda, Dec. 3 from 7-8 p.m. in the community room at the American Fork Library, 64 S. 100 East. Featuring a young artists reception. Free.

• "Disney's 12 Days of Christmas," SCERA Youth Theatre, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem. Cost: $6/$4 children. Call 225-2569.

• Utah Valley Symphony Christmas concert, Dec. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo. Cost: $10/$8. Call 852-7007 or see www.coveycenter.org

• Bar J. Wranglers Holiday concert, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., McKay Events Center, UVSC campus. Cost: $10. Call 863-7469 or 800-888-TIXX.

• The Teen Thing Christmas Party, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Gardner community room, American Fork Library, 64 S. 100 East. Guests are asked to bring a nice white-elephant present. Sign-up at the circulation desk.

• Once Upon a Christmas tour, Dec. 6, 7 from 6-9 p.m. Features several Alpine homes dressed up for the holidays. Cost: $7. Purchased at Pine Valley Reality in Alpine or call 801-511-7644. Proceeds benefit the Signs of Hope International, which provides educational resources for deaf children in Africa.

• SCERA Children's Choir Christmas Concert, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem. Cost: $6/$4 children. Call 225-2569.

• A Wasatch Christmas, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the McKay Events Center, UVSC campus. Featuring: Peter Breinholt, Ryan Shupe, James Conlee and a special guest. Cost: $10-$15. Call 863-7469 or 1-800-888-TIXX.

• "It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on the first floor, next to Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library, BYU. This is the 9th annual showing of this original and personal print of James Stewart, part of Stewart's collection donated to the museum. Free.

• BYU combined choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra present — "A Celebration of Christmas," Dec. 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center. Matinee at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Cost is $15/$10 students. Call 422-4322.

• Santa's PJ Party at Provo Towne Centre, Dec. 7 from 7-9 p.m. The public is invited to Santa's very own PJ Party with activities, crafts and cookies and milk. Children are welcome to wear pajamas and listen while Santa reads stories. Cost: $5. Buy at the customer service desk.

• "A Wonderful Life — the Musical," Dec. 7-23 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 15 and 22 at the Art City Playhouse, 254 S. Main, Springville. Cost: $10/$8 children, $45/family. Matinee tickets: $9/$7/$35. Call 373-4485 or see www.artcityplayhouse.com

• 11th Annual Messiah Sing-in with the Timpanogos Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Alpine Tabernacle, 100 E. State, American Fork. Text for the sing-in is the Schirmer edition of the Messiah. Free.

• Handel's Messiah by Oratorio Society of Utah, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem. Cost: prices vary. Call 225-2569 for reserved seating.

• Timpanogos Chorale presents "Peace On Earth," Dec. 8 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., American Fork Junior High, 1120 N. 20 West. Suggested donation $3/$10/family at the door. Call 756-8359.

• Craicmore: Celtic Yuletide Celebration, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo. Craicmore plays contemporary traditional Celtic music. Cost: $15/$12 students. Call 852-7007.

• Celebration of Christmas concert broadcast on Classical 89, KBYU-FM, live Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., repeated Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. see www.classical89.org.

• "Christmas in the Grove," a musical celebration Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., Alpine Tabernacle, 110 E. Main, American Fork. The concert features an adult, youth and children's choir comprised of members and friends of the Pleasant Grove Utah Grove Creek LDS Stake. Free.

• Farley Family Xmas, Dec. 10, 15, 17, 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, Sorenson Student Center, UVSC campus. Cost: $10/$8 children/$6 students. Call 863-8797.

• The Nutcracker, Dec. 10-12 at 7 p.m., 9:30 a.m. matinee for students in the Show Barn, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Presented by the Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet. Cost: $15.50/$10.50 advance. Call 768-2300.

• Forgotten Carols, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the McKay Events Center, UVSC campus. Cost: $13-$20, reserved seating. Call 863-7469 or 1-800-888-TIXX.

• Santa's Pet Night, Dec. 11 and 18 from 6-8 p.m. Bring a furry friend to Provo Towne Centre to get a photo with Santa. Cats and dogs only. All pets must be on a leash and brought in through the upper west entrance near Cinemark theaters. For prices see www.provotownecentre.com.

• Utah Valley Regional Ballet's The Nutcracker, Dec. 13-15, 17-22. Cost: $18/$22/$26 evening performances with orchestra.. Saturday matinees: $15/$18 at the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo. Call 852-7007 or see www.coveycenter.org.

• "Holiday Night Live" by the Black Box Repertoire Company, Dec. 13-14 at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, Gunther Trades Building, UVSC campus. A holiday hilarity musical revue. Cost: $10/$8 children/$6 students. Call 863-8797.

• "Plaid Tidings," Dec. 14-22 at 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State. This show is a spin-off of the popular Broadway show "Forever Plaid" featuring holiday songs. Cost. $12/$10 children. Call 225-2569.

• Payson Civic Chorale's annual Christmas Concert, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Payson LDS South Stake Center, 711 So. 600 E., Payson. Free.

• Glad Tidings annual Christmas special performed by BYU's School of Music combined choirs and orchestra. Hosted by Barta Heiner Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., Dec. 18 at 1 p.m., Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. on KBYU-FM Classical 89.

• Wasatch Winds Christmas Concert, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., American Fork High School, 510 N. 600 East. Cost is $3/$2 students, $10/families at the door.

• Voice Male Christmas Concert, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Show Barn, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Cost: $12/$10 children in advance; $15 at the door. Call 768-2300.

• "A Christmas Carol —The Musical," Dec. 21-22, 27-29 at 7 p.m. with matinee Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Historic Midway Town Hall, 100 W. Main. Includes hot drinks, caroling and family pictures with Scrooge, Marley and others. Cost: $10/$6. Call 435-657-2026 or see www.midwayarts.org.

• Provo First Night, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m.-midnight. Celebrate the New Year. Activities for children will run from 6-9 p.m. Activities for adults will run from 9 p.m. to midnight with a ball drop and fireworks display. Cost: buttons are $5 and go on sale at the customer service desk Dec. 10.