LDS Events Calendar

by | Nov. 30, 2011

LDS Life

Lunch and Learn Series with Deseret Book Artists and Authors  

Every Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Downtown Deseret Book Store, SLC, Utah

December 2
Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith will be a guest for the second and final unveiling of his exclusive Nativity Set commissioned by Deseret Book!

Now in the fourth decade of his career, Dennis Smith has achieved international recognition as a figurative sculptor. He was raised in Alpine, Utah, graduated from Brigham Young University and attended the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Most widely known for his sculptures of children, he has overseen the installation of his work for permanent display throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

At the core of Dennis’ work is the spirit of the human soul. To Dennis, the child is a metaphor for life.  Experience this discovery as you view cast in porcelain, “The Nativity Play” by Dennis Smith exclusive to Deseret Book.

THURSDAY, December 8
Artist Author Signing
Author Robert Millet and artist James C. Christensen will be signing their newly released book, “Lehi’s Dream”. Take a visual journey through Lehi's dream, from the dark and dreary waste to the strait and narrow path, from the great and spacious building to the rod of iron leading to the tree of life. More than a dozen new images, created specifically for this book, and the accompanying text allow you to exercise your imagination while expanding your understanding of this powerful metaphor of life. Original illustrations from the book will be on display and available for sale.

December 9
Fred Howard
Fred Howard was born and raised in Provo, Utah.  He is currently 60 years of age and sits as a full-time, state trial judge.  “Normally, presiding over a daily calendar of conflict and criminal proceedings as well as a household of nine daughters would drive a person crazy.  In my case, it drove me to the art room." Fred is a self-taught artist who has studied with professional artists including Doyle Shaw, David Koch, Jim Norton, Jim Wilcox and Scott Christensen.  Formal achievements include First place (semi-pro) award in the 2006 Midway Arts Festival, Second place in the 2007 Springville Salon and Fourth place in the 2008 pleinair Midway Arts Festival.  As an aspiring pleinair artist seeking to improve his skills, he regularly takes to the fields of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming in an effort to capture the essence and beauty of the western landscape.

Free Garden Tours of Temple Square and Church Headquarters

Monday – Friday at 10 a.m.: Door 15 of the Conference Center, SLC, UT
Monday – Friday at noon: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: East gate of Temple Square, SLC, UT

Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center

34th Annual Festival of Lights
December 2, 2011-January 1, 2012

10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily (lights illuminated at dusk)

Join us for the 34th Festival of Lights featuring an International Creche exhibit with more than 130 nativity scenes; 16 large, beautifully decorated Christmas trees; and concerts every night at 7 and 8 p.m. in the visitors center 544 seat theater. Performers include Jenny Oaks Baker, the Mormon Choir of Washington DC, Les Miserables' Sandra Turley, the Washington Chinese Dance Academy, and many more (click here for full schedule). Tickets are required for each concert performance; they are free and will be distributed 90 minutes prior to the event. All other events are also free to the public.

26th Annual Gingerbread Festival at Historic Winter Quarters
"The Joys of Childhood"
Now-December 31

Come visit a holiday event for the whole family: the 26th Annual Gingerbread Festival "The Joys of Childhood," which will be held at the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State Street, Omaha, NE 68112 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 19 through December 31.  Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ornamental Nativity Exhibit at Sherwood Park
Alberta, Canada
December 1-3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Sherwood Park Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints proudly present the Ornamental Nativity Exhibit which features over 1000 nativities from around the world. This free annual Christmas event which is celebrating its 15 th year is held at 2090 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. At the nativity there is free musical performances, a children's activity room and a movie room with refreshments. This year's  nativity will be held from December 1 thru December 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more info contact Evelyn at 780-416-1447.

17th Annual Arlington, Texas, Nativity Display
“A Symbolic Display of the Season”
Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4
Arlington Stake Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, Texas 76016

The Arlington Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be displaying hundred of nativity sets from around the world, donated by more than 100 Dallas-Fort Worth area families. The event is free and open to the public and will include music from area families and schools, as well as a craft room for children and an opportunity for a souvenir photo to be taken. More information available at, or by calling 817.457.8925.

Church History Museum Presents:
Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration
Church History Museum auditorium—45 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, December 3, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
An interactive audience-oriented experience featuring pioneer stories, games, dancing, music, and songs that would have been a part of a nineteenth century Mormon pioneer Christmas celebration, including a visit from Father Christmas. The program is one-hour long and designed to engage both children and adults in a festive atmosphere of Christmas fun and well-wishes. Admission is free. For reservations, call 801-240-9573.


The Christmas Creche Exhibit in Palo Alto, California
3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
December 3-7, 12 noon to 9 p.m.

Come celebrate the wonder of the birth of the Christ child in a world of 500 nativities from 80 countries and a festive holiday setting with live music. Performances daily. Visit for complete list of events and times.

Sugar Hill LDS Choir Presents 7th Annual Community Christmas Concert
"Keep the Light of Christmas"
December 10 & 11, 7 p.m.
LDS Church Building, 4833 Suwanee Dam Road, Suwanee, GA

Drawing attendees from all over metro Atlanta who have made the concert part of their holiday traditions, this year’s performance will feature a variety of music including traditional Christmas songs and some new ones that are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. The Sugar Hill LDS Choir has been honored as one of the best choirs in the area, and will be singing at the 2012 National Day Memorial Choral Festival in Washington, D.C.

Southern Utah Heritage Choir Christmas Concert
"Christmas Was Meant for Children"
Friday, December 16th, St. George Tabernacle
Sunday and Monday, December 18th and 19th, DSC Cox Auditorium

Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

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