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2023 BYU holiday event guide

Celebrate the magic of the Christmas season at BYU with festive music and inspiring events.

Whether you're looking for a family-friendly concert or a meaningful service project, BYU has the perfect holiday event just for you. The best part? Most of these experiences won't cost you a dime!

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Jazz Voices: A Swingin’ Christmas purchase required
November 30
7:30p; Music Building Recital Hall
Details: What's better than vocal jazz at Christmastime? Join BYU's premier vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz Voices, as we celebrate the season with classic tunes that are sure to fill you with the Christmas spirit. So let it snow and deck the halls because Christmastime is here! [Tickets]

Christmas Around the World tickets required
December 1 + 2
7:30p (Dec. 1), 2p + 7:30p (Dec. 2); Marriott Center
Details: Join the annual Christmas celebration of cultural dance and music traditions performed by the BYU International Folk Dance Ensembles with Mountain Strings. Featuring over 180 student performers, this audience favorite is the longest-running Christmas tradition on BYU campus. [Tickets]

Star of Bethlehem Planetarium Showpurchase required
December 1 + 8
7p + 8p; BYU Planetarium
Details: Delve into the astronomical events that may have inspired the Star of Bethlehem described in the Gospels. Tickets: $2–5. Purchase here.

Exhibition: Pioneer Christmas Stories — free
December 1–21
10a to 5p M–F; M & W open till 9p; Education in Zion (JFSB)
Details: Learn how Christmas was celebrated by the pioneers.

Exhibition: Christmas in Nauvoo — free
December 4
7p; Education in Zion (JFSB)
Details: Learn how Christmas was celebrated in the nineteenth century through stories and singing. Caroling and craft activity included. Short program at 7p + 7:30p. Call 801-422-6519 for reservations. [More Info]

Christmas Service Activityfree
December 8
1p; WSC 3220
Details: BYU Employee Wellness has teamed up with Family Haven to make Christmas stockings and fleece blankets for children who are staying in their Crisis Respite Nursery. We have a goal of making 150 stockings and 20 blankets to support these children and make their Christmas special. Employees can help with both item donations and putting the items together. [More Info]

Classic Film: "It's A Wonderful Life," 1946 free
December 8
7p; 1160 HBLL Reynolds Auditorium
Details: Every few years the library presents James Stewart’s personal film print of "It’s A Wonderful Life." Curator Ben Harry will bring Stewart’s film out of the vault for one screening. [More Info]

Celebration of Christmasfree livestream
December 8 + 9
7:30p (Dec. 8), 3p + 7:30p (Dec. 9); Music Building Concert Hall
Details: The BYU Combined Choirs and Philharmonic present this well-loved annual concert celebrating the sounds of the holiday season.

Harp Ensemble Christmas free
December 9
5:30p; Music Building Recital Hall
Details: Come celebrate the Christmas season with the BYU Harp Ensemble and BYU Faculty Harp Ensemble as they perform familiar holiday tunes, pieces from the harp ensemble repertoire and creative student arrangements. [More Info]

Tuba Christmas free
December 9
12p; Music Building Recital Hall
Details: Celebrate the season with BYU’s student and faculty tubaists in a concert that features traditional carols, classical Christmas pieces and new holiday standards from film and TV. [More Info]

Adventsingenfree
December 10
7p; Music Building Concert Hall
Details: Listen to traditional music and readings for the Christmas season from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. [More Info]

BRAVO! Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band: Christmas Bells Are Swingin’! purchase required 
December 13
7:30p; Music Building Concert Hall
Details: Swing in the holidays with the iconic quintet Boston Brass, joined by local all-star brass players to create a boisterous big band of brass and rhythm section. Featuring arrangements of Christmas favorites made famous by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, this energetic program celebrates the joy of the season. [Tickets]

Jazz Ensemble: Christmastime Jazz! purchase required
December 14
7:30p; Music Building Concert Hall
Details: This jazzy Christmas feast is sure to help you make the season bright and keep your spirits light! [Tickets]

Christmas Walkaroundfree
December 14
12p; Marriott Center Concourse
Details: Please join us for our Christmas Walkaround! Invite your faculty friends and spend time getting exercise while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate! Please come any time within the two hours. [Sign Up]

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