Festivity, fun and inspiration are everywhere this holiday season, especially at BYU.
Whether you're seeking a family-friendly activity, an enthralling musical experience or a classic Christmas film, there's an event at BYU that's just right for you.
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Christmas at the MOA: A Norman Rockwell Holiday, free
Date: Friday, Dec. 4
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Location: Museum of Art, BYU
Details: Enjoy a festive, art-focused evening at the BYU Museum of Art this holiday season, featuring the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. With refreshments, Christmas music, and interactive activities, a good time is sure to be had by all!
Tickets will not be required to attend American Chronicles during this event. All who come to join in the festivities will be admitted to the exhibition.
Christmas in Nauvoo Family Home Evening, free
Date: Monday, Dec. 7
Time: 7 and 8 p.m.
Location: Education in Zion Gallery, Joseph F. Smith Building, BYU
Details: Hear fun stories from Eliza R. Snow and Wilford Woodruff. Sing Christmas carols. Enjoy refreshments.
Free, but advanced reservations are required. Reserve a spot: Call 801.422.6519
MUSIC + CONCERTS
Christmas Around the World: The Gift
When: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5
Time: 7:30 p.m.; with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee
Where: Marriott Center, BYU
Location: Featuring BYU’s International Folk Dancers and Living Legends, this holiday tradition showcases the rich ethnic diversity of the world through music and captivating choreography, featuring more than 200 dancers, singers and musicians.
Tickets: $10-$20, available at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, call 801.422.2981 or visit byuarts.com
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Location: The BYU School of Music’s premier big band presents a program of swinging jazz standards.
Tickets: $6-10, To purchase, visit byuarts.com.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5
Location: Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Details: Musicians that are usually relegated to the back row of the band or orchestra will have their opportunity to shine at the 35th annual Utah TubaChristmas Concert. The unusual sound of a choir of tubas, baritone horns, and euphoniums will delight audiences with a rich, warm and all-engulfing sound. The concert includes performances by a massive tuba-euphonium ensemble of over forty musicians, the BYU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble; BYU Tuba Quartet; and the BYU Jazz Legacy Band, which specializes in New Orleans-style jazz.
Date Night: Christmas Around the World
Date: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Museum of Peoples and Cultures, 100 E 700 N, Provo
Details: Experience Christmas traditions from northern Europe. Activities will include competing against other couples in trivia games, decorating edible Christmas trees, and enjoying European Christmas Desserts against the backdrop of a traditional European Christmas Market.
Tickets: $12 per couple, available at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk, starting Monday, Nov. 24.
BYU Planetarium: The Star of Bethlehem
Date: Friday, Dec. 4
Time: shows at 7 and 8 p.m.
Location: Eyring Science Center, 4th Floor, BYU
Details: Come to BYU's Royden G. Derrick Planetarium and explore with Dr. Eric Hintz, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, as he demonstrates the astronomical events consistent with the Christmas star.
Ages: 8+ (it's a somewhat technical demonstration)
Tickets: $2, at the door, cash or check only
Date: Sunday, Dec. 6
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Details: The Adventsingen is a program of traditional German, Austrian and Swiss Christmas music, paired with German-language scripture readings about the birth of Christ. This year marks the 41th anniversary of the popular event that immerses the audience in beautiful seasonal music and the rich cultural traditions of German-speaking countries.
FLIM AND TELEVISION SHOWINGS
The Bishop's Wife, free
When: Friday, Dec. 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium
Details: This enchanting fantasy is about an angel sent to help the marriage of a Protestant bishop preoccupied with raising funds for a new cathedral at the expense of his neglected wife. Add the luster of the Oscar-nominated Hugo Friedhofer score and Henry Koster’s direction and the result is a Christmas classic that touches the heart with authenticity.
Samuel Goldwyn/RKO, 1947, 1 hr 49 min.
Holiday TV Specials on BYUtv
for broadcast schedule and streaming options go to BYUtv.org
Sometimes celebrating the season means staying at home and watching television. BYUtv is your souce for entertainment the whole family can watch together. Learn the inspiring story behind the creation of the popular Christmas carol Silent Night, examine Handel's life leading up to his debut of the Messiah and learn about the exemplary life and dedication of Joan of Arc.
If music is more your jam, discover the power of music as twelve bands perform Christmas songs old and new in Audio-Files: 12 Bands of Christmas. Join BYU’s world-class performing groups—including orchestras, choirs, and dancers and featuring Lexi Mae Walker—for an exciting holiday celebration as they present heartwarming Christmas favorites during In Performance: Christmas Under the Stars.
The Story Trek Christmas episodes focus on finding people whose stories will inspire you and your family to reflect upon the true meaning of the Christmas season. You ca't miss the Very Merry Studio C Christmas Special.