There’s lots of great family fun planned in the communities of Holladay and Cottonwood Heights. The Cottonwood/Holladay Journal has tried to round up information on as many as we can below.
Holladay City Tree Lighting
Holladay City’s annual tree lighting will take place on Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Holladay Village Plaza, 4660 South 2300 East. There will be free entertainment, hot cocoa and cookies and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Skate with Santa
The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, 7500 South 2700 East, will host its annual Skate with Santa event on Friday, Dec. 5 from 2-4 p.m. This free family event includes skate rentals and an opportunity to cruise across the ice with St. Nick himself.
Santa will step off the ice from 2:30-2:50 p.m. and 3:30-3:50 p.m. for those wishing to have photos taken while he’s in town.
Celebrate the Christmas season with the Cottonwood Heights Community Orchestra, conducted by Shaun Davis, and special guest, Peter Breinholt, at Butler Middle School, 7605 South 2700 East, on Saturday, Dec. 6. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will last about two hours.
Tickets are available at the door for $5/person.
At The Library
Holladay Library presents free, family holiday movies throughout the month in its Holladay Holiday Film Fest.
Note: the library’s licensing agreement with the studios does not allow it (or the CHJ Journal) to use the actual names of the movies. Only a description is available.
Monday, Dec. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
A tale about one of Santa’s reindeer whom a little girl has to nurse back to health. Actors include Sam Elliot and Cloris Leachman. Movie is rated G.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.
An animated feature that answers every child’s question: “How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” Featuring voice talents of James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie. Movie is rated PG.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 12 - 5:30 p.m.
Back-to-back showings. The animated version of the Caldecott-winning book “Polar Express,” featuring the voice talents of Tom Hanks. Movie is rated PG.
Monday, Dec. 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
An adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, as portrayed by Barbie. Movie is not rated.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Tim Burton’s animated film about Jack Skellington of Halloweentown wanting to know more about Christmas. Movie is rated PG.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 12 - 5:30 p.m.
Back-to-back showings. Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary in an adaptation of the original story about Christmas. Movie is rated PG.
Monday, Dec. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Muppets have finished singing and celebrating Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so now it’s time for them to sing and celebrate Charles Dickens’ classic tale about Scrooge and a few ghosts. Movie is rated G.
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A double feature of the classic animated tales of Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, and Mickey in Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. Movies are not rated.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Will Ferrell as Buddy, raised as an elf, heads to New York City to find his father and spread holiday cheer. Movie is rated PG.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 12 – 5:30 p.m.
Back-to-back showings. Judy Garland sings and dances throughout the year as her city prepares for the World’s Fair to come to their town. Movie is not rated.
Saturday, Dec. 27, 12 – 5:30 p.m.
Back-to-back showings. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire compete through song and dance during the year for the heart of a young woman. Movie is not rated.
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
An adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, which holds its beginning during the holiday season. See Winona Ryder as Jo March and Christian Bale as Laurie Lawrence. Movie is rated PG.
Also at the library:
The Nutcracker: An Anything Can Happen! Production
Friday, Dec. 19, 2 – 3 p.m.
Certified music therapist Paige Moore will lead participants in a Nutcracker celebration of the season through dance and rhythm.
A Frozen Magic Show
Monday, Dec. 22, 7 - 7:45 p.m.
Magician Anthony White will mesmerize with his magic show filled with wintery effects and snowy illusions.
The Forgotten Carols
The Forgotten Carols tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. Performances Dec. 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at Cottonwood High School, 5715 South 1300 East at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $13.50 to $32.
Christmas Tree Removal
Cottonwood Heights and Holladay residents can place their Christmas trees out for curbside collection beginning the day after Christmas until the last week of January. Trees will be picked up on regularly scheduled collection days.
Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling reminds residents not to place the trees in their garbage or recycling cans. All trees must be free of tinsel, flocking, ornaments, stands and lights.