There’s some great family fun planned in and around South Jordan for the holidays. The South Jordan Journal has tried to round up information on as many as we can below.
Light the Night
South Jordan is holding Light the Night, the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony, on Friday Dec. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the South Jordan City Plaza, 1600 West Towne Center Drive. Families are invited to attend for free, and young children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and remind him of what they want for Christmas.
Those attending are encouraged to dress warm because there will be free ice skating at the rink next to the plaza, where people can cruise around outside while waiting for Santa to arrive. For those wary about the cold, there is a warming hut at the rink and hot cocoa.
There will also be hayrides happening at the plaza, and the South Jordan Library will be doing fun holiday-themed crafts until they close at 9 p.m. The Christmas tree in the middle of the skating rink will be lit up around 8 p.m. for all to marvel at.
Gingerbread House Contest
South Jordan residents have entered their creations into this year’s Gale Center Gingerbread House Contest. All entries will be displayed through Dec. 5 at the Gale Center, 10300 South Beckstead Lane.
Those who come to see the edible creations can cast their vote for their favorite through Dec. 4. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the city’s Light the Night event.
Families can visit Santa Claus on Towne Center Drive (1600 West 10610 South) in his own special hut just west of City Hall:
Friday, Dec. 5 • 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 • 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12 • 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 • 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19 • 6-8 p.m.
Now in its second year, Candy Windows will have 10 window displays on Towne Center Drive throughout December beginning on Dec. 5 with Light the Night. The theme of this year’s Candy Windows project is “Hearts all Aglow.”
There will be large candy structures at South Jordan City Hall, One Sweet Slice, Dressed in White, Soccer Plus, Material Girls, Downtown Philly, Pie Five, Elements, Cold Store Creamery and Fed Ex. These locations are in and around the South Jordan Towne Center.
There is a small contest involved this year. If families take their kids to the event, they can count the number of candy canes in each window. The form that they fill out can be found online on the city’s website, at City Hall or at the Gale Center. After they have counted them, they should bring their completed form to City Hall to be entered into a drawing to win dinner and a movie for a family.
Sounds of the Season
The Sounds of the Season Chorale and Orchestra will perform its annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Bingham High School auditorium, 2160 West 10400 South. There will be a matinee concert at 2 p.m. and an evening one at 7 p.m. Admission is free for both.
There are about 130 singers and around 30 instrumentalists in the group this year, and each one volunteered his or her time. Rehearsals for the singers began clear back in August, and the orchestra will join the rehearsals in mid November.
The group is large because they accept everyone who wants to participate—there are no auditions. This, along with a fun, upbeat set list made up of holiday classics, sets the Sounds of the Season group apart from other holiday choirs and orchestras.
Jordan Youth Symphony
Jordan Youth Symphony will perform on the south stage at Festival of the Trees at 4:35 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy. They will play “A Christmas Hymn (Till Morning Is Nigh),” “O Holy Night,” “Two Songs for the Holidays,” “Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.”
Jordan Youth Symphony will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8 at Butler Middle School auditorium, 7530 South 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights. They will play “A Christmas Hymn (Till Morning Is Nigh),” “O Holy Night,” “Two Songs for the Holidays,” “Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.” They will be joined by the Canyons Youth Symphony.