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Posted - Dec. 12, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.

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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

We Utahns know how to celebrate Christmas. And this is the time of year when it's on our minds with the retail season in full swing. Retail sales are predicted to rise by 3 percent this year. With only 12 days left until the big holiday, there's a wide variety of activities and events around the state to help you get in the spirit.

How about a Christmas concert or play? Hale Centre Theatre will be showing the classic "A Christmas Carol" from now until Dec. 23 at both their Orem and Salt Lake locations. Or you can go to the Capitol Theatre in downtown to see Ballet West's production of "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 27.

The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will be holding their annual Christmas concert, featuring guests Nathan Gunn and Jane Seymour, from December 15 to the 18. Visitors to the concert may enjoy walking through the beautiful light display at Temple Square. I'm sure the lights are just one of the reasons Temple Square is listed among the top 20 tourist destinations in the United States.

If you'd like to see bright and creative lights, there are plenty of great displays all over the state. From Ogden's Christmas Village in their Municipal Gardens to the Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork, not to mention Christmas Utah in Murray, these displays are everywhere. You can also check out ZooLights at Utah's Hogle Zoo or take a drive through Holiday Lights at Thanksgiving Point.

In Southern Utah, Tuacahn Amphitheater is presenting "Christmas in the Canyon" every Wednesday through Saturday evening from now until Dec. 23. Visitors can see a live nativity or walk through a beautiful lights display while listening to favorite holiday music. There are also Christmas items and gifts for sale in the Tuacahn Gift Gallery.

The North Pole Express, operated by the Heber Valley Railroad, will be providing passengers with holiday rides, complete with hot chocolate and a gift presented by Santa Claus and his elves, now through Dec. 23.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.


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