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Darron Kingston begins to shape a block of ice into an angel during an ice sculpting demonstration put on by Spiffy Ice on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Water Tower Plaza at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. ISAAC HALE, Daily Herald


Listen up, Grinches: The Lower Lights are ready for you. The group features a bevy of Utah musicians -- seriously, so many musicians -- and their annual Christmas concerts will make your heart explode with Christmas joy, whether you want it to or not. Thursday's performance, at Salt Lake City's Kingsbury Hall, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$27, available at tickets.utah.edu.


Among the more magical traditions of the holiday season is ice carving. Head to Thanksgiving Point on Friday night to see some of Utah's best ice carvers work their frozen sorcery. Oh, and it's free!


You've probably seen "The Nutcracker" before, but not like this. Desert Star Playhouse lampoons the Christmas classic in its new production, "Nutcracker: Men in Tights." Tickets are $15-$27, available at (801) 226-2600 or desertstar.biz. Saturday features four -- yes, four -- different showtimes, at 11:30 a.m., 2:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m.