Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families...and even play in the snow.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Leading dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor and voice artist John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a concert of holiday favorites. Among the highlights of the concert, conducted by Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, are Voigt’s performances of the English carol “The Holly and the Ivy” and the light-hearted “The Twelve Days After Christmas” with the choir and orchestra.
The program includes a new Mack Wilberg twist on the traditional song “Christmas Is Coming (The Geese Are Getting Fat).” The Bells on Temple Square join the choir and orchestra for an upbeat rendition of “Ring Those Christmas Bells.”. The concert includes two festive Russian pieces, with the Christmas Dancers joining the choir and orchestra for excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Polonaise from Christmas Eve and Dance of the Tumblers from Tchaikovsky’s The Snow Maiden. Another highlight is Rhys-Davies’ dramatization of “A Dickens Christmas” with Robin Dick and the Christmas Players. The vignette features Rhys-Davies as the Ghost of Christmas Present soaring overhead at the LDS Conference Center in a dazzling scene of aerial choreography. Rhys-Davies also reads Luke 2: The Christmas Story with a fervor that moved audiences.
National Christmas Tree Lighting
Tom Hanks and singer-songwriter, actress, and producer Rita Wilson will co-host the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Wilson will also perform during the show. Additionally, multi Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor NE-YO, multiplatinum-selling artist Steve Miller, and country star Chely Wright will join pop phenomenon Fifth Harmony, Grammy-winning legend Patti LaBelle, pop world duo Nico & Vinz, and award-winning vocal group The Tenors in performing a collection of holiday favorites.
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant
From the street corner to the city square, the sights and sounds of Christmas surround us during this wonderful season. For twenty-nine years, the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant has been a highlight of South Florida's holiday festivities. Over one million people have participated in the live performances with millions more participating through television broadcasts and video presentations around the world.
This unique musical event marks the first time Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists and performed for audiences in a concert setting. Robert Christianson’s score is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs, and the story, faithfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is performed by such Chicago and New York theater luminaries as Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. The concert is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, providing audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of experiencing it as never before.