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South Valley Filled With Holiday Happenings

Nov 06, 2014 07:05AM ● By City Journals Staff
There’s a ton of great family fun planned in the communities of Bluffdale, Riverton and Herriman. The South Valley City Journal has tried to round up information on as many as we can below. Tear this page out and put it on your fridge so you don’t miss out on all the fun events!


Riverton City and the Unified Police Department will host the Holiday Heroes 5K and 1-Mile Run on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. at the C.R. Hamilton Family Sports Complex, 13800 South 3700 West. Participants are asked to donate non-perishable food or monetary donations the day of the race. All donations and proceeds will benefit local families in need. Santa will be present at the finish line and all participants will receive a Holiday Heroes Christmas ornament.

J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center, 5350 West 12600 South, in Herriman brings back the Turkey Bowl, Saturday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. just west of the front doors in the pick-up drop-off zone. There will be five pie winners from the following categories: Under 7, 7-11, 11-14, 15+ men’s and 15+ women’s. Pies are donated from Costco. Each $1 entry gives you two rolls of the frozen turkey. Registration is going on from now until 12:45 p.m. Nov. 15, and the first 50 registered will receive a holiday gift basket. (Register in person at the rec. center).


Santa Claus will arrive in Riverton on a big, red fire engine on Monday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center, 12830 South Redwood Road. You can visit with Santa and enjoy crafts, wagon rides, warm scones and hot chocolate until 8:30 p.m. Some activities will be outside, so dress warm.

On Saturday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m., Bluffdale residents are invited to the lighting of City Park and a visit with Santa. The lighted tractor parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the main city park, 2200 West 14400 South. Afterwards, all residents are invited to visit with Santa and receive free photos with him in his workshop. The evening will include musical entertainment, bonfires, and hot chocolate and cookies for everyone. All activities are free. Those interested in decorating their own tractor, ATV or riding mower can go at 5 p.m. to the west parking lot. Parade entries will receive a fast pass for the photo line.

Santa’s very busy, but he’s available to talk by radio at Herriman Library, 5380 West Main Street, on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the library and let members of the Herriman Amateur Radio Club help you Chat With Santa. 

Santa will visit Riverton Library on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be there the following Monday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


A live Christmas nativity will be held at the LDS church on 14400 South 2700 West in Bluffdale Dec. 1 through Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a presentation that has been in Draper for the past 17 years, but is moving to Bluffdale this year. Families are welcome to come and walk through a depiction of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth. The walk-through takes about 15 minutes, but wait times may be longer than an hour, so plan accordingly.


Herriman Holiday Sing-A-Long will take place on Dec 8, 7 p.m. at Herriman City Hall, 13011 South Pioneer Street (6000 West). Herriman Harmonyx will help bring the spirit by singing a few selections and then the audience will join in if they’d like. Children will be called up by children to help pick the song to be sung. This is a family event, and Santa will be making an appearance to read a story and give kids a small gift.

Herriman Holiday Festival held on Mon, December 15, 7:30 p.m. at Ft. Herriman Middle School 14058 Mirabella Dr (6000 West) will be a “traditional” Christmas event. Selections from Herriman Community Choir, Herriman Community Orchestra, Herriman Harmonyx and other local and school choirs and orchestras. There will be a Quartet set up in lobby help set the mood before entering the auditorium.


Herriman Holiday House Decorating contest will be judged on Dec 20. There are three categories: Mayor’s Choice, Best of Show and People’s Choice (Chosen by Facebook “likes”). In order to participate, applicants need to upload a picture or video of their home to the Herriman Arts Council Facebook page. Moderate cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.


The annual charity drive, Silver Rush, sponsored by Riverton High School, has a few events to add to your calendar. All proceeds will be donated to a charity that will be revealed in an opening assembly on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. in the Riverton High auditorium. The public is invited.

On Dec. 3 for a $5 admission, you will be treated to the talents of the students at Riverton High who have been chosen for this year’s Silver Rush CD. Their live concert is at 7 p.m. in the Riverton High auditorium. On Dec. 9, be sure to catch the Mr. Silver Rush Pageant in the RHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Students will be collecting donations for the Silver Rush charity from passersby on Dec. 17 outside the high school between 7 and 11 p.m.


Riverton Library —

The whole family can enjoy The Shoemaker & the Elves puppet show on Monday, Dec. 8 and Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library at 12877 South 1830 West.

Or try some Holiday Origami, Friday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Monday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Herriman Library — 

12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar Craft, Monday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teens can make their own Advent calendar to count down the 12 days of Christmas. All supplies provided, including prizes to fill the calendar. 5380 West Main St.