“Two-steppin’ round the Christmas tree” is not just a song but the attitude prevailing during December in Cerca Country. Pick your own yuletide pleasure from our list.

Through Dec. 29, Ely: Board steam locomotive 93 for the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus and his elves. On the way, there will be a reading of the children’s classic “The Polar Express” by Chris Allsburg. Santa will give a silver bell to every believer; even skeptics get cookies and hot chocolate. (866) 407-8326, www.nevadanorthernrailway.com.

Through Jan. 9, Williams, Ariz.: Listen to “The Polar Express,” while taking a magical journey to the North Pole, where Santa and his reindeer will greet passengers. Hot chocolate, cookies and silver bells for children. (800) 843-8724, www.thetrain.com.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 23, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Holiday Skies Program. Evening presentation involving mythology and science of the winter sky, including discussion on the Star of Bethlehem. Lowell Observatory, (928) 233-3210, www.lowell.edu.

Wednesday through Saturday, St. George, Utah: Dickens’ Christmas Festival. Relive 19th century England while strolling village streets filled with Dickens’ characters, carolers, fortune tellers, shops and vendors. (877) 856-6366. www.dixiecenter.com.

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23, Ivins, Utah: Tuacahn’s Festival of Lights. A live Nativity, holiday music, Old Salty train rides and stunning light show. Santa Claus. Closed Dec. 4 for Tuacahn Christmas Concert. Tuacahn Center for the Arts, (435) 652-3300, www.tuacahn.org.

Thursdays through Christmas, Chloride, Ariz.: Christmas in Chloride. Every Thursday until Christmas, this charming, tiny town keeps shops and restaurants open until 8 p.m. (928) 565-2204, www.kingmantourism.com.

Saturday, Prescott, Ariz.: Frontier Christmas Open House. Costumed revelers, storytelling and period entertainment featuring carolers. Hot cider and cookies. Sharlot Hall Museum, (928) 445-3122, www.sharlot.org.

Saturday through Dec. 7 and Dec. 11-14, Cedar City, Utah: American Children’s Christmas Festival. An event to bring out the child in all of us features Santaland, the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Cavalcade Parade. (435) 865-2882. www. scenicsouthernutah.com.

Saturday through Dec. 20, Virginia City: Christmas on the Comstock. Celebration features the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, Comstock Cowboys “Christmas in the Sierra” concert, gingerbread contest and auction, and excursions on the famed Virginia & Truckee Railroad. (775) 847-4386. www.virginiacity-nv.org.

Friday and Saturday, Lake Havasu, Ariz.: Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. More than 50 decorated boats will parade under the London Bridge and tour the lake. Lake Havasu State Park. (928) 855-2784. www.pr.state.az.us.

Friday and Saturday, Wickenburg, Ariz.: Cowboy Christmas Poets Gathering. Cowboy poets, singers and musicians celebrate the Old West at various venues around town. Featured poet is Baxter Black. (800) 942-5242. www.wickenburgchamber.com.

Dec. 7, Cedar City, Utah: Christmas at the Homestead. This evening program features candle dipping, paper-chain making, popcorn stringing, carolers and a visit to Santa Claus. Iron Mission State Park. (435) 586-9290. www.scenicsouthernutah.com.

Dec. 11-12, Zion National Park, Utah: Winter photography. Join Michael Plyler, photographer and field institute director, for a two-day workshop. Learn about composition, depth of field and camera equipment. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org.

Dec. 12, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Geminid Meteor Shower. Evening event features a presentation on meteor showers such as the upcoming Geminids. Telescope viewing of various celestial objects. Lowell Observatory. (928) 233-3210. www.lowell.edu.

Dec. 12, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Christmas Party at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Tour the mansion at its best, decorated in turn-of-the-century style wreaths, garlands and greenery. Christmas crafts and handbell choir. (928) 779-4395, www.pr.state.az.us.

Dec. 12, Reno: “A Christmas Carol.” The Dickens classic is presented by the Nevada Shakespeare Company and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Laxalt Theatre. (800) 747-4697, www.laketahoeshakespeare.com.

Dec. 12-13, Clarkdale, Ariz.: Historic building tour and luncheon in town founded in 1912 by mining king Williams Andrews Clark, who also founded Las Vegas. Reservations required. (928) 649-1198 or e-mail clarkdale heritage@gmail.com.

Dec. 18 and 20, Crystal Bay: “A Christmas Carol.” The Dickens classic is presented by the Nevada Shakespeare Company and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Cal Neva Resort and Spa. (800) 747-4697, www. laketahoeshakespeare.com.

Dec. 26-30, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Holiday Star Fest. Numerous telescopes will be set up around the Lowell Observatory campus for visitors to view the winter sky. (928) 233-3210, www.lowell.edu.

Dec. 31, Brian Head, Utah: Fireworks and torchlight parade. This New Year’s celebration features skiers making their way down the slopes carrying torches. Fireworks and party follow. Brian Head Resort. (435) 677-2035. www. scenicsouthernutah.com.

Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
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As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Great Santa Run
People participated in the 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run which raises cubs for Opportunity Village.
World Holidays Exhibit At The Natural History Museum
Migratory Bird Day teaches adults and kids to celebrate birds
Different organizations offered activities for kids and adults to learn about birds and celebrate their migration journey at Sunset Park. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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