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Latino Christmas celebration scheduled in December

The early Christmas season on Temple Square will have a decidedly Latin flavor this year.

The Church will present a Latino Christmas concert entitled “Luz de las Naciones: Ven a Mi Casa esta Navidad” (Light of the nations: Come to my house this Christmas).

The concert will be staged in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée performance on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.

One of the many dancers participates in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
One of the many dancers participates in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Photo: Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
Dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
Dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Photo: Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

You don’t have to hail from a Latin American nation or even speak a word of Spanish to enjoy the program. The general public is invited.

“Luz de las Naciones” will celebrate the rich traditions of Latin America through music and dance. The program will include an adult choir along with a children’s choir accompanied by musicians playing traditional Latino instruments.

Dances from a variety of countries will highlight the evening.

The presentation will be in Spanish — although there will be a limited number of headsets available on a first come, first served basis for guests who speak English or Portuguese.

Dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
Dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Photo: Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

The Latino Christmas concert continues the Church’s annual practice of sponsoring some sort of event on Temple Square. Programs in years past have ranged from reverent devotionals to colorful cultural festivals.

As always, members are encouraged to bring friends and relatives. The program can also be used as a great member-missionary opportunity.

Dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
Dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Photo: Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

For evening performances, the Tabernacle will open at 6:30 for seating. Plan to arrive early to allow adequate time to pass through security.

Tickets can be obtained online at lds.org/events and at the Conference Center ticket office by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or 1-866-LDS-TIKS (toll free). Tickets are free of charge.

Dancers in traditional costumes participate in last year's progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations), featuring the diverse Latino cultures.
Dancers in traditional costumes participate in last year's progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations), featuring the diverse Latino cultures. Photo: Deseret News file photo

Public parking lots will be available in downtown Salt Lake City. However, the Conference Center parking lot will not be available.

A large choir and the many dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
A large choir and the many dancers participate in the final dress rehearsal for the LDS progarm, Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Photo: Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

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