As winter approaches, recreation opportunities either move indoors or require some extra clothing. Jackie Rawlins, cultural arts director for the city of Rexburg, recently explained in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio what community events are coming up. 

Concerts, fundraisers, and performances will all highlight this year’s Christmas season in the Upper Valley. 

Today marks the beginning of the “Rexburg Holiday Festival,” a fundraiser designed to raise proceeds for the annual “Shop with a Cop” event. 

From 6-8 p.m. today through Friday, the city will have wreaths and centerpieces on auction at the Rexburg Tabernacle. The sale will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon—that day featuring a visit from Santa Claus, a Christmas movie, Legos for kids to play with, and free cookies. 

The proceeds from this week will be joined with various fundraisers and donations around the area to pay for “Shop with a Cop.” The program pairs at-risk and children in need from Rexburg and surrounding towns with a police officer to buy Christmas gifts for the kids’ families. 

Rawlins got emotional while describing how touching of an event “Shop with a Cop” is.  

“Without fail, they always want to pick out for their brother or sister or someone else in their family first, always first,” she said, her voice cracking. “These are kids in real need and we are just honored that we get to do this festival and we get to be a part of that.” 

On Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rexburg Tabernacle, Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband will perform upbeat and energetic versions of Christmas classics on strings.

Tickets for the event are $20 for reserved premium seating, $10 for students and seniors in general admission, and $12 for all others in general admission. Those tickets are available here.

On Dec. 2, the Upper Valley Women’s Choir will perform at the Romance Theater at 6:30 p.m. More information about the choir is available at their Facebook page Upper Valley Women’s Choir.

During the second and third weeks of December, the Rexburg Community Theatre will present “Miracle on 34th Street.” It will be performed at the Romance Theatre on Dec. 9, 13, 14, 16, and 20 at 7 p.m. each of those days.  Tickets for the show will be going on sale at rctheatre.org.

The 2019 Rexburg downtown tree lighting will take place on Center Street, Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. with music and activities from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. That event is free to the public.

In discussing what else local residents can do to keep themselves entertained this winter, Rawlins pointed to outside winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, hiking, and trips to nearby places like Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. 

 “If you look there are things to do, it’s just a matter of putting in the effort and doing a little bit of research,” Rawlins said. 

For more information on events coming up in Rexburg, visit rexburg.org/calendar.