Bonus points go to those who can make a decision on which show to attend on Friday, Dec. 7.
Nov. 27 • Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick (original holiday songs); The State Room; $20 at thestateroom.comNov. 30 • Mindy Gledhill's Christmas Show (folk); Velour Live Music Gallery; $12 at 24Tix Dec. 3 • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party; Covey Center; $28 to $58 at coveycenter.orgDec. 4 • How the Grouch Stole Christmas (rap); In The Venue; $18 to $20 at SmithsTixDec. 5 • Chris Isaak's Holiday Show; Kingsbury Hall; $42 to $58 at kingsburyhall.utah.eduDec. 7 • Santa Jam with Brett Eldredge; Outlaw Saloon; $10 to $15 at SmithsTixDec. 7 • Winter Wonderland (dance music); The Complex; $15 to $30 at SmithsTixDec. 7 • Don Waldis' A Little Jazz With Your Mistletoe; Leona Wagner Black Box; $15 at ArtTixDec. 7 • Lark & Spur; Gallivan Center, FreeDec. 7 • Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband; Covey Center; $15 to $18 at coveycenter.orgDec. 7-8 • "The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Puppy Rescue" screening and stage show; Kingsbury Hall; $10 to $25 at kingsburyhall.utah.eduDec. 8 • KUTV Holiday Pops Concert featuring Paul Cardall with The Choral Arts Society; Cottonwood High School; $15 at SmithsTixDec. 12-13 • The Lower Lights (Utah-based folk-rock collective); Masonic Temple Auditorium; $10 at thelowerlightschristmas2012.eventbrite.comDec. 13-14 • Christmas Jam 3 (rock 'n' roll); One Mind Studio; $10 at 24TixDec. 13-15 • Kurt Bestor with Jenny Oaks Baker; Abravanel Hall, $17.50 to $45 at ArtTixDec. 14-15, 17-22 • Michael McLeans' Forgotten Christmas Carols; Cottonwood High School; $13-$29 at forgottencarols.com/ticketsDec. 15 • X96's Nightmare Before Christmas with Anberlin; The Complex; $21 to $50 at SmithsTixDec. 17 • Christmas Carol Sing Along with Collin Raye; EnergySolutions Arena; FreeDec. 19 • The Piano Guys; Kingsbury Hall; $19.50 to $39.50 at kingsburyhall.utah.eduDec. 20 • Voice Male Christmas (a cappella); Abravanel Hall; $10 to $16 at ArtTixDec. 21 • The Savoys feat. Sam Payne; Sandy City Council Chambers; $10 sandyarts.com/christmasDec. 26-Dec. 29 • Donny & Marie Osmond; Abravanel Hall; $25 to $135 at ArtTix
Spotlight: Peter Breinholt will return with two Christmas shows in one day. Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra pull out all of the stops in their Christmas spectaculars, but Utah singer-songwriter Peter Breinholt always focuses on the songs and anima of the holidays with his spirited holiday shows. But not initially. "It took me about four years to figure out how to do a Christmas show," he said. "I learned what songs to avoid." While his solo, secular work can turn rootsy with bluegrass instruments, he now realizes that the "banjo is not a Christmas instrument," he said. Once a Kingsbury Hall staple, Breinholt prefers the more intimate surroundings of the Jeanne' Wagner Theatre, and it shows.What • Peter Breinholt's Christmas ConcertWhen • Saturday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.Where • Jeanne' Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center for Performing Arts, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $15 at ArtTix