The holiday celebration came early at the Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 21, where the annual tribal Christmas dinner took place. Plenty of food and holiday goodies were available to the packed room. Guests were treated with the music of Derrick Naranjo and various performance acts, including a sing-along with the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy. A special nativity reenactment took place before Santa Claus made his appearance for all the boys and girls. The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum handed out bags of treats to attendees once the event concluded.