Here are some of the holiday events we may enjoy in our valley.
11/16-1/1/12 18th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden: Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Dr. Visitors are invited to wander the garden’s illuminated pathways, while taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the holiday season from 5pm-10pm, seven dasy a week, excluding Christmas Day.
11/18-1/1/12 Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: View 2.5 miles of LED lights at this drive-through experience that is a beloved tradition for friends & family to enjoy together. Sun-Thu, 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10p.m. www.vegasglitteringlights.com
11/19-12/31 Magical Forest: Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Feast your eyes on the more than 3 million lights on hundreds of decorated trees. Ride the Forest Express passenger train, take a spin on the Carousel or visit Santa. There is fun for the whole family and plenty of special events and offers throughout the Forest season. Nightly 5:30pm, closed Sundays. www.opportunityvillage.org
11/24-12/24 Storytelling with Santa on the Beach: Christmas time is about being with family and enjoying time together. What better way to spend time by joining Loews Lake Las Vegas for Storytelling with Santa on the Beach. There will be goodies like cookies & milk, hot cider & s’mores by the fire pit. 6-8pm www.lakelasvegasevents.com/entertainment
11/25 Tree Lighting Ceremony at the District at Green Valley Ranch: 2240 Village Walk Dr. Fun for the whole family. A 50 foot tree, special entertainment and a Santa photo opportunity in Suite 181. Starts at 5pm. www.thedistrictatgvr.com
12/3 Christmas Parade of Lights: Las Vegas Boat Harbor/Lake Mead Marina complex at Boulder Beach. Decorated boats will proceed out of the Marina & cruise along Boulder Beach. Starts at 6:30pm.
12/3 Las Vegas Great Santa Run: Town Square on Las Vegas Blvd. Pre Register 12/1-2 online. Averaging around 10,000 Santas annually, this family event attracts people from around the world. Run the 5K; walk the 1 mile Kris Kringle Jingle or just enjoy the festivities. www.opportunityvillage.org/santa_run.php
12/3,4, 10-11, 17-23 Holiday Spectacular Experience: Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd. A family friendly winter wonderland filled with fun, colorful excitement and much more! Bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, train and reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, and photos with Santa. 5-9pm 702-822-7700
12/6 Fremont Street Tree Lighting Ceremony: The 45 foot tree will be adorned with festive decorations and will stand below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vison screen. You can also watch Santa zipline just after the mayor flips the switch on the Fremont Street Christmas tree. 5-6pm. www.vegasexperience.com
12/6-1/2/12 Bellagio Fountains: In front of the Bellagio Hotel on the strip. The free fountain water show is performed to Christmas mustic and is a beautiful site. www.lasvegas-how-to.com/christmas-in-las-vegas.php
12/6-1/2/12 Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: The displays feature flying reindeer made of whole pecans, a polar bear family created with white carnations and a seven foot tall, custom sculpted rocking horse in the midst of a whimsical rail display featuring a working train. The centerpiece is a 42 foot Shasta Fir tree featuring thousands of holiday lights.
12/9,10 WinterFest: Henderson Convention Center, 20 Water St. This year’s theme will be An Old Fashioned Christmas Delight as the event will feature a varity of family-friendly activities including an official tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Hafen and Santa Claus, gingerbread house displays and introducing a new Evening Light Parade! www.hendersonlive.com/special-events/winterfest 702-267-2171
12/20 Menorah Lighting at M Resort: 12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd. A giant indoor menorah lighting will be held at the M Resort Spa Casino to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights.” Children can enjoy chocolate coins and toy dreidels at the lighting. 4-6pm. www.themresort.com 702-797-1000
12/21 Menorah Lighting at the District at Green Valley Ranch: Please check the web site for time and lcoation. www.thedistrictatgvr.com
12/31 America’s Party-Las Vegas New Year 2012: Includes a spectacular fireworks show by Fireworks by Grucci of New York, fired from the roofs of the MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (IT), the Venetian and the Stratosphere.
12/31 Fremont Street Experience New Years: Besides the Vegas strip, another great place to ring in 2012 would be at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Vegas. The new Year’s Eve America’s Party at Fremont Street is always a blast. This year the best of the best will be performing for 14 combined hours of live concerst on three stages.