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Cactus Lighting
Courtesy Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden

The 25th Anniversary Holiday Cactus Garden Lighting

Can’t wait to get Holidaying? Here is the ultimate list of events!


Falling Asleep

The installation at The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is inspired by the mythology of the goddess of harvest. 24/7, free. Bellagio,


NOV. 2–4

Holiday Craft and Gift Festival

Check out the vintage Christmas train display while enjoying holiday music, food, and shopping. Fri–Sat 10A–5P; Sun 10A–4P, $5; children 12 and under, free. Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.,


NOV. 3

Veterans Day Ceremony

The Basic High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC will present colors and read the names to be added to the memorial wall. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra will provide a special musical tribute to veterans and the armed forces. 10A, free. Henderson Amphitheatre,


NOV. 3

New Vista’s Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival

Attendees enjoy an afternoon of unlimited samplings from local and national breweries, entertainment, activities, and games. All participants receive a souvenir tasting glass and tasting guide. 2–7P, $30–$45 The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive,

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NOV. 4

Las Vegas Brass Band: A Salute to Veterans

The British-style brass band has been performing since 1993, when some of its current members were not even born yet! 2P, free. Main Theater at Clark County Library,


NOV. 6–JAN. 6

Holiday Cactus Garden

More than a million lights will be strung throughout the 3-acre garden. Stop inside for a chocolate sample! 5–12P, free. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson,

NOV. 8

UNLV Music: Community Concert & New Horizons Bands

The UNLV Community Concert Band and the New Horizons Band perform, conducted by Anthony LaBounty. 7:30P, $10. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV,


NOV. 9

Andy McKee

Fingerstyle guitarist McKee’s success and millions of YouTube viewers underscore his role as one of today’s most unusual artists. 7:30P, $45. Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center at UNLV,


NOV. 9–JAN. 6

Glittering Lights Las Vegas

Nevada’s largest drive-through light show, this annual event showcases millions of LEDs and more than 400 animated displays over 2.5 miles. Sun–Thu 5:30–9P; Sat and holidays 5–10P. $20–$75 per vehicle (season passes available). Las Vegas Motor Speedway,


NOV. 10

Red, White, & Blue Wine Walk

There are more than 25 stops you can visit to get your pour of all different kinds of wine as you enjoy the decorations in the historic downtown district. 21+ only. 4–8P, $25 individual, $45 couple. Historic Downtown Boulder City,


NOV. 14

The Moth

An acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, each Moth Mainstage features five wildly divergent raconteurs. 7:30P, $15. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV,


NOV. 15

The President’s Concert

The UNLV Wind Orchestra presents the annual President’s Concert: Honoring America’s Heroes. 7:30P, $10. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV,


NOV. 15–18


An exciting collection of dances from BA of Fine Arts majors. 7:30P, $18. Alta Ham Fine Arts at UNLV,


NOV. 16–18

41st Annual Christmas Bazaar

The Women’s Guild hosts this popular indoor/outdoor event full of fine arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and more. 8A–5P Fri–Sat; 8A–2P Sun, free. St. Viator Parish, 2461 E. Flamingo Road,


NOV. 17


Storytellers from the Nevada Storytelling Guild will regale the audiences with a potpourri of folktales, personal tales, historical, mythical, and musical tales in celebration of story! 1P, free. West Charleston Library,


NOV. 17–JAN. 6

Mystic Falls Holiday Shows

Sam’s Town’s famous indoor laser light and water show transforms into a holiday dreamland filled with snow-covered trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and more. 6P, 8P, and 10P, free. Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall,


NOV. 17–18, 24–25; DEC. 1–2, 8–9, 15–24

Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade

With floats, toy soldiers, snowflake princes and princesses, nutcrackers, dancers, drummers, and joyful music, this nondenominational parade is fun for the whole family. 6P, free. Park Center Drive,


NOV. 17

Henderson Stroll ’n’ Roll

The road will be closed to motorized traffic so that you may enjoy the street via bicycle, skates, skateboards, stroller, or on foot. Along the way, enjoy craft and food vendors. 10A–2P, free. Along Paseo Verde Parkway,


NOV. 17

LVIP Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Feast on the musical comedy of the Las Vegas Improvisational Players as they make up the show on the spot, based on your suggestions. 7P, $10; $5 kids, seniors, and military. Show Creators Studio, 4455 W. Sunset Road,


NOV. 21–JAN. 2

The Rink at the Boulevard Pool

Cosmopolitan - The Rink

Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan

Ice-skate high above the Strip, replete with snow showers every 30 minutes. Sit by the fire pits while enjoying s’mores and warm cocktails. 17+ unless with parent. Sat 10A–9P; Sun 11A–6P, $20; $10 locals; $10 skate rental. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas,



NOV. 23–DEC. 31

Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest

Enter a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3-D Experience, and so much more. Sun–Thu 5:30-9P; Fri–Sat 5:30–10P, $9–$20. Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.,


NOV. 24–JAN. 6

Fountains of Bellagio

The internationally renowned fountains present Christmas performances choreographed to holiday classics. Bellagio,


NOV. 24–DEC. 31

House on Robindale

The most decorated house in the valley welcomes visitors from far and wide. Park across the street to take in the 95,000+ lights synchronized to Top 40 hits and holiday favorites. 6–10P nightly, free. 1420 E. Robindale Road,


NOV. 29–Dec. 1

KINEKT: Circus, Dance, Theater

It is the story of a father and son’s struggle to connect and the forces that keep them apart in this technological age, told by combining the spectacle of acrobatics and the poetry of dance and theater. 12P, $25–$30. Summerlin Library,


NOV. 29

Luminaria and Las Posadas

Enjoy holiday festivities, choirs from local schools, a living nativity, and a Christmas carol sing-along followed by hot chocolate. 6P, free. Boulder City Recreation Center Gymnasium, 900 Arizona St.,


NOV. 29

Winter Choral Concert

The UNLV Choral Ensembles present its winter concert. 7:30P, $10. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV,


NOV. 30

Christmas Tree Lighting

Join Jingle Cat in lighting up the Community Christmas Tree, plus live entertainment and hot chocolate. 6P, free. Frank Crowe Park, Boulder City,


NOV. 30 and DEC. 29

Last Friday — Just Add Water Street

A foodie, arts, music, and crafts celebration in Henderson’s historic downtown area. 6–10P, free. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St.,


NOV. 30

A Polar Express Dance Extravaganza

Intensive Dance Company, under the direction of Anna Lawson, will present its annual Christmas performance. 7:30P, $25. The Historic Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona St.,


NOV. 30–DEC. 9

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents Shakespeare’s hilariously smart and sexy comedy about King of Navarre and his three loyal school friends who make the ultimate oath: for three years they will study, fast, and give up sex. Fri-Sat 7:30P; Sun 2P, $25. Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV,


DEC. 1–31

Santa Train

This 40-minute ride along the Boulder Branch Line features a toy train exhibit, Santa’s sleigh for photos, North Pole mailbox, and depot gift store. 10A–3P Fri–Sun, $5–$10. Nevada State Railroad Museum, 601 Yucca St., Boulder City,


DEC. 1

Great Santa Run

Your registration for this fundraiser includes a full Santa suit, a medal, and the opportunity to be a part of the largest gathering of Santas in the world! The race benefits Opportunity Village. 8A, $40, Fremont Street,


DEC. 1—JAN 6

Holiday Glamour

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens will be transformed into a magical holiday paradise. 24/7, free. The Bellagio,


DEC. 1

Doodlebug Bazaar

Almost 140 booths offer items like handmade jewelry, clothing, holiday decorations, ornaments, and toys. 9A–4P; Santa parade at 4:30P, free. Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St.,


DEC. 1

A Classic Holiday

The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents its annual holiday concert, featuring vocalists and an audience singalong. 2P and 7:30P, $30-$109. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center,


DEC. 2

Magical Forest Menorah Lighting Ceremony

A special part of the holiday celebrations. 5P, $9–$20. Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., 


DEC. 6–16

Stetson Country Christmas Downtown

The 25th anniversary of this mega-shopping event brings many traditions as well as exciting changes. Live music and more. 10A–5P, free. Sands Expo,


DEC. 6–7

A Well-Strung Christmas Starring Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, Daniel Shevlin, and Trevor Wadleigh

This singing string quartet will perform holiday classics. 7P. $39-$59. Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center,


DEC. 7–9, 14–16, & 21–23

Holiday Express

Embrace the holiday magic with train rides to Santa’s magical village and festive activities including photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, and a nutcracker display. 11A–7:15P, $10 members; $12 nonmembers; RSVP required. Springs Preserve,


December 7–8


This year’s theme is North Pole Adventures and includes a variety of family-friendly activities including the official tree-lighting ceremony with Santa, craft vendors, entertainment, and a spectacular evening light parade. Fri 6–9P; Sat 12–5P, free. Henderson Convention Center & Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St., Henderson,


DEC. 7

Randy Riggle: Nostalgic Christmas

A winter wonderland will be re-created for audience members as we revisit Santa’s one night of work each year. 7:30P, free. West Charleston Library,


DEC 8–24

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Photo courtesy Nevada Ballet Theatre and The Smith Center.

Nevada Ballet Theatre’s annual tradition continues with its performance of Tchaikovsky’s immortal ballet. Fri–Sat and Dec. 20, 7:30P; Sat–Sun and Dec. 24, 2P (beginning Dec 15); $29-$179. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center,



DEC. 8

Holidays From the Heart with Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry

The duo will perform a delightful array of Christmas music from their CD, taking audiences on a wistful ride and connecting to the true heart of the most magical time of the year. 3P, free. Auditorium at Windmill Library,


DEC. 8

Ugly Sweater Wine Walk

Get your awful holiday sweater judged as you taste wines and treats while enjoying the festive decorations all over town. 21+. 4P, $25 individual, $45 couple. Historic Downtown Boulder City,


DEC. 8

Jingle Bell Run

Raise funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation in the 5K, 10K, or 1 mile kids’ run. Runners receive jingle bells for their shoes and other goodies. 8A, $25–$75. Tivoli Village,


DEC. 15

LVIP Christmas Special

Get out of the mall to enjoy an evening of holiday-themed comedy by the Las Vegas Improvisational Players. Brighten your silent night with lighthearted, clean antics based on audience suggestions. 7P, $10; $5 kids, seniors, and military. Show Creators Studio, 4455 W. Sunset Road,


DEC. 20

A Very Harry Potter Winter

Get sorted into your Hogwarts House, choose your wand, and join in more fun wizarding festivities! 3P, free. Spring Valley Library,


DEC. 31

Resolution Run 10K/5K/1M

Get an early start to your New Year’s resolutions. Finishers of this slightly hilly course receive a shirt and a medal. Walkers and strollers welcome. 12P, $30–$55, Kellogg-Zaher Park, 7901 W. Washington Ave.,

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