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Holiday Jolly Days


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Holiday cactus garden at Ethel M Chocolate Factory.

Through Nov. 30 & Dec. 7-Jan 4


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

The installation at The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens showcases harvest and holiday displays. 24/7, free. Bellagio,


Nov. 5

The 26th Anniversary Holiday Cactus Garden Lighting

Celebrate the lighting of more than a million lights with live entertainment, premium gifts, and hot chocolate. Please bring a new unwrapped toy donation to assist HELP of Southern Nevada or non-perishable food items for Three Square Food Bank. 5P, free. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson,


Nov. 5-Jan. 5

Holiday Cactus Garden

More than 500,000 lights will be strung throughout the 3-acre garden. Stop inside for a chocolate sample! Visits from Santa every Friday through Sunday. 5–10P, free. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson,


Nov. 5-10

Jesus Christ Superstar

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An iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base comes to North America to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a new mesmerizing production. 2P and 7:30P showings, starting at $40. Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center,


Nov. 8 -Jan. 5

Glittering Lights Las Vegas and Santa Tram

Nevada’s largest drive-through light show, this annual event showcases 1 million LEDs and more than 400 animated displays over 2.5 miles. Sun–Thu 5:30P–9P; Sat and holidays 5–10P. $20–$75 per vehicle (season passes available). Las Vegas Motor Speedway,


Nov. 9

Holiday Vintage Market & Craft Sale

Start your holiday shopping with a variety of unique and original gifts. Discover bargains on clothes, toys, books, and other items. 7A, Free. Silver Springs Recreation Center,


Nov. 9

’80s Themed Best Dam Wine Walk

Dress in all your ’80s wear and stroll the historic downtown Boulder City streets while shopping and sampling a variety of wines along with tasty bites. 4pm, $25. Grace Christian Academy,


Nov. 16

Henderson Stroll and Roll

Grab your skates, skateboards, bikes, strollers, and feet for this car-free street fair packed with activities for all ages. Along the route enjoy music, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and health, fitness, and bicycle vendors. 10A, free. Along Paseo Verde Parkway,


Nov. 16

Opera Uncorked! Timeless Tunes with Exquisite Wines

Virtuoso pianist Alexandra Le joins OLV’s spirited songbirds and troubadours in musical toast to some of the greatest drinking songs ever written, paired with fine wines from around the world. 6:30P, $30. Stinko’s Floral Shop, 1029 S. Main St., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101,


Nov. 16

Henderson Fall Festival

The festival will feature a DJ, turkey “shoot,” petting zoo, games, activities, and more! 5P, $5 Downtown Recreation Center,


Nov. 16

New Vista Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival

The festival features unlimited samplings from both local and national breweries, select spirits, live entertainment, activities, and games. 2P, $30-$45. Lake Las Vegas,


Nov. 21

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


Mariah CareyNov 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
Mariah Carey - “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling
female artist of all time with over 200 million
records sold, returns to The Colosseum at
Caesars Palace this November with her Christmas
concert series “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
for five dates. 8:00P, starting at $55. The
Colosseum at Caesars Palace,


Nov. 23-Dec. 31

Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town

Featuring Christmas lights, a polar express train ride, a sledding hill, Santa’s Cottage, and much more, Cowabunga Bay’s Christmas Town is not to be missed. Sunday-Friday 5:30P-9P, Saturday 5P-10P, $25. Cowabunga Bay,


Nov. 26-Dec. 1

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ musical features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series. Various showings, starts at $30. Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center,


Nov. 29-Jan. 4

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

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 5:30–9:30P, $15-$22, children 3 and under are free. Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.,


Nov. 29 & Dec. 27

Last Friday — Just Add Water Street

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


Dec. 5-14

Cowboy Christmas

From great shopping and interactive displays, to the Junior World Finals and Flint Rasmussen, there’s something for everyone. 9A-5P, free. Las Vegas Convention Center,


Dec. 5-15

Stetson Country Christmas offers everything needed for a Western-themed Christmas. Enjoy live music, dancing, and other holiday festivities. Church services are offered on Sunday. 10A, free. The Rio,


Dec. 6-8

Hansel and Gretel

This enduring creation features a scheming witch, a children’s chorus and a ballet of angels — plus an amazing gingerbread house. Dec. 6-7P, Dec. 7-2P, Dec. 8-2P, $35 VIP & $25. Windmill Library Theatre,


Dec. 6-14

Nevada Conservatory Theatre: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The classic novel by C.S. Lewis is brought to life as we follow Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter on their adventures in Narnia. Various times, $28. Judy Bayley Theater,


Dec. 6

Christmas Tree Lighting is a perfect way to kick off this year’s holiday festivities. Spend time with family and friends, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy the live music, all while watching the tree’s dazzling lights. 6P, free. Frank T Crowe Memorial Park, Boulder City,


December 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23

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, a nutcracker display, and more. 11A–7:15P, $10 members; $12 nonmembers; RSVP required.
Springs Preserve,


Dec. 7

Doodlebug Bazaar

Get all of your holiday goodies and gifts at the Doodlebug Bazaar. 9A, free. Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St.,


Dec. 7

Santa’s Electric Night Parade

Following the Doodlebug Bazaar, Boulder City will be glowing for the grand entrance of Santa Claus, leading an old-fashioned Holiday parade. 4:30, free. Historic District Streets.                


Dec. 7

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 Santa’s in the world! The race benefits Opportunity Village. 8A, $40., Fremont Street,


Dec. 13-14

WinterFest 2019

This year’s theme is Fire & Ice and includes a variety of activities including the official tree lighting ceremony with Santa, craft vendors, entertainment, and a spectacular evening light parade. 5P, free. Henderson Convention Center & Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St., Henderson,


Dec. 14

Ugly Sweater Best Dam Wine Walk

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


Dec. 14

Las Vegas Classical Guitar Ensemble Holiday Concert

Relax with acoustic guitar music celebrating the holidays from the Renaissance to the present day. 3P, free. Summerlin Library,


Dec. 14

13th Annual Night of Lights - St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Families will enjoy live entertainment, s’mores by the firepit, hayrides, cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Santa and reindeer games. 5P, $10. St. Jude’s Ranch, 100 St. Jude’s St.,


Dec. 14

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. 14

Reindeer Dash

Don your best holiday apparel and jingle all the way down a 3.1-mile course (5K) along Pittman Wash Trail.  Afterwards, enjoy your favorite holiday music from a live DJ and visit with good old St. Nick. Ages 5 and up. 8A, $25-$40. Silver Springs Recreation Center,


Dec. 15

Celebrate the Holidays with the Nevada Chamber Orchestra

Feel the magic and joy of the holiday season during this hour-long concert featuring festive holiday tunes and classical favorites. 3P, free. Summerlin Library,


Dec. 15

Magical Forest Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Supporting the Jewish Family Service Agency, The Light of Life Menorah will stand alongside the Magical Forest’s decorated holiday trees and installations. 5:30P, $20+. Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.,


Dec. 28-29

Kwanzaa 2019

A two-day celebration of African values, culture, and community. 10A, free. West Las Vegas 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–$65, Kellogg-Zaher Park, 7901 W. Washington Ave.,


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