The UNLV School of Music presents dozens of free classical music recitals and concerts every term. Most are by students, performing solo or in small groups. There are also performances by music faculty, guest artists, and visiting ensembles. Some things, such as their symphony orchestra and wind band concerts, have a small charge. You can find the complete list on their website.
The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas (and shelters across the country) will have "Home for the Pawlidayz" November 24-26. All cats and dogs six months and older will have their adoption fees waived, thanks to Zappos for Good. Animals will be spayed or neutered, have their shots, and be microchipped. A $10 licensing fee from the City of Las Vegas or City or North Las Vegas might apply.
This exhibit shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White - three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make positive differences in the world. It encourages children and families to explore issues of isolation, fear and prejudice.
The Rotary Club of Las Vegas Red Rock is holding a toy drive for Easter Seals of Southern Nevada (who work with people of all ages with disabilities) and Total Sports Barcelona Academy (which gives kids from all walks of life a chance to play the game). Toys will be wrapped on December 5.
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, downtownsummerlin.com
More than 500,000 lights will be strung throughout the 3-acre garden. Stop inside for a chocolate sample. 5P–midnight, free. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, Through January 6. ethelm.com
Nevada’s largest drive-through light show, this annual event showcases 1 million LEDs and more than 400 animated displays over 2.5 miles. Open every night at dusk, $20 per vehicle Sunday-Thursday and $30 Friday, Saturday, holidays and December 18-25. Through January 7. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, glitteringlightslasvegas.com
This musical based on the hit film stars R&B singer Deborah Cox and features many of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits. Wed-Sun 7:30P; Sat–Sun 2P, $36–$127. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
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 through January 6. samstownlv.com
Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas hosts "Lunch & Learn" talks most Wednesdays from noon to 1:00. Most often they cover topics of interest to those serving as caregivers to people with dementia.
Whitmore seeks to highlight a series of unintentional vestiges of fading beliefs in order to trace a pantheon of contested principles that reflect romantic notions of the American west. Free. Richard Tam Alumni Center at UNLV through November 24, unlv.edu
Enter a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, and more. Sun–Thu 5:30-9P; Fri–Sat 5:30–10P, $9–$20. Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., opportunityvillage.org
Five Utah artists will participate in the holiday popup open studio sale November 24-26 from 10 to 5. There will be jewelry, ceramics, paintings, mixed media, cards and gifts by Leia Fox, Teresa Jordan, Deb Durban, Barbara Ellard, and Michelle Bonner.
The Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas uses male and female volunteers, ages 21 and over, to assist sexual assault victims. Volunteers assist the staff of the center by answering crisis calls around the clock, making referrals for victims and others who are seeking assistance, and more.
Influenced by musical genres from R&B to pop and rock, Femmology’s signature sound is part of an over-the-top theatrical experience with aerial acrobatics, ballerinas, hip-hop dancers, drag queens and more.