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.
Forget Me Not Animal Sanctuary of Las Vegas is collecting cat and dog beds for the Animal Foundation to celebrate the holiday season. Their goal is 585 dog beds and 523 cat beds, and blankets, by Christmas morning. They want to provide some comfort to the cats and dogs as they wait to be adopted. There are drop-off sites around the valley.
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.
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
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
"The Unbelievables Christmas Extravaganza" has it all – jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, the world’s most spectacular ballroom dancers and the most angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols. Featuring “America’s Got Talent” finalist Sara and her dog Hero and great acts from around the world.
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
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, houseonrobindale.com
The Park Las Vegas presents their first Holiday at the Park November 30 through January 7. Enjoy an 80 foot tree, an ice skating rink, traditional chalets, festive shopping, food, drinks, games and more.
Fallen trousers, sexual indiscretions, mistaken identities, and lewd puns abound in Joe Orton’s farce about psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender, and even simple language. Thu–Sat 8P; Sat–Sun 2P, $21–$24. Las Vegas little Theatre, lvlt.org
Henderson Libraries is holding their 9th annual Teen Creative Writing Contest December 1 through February 24 for those in grades 6 – 12. There are three categories: poetry, short story/fiction, essay/memoir. There will be prizes, with an awards party in April.
Embrace the holiday magic at the Springs Preserve 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! December 9 and 10 and 16-23.
Relax in the "Village Square" at the Center for Science and Wonder. Take a dish or bottle of wine to share and, if you have song in your heart, take your favorite instrument. Share a story. Enjoy an old fashioned Village Social. Doors open at 6 p.m. It's behind the PTs restaurant in the southeast part of the parking lot.