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
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 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.
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.
The Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra will perform music from the Star Wars films, with the latest in the series just out. Relive your favorite scenes at this special concert at the new Enclave events center.
Take a compelling journey that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans, and deepens your awareness about who struggles with hunger and why. This 45-minute free exhibit tells intimate stories of dozens of Americans using portraits, state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and hands-on activities. Space is limited, so reservations are required.
The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas is in desperate need of sheets, blankets, towels and such to use for bedding for their cats and dogs. Gently used or new items can be dropped at the shelter every day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. They would also like to connect with housekeeping departments for regular pickups of donated items.
The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas presenta a new exhibition celebrating the extraordinary artistry of costume designer Pete Menefee through December 31. A multiple Emmy-Award-winning costume designer, he is famous for his work with musical superstars, variety productions, and Nevada’s costume-spectacular stage shows. There are photographs, stage costumes, and original costume design renderings.
The Young Explorer Program introduces young adventurers and their grownups to a variety of plants and animals that call the Wetlands Park their home through various activities, live animal demonstrations, crafts, and outdoor exploration. December 31 from 1 to 2:30. Registration required.
This action-packed show has incredible dogs and their handlers performing amazing stunts. It will thrill audiences of all ages and will keep you on the edge of your seat! Most of the performing pet stars have been adopted from animal shelters. Weekends, January 6 - 28, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Special shows New Year's Day and MLK Jr. Day, January 15. Free with admission.
Science Cafe Las Vegas meets on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 6:30, for a lively discussion of a specific subject. (You might want to brush up before heading out.) There's beer, but the event is okay for those under 21.
Since the Springs Preserve turned 10 years old in 2016, participants in the photo contest focused their lenses on all things 10 -- seeing life through the eyes of a 10-year old and objects in groupings of 10, for example. The photos on display are the winners, judged on their originality, technical skill and subject matter. Through January 7.