Welcome to the time of year with its beauty and meaning where families come together to celebrate with activities that engage children. Below are some ideas for spending that special time with family and creating holiday memories.
Join Henderson International School for Winter Wonderland, a morning of fun winter learning activities for three- and four-year-olds to instruct children and adults on creating special snow-inspired educational science and art projects. The event will be held Dec. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Henderson International School, 1165 Sandy Ridge Ave., Henderson. For more information, visit hendersonschool.com.
Nov. 13-Jan. 1, 2014: Henderson chocolatier, Ethel M Chocolates, will once again light up the night with the 20th annual Holiday Cactus Garden. The seasonal attraction will feature more than 600,000 sparkling lights displayed throughout the three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden. In addition to twinkling lights, the holiday hot spot will offer live entertainment Friday and Saturday and photos with Santa Friday through Sunday. The attraction will be open 5 to 10 p.m. at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. For more information on Ethel M, visit ethelm.com.
Nov. 15-Jan. 5, 2014: Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holiday drive-through spectacular has entertained more than 1 million people in the past 13 years with an array of festive lights and sounds. Branches of the United Methodist Church are uniting to bring a living nativity scene to Glittering Lights. Glittering Lights will be open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The cost is $20 per car Friday through Sunday and $15 per car on weeknights. Goodwill of Southern Nevada is offering of $2 off a Glittering Lights ticket with a donation of gently used items. The coupon can be obtained at 30 drop off locations or entrance of Glittering Lights. Speedway Children’s Charity also receives $2 from each purchased ticket. For more information, visit glitteringlightslasvegas.com.
Dec. 14-22: The Nevada Ballet Theatre at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents a new interpretation of The Nutcracker. Based on the original tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score, The Nutcracker will come alive on stage, immersing audiences in an extraordinary fantasy world. This is the first production of its kind built for the Reynolds Hall stage featuring grand sets, costumes and the choreography of Artistic Director James Canfield. For more information, visit nevadaballet.org.
Nov. 22-Jan. 5, 2014: The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland filled with hundreds of decorated trees, millions of brilliant holiday lights, nightly entertainment for all ages, photos with Santa in his workshop, gingerbread house display, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Rod’s Mini-Golf and Boris the Elf’s 3-D Experience. The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. There is free parking behind the Magical Forest in the CSN parking lot. For more information, call 702.259.3741 or visit opportunityvillage.org.
The Neon Museum is offering a special holiday ornament-making activity Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and caroling by Las Vegas Academy singers in the Neon Boneyard, which will be specially illuminated for the holiday season from 5 to 6 p.m. This program is part of the city of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor’s December to Remember holiday festival. For more information about these and other events at the Neon Museum, visit neonmuseum.org or call 702.387.6366