polar bearsDec. 2-Jan. 8, 2017: The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio will open its holiday display. The free and family-friendly attraction will once again become a winter wonderland full of delights featuring seasonal favorites such as the large polar bear family, thousands of fresh poinsettias and a tree decorated with more than 2,000 ornaments and 7,000 warm white LED lights. The display is open 24 hours daily. For more information, visit bellagio.com.

magical forest of lightsNov. 19-Jan. 1, 2017: It is the 25th anniversary of The Magical Forest, a cherished Southern Nevada tradition, features 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, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Rod’s Mini-Golf, Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, Blastin’ Bear’s Shootin’ Shack, Magical Midway, and Boris the Elf’s 3-D Experience. There will also be nightly entertainment. 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.
mystic falls park Nov. 22-Dec. 31: Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall will light up the winter display at Mystic Falls Park with a special kick-off and tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 22. Since 1994, the popular pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show, transforms into an immersive winter wonderland experience with decorations beginning in Sam’s Town porte-cochère. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lamp posts, sculpture polar bears, mountains of poinsettias and white light and snow-covered trees will fill the atrium, along with the special holiday-themed laser light show. Sam’s Town will host the 15-minute laser light show every hour starting at 5 p.m. Also, be sure to visit Cowboy Santa in the Park’s gazebo Nov. 25-Dec. 23. He will greet visitors on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit samstownlv.com.
the group singing in red jacketsNov. 29-Dec. 23, 7 p.m.: Human Nature, the award-winning Australian vocal group and Las Vegas headliners, are adding a holiday twist to their critically-acclaimed new show JUKEBOX at The Sands Showroom in The Venetian Las Vegas. The holiday celebration will include favorites from the group’s best-selling CD, “The Christmas Album,” including “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night, O Holy Night” and “Winter Wonderland.” There will be a selection of the group’s influences including some of the most-loved hit songs from the best vocal artists and groups of all time including “Stand By Me” and “Unchained Melody.” This spectacular holiday production is a family-fun Christmas show. Show dates vary. For tickets, visit any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, call 702.414.9000 or visit HumanNatureLive.com or Venetian.com.
rita morenoDec. 3-4: Las Vegas Philharmonic’s traditional holiday celebration sparkles extra brightly with legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer, Rita Moreno, as she lends her iconic vocal talents to the narration of Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless classic, “Peter and the Wolf.” This festive family-friendly concert begins with selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker, and the merriment is capped off with an incredibly fun audience sing-a-long of holiday favorites, accompanied by its world-class orchestra. Concerts will be held at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. For more information and tickets, visit lvphil.org.
nutcracker on stageDec. 10-24: The Nevada Ballet Theatre at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker” choreographed by Artistic Director James Canfield, featuring a full orchestra and over 100 performers. Nevada Ballet Theatre’s rendition has been called the most visually beautiful production, filling the Reynolds Hall stage for which it was specifically created. The theater is transformed into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance along the borderline of imagination and reality. Arrive early to The Smith Center and get a photo taken on the red carpet with The Nutcracker, and enjoy some holiday shopping at the festive Nutcracker Boutique. For more information, visit nevadaballet.org. For dates, times and tickets, including the sale of single tickets, visit thesmithcenter.com/events.
actors in marriage can be murderDec. 5-Jan. 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: Dine, socialize and play detective with a mix of comedy and murder mystery. “Marriage Can Be Murder” holiday-themed show at the D Las Vegas is a killer twist to the holiday party season in a jolly game of whodunit where even Santa is suspect and actors are planted among the unsuspecting guests. For tickets, call the box office at 702.388.2111 or visit thed.com, which includes a three-course meal, non-alcoholic beverage, server gratuity, taxes and fees. VIP tickets include one alcoholic beverage, souvenir t-shirt and priority seats. R.I.P. tickets offer a chance to participate in the show.
santa's houseThrough Dec. 24: (days and times vary) Town Square Park will spread holiday cheer in various events. Snow in the Square shows lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to traditional holiday tunes. Children of all ages are invited inside Santa’s Norman Rockwell inspired house in Town Square Park for photos to help make this holiday season a memory that will last forever. Four-legged friends are also invited for a photo with Santa and treats. Reservations are required to see Santa and can be made at TownSquareSanta.com. Photos on Dec. 24 will be walk-ups only and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Local elementary through high school students will perform harmonies ranging from school choirs to holiday musicals.
ethel m light displayThrough Jan. 1, 2017: Henderson chocolatier, Ethel M Chocolates, will once again light up the night with the annual Holiday Cactus Garden. There will be over 1 million holiday lights across 300 species of plants. Spanning more than three-acres, the seasonal attraction is a free holiday tradition for Southern Nevada. In addition to twinkling lights, choirs will perform nightly, and there will be photos with Santa from Friday to Sunday. The attraction will be open 5 to 10 p.m. at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. There are fresh gourmet collections, seasonal favorites, stocking stuffers and gift baskets available including The Festive Collection which include Peppermint Bark, Milk Chocolate Creamy Caramels, Almond Butter Krisps and Pecan Caramel Raptures, the latter two of which are Kosher. For more information, visit ethelm.com.
christmas lightsThrough Jan. 7, 2017: Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is celebrating 16 years in Southern Nevada. The holiday 2 ½-mile drive-through spectacular that intertwines through the speedway features over 3 million dazzling festive lights and sounds. It is also the debut of the Santa Tram powered by AAA Nevada. This new addition is a Christmas outdoor adventure that will board at Exotics Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Guests view millions of lights from an open-air tram and sing carols with the elf conductor. The red carpet treatment comes with each ticket purchased including complimentary cocoa, treats, photos with Santa and a toasty outdoor area with games. Santa Tram powered by AAA Nevada operates on select nights beginning in December. Tickets are ONLY available online at glitteringlights.vegas. Goodwill of Southern Nevada will continue to offer a $5 discount entry voucher for Glittering Lights Carload Tickets with a donation of clothing or household items. The voucher will be available in November at any of the stores, drop off locations or attraction entry. A portion of each ticket benefits Speedway Children’s Charities, Las Vegas Chapter. Glittering Lights is open nightly from dusk to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and dusk to 10 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holidays.