Now to Jan 1
Through Jan. 1, 2018: Ethel M Chocolates will once again light up the night with the annual Holiday Cactus Garden and will host its 24th annual Cactus Garden lighting with over 1 million colorful twinkling lights Spanning over three acres, the seasonal attraction is a free holiday tradition for Southern Nevada. New this year, Ethel M will transform the back pavilion into its very own winter wonderland with an ice skating rink (ticket must be purchased). Hours of operation for the ice rink will be daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and each ticket purchased will come with a complimentary cup of Ethel M’s gourmet hot chocolate. The Holiday Cactus Garden, free to the public, will be open 5 to 10 p.m. at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. For more information, visit ethelm.com.
Nov. 20 to Dec. 14: “Legends in Concert” in Las Vegas adds a holiday theme while celebrating 34 years on the Las Vegas Strip. The show features singing tribute artists (no lip syncing) to a live band and recreates the superstars with their look and presence on stage. Local youth choirs and performing arts groups will also perform in the production. Tickets are on sale at all Caesars Entertainment box offices or by calling 702.777.7776. More information is available at flamingolasvegas.com or legendsinconcert.com.
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 at sundown on Nov. 22 and continue through the holiday season. 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. Be certain to visit Cowboy Santa in the Park’s gazebo. For more information, visit samstownlv.com.
NOV 24 to DEC 31
Through Dec. 31, 2018: It is the 26th anniversary of The Magical Forest, a cherished Southern Nevada tradition, featuring 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, Blastin’ Bear’s Shootin’ Shack, Magical Midway, Boris the Elf’s Experience and new mini-coaster The Blizzard. 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 magicalforest.com.
NOV 27 to DEC 25
Nov. 27 to Dec. 25: Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment is welcoming the holidays with A Very Terry Christmas at the Terry Fator Theater in The Mirage, a holiday themed performance. Fator and cast will celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classics including “Winter Wonderland,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” A duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby is a touching moment that will feature the talented Fator performing with two puppets simultaneously. Show dates vary. Tickets and information are available by going online at mirage.com, calling 702.792.7777 or by visiting any MGM Resorts International Box Office.
Now to Jan 7
Through Jan. 7, 2018: Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is celebrating 17 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. Guests can also view millions of lights from Santa Tram, an open-air tram. New this year is Fast Pass powered by Diamondback Land Surveying. Tickets for Santa Tram and Fast Pass are available ONLY 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. A portion of each ticket benefits Speedway Children’s Charities, Las Vegas Chapter.
DEC 1 to JAN 2
Dec. 1-Jan. 2, 2018, 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.
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The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio will showcase 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.
Dec. 2, 2 p.m.: Las Vegas Philharmonic’s traditional holiday celebration returns with all the wonder and magic of the season. Home for the Holidays, a festive, family-friendly concert, begins with the nostalgic and popular A Christmas Fantasy. The merriment continues with selections from the beloved Nutcracker. The timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf, opens the second half with Clint Holmes narrating the elaborate tale. The spirited performance concludes with a traditional audience sing-along of holiday favorites accompanied by the symphony orchestra. The concert will be held at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. For more information and tickets, visit lvphil.org.
DEC 9 to DEC 24
Dec. 9-24: Nevada Ballet Theatre at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker” choreographed by James Canfield, featuring a full orchestra and over 100 performers. 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.