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2013 Holiday events in Las Vegas Valley

As part of their holiday Winter in Venice the Venetian Las Vegas has a Christmas tree at the entrance and an ice skating rink above their iconic outdoor Grand Canal facing the Las Vegas Strip. Image by Las Vegas News Bureau, Glenn Pinkerton

2013 Holiday events in Las Vegas Valley

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Nov 19, 2013


Ethel M's Holiday Cactus Display
Ethel M Chocolates in Henderson decorates its botanical cactus garden for the holidays. The garden features millions of lights, appearances by Santa and performances by local groups. The garden will be decorated through Jan. 1. More info

Glittering Lights
Glittering Lights, the holiday drive-thru spectacular, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway features more than 400 animated, energy-efficient LED lights along a 2.5-mile racetrack.Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Cost is $15 per vehicle during the week and $20 on the weekends. The Living Nativity will run every Thursday through Saturday through Christmas with additional dates of Dec. 22-24. More info

Opportunity Village Magical Forest Tree Lighting
6 p.m. Nov. 29 (rescheduled from Nov. 22 because of weather)
A celebratory tree lighting service marking the 22nd anniversary of Opportunity village's Magical Forest. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will be flipping the switch to light the forest to kick off the holiday season in Las Vegas. Also joining the festivities are Mayor Pro-Tem Stavros Anthony, Congresswoman Dina Titus and Congressman Joe Heck, Linda Smith, Chief Development Officer of Opportunity Village along with Santa, RJ Reindeer and Jaime Lynch from FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino, who has a special performance planned.
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Opportunity Village Magical Forrest
5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 22-Jan. 6 6300 W. Oakey Blvd
Several new experiences for fun this year including Rudolph’s Raceway and the Magical Midway featuring Blastin’ Bear’s Shootin’ Shack, Lucky Ducky and the Holiday Wreath Ring Toss. Visitors will also enjoy the ever popular Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Snowflake Mountain Slide and more.
Price: $11.00 for adults and $9.00 for children
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Tree Lighting Ceremony at The District
6:30 p.m. Nov. 29
The District is hosting a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29 to kick off the holiday season. This family-friendly event will be hosted by actress and best-selling author Cerina Vincent, and will feature a live performance by Frankie Moreno. JC Fernandez from Mix 94.1 radio station will also be live at the event. Santa will also be available for photo opportunities at The District throughout upcoming weeks. Check the website for info on photos with Santa through Christmas Eve.

Village Square Tree Lighting
Village Square will hold a tree lighting ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 30. The ceremony will include musical performances by the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts High School and Our Lady of Las Vegas Roman Catholic Choir.  Also on Saturday, Santa Claus makes a special appearance.
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Mystic Falls at Sam's Town
Mystic Falls at Sam's Town casino and hotel is once again decorated for the holidays. The winter wonderland features holiday trees, festive lighting, snowfall, animatronics, laser lights and water features. There is also a 15-minute laser light show hourly during the holiday season from 5 to 10 p.m. Santa Claus will appear from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. More info

Fremont Street Christmas Tree Lighting
5 p.m. Dec. 11
Third Street Stage, Fremont Street Experience
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will help Santa light Las Vegas' official Christmas tree. The 50-foot tree will be decked with festive decorations and shine brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision canopy. Directly following the ceremony, the Country Christmas show will perform, a live song and dance show to classic holiday country music hits. The official Las Vegas Christmas tree will be on display at the Fremont Street Experience through the Christmas holiday.
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Holiday Ice Rink & Lodge at Caesars Palace
The all new Caesars Chalet holiday ice rink and lodge experience is now open at Caesars Palace. The chalet features falling snow, warm beverages such as hot chocolate and coffee and adult beverages such as toasted cinnamon shots. Specialized skaters are on hand to offer hands-on assistance, skill demonstrations and facilitate ice rink activities on a 2,100-square-foot LED-lit rink with traditional ice. Daily skating sessions are available for guests ages 4 and older from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily. Skate rentals are $5 per session and each 30-minute session costs $10 for Total Rewards members and $11 for non-members. More info

Ice Skating Rink at Gold Spike
An ice skating rink has been installed outside of the Gold Spike in downtown Las Vegas. The rink is open from noon to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays and noon to 1 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Cost is $10 to skate all day and $5 skate rental. More info

Winter in Venice at The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas
The annual holiday display features an outdoor skating rink and the nightly holiday spectacular. The holiday spectacular is presented three times every night and feature costumed characters and a grand holiday tree lighting. The skating rink is open daily with sessions at 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15 p.m. Skating tickets are $14.95 for general admission and $9.95 for Las Vegas locals with ID. More info

Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan
The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan is open through Jan. 5. Weekly programming features Date Skate Mondays, Industry Skate on the Strip Wednesdays, and Throwback Thursdays. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. All day skating access is $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents. Visitors to The Ice Rink are allowed to bring their own skates or can rent a pair for $5. Skate aid rentals are also available for $10.  The Ice Rink welcomes guests ages two and up. However, children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Admission to the unique winter atmosphere surrounding The Ice Rink is free. More info


X107.5 Holiday Havoc
7 p.m. Nov. 30
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel
Tickets start at $39.50
X107.5 brings its annual holiday blowout to The Joint again when Holiday Havoc returns on Saturday, Nov. 30. This year’s lineup features Thirty Seconds to Mars with special guests Panic! at the Disco, Pepper and Parade of Lights. In support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, X107.5 offers the ultimate package, giving concert-goers the chance to spread holiday cheer while reveling in a night of jam-packed offerings. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits the nonprofit. Available for $150, the package includes one suite ticket to the show and one pass to a private party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Muse Hall featuring meet-and-greet opportunities, an open bar and appetizers provided by Pink Taco.

Richard Petty Driving Experience
Richard Petty Driving Experience is kicking off the holiday season by offering limited-time specials
including 10% off all reserved driving experiences and Ride-Alongs starting at only $59 ($99-$135 value). 6975 Speedway Blvd D106
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The NATIVITY presents the story of Christmas
Dec. 11-14
The NATIVITY is a 25-minute performance that follows the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ as told by the apostles in the New Testament. Scenes from the production include: Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, the ministering of angels and the journey made by the Three Kings to the stable.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 – 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (7 p.m. show in Spanish)
Thursday, Dec. 12 – 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 – 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 – 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Opportunity Village – Ralph & Betty Englestad Campus, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive, north of the 215 Beltway
Price: Free
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Jingle Bell Block
Dec. 5-24
Downtown Grand Las Vegas and Downtown 3rd have created a winter wonderland named Jingle Bell Block on 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden avenues. There is a Christmas tree lot, holiday beverages and festive food available for purchase, a free bounce house for kids, and handcrafted gifts for sale from the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market. Santa Claus will also be available for visits. The Christmas tree lot will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Santa's Village will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open through Dec. 24. Admission and valet parking is free.

"A Christmas Carol," Nevada Conservatory Theatre
Dec. 5-15
8 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 with matinees at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8, 14, and 15
$20-$30, with 10 percent off for children under 18
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Judy Bayley Theatre, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Loved by both the young and young at heart, Dickens’ iconic Christmas story featuring that famous Ebeneezer Scrooge (Bah Humbug!) and the three ghosts who lead him through time and show him the error of his ways.

"Scrooge, The Musical," Rainbow Company Youth Theatre
Charleston Heights Arts Center
7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15
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A large cast of enthusiastic actors sing and dance their way through Charles Dickens’ classic tale, musically directed by Joseph L. Cottone and costumed by guest designer Gail Lehtinen.

Mark & Mercedes' Not So Silent Night
Mark & Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night featuring The Fray with special guests Gavin DeGraw, Five for Fighting and Offset Season.
7 p.m. Dec. 6
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel
Tickets start at $29.50
Mix 94.1 is kicking off the holiday season with another all-star line-up at The Joint on Friday, Dec. 6. Mark & Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night will feature The Fray with special guests Gavin DeGraw, Five for Fighting and Offset Season. Mix 94.1 is offering a VIP experience with a portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefiting American Heart Association. Available for $150, the package includes one suite ticket to the show and one pass to a private party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Vinyl featuring meet-and-greet opportunities, an open bar and appetizers.

Las Vegas Great Santa Run
8 a.m. Dec. 7
Downtown Las Vegas
The 9th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run raises money for local organization Opportunity Village. Now an official Nevada 150 event, the race course will begin under the glowing overhead screens of Fremont Street Experience and continue throughout downtown, passing a number of landmarks and some of Las Vegas’ most captivating architecture. Country superstar Shania Twain will welcome participants and announce the start of the race. Cost is $40 for individual races, $35 for adult teams, and $25 for children. More info

All National Holiday Festival, Las Vegas Academy
5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7
Las Vegas Academy gym, quad and cafeteria, South 7th Street
$8 adults, $5 students, free for kids under 12
The events will feature music, dance, games and cuisine from around the world. Silent auction and craft and gift booths. Special guest performances by Tommy Ward from the Stratosphere, Trinity Academy of the Arts ,Kaminari Taiko Drummers, On Pointe Ballet Academy,Mariachi International,  and Santa Bob.

"The Nutcracker," Nevada Ballet Theater
Dec. 14-22
The Smith Center, downtown Las Vegas
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Nevada Ballet Theater will present "The Nutcracker" in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

KOMP's Totally Politically Correct Holiday Bash
Dec. 15
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel
Tickets start at $39.50
KOMP’S Totally Politically Correct Holiday Bash featuring Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington with special guests P.O.D. and Sick Puppies will take over The Joint on Sunday, Dec. 15.

"A Very Swinging' Christmas," South Point hotel and casino
7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21
South Point hotel and casino
Tickets start at $15
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South Point welcomes "A Very Swingin’ Christmas" to the Showroom Dec. 20 – 21 at 7:30 p.m. The 12-piece live band is comprised of performers from some of Vegas’ hottest shows, including Matt Goss, Human Nature, Rap Pack, Million Dollar Quartet, The Spazmatics and more.

Sin City Sinners Christmas in Vegas
9 p.m. Dec. 21
Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel
Sin City Sinners is a Las Vegas-based rock ‘n’ roll group that performs originals and covers at key venues in the Valley. In 2010, Sin City Sinners was awarded Las Vegas Review-Journal’s "Best In Vegas – Editor's Pick.” All attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and the United States Marine Corps.

The Smith Center
Symphony Park
Holiday Concert in Symphony Park
5 p.m. Dec. 8
One of Las Vegas' most beloved entertainers, Clint Holmes will launch the holiday season with a concert in Symphony Park. Holmes will be joined onstage by special guests such as his wife Kelly Clinton-Holmes, Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno, former "Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular" star Kristen Hertzenberg, vocal group “Fifth Avenue,” the Las Vegas Academy Choir and others for collaborations on Christmas classics and more. The event will feature as many as 11,500 sparkling lights and spectacular Christmas  decorations.
Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and hot cocoa to this event under the stars.
Price: $15 kids/ $20 adults
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Reynolds Hall (The Smith Center)
“A Mari-Achi Christmas”
7:30 p.m. Dec. 3
The headliner for this event is the nation’s mariachi ambassadors Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez. Guests will get the chance to hear Christmas favorites from the United States, Mexico and more.
Price: Starting at $26
Clint Holmes For The Holidays
8:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7
Las Vegas icon Clint Holmes will be performing a variety of music form contemporary to jazz.
Price: Starting at $35
Comedian Tom Dreesen in “An Evening of Laughter and Stories of Sinatra”
Dec. 13-14 7 p.m.
Dreesen will take the audience from his childhood of shining shoes to one day touring with Sinatra as his opening act. Dreesen is sure to have you laughing and smiling all night long.
Price: Starting at $39
Danny Wright “Just Wright For The Holidays”
2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 15
Known as “The Healer of Hearts,” Danny Wright is said to be one of today’s finest pianists and composers. He will be playing songs from his four Christmas albums in the amazing holiday show.
Price: Starting at $30
Deana Martin
7 p.m. Dec. 20-21 2 p.m. Dec.22
Deana Martin takes on the Rat Pack's classic hits and including some of your favorite holiday tunes.
Price: Starting at $37
Troesh Studio Theater (The Smith Center)
Sisters Christmas Catechism “The Mystery of The Magi’s Gold”
7 p.m. Nov. 29 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 30 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 1
It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold?
This hilarious retelling of the nativity story is one that you will remember from years to come.
Price: Starting at $35

South Point
"A Very Swingin' Christmas"
7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21
A 12-piece live band with performers from some of Vegas' most popular shows including Matt Goss, Human Nature, Rap Pack and more. The audience can expect to enjoy popular swing music hots, and Christmas classics from the Brain Setzer Orchestra.
Price: $15
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Sunset Park
Sunset Wonderland Holiday Festival
Dec. 6-22
4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends
Sunset Wonderland will have activities every Friday, Saturday and Sunday including holiday music, children's games/activities, contests, horse rides, holiday carolers, live music and dance performances by local Las Vegas dance troupes and, of course, we can’t forget about photo opportunities with Santa. Additional craft and food vendor will be on site in our Wonderland Marketplace on the weekends as well. Ice-skating, Ferris Wheel, Tree purchases & the Holiday Wonderland of Tree Display will be available Monday thru Thursday from 4PM-10PM and weekends from 10AM - 9PM.The event is for all ages.
Price: Free to Sunset Wonderland, Ice Skating $8 per hour including skate rental
More info: Call (702) 455-8200

Holidays at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Nutcracker Tea at the Tea Lounge
Inspired by a child's beloved nutcracker toy, the Tea Lounge offers a themed Nutcracker Tea with a portion of proceeds benefiting Nevada Ballet Theatre. Located on the 23rd floor, guests will enjoy views of the Las Vegas Strip while pampering themselves with a special high tea service and an assortment of holiday sweets. Nutcracker Tea is 2-5 p.m. daily and $46 per person.

Also available at the Tea Lounge during the holidays, will be the Build Your Own Hot Chocolate tray. Guests will be given homemade hot chocolate accompanied by fun and festive treats from Executive Pastry Chef, Philippe Angibeau. $12 per person.

Sky Lobby Holiday Carolers
Spirited carolers will welcome guests when checking in at the 23rd floor Sky Lobby throughout the month of December. Unique musical arrangements and traditional Christmas carols will be performed by award-winning choirs from Las Vegas high schools, Centennial and Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. The merry sounds of Centennial High School will be performed December 11, 12 and 16 from 5-7 p.m. and Las Vegas Academy of the Arts will perform December 19 through 24 from 5-7 p.m.

Home for the Holidays Concert

The Home for the Holidays concert with James R. Smith and the Las Vegas Mass Choir will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at LVH. Tickets are $25 or $45 for concert and VIP gala.
More info: 702-334-8444

Holiday Bike Ride
8 a.m. Dec. 14
RTC Westcliff Transit Center and Park & Ride
Bring a new, unwrapped toy and join local cyclists in festive holiday attire or a decked-out bicycle to deliver holiday cheer. Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers will kick off the guided bike ride at the RTC’s Westcliff Transit Center, 25 South Durango Drive.  Riders will roll leisurely down the scenic bike route along Alta Drive, and then head south to end at NV Energy on Sahara Avenue, where Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian will greet them with hot chocolate and candy canes.  This fun 10-mile roundtrip ride will have you in the holiday spirit with free giveaways and prizes for the most festive holiday attire or bike decoration.

Phil Flowers Holiday House Party
Dec. 20
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Guests can dance the night away with the incomparable Phil Flowers and all the classic R&B, soul and jazz favorites, spanning popular music. Plus, holiday favorites as well! Enjoy a fantastic night out with great music, cocktails and dancing for only $5, or more, going to Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. Attendees can enter the Blinged Out Sneaker contest for a chance to win tickets and meet & greet passes to the Valentine’s Love Affair Concert.

Rafting With Santa
10 a.m. Dec. 24
Colorado River, Boulder City
Cost: $87.95 for adults, $53.95 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for kids under 5
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Join Black Canyon River Adventures with a 12-mile Rafting With Santa journey along the Colorado River. The 6.5 hour excursion will depart from base of Hoover Dam. The tour will meet at the Hacienda Hotel in Boulder City.

Springs Preserve

Train Rides with Santa
Santa reads holiday stories and hands out candy canes as our “Polar Express” train takes a special journey. Rides run hourly 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. December 23 - 24, $3 members, $5 non-members with general admission. Find even more holiday magic on our Snowman Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy hot cocoa and sweet treats in the Springs Cafe!

Snowmen in the Garden
See the display of snowmen and snowcritters by local arts and groups throughout the valley. Get in a holiday mood by walking among the variety of desert "snowmen" at the Springs Preserve in the youth, family, group, corporate, "green" snowmen and Vegas, baby! categories. All entrants are entered to win prizes. Thursday, December 5 - 27, free with general admission.

Storytime and Cookie Decorating
Enjoy fun, festive stories of the season while you decorate (and eat!) yummy holiday cookies. Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. throughout December. Members: $3. Non-members: GA + $5.

Night at the Museum - Polar Express
“Polar Express” Night at the Museum includes a screening of the holiday movie classic, museum discoveries, crafts, pizza dinner, yummy snacks and a visit from (shhhhh…) Santa! Ages 5-12, Saturday, December 21, 5-9 pm (must pre-register by Dec. 20) $20 members, $25 non-members. Space is limited.

Christmas Tree Recycling
Recycle your tree. Each year following Christmas and into the new year you can take your Christmas tree to one of more than 20 convenient drop sites throughout the valley, including the Springs Preserve. Before dropping off your tree, remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. For more information go to December 26 to January 15, 2014 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tivoli Village
Parade with Santa
Nov. 29 10:30 a.m. Parade Starts
11:00 a.m. – Herald Trumpeters, Palo Verde Marching Band, Palo Verde Color Guard, UNLV Dance Line kick off the performance festivities on the main stage
11:30 a.m  - 3 p.m.  p.m. – Nevada School of Dance, Sun City Drill Team, Voccalis, Studio One, Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, Ensemble Arts Academy, The Beat Dance Academy, and Xelement Music and Dance.
The parade will end at Santa's house, where kids can make their holiday wishes and have their picture taken. Guests can also ride the trackless train for $3 or 2 rides for $5.
For more information call (702) 478-4159
The Venetian
Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive
100 Black Men and Coalition of 100 Black Women
8 p.m-midnight Dec. 6
Price: $25
More info: (702) 838-8072

'Believe in Magic' annual fashion show
Noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 13-24
Fashion Show Mall
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The annual "Believe in Magic" fashion show is a light-hearted, fun-filled show.Join Santa and his elves as they take you on a magical journey, highlighting holiday traditions throughout the country. Stops will be made in New York, Hawaii, Texas and, of course, Las Vegas, all culminating in a spectacular finale that showcases the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree.

Breakfast with Santa at Life Time Athletic
9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14
Life Time Athletic Summerlin, 10721 W. Charleston Blvd.
Life Time will host two breakfasts with Kris Kringle, where kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy meal with Old Saint Nick, share their Christmas wish lists, and enjoy holiday arts and craft activities. Holiday revelers can choose between two seating times -- 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Tickets to Breakfast with Santa are priced at $20 for member children, $5 for member adults, $25 for non-member children and $10 for non-member adults. Tickets to dine with Father Christmas can be purchased at the Life Time Athletic Summerlin Activity Center or over the phone at 702-228-2611.  

Music Klaus Benefit Concerts
8 p.m. Dec. 14, Boomers, Sirius Avenue
2-5 p.m. Dec. 14, Green Valley Library
9 p.m. Dec. 21, Tommy Rocker's, Dean Martin Drive
Three concerts will take place around town to benefit HELP Link of Southern Nevada and HELP of Southern Nevada. Some of the bands and musicians scheduled to perform include Groovus Maximus, Lon Garcia, Megan Barker, Phil Madison, Brian de Becker, Sharon Ludlam, Oh Mercy, Lums and Leafs, Jay Matts,  Jessica Mosse, Jacquelline Gerhardy,  Raul Morales, Mr. & Mrs. Felps & Friends, Allison Cole, Paul Pfaff, Soulistik, Paul Sahagun, Jordan Hendricks and More!

Live Nativity at Red Rock Stake
6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14
Opportunity Village, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive
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Free admission and parking
The Nativity  is an intimate live recreation of the story of Christmas presented free to the community to enjoy and remember the spirit of the holiday. The outdoor 25-minute ‘visual experience’ follows the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ as told by the apostles in the New Testament. The Nativity began as a small production in a church parking lot more than 20 years ago, and has grown to include more than 350 volunteers and 15,000 attendees last year. The cast includes: actors from a baby to 60-year-olds, musicians, set-designers, lighting directors, wardrobe stylists, and donkeys, sheep and goats – all helping to bring the story of Christmas to life. Presented by Red Rock Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

Christmas Play at Winchester Cultural Center
7 p.m. Dec. 21
$10 in advance, $12 day of show
More info
Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive
The theater group Inarte will present a traditional Spanish-language "pastorela" or Christmas play titled "La Otra Posad." The play features the Christmas traditions of the Mexican people and reflect the variety of culture and folklore in the diverse regions of Mexico.


Underwater Santa
11 a.m-1 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15 Dec 21-22
Take a picture with Santa like you never have before! Underwater Santa will be posing underwater in the Silverton's aquarium. Santa won't be alone, there are 4,000 tropical fish that will be joining him including sharks and stingrays.

Town Square
Pictures with Santa

10 a.m.- 9p.m. Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 16- Dec. 24
Bring the kids to take photos with Santa Claus at his Norman Rockwell-inspired house in Town Square Park to make this holiday season a memory that will last forever.
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Pet Photos With Santa
St. Nick's Pet Pics Nights
Fashion Show and Meadows Mall
6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 & 16

PJ Nights
Fashion Show and Meadows Mall
6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 & 17
Kids are in invited to wear their pajamas while visiting Santa.

Caring Santa for kids with special needs

Santa will make special appearance before centers open to accommodate visits for children with special needs
9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at Meadows Mall
9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Fashion Show Mall


Arizona Charlie's
Holiday meals with ace | PLAY points

Nov. 19- Dec. 15
For every 12,000 points contributed by ace | PLAY members, Arizona Charlie’s will give a box of food to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA). SNRHA clients have an average annual income of about $10,450.
Points contributed to the Feed a Family program prior to November 17, 2013 will be used for Thanksgiving food baskets. Points contributed between November 18 and December 15, 2013 will be used for Christmas food baskets.
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12th Annual "Fill the Fire Truck" Toy Drive
Dec. 7-22
Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation is hosting its 12th annual "Fill the Fire Truck" Toy Drive. Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Nellis and North Las Vegas Fire Departments will participate in a three-week long effort to collect toys and gift cards for economically challenged children throughout the valley, with all fire stations serving as drop-off locations throughout the month of December. Toys will also be collected the first three weekends beginning the weekend of Dec. 7 and 8, and ending the weekend of Dec. 21 and 22. Collections will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at five participating Walmart locations: Arroyo Cross Parkway, West Tropical Parkway, North Decatur Boulevard, North Nellis and Marks Street.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria Toy Drive
All five locations of Grimadli's Pizzeria is collecting toys for The Shade Tree Nov. 20 through Dec. 20.

Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive
Dec. 5-16
Now in its 15th year, Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo will host a toy drive at 6226 W. Sahara Avenue with Chet living on the 30-foot scaffolding throughout the entire drive. After the drive, HELP of Southern Nevada will distribute the toys to more than 3,000 families in need. Volunteers are needed Wednesday through Sunday evenings during the drive, with each shift running from midnight to 6 a.m. Those interested in volunteering or in need of more information should contact Joan Lima at

Free Christmas Dinner
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15
Catholic Charities St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility
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Dinner is available to anyone who would like to attend, free of charge. More than 150 volunteers will serve the meals.  The meal is sponsored by the Frank & Victoria Fertitta Foundation and the Dr. Elias & Jody Ghanem Charitable Foundation.

Rockin Holidays, Miracle Mile Shops
5:30 Dec. 5
Miracle Mile Shops, Planet Hollywood
$40 in advance, $50 at door
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Start the evening with a cocktail reception at Oh My Godard Gallery followed by a live art demonstration. The event will also feature a live DJ and an auction. Following the reception, attendees will receive choice of complimentary tickets voucher to "V - The Ultimate Variety Show," "Vegas! The Show" or "B - Beatleshow." There will also be multiple one-night-only sales throughout Miracle Mile Shops for the evening. Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada.

Minus 5 Bar Toy Drive
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10
Minus 5 Bar, Monte Carlo
Minus5 Ice Bar, the coolest bar in Sin City, is partnering with the Toys for Tots Foundation to collect donations for its annual holiday toy collection. Located inside the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Minus5 is spreading holiday cheer in its winter wonderland with hand-crafted holiday themed ice sculptures, and an opportunity for guests to donate toys to less fortunate children in Las Vegas. For each donated item, guests will be given complimentary 2-for-1 entry into the ice bar.

Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar Second Annual Month of Giving
9785 W. Charleston Blvd.
Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar is getting in the holiday spirit with their Second Annual Month of Giving event. Each week in December a different charity will receive a portion of the proceeds from select menu entrées.
Week 1: December 2-8: Keep Memory Alive
Week 2: December 9-15: Epicurean Charitable Foundation
Week 3: December 16-22: Candlelighters
Week 4: December 23-29: Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

'Merry Christmas Las Vegas' fundraising show
2 p.m. Dec. 15
Boulder Station
Tickets: 702-364-8669
The 28th annual “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” fundraising live show will take place in the Railhead at Boulder Station on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. and will be taped for television in front of a live audience. The holiday-themed program will be hosted by the show’s creator Las Vegas entertainer/TV host - Tony Sacca, and will feature a stellar lineup of Las Vegas’ finest entertainers.

Goodie Two Shoes Drive
The Silverton hotel and casino, Planet Mazda and Centennial Maza will be collecting monetary donations for Goodie Two Shoes Foundation throughout the month of December. Guests can donate money at the Silverton's casino cage and receive a shoe print to sign acknowledging their help while being displayed during the month. Donate $5 or more at Planet Mazda (6950 W. Sahara) or Centennial Mazda (6525 Centennial Center Blvd.), beginning Dec. 14 through the end of the month, and receive $5 Free Slot Play to be played at Silverton. Donate $25 or more and receive $5 Free Slot Play and a 2-4-1 coupon to Seasons Buffet.

Legacy X Toy Drive
Legacy X is seeking nominations for its first toy drive. If you know of a family in need, send an email to Family requests must be submitted by Dec. 20. Anyone interested in donating, can drop off new unwrapped toy now through Dec. 3 at the Legacy X headquarters, 4270 Cameron Street, Suite 6. Legacy X was started by Justin Spencer, the founder and creator of "Recycled Percussion." The purpose of the organization is to help people live their life to the fullest while creating their own legacy. There will also be a Christmas Day open house from 2 to 6 p.m. so that families in need can select free toys for children in their household.

Fire stations accepting donations & Fill the Fire Truck drive
Clark County Fire Stations are accepting toy donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. The donations will go to the Southern Nevada Burn Foundation in support of the annual “Fill the Fire Truck” toy drive. All the toys get distributed to different local charitable organizations. Last year’s drive provided Christmas gifts to more than 18,000 children. Fill the Fire Truck toy drive events will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21 and 22 at the following Walmart locations: 7200 Arroyo Cross Parkway, 8060 W. Tropical Parkway, 6464 N. Decatur Blvd., 4350 N. Nellis Blvd., and 540 Marks Street.

December promotion at Hakkasan Las Vegas
Beginning Dec. 1, Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand has partnered with Three Square Food Bank to bring awareness to las Vegas' hunger need throughout the holiday season. For each guest who dines at the restaurant during the month of December, Hakkasan Las Vegas will donate $5 to directly support Three Square’s hunger relief programs that will benefit nearly 600 Program Partners in Southern Nevada, which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, faith-based organizations, senior centers and more. More info

Buy a Burger for Shade Tree
FatBurger's Fat Bar is giving back this holiday season by hosting the Buy a Burger drive for Shade Tree at three FatBurger locations. Starting Dec. 13, guests can buy an extra burger to donate to Shade Tree. On Dec. 23, FatBurger will set up to grill donated burgers on site at Shade Tree for lunch. FatBurger is located at 3763 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., and 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway. More info

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