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The following is a listing of special events, meals and etc. during the holiday season throughout the Las Vegas valley.

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 DONATIONS WANTED

FILL THE FIRE TRUCK HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

When: Through Dec. 16
Where: Clark County Fire Stations
"Fill The Fire Truck" events will be held the first three weekends in December at participating Wal-Marts. In addition, residents can donate unwrapped toys or gift cards at any local fire station during business hours -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- seven days a week.

“Fill the Fire Truck” collection sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at the following Wal-Mart locations:

7200 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy., near Rainbow & I-215, #4356
8060 W. Tropical Pkwy., #2884
6464 N. Decatur Blvd., near the North I-215, #3351
4350 N. Nellis Blvd., near Craig Road, #2837
540 Marks St., near Sunset Road, #2838

EL CORTEZ ANNUAL GIFT DRIVE FOR CASA
When: Now through Dec. 20
Where: El Cortez, downtown Las Vegas
What: El Cortez is holding a gift drive in honor of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Foundation of Clark County now through Dec. 20. The CASA foundation’s local chapter provides assistance to children who have been abused or neglected and have found themselves in the legal system through no fault of their own. CASA Foundation exists to meet those critical unmet needs of the children who have nowhere else to turn by funding tutoring programs, recreational programs and personal development programs on a child-specific basis. Donations will be accepted at El Cortez’s casino cage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the gift drive, and all guests who donate a new, unopened gift valued at $5 or more will receive $10 in free play. Free play can only be redeemed once and will only be given to those who provide a receipt showing proof of value with donation.

12 DAYS OF GIVING AT AQUAE SULIS
When: Dec. 13-24
Where: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
What: Aquae Sulis Spa inside JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa invites guests to embrace the spirit of the season with its 12 Days of Giving holiday fundraiser benefiting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (CCCFN) from Thursday, Dec. 13 through Monday, Dec. 24.
 
In honor of CCCFN’s efforts to provide support and services to children and families affected by childhood cancer, Aquae Sulis will donate 12 percent of daily gift certificate sales to the nonprofit during the 12 Days of Giving event. Aquae Sulis gift certificates can be used for everything from spa services to salon treatments to items in the spa’s retail store, all of which make for a perfect holiday gift for loved ones. Those looking to support CCCFN and give the gift of relaxation can purchase gift certificates inside Aquae Sulis or through the online spa store.

HOLIDAY DISPLAYS & EVENTS

ETHEL M'S 19th ANNUAL HOLIDAY CACTUS GARDEN
Where: Ethel M, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson
When: 5 to 10 p.m. daily thru Jan. 1
What: Ethel M decorates its botanical cactus garden every year for the holidays. Thousands of lights decorate the plants, trees and cacti. There is also a variety of Christmas and holiday decorations. In addition, Santa Claus is on hand to visit with children from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13-18, 23-25 and 30 and Dec. 1-2, 7-9 and 14-23. Performances are presented by local choirs 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Free admission. Pets not allowed. View the slideshow.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DISPLAY AT RAILROAD PASS HOTEL & CASINO
When: Now through Dec. 26
Where: Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, 2800 South Boulder Highway  Henderson
What:  The Annual Gingerbread House display will be a vital part of the Railroad Pass celebration, beginning on Dec. 10, and running through Dec. 26th. This year the chefs of Railroad Pass will create their favorite scene, with the elaborate creations on display in the casino lobby for everyone to see. Each of the Chefs will be designing and building Gingerbread creations for display, and an interdepartmental contest at Railroad Pass.

ANNUAL WINTER IN VENICE FESTIVAL
When: Nov. 18-Jan. 6
Where: The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Cost: Free
What: The winter festival features winter parades, an outdoor ice skating rink, decorations and ongoing chef competitions. Parades are at 6 and 8 p.m. and the ice skating rink is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Related video

GLITTERING LIGHTS AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 16-Jan. 6
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Cost: $15 per car
What: The holiday display features 2 and 1/2 miles of lighted Christmas displays.

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE'S MAGICAL FOREST
When: Nov. 21-Jan. 6
Where: Opportunity Village
Cost: $11 general admission, $9 children, free for children ages 3 and younger (rides not included)
What: The annual event features millions of brilliant holiday lights, a gingerbread house display, photos with Santa, entertainment, a carousel, train rides, mini-golf, a gift shop and more. Open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

MYSTIC FALLS WINTER WONDERLAND
When: Nov. 21 through Jan. 1
Where: Sam's Town, 5111 Boulder Highway
Cost: Free
What: A tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 21. Cowboy Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with the Chaparral High School choir, will join the festivities. The holiday animatronic laser light shows are scheduled to continue hourly from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. 

HOLIDAY MOVIE AT TIVOLI VILLAGE
When: 1 p.m. Nov. 23
Where: 302 S. Rampart Blvd.
What: Watch the movie "elf" starring Will Ferrel and James Caan on a big screen. Free admission and free popcorn.

THE ICE RINK AT BLV SOCIAL CLUB
When: Nov. 30-Dec. 30 and Jam. 5-20
Hours: 3 to 11 p.m. Mon-Fri. and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Cost: $15 all-day skating access, $10 for NV residents, $5 skating rental
What: The Cosmopolitan will transform its Boulevard Pool into an Central Parkesque ice skating rink. Guests can enjoy skating, the brisk outdoors, fire pits, s'mores and warm cocktails.

VILLAGE SQUARE LIGHT DISPLAY
When: Begins Dec. 1
Where: 9400 W. Sahara Avenue
What: Village Square is kick-starting the beginning of the holiday shopping season on Saturday, December 1 with festive light decorations that will be on display all December long.

SANTA'S PICTURE PARTY & PARADE
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: Bicentennial Park, Boulder City
What: Santa's Picture Party will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by the Electric Night Parade at 4:30 p.m.

LAS VEGAS GREAT 5K SANTA RUN

When: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 1
Where: Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Cost: $40 for adults, $35 for team captains, $25 for children 2 to 12 and $10 for dogs. The fee includes a five-piece Santa suit. Proceeds benefit Opportunity Village.

NORTH LAS VEGAS TREE LIGHTING
When: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5
Where: North Las Vegas City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North
What: The North Las Vegas Mayor and City Council invite the community to join them for the City's 2012 Christmas Tree Lighting event as a way to wish residents a safe and pleasant holiday season and a happy New Year.  The event will include musical entertainment and refreshments.City of North Las Vegas Mayor Shari L. Buck, Mayor Pro-Tem/Councilwoman Pamela A. Goynes-Brown and City Council members Robert L. Eliason, Anita G. Wood and Wade W. Wagner will be in attendance.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOW
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6-15
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall
Cost: Free admission
What: More than 400 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada will offer custom-made jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and home goods. Attendees will also find the best sourse for official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise. In addition, there will be live entertainment and autograph sessions with various celebrities and contestants.

LIVE NATIVITY AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE
When: 6 p.m. Dec. 5 & 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 & 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7 & 8
Where: Opportunity Village, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive
Cost: Free
What: Red Rock Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will present a live nativity.

MCCARRAN TREE LIGHTING
When: 10 a.m. Dec. 6
Where: McCarran International Airport, Terminal 1, Level 2, near the Cannon Aviation Museum
What: McCarran officials will illuminate the airport's main corridor with a 12-foot-tall Christmas tree embellished by radiant red and gold decorations during the airport's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Clark County School District's Hyde Park Middle School choir will entertain travelers by opening and closing the ceremony with an ensemble of gleeful holiday tunes. In addition to the tree lighting, an important safety message will be delivered by Sandy Heverly, executive director of Stop DUI, a Nevada non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of driving under the influence of alcohol.

FIRST FRIDAY: THE ART OF GIVING
When: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 7
Where: Downtown Arts District, Las Vegas
What: This month's First Friday will feature many holiday-themed activities including a holiday shopping bazaar and winter wonderland with carolers, sleigh rides and more surprises; a Yelp holiday gift wrapping station; and the U.S. Marine's Toys for Tots at The Hub.

LAKES FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
When: noon Dec. 8
Where: Lake East Drive and Lake Sahara Drive intersection
Cost: Free
What: The annual neighborhood festival features live entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus, a petting zoo and pony rides, an arts and crafts show, a car show and more, and a parade of boats when the sun goes down.

UNDERWATER SANTA
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23
Where: Silverton casino-hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Road
What: Silverton Casino Hotel is spicing up the holiday season again by putting Santa Claus in a whole new environment…the resort’s 117,000 gallon aquarium! The underwater Santa will be posing in his new surroundings on Saturdays and Sundays in December right up until Christmas, offering guests and families a chance to get creative with their yearly Christmas photos and have some fun. Watch Santa and his elves interact with the kids and not to mention the 4,000 tropical fish, sharks and stingrays!

SMITH CENTER HOLIDAY CONCERT AND CELEBRATION
When: 6 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: Symphony Park at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Las Vegas
Cost: General admission tickets are sold out. Limited reserved tables available for $50 per attendee or $600 per table
What: The Smith Center kicks off the holiday season with a celebratory concert in Symphony Park on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Festive holiday décor, featuring a traditional 23-foot Christmas tree with 11,500 warm white lights and 35-foot-tall palm trees strung with holiday lights will provide the backdrop for a special performance by Linda Eder. Known for her starring role in Frank Wildhorn’s Broadway production of “Jekyll & Hyde,” Eder will perform holiday favorites from her full-length holiday album, “Christmas Stays the Same.”

CITY OF LAS VEGAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
When: 5 p.m. Dec. 10
Where: 3rd Street State, Fremont Street Experience, downtown Las Vegas
What: Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will light the city's official Christmas tree at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 in downtown Las Vegas. The 50-foot tree is decked with festive decorations and shine brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision screen. Directly following the ceremony, the Candy & The Canes show will perform, a live song and dance show to holiday music hits. The official Las Vegas Christmas tree will be on display at the Fremont Street Experience through the Christmas holiday.
             

SANTA'S WONDERLAND VILLAGE
When: Through Dec. 24
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 8200 Dean Martin Drive
What: The fifth annual Santa's Wonderland Village features photos with Santa, crafts and games. The village features a model train, remote-control trucks, a laser arcade, a soft-gun range and slot-car racing.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
When: begins Dec. 8
Where: Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.
What: The Springs Preserve will usher in the holiday season -- complete with Santa Claus, “reindeer” rides and holiday arts and crafts -- with its annual, family friendly Holiday Spectacular, beginning Saturday, December 8. Featuring live nightly entertainment by community troupes, snow flurries, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, all set amid the glow of nearly a million LED lights throughout the property, the Holiday Spectacular also will feature “snow” in the Springs Amphitheater where a Christmas tree and Menorah and Kwanza displays will help set the holiday spirit.  The Springs Cafe by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas will offer holiday goodies, and visitors can shop for “green” holiday presents at the gift shop. On Sunday, December 16, the Springs Preserve will present a Posada, a Mexican Christmas celebration with music, dance, piñatas, and unique decorations, as well as traditional food and hot drinks as part of the Holiday Spectacular festivities. Holiday Spectacular is made possible in part through the generous contributions of MGM Resorts International, Lexus-Your Southern Nevada Lexus Dealer, and Tytre, Inc. December 8 - 9 and 15 - 23, 2012, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 - 12, and free for those 4 and under. Members receive half off the regular admission price. Tickets can be purchased at springspreserve.org or at the Springs Preserve ticket window. *On Friday, December 21, all public, private and charter school teachers, administrators and school staff will receive half-off admission with their school ID. View the slideshow.

HENDERSON'S ANNUAL WINTERFEST FESTIVAL

When: Dec. 13-15
Where: Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St.
Cost: Free
What: The annual event includes a performance by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Dec. 13; tree-lighting ceremony and arrival of Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Dec. 14; and a parade at 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14
Where: Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.
What: Local parents looking for a few hours to do some holiday shopping -- without their children in tow -- will have that chance when the Springs Preserve hosts its annual, kids-only "Night at the Museum: The Polar Express" event. Drop off the kids at the Springs Preserve for a safe night of entertainment, including a screening of the holiday film, "The Polar Express." During the evening, kids can make holiday crafts, explore the Origen Museum's exhibits, and enjoy a pizza dinner and snacks. Friday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $25 per child (ages 5 to 12, does not include $1 online convenience fee). Members receive a $5 discount. Reservations are required. Registration deadline is December 12. Only 125 spots are available for this event on a first-come, first-served basis.

CHRISTMAS AT SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH
When: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15
Where: Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, about 15 miles west of Las Vegas on State Route 159
Cost: $9 per vehicle, $2 discount for NV residents
What: The Ranch House will be decorated and lit. Santa will be available for photos with children. There will be warm beverages, music and famility activities.

ANNUAL SANTA TEA AT SIMON RESTAURANT
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15
Where: Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place, 4831 W. Flamingo Road
Tickets: $100 for adults, $50 for kids
What: Families are invited to embrace holiday cheer with Communities In Schools of Nevada at the annual Santa Tea. Seasonal treats and activities such as gingerbread cookie decorating, festive games, and music will be featured at the magical family event. Little ones will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. Executive Chef Kerry Simon will unwrap famous plates for all to feast on including mac n’ cheese, tea sandwiches, fresh sushi and his signature holiday junk food platters as well as hot cocoa for children and refreshing cranberry mojitos for parents. proceeds will benefit CISN and their continual effort to support children in Southern Nevada.

UGLY SWEATER RUN 5K
When: 11 a.m. Dec. 15
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
Cost: $35 in advance or $40 on day of event. Discounts for teams of four or more people
What: Runners and walkers are invited to wear their ugliest holiday sweater and participate in a fun 5K in downtown Las Vegas. The run will start at Las Vegas Boulevard and Clark Avenue and will end in Fremont East. Participants will receive a custom pint glass, a Santa or reindeer hat, two free winter lagers (ages 21 and over), and a mustache.
 

SUITE HOLIDAYS
When: 2 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15
Where: various hotels
Cost: $100
What: Six major resort casinos -- Caesars palace, The Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock Hotel, The Palms, Paris Las Vegas and the Rio -- will open their doors to some never-before-seen ultra-exclusive suites for the second Suite Holidays event. Proceeds will benefit the local chapter of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. Guests will be treated to hors d'oeuvres and wine at each locations as well as complimentary shuttle service. Guests will also have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to enter-to-win valuable prizes.

CITY OF LAS VEGAS HOLIDAY EVENTS

Ward 4 Free Holiday Movie (all ages)
Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Durango Hills YMCA Gymnasium, 3521 N. Durango Drive.
Enjoy the family movie, “The Grinch,” (original version) as well as free holiday crafts, hot chocolate, candy canes, popcorn and cookies, while supplies last. Get your picture taken with the Grinch for free. Call 229-2524 for more information.
 
Free Ward 6 Cowboy Christmas and Car Show
Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, (702) 229-8100.
Bring your family to join Councilman Steve Ross to celebrate the holiday season. Families will enjoy hay rides, a petting zoo, balloon artist, jump house and a visit from Santa. Help local charities in our area to bring food, toys and clothing to people in need. Admission is free.
 
Toys for Tots Square Dance (ages 8+)
Saturday, Dec. 1; introductory lesson 6:30 p.m.; dance 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $6 with new unwrapped toy; $8 without toy. Pay at the door. 
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Square dance to help the U.S. Marines make children’s Christmas wishes come true. Enjoy callers Andy Finch, Joe Valvo, Vern Vernazarro and Ron Sowash of Las Vegas and caller Arlen Miller of Northridge, Calif., with guest cuer Ron Hartzell. Newcomers and families are welcomed. No need to bring a partner. Class-level dances, Plus and Round dances will be included, as well as a chance to win door prizes. Refreshments will be available. Cosponsored by the Stardusters, Las Vegas Square & Round Dance Club, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, visit www.lasvegassquarenrounddancers.org.
 
Tree Trimming and Potluck (ages 50+)
Monday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. Advance registration required. Registration opens Nov. 19.
Bring a dish to share.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Enjoy decorating the center’s Christmas tree, eating, meeting new friends and having fun!
 
Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “Honk!” (all ages)
Dec. 7, 8, 14, and 15, at 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, 15, and 16, at 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults; $5 teen/senior/military; $3 children age 12 and younger.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383
Join the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre for “Honk!,” the musical story of Ugly, whose odd looks incite prejudice among his family and neighbors, until he discovers his true and glorious destiny. Tickets are available by calling 229-6383 or 229-6553, online at www.artslasvegas.org.
 
Holiday Celebration (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. Registration opens Nov. 19.
Cost: $8 with a current annual $2 senior membership. Advance registration is required.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Celebrate an assortment of winter holidays with food, songs and decorations associated with each celebration.

Holiday Cookie Exchange (ages 50+)
Thursday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. Advance registration required.
Free when you bring two dozen homemade cookies and 12 copies of the recipe to share.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Hot apple cider will be provided.
 
Holiday Carol Luncheon (ages 50+)
Thursday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $4.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Enjoy entertainment and the holiday season with this annual luncheon.

Breakfast with Santa (all ages)

Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to noon.
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., (702) 229-6374.
Help create treasured memories by sponsoring a child in need. Children are chosen by their school’s administrative/support staff. Contact the center in advance to receive information on purchasing gifts for a selected child. Then plan to attend the breakfast with your gifts and spend time with the child enjoying the morning’s activities. Advance registration is a must.
 
Annual Adaptive Recreation Holiday Dance
Saturday, Dec.15, 7 to 10 p.m.  Advance registration required by Dec. 7.
Cost:  $20 per person.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Kick off the holiday season with a night of music, dancing, food and fun. Call Jennifer at (702) 229-5177 for more information or to register.
 
Free Lecture: Staying Upbeat During the Holidays (ages 50+)
Monday, Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. Advance registration required by Dec. 12.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
The holidays are a tough time for some of us.  Learn some strategies for handling the holidays and finding joy in your life.
 
Winter Holiday Brunch (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. Advance registration required Nov. 12-Dec. 11.
Cost: $7.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy great holiday music, entertainment, raffles and a fine holiday brunch.
 
Holiday Social (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m. Advance registration required Nov. 1-Dec. 14.
Cost: $3.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.
Celebrate the winter holidays with a social gathering of friends and light refreshments!

Holiday Floral Arrangements (ages 50+)

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m. Advance registration required by Dec. 12.
Cost: $15, includes supplies.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Florist Malinda Terry will teach you how to put together a beautiful flower arrangement in the container you bring. 
 
“Celebrations” Exhibition
Dec. 20, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013; Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed holidays.
Artists’ reception Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public.
Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., Second floor, (702) 229-1012.
This exhibit is an artist invitational featuring images that reflect cultural holidays. Artists in the exhibit include Linda Alterwitz, Michael Stillman Clark, Nathan Coté, Matthew Couper, Carlos de las Heras, Marylou Evans, Justin Favela, Bobbie Ann Howell, Darren Johnson, KD Matheson, Emily Phelan and Jevijoe Vitug. For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.
 
Downtown Cultural Series – Mariano Gonzalez presents “Silver Strings” (all ages)
Friday, Dec. 21, noon to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Bring your lunch to enjoy an hour-long holiday concert on the Paraguayan harp by Mariano Gonzalez. Now a Las Vegas resident, Gonzalez has 45 years invested in his career as a professional harpist, composer, and harp maker. His music has taken him around the world and into multiple musical genres, but he remains enamored of the exquisite guarania folk music of his native Paraguay. For more information on Gonzalez, visit www.mariano-gonzalez.com/. Call (702) 229-3515 for more details.

Kwanzaa 2012 (all ages)
A Celebration of Culture and the Rites of Passage Graduation ‘Crossing Over’ Ceremony
Cosponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Saturday, Dec. 22, 3 p.m.
Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be picked up in advance at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 591-3989.
Join the community celebration to share the meaning of Kwanzaa and to embrace and celebrate the accomplishments of our youth graduate participants in the annual Rites of Passage mentoring workshops. Please call (702) 229-4800 for more information.
 
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Present “Holidaze in Hicksville” (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
Tickets:  $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., (702) 229-3515.
Hicksville show will feature a live performance of songs from the acclaimed album Crazy for Christmas, as well as several Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks classics. Free limited parking available at the Historic Fifth Street School; metered parking available in metered lots across the street both west and south of school. For tickets and information, call 229-3515 or 229-6383, or go online to www.artslasvegas.org. For more information on the performers, visit www.danhicks.net/.
 
Winter Break Camp (Coed, ages 6-11)

Week 1 Starting  Dec. 24; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.( No Camp Dec. 25)
Week 2 Starting  Dec. 31; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,  7 a.m.-6 p.m. ( No Camp Jan.1)
Cost: $75 per child; $70 additional children from the same immediate family.
Where: Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.
Campers will participate in age-appropriate activities such as games, arts and crafts, music and fitness activities. Children bring their own lunch and two snacks each day. Dress for the weather. Wear tennis shoes.  Advance registration required. Registration opens Nov. 19.

HOLIDAY MUSIC

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER

When: Nov. 20-Dec. 30
Where: The Palazzo Theater
Cost: $64 to $124 plus taxes
What: Mannheim Steamroller will present "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas -- Vegas by Chip Davis" for six weeks beginning Nov. 20. Mannheim Steamroller is turning their recognizable holiday music into a headlining show featuring their favorite music. The group's renowned program of signature Christmas classics along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects is being expanded specifically for Mannheim's first ever run in Las Vegas.  Davis and his "technical wizards" are currently in show development, adding choreography, aerial and other new elements that will create an unforgettable holiday experience.

LAS VEGAS METRO CITY OF LIGHTS BARBERSHOP CHORUS

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 27
Where: Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd.
Cost: $12 for Sun City Summerlin residents and $15 for non-residents
What: The City of Lights Barbershop Chorus and its quartets will present "Christmas is a-Comin'."

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
Where: The Orleans Showroom, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Cost: Tickets start at $19.95
What: Big Bad VooDoo Daddy will bring its big band sound to yuletide classics.

RESTLESS HEARTS
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2
Where: Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive
Cost: Tickets start at $15.95
What: Restless Hearts will perform songs of the season.

"CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS" CONCERT
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3
Where: Artemus W. Ham Hall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Cost: Free
What: The Desert Chorale will present "Celebration of Christmas" with special guests, Nevada Pops, on Dec. 3

TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERT AT CSN
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4
Where: Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, Cheyenne Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
Cost: $8 general admission, $5 students
What: The College of Southern Nevada's concert band will perform traditional works and holiday selections.

GUITAR SOCIETY HOLIDAY CONCERT
When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4
Where: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.
Cost: Free
What: The Guitar Society of Las Vegas and guitar students at Las Vegas Academy will present a free holiday concert.

SUN CITY MUSICMAKERS
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd,
Cost: $8 general admission
What: The Sun City Musicmakers will resent the holiday show "Winter Sounds."

SINGER ANNIE MEADOWS FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 8
Where: Grand Ballroom, Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, 1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway
Cost: Free

SHOWS

"KING OF ROCK 'N' ROLL ELVIS HOLIDAY AND TRIBUTE SHOW"
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8
Where: M Pavilion, M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Cost: Tickets start at $19.50

"LEGENDS IN CONCERT"
When: Nov. 23-Dec. 25
Where: Harrah's Las Vegas
Cost: start at $49.95 plus fees
What: This year's traditional celebration of the 90-minute holiday spectacular will showcase superstar tribute artists Barry White, Adele, Justin Timberlake, the Blues Brothers, Whitney Houston and Elvis, singing the chart-topping hits that launched their celebrity characters into superstardom, as well as a few heart-warming holiday favorites including "White Christmas," "Oh Holy Night," "The Grinch" and more.  The holiday spectacular concludes nightly with a grand cast finale and a stunning tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo" ("Carol of the Bells") that will fill audiences with the spirit of the season.  

LAS VEGAS EXTRAVAGANZA ON ICE
When: 5 p.m. Dec. 15 & 16
Where: Las Vegas Ice Center, 9295 W. Flamingo Road
Cost: $10 general admission, free for children 10 and younger
What: Watch local skaters show off their skills.

"NUTCRACKER HIGHLIGHTS"
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21-23
Where: Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center Theatre, 1771 Inner Circle Drive
Cost: $25 general admission, $20 for students and senior citizens
What: Presented by the Las Vegas Ballet Company

SANTA CLAUS

GALLERIA AT SUNSET MALL
When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays
Where: 1300 W. Sunset Road
What: Photos with Santa and rides on the Sunset Express Train through Santa's Village. Lower-level Macy's Court. Rides are $3.

BOULEVARD MALL
When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 13
Where: Center Court, Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway
What: Santa will be available for pictures 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays Nov. 17 through Dec. 13. Hours Dec. 14-23 are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Hours on Dec. 24 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TIVOLI VILLAGE
When: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 23
Where: 302 S. Rampart Blvd.
What: Santa Claus will arrive in a horse and carriage, leading a parade through the streets. Children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and share their holiday wishes. No purchases necessary to visit with Santa. Santa will be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Photo packages available for purchase.

TOWN SQUARE
When: Nov. 16 through Dec. 24
Where: 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South
What: Santa Claus is set to arrive during a holiday parade at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Photos with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. There will also be faux snow shows at 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. In addition, there will be community concerts at 6 p.m. every Thursdays through Dec. 20. And, bring your pet for photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 19.


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    Holiday happenings

    The following is a listing of special events, meals and etc. during the holiday season throughout the Las Vegas valley.


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