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Things to do in Las Vegas in December

December is always a month to remember, filled with holidays from around the globe that close out the year in festive celebrations. December in Las Vegas is filled with Christmas events and Hanukkah celebrations, nights filled with lights, delicious food, and family fun for everyone. 

Glittering Lights Las Vegas open November 9, 2023 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

Use Code FAMILYGUIDE23 to save $5 to Glittering Lights

Join us on November 12 for Vegas Family Guide night. The first 250 cars will get a holiday craft bag filled with offers from local businesses. 

Important Dates in December 

December 1: National Christmas Lights Day 
Use The Las Vegas Christmas Lights Map to guide your way around town to some of the best local displays in Southern Nevada. 

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

December 4: National Cookie Day

December 7: Hanukkah Begins

December 9: Christmas Card Day

December 10: Human Rights Day

December 12: Gingerbread House Day

December 13: National Hot Cocoa Day

December 15: National Ugly Sweater Day 

December 18: Winter Break for CCSD begins

December 21: Winter Solstice

December 22: National Cookie Exchange Day 

December 25: Christmas Day 

December 26: Kwanzaa

Christmas Events on the Las Vegas Holiday HQ 

The Ice Rink at the Boulevard, Cosmopolitan
The Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin 
Glittering Lights Las Vegas
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Wagon Rides at Gilcrease Orchard
Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland
Snow Falls at Town Square
The Bellagio Gardens & Conservatory 
Ethel M Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden 
Road Trip North Pole
Santa Trains and The North Pole Express
Winterfest 
Santa’s Electric Night Parade
The Nutcracker by The Nevada Ballet
World of Illumination at the M Resort
The Holiday Parade at Downtown Summerlin 
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village 
Enchant Las Vegas 

Things to do in Las Vegas - December Edition

Home Depot Workshop 

Saturday, December 2, 9am-12pm

Your Local Home Depot store 

November Project: Gingerbread House

SIGN UP HERE

Lowe’s DIY Workshop

Saturday, December 16, 10 am – 1pm

Your local Lowe’s store 

November Project: Holiday Delivery Truck 

YOU MUST REGISTER HERE

Special for this month: Holiday Ornament Giveaway! November 4, 10 am-1pm 

The Mine Experience

Saturday, December 2

McCaw Mines, 57 Lynn Lane

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on the 1st Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm  
No new entries after 130pm will be allowed.
 
Come and see the only simulated underground gold mine in the state.  Explore our surface exhibits and our beautiful Visitor’s Center.  Browse in our Train Caboose Gift Shop to bring home a remembrance from your visit.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a day at The Mine Experience.

STEAM Saturdays with the Neon Museum 

Saturday, December 16, 10 am – 12 pm 

The Neon Museum 

December Theme: Glow On

STEAM Saturdays is a Neon Museum program that offers fun make-and-take activities, hands-on learning, and demonstrations designed to promote creative and critical thinking. This series is offered to families once a month from 10am-12pm.

So, why do neon signs glow? We’ll give you the answer at this STEAM Saturday all about glowing! Learn why things glow through bioluminescence, fluorescence, and more. Create your own art that glows under blacklight and special glow-in-the dark slime.

Admission for Steam Saturdays is $5 per person. Children age 6 and younger are FREE. Members are free, Museums for All guests are free with EBT/SNAP/WIC or foster placement letter and calid ID. 

Advance registration is recommended.

STEAM Saturdays is a Neon Museum program that offers fun make-and-take activities, hands-on learning, and demonstrations designed to promote creative and critical thinking. This series is offered to families once a month from 10am-12pm.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum 

Daily events at the museum including shark feedings, story times, art & crafts. 

Celebrate “A December to Remember” with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, daily through January 7, 2024. The museum is open 9am – 4pm.

See the calendar

Discovery Children’s Museum 

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 5pm
Sundays, 12 pm – 5 pm 
Closed on Thanksgiving Day 

Discovery Children’s Museum offers Daily Discoveries, special programming, and exhibits all month long. 

Holidays Around the World
December 16 – December 29

Springs Preserve

Open Thursday – Monday, 9am – 4pm

Toddler Time
Monday, Thursday, Friday
11am – 12pm

Crack a Geode & Fossil Dig
Fossil Dig and Crack a Geode activities are $5 for Springs Preserve members or $6 for non-members.

Clark County Wetlands Park 

Park Trails, Trailhead Parking, and Trailhead Restrooms
Open Daily Dawn to Dusk

Nature Center
Visit the Exhibit Gallery, Nature Store, Auditorium, Spotlight on Nature Gallery, and Lizard Lounge picnic room
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm

Enjoy events like the Wetlands Explorers, WP Watercolor for kids and Nature Tales Story & Craft

Nature Art for Kids

Kids of all ages will learn basic art techniques and practice kid-friendly painting and drawing skills. Parents participate. All materials provided. Advance registration required. Ages 4-17.
Fee: $5 per child.

  Watercolor Winter Trees
     Sunday, December 3 – 11am – 12pm

Storytime with a Librarian

 Sunday, December 10 – 11am – 12pm

Nature Tales

Nature themed story time, walk, and crafts.

 Winter
     Wednesday, December 6 – 11am – 12pm

Wetlands Explorers

Wetlands Explorers is a program for tots to young readers, with age-appropriate activities for all participants. Young adventurers explore the Park and learn about plants and animals through fun activities. Wednesday activities are all outdoors; Saturday activities may include indoor activities and always feature outdoor exploration.

Ages 3-8. Parental participation required.
Fee: $5 per child

Who Lived Here Before?
Saturday, December 9, 10am – 1130am

Nature’s Music

Wednesday, December 13, 10am – 1130am

Henderson Silver Knights

The Henderson Silver Knights are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Silver Knights play their home games at The Dollar Loan Center, a state-of-the-art arena in Henderson, NV. Cheer on the Silver Knights at their home games in November. Purchase tickets by visiting hendersonsilverknights.com 

UNLV Hockey

The UNLV Hockey team practices at least three times per week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 3pm.

All home games at City National Arena, home of UNLV Hockey, and the Home of the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Game tickets are priced at $15 each

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights home game schedule for October 2023. All games are at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets start at $25. 

Vegas Golden Knights Kids Club

Kids Club gives a younger generation of fans a fun opportunity to celebrate being a Golden Knights fan! Membership cost is $50 and is good for one year.

Kids Club is made for kids ages 2-14 and includes a one-of-a-kind Kids Club kit with cool items to show off your Vegas Golden Knights pride!

Members will also have access to exclusive Kids Club events and ticket offers throughout the year.

Pizza Hut + Vegas Golden Knights

Save 31% on your orders with code VGKWINS.

The code is valid the day after a Vegas Golden Knights win. Valid in store or at PizzaHut.com

Santa Minis with LaLa Photography

November 2 – December 23, 2023
8850 S Maryland Parkway, 89123

Use code VFG23 to save 15% off any session!

This is a by appointment only event! It runs various dates .
Come meet Santa in his gift wrapping workshop or take a stroll on Peppermint lane! Each session is 10 minutes long and includes 3 digital images. Please click Ticket link for more information and dates available! THIS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

BOOK HERE!

The Nightmare Before Christmas 

Dates available in through December 25
Experience at AREA15

An immersive viewing experience at AREA15

Purchase tickets here

All your holiday wishes have been granted. Step through the doors of the 360-degree projection-mapped Portal and find yourself transported to the gates of Halloween Town for the return of The Nightmare Before Christmas Immersive Viewing Experience at AREA15.
 
Secure your tickets and experience Tim Burton’s holiday-classic movie through an immersive light and sound experience complete with a curated cocktail menu, for a holiday movie-viewing like no other!
 
EVENT DETAILS & RESTRICTIONS:
• Must be 21+ with valid ID to consume alcohol.
• Refreshments and souvenirs available for purchase. No outside food or beverage allowed.
• NOTICE | Tickets purchased via third-party or resale outside AREA15 channels may not be valid and may be refused entry. 

Winter Wonderland Spectacular at Illuminarium 

December 1 – December 31, 2023
Illumarium Las Vegas at AREA15

Guests will be transported into a winter wonderland filled with state-of-the-art interactive technology and an ever-changing dreamland of nutcrackers, jingle, and candy canes. 

Tickets start at $25

Horses 4 Heroes December Events

Paw Patrol Live: Heroes Unite

Paw Patrol Live will be at Dollar Loan Center

December 15 – 6:00 p.m.
December 16 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
December 17 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group proudly present PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite.”  This brand-new production is an interactive live stage show, where members of the audience get to be heroes unleashed, helping the pups as honorary members of the pack, while they navigate the globe to make it back to Adventure Bay in the nick of time.

Featuring stunning visual effects, captivating storytelling and a vibrant musical score that will have guests dancing in their seats and singing along, this staged extravaganza is jam-packed with action and fun for the whole family!

Las Vegas Events in December

December 1 – December 10, 2023

World AIDS Day

Friday, December 1, 2pm – 6pm
1490 W Sunset Road, Suite 120, Henderson

FREE HIV TESTING

Please join us at the Henderson Equality Center to celebrate World AIDS Awareness Day! We will be offering FREE HIV Testing from 2pm to 6pm at 1490 W Sunset Rd, Suite 120 Henderson NV. Stop by and get tested, and to learn more about getting on PrEP! Walk-in or book an appointment in advance at www.HendersonWellnessClinic.org 

Free Public Skate at Lifeguard Arena

Friday, December 1, 4pm – 6pm
Lifeguard Arena, Henderson

The City of Henderson and Lifeguard Arena are teaming up to offer free public skate to our community on select dates this year. Skaters of all ages and experience levels are welcome!

Registration is required in order to participate.
Skate rentals are FREE on the following dates, and you MUST be registered to attend the Free Public Skate events.

A December to Remember: Opening Ceremonies

Friday, 430pm – 630pm
Las Vegas Natural History Museum 

Get your tickets now for this evening celebration of culture and holiday traditions! A December to Remember: Celebrating Holiday Traditions from Around the World is a community-created, Museum-curated exhibition designed to share and celebrate the cultural diversity that we find right here in Southern Nevada.
 
This is a one night only event but “A December to Remember” exhibits are open at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum from November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024, 9am – 4pm daily. 
43pm: Doors open and select community members available for Q&A at their exhibits
530pm: Program Begins: Broadway in the Hood, Inner Circle Sanctuary, and more!
6pm:  Program concludes and exhibit Q&A resumes
 
Business Casual/Festive Casual
 
Exhibits featured in the “A December to Remember” exhibition are open daily Nov 24th through January 7th from 9am-4pm.

The 48th Annual Doodlebug Bazaar

Saturday, December 2, 9am
Boulder City Parks & Recreation

Doodlebug Bazaar is a Holiday craft show in its 48th year, this is a holiday shopping must-see! Free Admission and Free Parking.

 

Tamale and Mariachi Festival 

Saturday, December 2, 10am – 4pm
Historic Fifth Street School 

The Tamales and Mariachi Festival returns to the City of Las Vegas at the Historic Fifth Street School! This free event features live performances by Mariachi Los Camperos, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Edwin Origel Mendez, and many more. Enjoy a tamalada while savoring some of the best tamales in Las Vegas. Don’t miss this family friendly event!

Merry Grinchmas at Heritage Bark Park 

Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 23, 10am – 12pm
Heritage Bark Park in Henderson

Bring out your furry friends for a Grinchy good time. Participants will get to interact with the grinch and take photos with their pups. We will also festive treats and pop up agility courses and treats for your pets to enjoy.
If this is your first time registering online, please request a household account at https://bit.ly/3qhSmVb.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3QQwm0L
things to do in las vegas december

The No Snow Santa Show

Saturday, December 2, 11am
Winchester Dondero Cultural Center

Kick off the Christmas season with a festive day filled with cookies and milk, pictures with Santa, and create your own wrapping paper.

Finish the afternoon with a live show, “The No Snow Santa Show”. Santa has landed in Las Vegas and it’s a bit too warm from his liking. Through song, dance, and the help from the magical audiences participation, help the elves bring back Santa’s Christmas spirit!

This event is $5 per person, registration required. For more information, please contact us through Facebook or at 702-455-7340

Winter Wonderfulness

Sunday, December 3, 3pm – 5pm
Nevada Chamber Orchestra at Summerlin Library Theater

Celebrate the beginning of the winter season, as the Nevada Chamber Orchestra presents delightful and nostalgic music for the holidays. The Nevada Chamber Orchestra will perform their “Winter Wonderfulness” concert at the Summerlin library Theater.
 
Tickets start at $10. Purchases tickets HERE

Couch Tour from The Neon Museum 

Tuesday, December 5, 6pm
The Neon Museum 

A virtual couch tour of the Neon Boneyard where the museum will highlight stories and share scenes from movies that include your favorite signs from The Neon Museum.
 
Remember a giant toddler rampaging through Las Vegas, touching a certain Gibson Les Paul? Or three friends waking up with no memory in Caesars Palace? How about the infamous pen scene from Casino? You’ll get these insights and more from our resident film aficionado, projected through a new lens (pun intended!)

 

Rodeo Nation Free Concert Series 

December 7 – December 16, 2023
Mandalay Bay 

This is an adults-only event series. Find the line up at mandalaybay.com/nfr

 

Parks & Recreation Winter Job Fair 

Thursday, December 7, 1pm – 4pm
2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North, North Las Vegas

The City of North Las Vegas Neighborhood & Leisure Services Winter Job Fair!
 
This in-person event will take place at If you’re looking for a new part time job opportunity, this is the place to be!
 
At the job fair, you’ll have the chance to meet with hiring managers who are hiring for various part time positions. Whether you’re interested in working in customer service, safekey, aquatics, or administration, there will be something for everyone.
 

 

Heritage Holidays

Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 5pm – 8pm
Clark County Museum, 1830 S Boulder Highway

FREE admission. View decorated historical homes, visit with Santa Claus, enjoy holiday caroling, hot chocolate and cookies, plus enjoy a craft tent from Discovery Children’s Museum. 

Call 702-455-7955 for more information.

Movie Night with Santa

Friday, December 8, 6pm – 9pm
Robert E. (Bob) Price Recreation Center

Enjoy snacks, drinks, crafts, and a movie with Santa on December 8 from 6-9pm at Bob Price Recreation Center. Cost: $2 per person. The event includes an opportunity to purchase a ceramic ornament to paint from All Fired Up for $10 (cash only) or 2 for $18. Ornaments will be delivered to the center before Christmas. 

Special Shoots: Deck the Halls with Archery

Saturday, December 9, 8am – 9am
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center

Event will also be offered December 16 and December 23

Join an archery range master for a series of entertaining archery shoots to improve your skills. All equipment is provided. ‘Tis the season for holiday fun! Join us for 3 weeks of themed shoots in honor of the most wonderful time of the year, we are swapping our regular ol’ target for some fun festive and even messy targets. Each week expect a morning full of holiday cheer!
Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/3FdbudK

Holiday in the Desert Market 

Saturday, December 9, 9am – 2pm
Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery, 12740 Blue Diamond Rd.

Gift ideas for everyone, festive food stalls, face painting, dog adoptions, huge sales, and much more! Mark your calendars and invite your friends and family!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 9, 9am – 12pm
Downtown Summerlin, 2130 Park Centre Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Santa Claus is coming to Dave & Buster’s! Skip the long line at the mall and score an exclusive meet & greet. Invite your family & friends along to visit our one-stop-Santa-shop and enjoy a morning of holiday fun. Tickets are required to attend, get yours today!
 
Ticket includes: All American Breakfast buffet ticket with soda, coffee & tea, a $10 Power Card® with Unlimited Video Game Play, early access to store, personal photo with Santa, suggested 18% gratuity & taxes.

Kid’s Day Out 

Saturday, December 9, 12pm – 3pm 
Desert Breeze Community Center

Do you need to get some holiday shopping done? Drop off the kids at Desert Breeze Community Center for an afternoon of fun games, crafts, and cookie decorating. Lunch will provided. Pre-registration required.

REGISTER HERE

Grinchmas at 702 Market 

Saturday, December 9, 12pm – 5pm 
Whoville, 740 S Decatur Boulevard 

Free face painting, live DJ, retail vendors, raffles, food, and more. 

Face painting is from 1pm – 230pm
Grinch Photos are from 230pm – 330pm

SupaClaw Grand Opening

Saturday, December 9, 1pm
Galleria at Sunset 

Follow this fun new attraction on Instagram, @supa_claw

Cocoa & Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Saturday, December 9, 1pm – 3pm
Las Vegas Premium Outlets – South 

Located across from Simon Guest Services. Stop by for complimentary cookies and hot chocolate with Santa and Mrs. Claus. No reservations required. While supplies last. 

Christmas Golf Cart Parade

Saturday, December 9, 3pm – 530pm
Lake Las Vegas Village 

This fun event will include live entertainment from Kendra Daniels, a photo booth, specialty acts, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Santa, Elves, and even a camel! 

Ornament Decorating Party 

Saturday, December 9, 4pm – 6pm 
Chick-fil-a at Charleston & Ft. Apache

Paint an ornament and try a free sample of the Peppermint Chip Milkshake. 

Dock of Lights

Saturday, December 9, beginning at 5pm 
Callville Bay Marina

Callville Bay Resort & Marina and Lake Mead Yacht Club are hosting the2023 Dock of Lights.
View the beautifully decorated boats.

The Secret of the Nutcracker

Saturday, December 9, 7pm
Sunday, December 10, 2pm
KO Knudson Academy of Creative Arts & Technology

Purchase Tickets HERE

Winter Wonderland 

Saturday, December 9, 730pm
Windmill Library 

Celebrate the holidays with performances of timeless holiday classics alongside innovative renditions by Mannheim Steamroller. Featured music includes symphonic orchestrations of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” Featured guest artists are to be announced.

Hanukkah Fest

Sunday, December 10, 130pm – 4pm
Young Israel Aish

Give your children an experience of a lifetime with one of the biggest Hanukkah parties on the west coast. This party will include Bluey and Mario, as well as face painters and a balloon artists. We will also feature 2 major bounce houses (which will take up half of the sanctuary and parking lot!!!) arts & crafts for all ages & great donuts!

Please note that security will be extremely tight with both uniformed and undercover security guards. All bags are subject to search. Do not bring large bags. Also, the shul parking lot will be closed to vehicular traffic. Do not attempt to park near the shul parking lot. Please park in the spots closer to the Sahara or in the Library Parking Lot.

Please join us! Register here: https://www.yiaish.com/event/hanukkah-fest-4/ 

The Holoholo Market 

Sunday, December 10, 11am – 4pm
Ferguson’s Downtown 

Make an island mistletoe, lei or hairpiece. Enjoy live music, hot hula fitness, Island Santa, and more. 

Meet the Grinch 

Sunday, December 10, 12pm – 2pm
Picture Perfect Gift Store, 2922 Lake East Drive, 89117

Enjoy photos with The Grinch, activities for the kids, and special store pricing. 

Lake Las Vegas Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 10, 4pm – 5pm
Village at Lake Las Vegas 

Enjoy a giant menorah lighting, dancing dreidels, donuts, latkes, music, and more. 

Chanukah at the Golden Knights

Sunday, December 10, 545pm 
Toshiba Plaza 

Menorah Lighting: 545pm
Puck Drop: 7pm

December 11 – December 17, 2023

Chanukah Lighting at The District 

Tuesday, December 12, 530pm (6th night of Chanukah)
The District at Green Valley Ranch 

Grand Menorah Lighting, Dancing Dreidels Show, Donuts, Music and More. 

Hanukkah Festival of Freedom and Light

Wednesday, December 13, 3pm – 430pm
Clark County Library 

Learn about the history of Hanukkah at this free afternoon event! In 165 BCE, a small group of Judean rebels called the Maccabees fought against the Assyrian empire for the right to worship as they pleased. The Assyrians under the rule of Antiochus had outlawed the Jewish religion and desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. The Maccabees defeated the much greater force of Assyrian soldiers, guaranteed religious freedom, and rededicated the Temple. The Eternal Flame in the Temple needed to be relit, but there was only enough oil to last for one day. Messengers sent for more oil, but their journey took eight days. The small amount of oil kept the Flame lit for all eight days. Hanukkah is the joyous celebration of that victory over darkness. To remember this victory, Jewish people all over the world light a special candelabra called a menorah, adding one candle each day for eight nights. In this program, we will explore the many ways that Hanukkah is celebrated, share stories, learn songs, and make our own Hanukiot.
 
Free and open to the public. Seating is on first-come, first-serve basis and may be limited. 

Hanukkah Festival of Freedom & Light

Wednesday, December 13, 3pm – 430pm
Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Road

Learn the history of Hanukkah at this free afternoon event. 

Light the Menorah

Wednesday, December 13, 4pm – 6pm
Downtown Summerlin

Menorah lighting, kids activities, donuts, hot cocoa, ice skating at The Rock Rink, entertainment, raffles, and more. 

There will be games for the kids, entertainment from local choirs, jelly donuts and hot cocoa. 20% of all proceeds from the Rock Rink will go to Jewish Nevada’s Israel Emergency Fund. For more information about Light the Menorah, contact danica@jewishnevada.org.

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Chanukah ‘Nite 

Thursday, December 14, 7pm
The Dollar Loan Center 

NBA G League Ignite vs RIP City Remix. 

Enjoy a pregame lighting of the Menorah with special ticket pricing of $18. 

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop 

Thursday, December 14, 4pm – 5pm
Aliante Library, North Las Vegas 

Shop with a Cop at TJ Maxx

Thursday, December 14, 1pm – 4pm
TJ Max, 4640 W Sahara, 89102

Have fun shopping with a cop and enjoy a raffle of gift cards every 15 minutes plus free photos with Santa.

Slater’s Supper with Santa 

Friday, December 15, 530pm – 730pm at Silverado Ranch 
Saturday, December 16, 530pm – 730pm at Lake Mead Parkway 

A magical evening of supper with Santa at Slater’s 50/50. 

Make reservations at www.santa.slaters5050.com

Take pictures with Santa himself, make your own delicious hot chocolate, and share your Christmas wish with the big man in red. This special holiday experience is perfect for kids of all ages! Don’t miss out – reserve your spot now!

Reservations are required so everyone has a chance to experience this special event. There is a $10 deposit per person that will be applied towards your dining expenses.
–Hot Chocolate Bar–
Get in on the Hot Chocolate Bar action! Create your very own delicious hot chocolate masterpiece by choosing from a variety of yummy toppings. It’s only an extra $5 to make your hot chocolate dreams come true!

 

Paw Patrol Live: Heroes Unite

December 15 – 6pm
December 16 – 10am and 2pm.
December 17 – 11am and 3pm

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group proudly present PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite.”  This brand-new production is an interactive live stage show, where members of the audience get to be heroes unleashed, helping the pups as honorary members of the pack, while they navigate the globe to make it back to Adventure Bay in the nick of time.

Featuring stunning visual effects, captivating storytelling and a vibrant musical score that will have guests dancing in their seats and singing along, this staged extravaganza is jam-packed with action and fun for th

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Reindeer Dash 5k 2023

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 12n
Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Pkwy

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen…
Make a dash from Cornerstone Park to the Pittman Wash Trail this winter for a jolly good time! All little helpers are encouraged to don their most cheerful costumes or ugly holiday sweaters. Souvenir T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 300 participants. All ages and fitness levels are welcome!

5K Run
$25 (through December 15)
$30 (December 16)
Register and learn more: https://bit.ly/ReindeerDash2023 

Whobilation

Saturday, December 16, 230pm – 4pm
Soulfire Studios

Join Soulfire Studios for a Whobilation with a dance party, face painting, and specialty treats that every Who will Love. 

$24 per Who (child)

Ward 3 Annual Posada

December 16, 11am – 3pm
Charleston Heights Community Center

This free event is open to all ages. Enjoy entertainment, traditional foods, vendors, activities, and community resource booths.

The Coca-Cola Caravan

Magical Holiday Fun this weekend from Coca‑Cola®

Coca‑Cola® is coming to town and bring itsHoliday Caravan to give you a taste of the holiday. The caravan is loaded with holiday gifts, delicious Coca‑Cola® products and you might just see Santa himself. Join in the holiday magic … joy awaits.

Thursday, December 14, 12pm – 3pm
Aramark at UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Parkway

Thursday, December 14, 6pm – 9pm
Walmart Supercenter, 4505 W Charleston Blvd

Friday, December 14, 2pm – 11pm
T-Mobile Arena, 3780 S Las Vegas Blvd

Saturday, December 16, 12pm – 3pm
Resorts World, 3000 S Las Vegas Blvd

Saturday, December 16, 6pm – 9pm
Palms Casino, 4321 W Flamingo Road

Sunday, December 17, 12pm – 3pm
Walmart Supercenter, 5198 Boulder Hwy

 

Sunday, December 17, 6pm – 9pm
Smith’s at 3850 E Flamingo Rd

Mini Golf with Santa 

Saturday, December 16, 930am – 2pm
Downtown Recreation Center, Henderson

Golf with Santa on a 9-hole course. Tee times are every 30 minutes. Reservations are limited to 10 people. REGISTER HERE.

A Holiday to Remember

Saturday, December 16, 11am – 2pm
Cashman Park 

Toy giveaway, free food (while supplies last), shelf-stable meals, photos with Santa, face painting, balloon artists, bounce houses, community resource fair, vaccine/flu clinic, CCSD book bus, diaper giveaway, and so much more!

If you’re interested in donating toys or have any questions about the event, please email Jayson with Commissioner Jones’ office at Jayson.Dagher@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Whitney Wonderland

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 12pm
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center

Join us for a light breakfast before our annual reindeer games, toy making in Santa’s workshop and holiday story telling with some amazing elves.
 
Photo opportunities with Santa available, please bring your own camera.
 
Price is per person entering the event, children under 2 yrs. are free.
 
Registration required by December 13
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center
All ages • 10am-Noon • $10 • 154163
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Holiday Maker’s Market at The District

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 4pm
The District at Green Valley Ranch
 
The most EPIC holiday market at The District at Green Valley Ranch. This one will be extra special for last minute shopping plus super fun holiday activities including: 

Christmas Carolers 
Complimentary Face Painting 10AM-1PM
Complimentary photos by @Brownieohotobus
Permanent Jewelry
Flash tattoos 
Holiday crafts 
Local Makers 
Photo Ops 
Local eateries 
And more!

Family Fun Paint Jam Workshop

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 12pm
Desert Breeze Community Center

Create your own winter themed masterpiece in this instructor-led painting workshop.
REGISTER HERE.

Annual Old Time Christmas

Saturday, December 16, 11am – 230pm
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park 

Step back in time to an Old Time Christmas. The Myron Heaton Chorale is back this year singing Christmas songs, sit with some hot chocolate and sing along. Some old favorite games and crafts in the picnic area, Hayride, S’mores and more.
 
Of course Santa will make his appearance along with Justice the Eagle.
 
Old Time Christmas included in your park entrance fee. $10.00 per vehicle for NV residents, $15.00 per vehicles for nonresidents. The annual Park pass can be purchased at any Nevada State Park for $100.00 and covers your entrance fees at all Nevada State

Family Christmas Cruises 

Saturday, December 16, 11am
Sunday, December 17, 11am
Saturday, December 23, 11am 

Lake Las Vegas Water Sports
15 Costa Di Lago, Henderson

Embark on a festive adventure aboard the Santa Sail Christmas Yacht Cruise at Lake Las Vegas. Experience the holiday magic with enchanting decorations, Christmas games, and the one and only Santa Claus! Join us for a delightful journey where kids can sip on hot chocolate, decorate cookies, and enjoy the merriment of the season. This is a family-friendly event, perfect for little elves and their families to celebrate the season together!

Check-in will begin at the time of the event, and we will depart 30 minutes after.

Purchase Tickets HERE

 

Underwater Santa & Mermaid Story Time 

Saturdays & Sundays in December
Silverton Casino Las Vegas

Mermaid Tales
Holiday story time with the Silverton Mermaids.
1145am — 12pm
1pm — 1:5pm
145pm — 2pm
3pm — 315pm

Underwater Santa
Share your Christmas wish list with Santa and his helpers.
12pm — 1pm
2pm — 3pm

Santa in the Shipwreck 

December 16 – 24, 2023, 10am – 8pm
The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Santa Claus steers his sleigh from the North Pole to Las Vegas to find out who’s been naughty and nice during the annual Santa in the Shipwreck at Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay!

Candy Cane Festival 

Saturday, December 16, 3pm – 6pm
Heritage Park Aquatic Complex 

Celebrate the magic of winter with us. Festivities include games, bounce house, treats, and our famous underwater candy cane hunt. Kids can also get ready for the holiday season by writing and mailing a letter to Santa. Bring a new or gently used coat to donate to a local nonprofit and admission is free.
 
Parents must be in the water with children station under the age of 8.

If this is your first time registering online, please request a household account at https://bit.ly/3qhSmVb.
 

Parent’s Night Out at Aquatic Springs

Saturday, December 16, 5pm – 8pm
Aquatic Springs, 7025 S Ft Apache Road

This fun event is for kids ages 5 – 13 years.
 
Drop your child off at Aquatic Springs, where they will enjoy a variety of crafts, dinner, a movie, and of course, swimming! Certified lifeguards will chaperone swimmers under 8 or  those who cannot pass a swim test.
 

Call at 702-455-1708 for more information. 

Pre-Registration is required and spots are limited so register today! REGISTER HERE
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Prickly Paint by Number: Prickly Pear 

Sunday, December 17
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

More information and more Red Rock Canyon events can be found at www.redrockcanyonlv.org/event-calendar 

Winter Wonderland at Las Vegas Ice Center

December 15 – January 1
Las Vegas Ice Center 

$20 per person includes skate rental and 2 hours of skate time. Enjoy holiday music and videos from a 4-sided jumbotron. Warm attires, gloves, and helmets for children are recommended.

Breakfast with Santa Centennial Hills YMCA

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Breakfast with Santa at Silver Mesa Recreation Center

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 2pm
Silver Mesa Recreation Center, NLV

Cost: $3 per person
Registration is Required. 

Get ready to kick off the holiday season in style with an enchanting Pancake Breakfast Extravaganza, where you’re invited to join Santa and his elves for a morning of joy, laughter, and treats! This magical event promises more than just pancakes – it’s a celebration filled with live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, and heartwarming carols that will make your spirits soar.

Registration limited to the first 200.

Winter Wonderland Festival 

Saturday, December 16, 3pm – 7pm
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N Eastern Avenue 

Enjoy Posada, entertainment, activities and more. 

Secret Santa Project Toy Giveaway

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 2pm
Masonic Memorial Temple, 2300 W Mesquite Avenue 

FREE TOY FOR CHILDREN AGES 1 – 11 YEARS. This is a drive-thru only event. No pedestrians 

Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 16, 2023
 
Drive-thru food distribution 
Distribution begins at 7am 

Harvey N Dondero School, 4450 Ridgeville Street

Christmas Cow Night

Saturday, December 16, 5pm – 7pm
Chick-fil-a at Centennial Hills 

Stop by for dinner and meet the Christmas Cow at Chick-fil-a. 

Santa Visit Galaxy Theatres

Sunday, December 17, 2pm – 6pm 
Galaxy Theatres Green Valley 

A Grinch Christmas 

December 15, 16, 22, 23
Shows are at 630pm & 8pm
West Potters House Church, 4600 Meadows Lane, 89107

Nutcracker Night Market 

December 15 – December 16
Tivoli Village Las Vegas

Horse & Carriage Rides

Free during this event

Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade 

FINAL WEEKEND

Friday & Saturday, December 15 -16, 6pm 

Christmas on the Colorado Boat Parade 

Saturday, December 16, 5pm 
Bullhead Community Park, 1251 Highway 95

Parade begins at 630pm and the boats will launch from Bullhead Community Park. The boats will head North to Laughlin Bridge and turn around to pass through the resort corridor. 

In addition to the parade, there will be exhibits, vendors, crafts, Santa and more. 

Winter Solstice Event 

December 17, 10am – 12n
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

$10 per person. Children must be 8 years or older. 

REGISTER HERE

Learn about the solstice, enjoy refreshments, make crafts like birdfeeders and beeswax candles.

Brunch with Santa 

Sunday, December 17, 12pm – 3pm
The Sundry Food Hall 

More Events at St. Sundry Holiday Pop Up

Gingerbread House Decorating

Monday, December 18, 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday, December 20, 4pm – 6pm

Gingerbread house decorating workshops form kids ages 6 years – 12 years. Tickets are $50.

December 18 – December 24, 2023

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, December 19, 4pm – 6pm 
Rainbow Library 

Inspired by the North Pole and winter, join us as we celebrate this special place and season with wintry crafts, activities, and more. This free program is open to all ages.

Parents Night Out S’MORE Santa Fun

Wednesday, December 20, 4pm – 7pm
Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve

$20 per child ages 6-10 years. REGISTER HERE.

Parents enjoy a night out holiday shopping while your children participate in some Reindeer Games. Children will enjoy a night filled with adventure, including archery, hiking, s’mores, and stories by the campfire.

Raft the Colorado with Santa

December 21 – December 24, 2024, 10am
Hoover Dam Rafting Adventures 
Tours leave from Lake Mead RV Village

The cost is $125 for adults and $110 for chidlren 15 years and younger. The National Park entrance fee is not included. 

The experience will include gifts for each passenger, bottled water and lunch for a picnic stop, hot chocolate and Christmas music when the trip ends at Willow Beach Marina 

Flick N Float – Winter Woof 

Friday, December 22, 530pm – 8pm 
Hollywood Aquatic Center 

Craft: 530pm – 6pm
Movie: 6pm – 8pm 

Adults: $5
Youth: $3 (ages 3 – 17)
Under 2: FREE 

Create a special holiday craft and then enjoy a movie in the pool, plus meet a special guest. 

Meet the Grinch!

Saturday, December 23, 11am – 5pm
Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum, Boulder City

This annual event is super popular and one you have to add to your December list. 

The Grinch is stopping by Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum for one day only.

Museum admission is required! In honor of Grinchmas, admission is discounted by 25% for this event. 
 
Admission: 
Adults- $15
Children ages 6 to 11 – $7
5 & Under – Free

December 25 – December 31, 2023

Kwanzaa Celebration 

Tuesday, December 26, 3pm – 8pm
West Las Vegas Library 

Kwanzaa is a time for families and communities to come together to remember the past and celebrate African American culture. This cultural event will include community awards and performances by Olabisi African Drum and Dance Ensemble. With a special guest performance by the world-famous Molodi Live.

Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to teaching drum and dance influenced by the culture of West Africa. The ensemble of dancers and drummers are a diverse and unique group of men, women, and children. Their repertoire celebrates West African traditions including music through joyous rhythms, electrifying drum and dance workshops, performances, storytelling and song. Some of the traditional West African repertoire includes, but is not limited to, Guinea Fare, Djole, Kakilambe, and Mamaya, the music of which is primarily played via traditional African drums (djembe and djun djun).

MOLODI is a performance ensemble that takes body percussion to the extreme. MOLODI blends collegiate stepping, tap, gumboots, beatbox, poetry and hip hop dance with guerilla theatre and robust personalities that bring to life a high-energy, rhythmic experience. Molodi Live is an immersive theatrical experience that is adaptable to Performing Arts Centers, colleges and universities, and unique spaces (art galleries, warehouses, etc). Poetic interludes, dynamic solo dance performances. Their shows are captivating, energetic, and interactive.
 
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 702.507.3989.

WWE Live Holiday Tour 

Friday, December 29, 730pm
MGM Grand Garden Arena

The event will feature WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. 

Glow in the Dark Nerf War

Friday, December 29, 6pm and 8pm
Valley View Recreation Center, Henderson

Wear comfortable sneakers for our 10,000-square-foot glow-in-the-dark events. Bring your Nerf gun (labeled with your name) and we’ll supply the strike darts (no mega darts). Protective eyewear is recommended. Dinner is provided. Late pickup charges apply.

Building with Big Brown Boxes

Saturday, December 30, 10am – 1pm
Clark County Wetlands Park

A free play program to build tunnels, towers, and more. Your imagination is the limit. Bring big brown boxes, we’ll recycle! All ages. free. Walk in.
Boxes needed – the bigger, the better! Bring in boxes during the month of December for a $1 coupon to the Wetlands Nature Store. Tue-Sun, 9am to 3pm. Please come to the Administration Building in the Wetlands Nature Center, 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89122

New Year's Eve Events in Las Vegas

Market in the Alley at The District 

Sunday, December 31, 11am – 4pm
The District at Green Valley Ranch 

Market in the Alley is a curated market focused on supporting local makers, curators, artists, musicians and culinary innovators. With the belief that Las Vegas’ creative community is the heart and soul of the city, Market in the Alley is dedicated to creating space to best showcase the local talent, representing the culture and craft of Las Vegas.
Visit https://www.marketinthealley.com/ to learn more.

Noon Year’s Eve at Discovery Children’s Museum 

Sunday, December 31, 10am – 1230pm
Discovery Children’s Museum 

Noon Year’s Eve at The Pottery Shop

Sunday, December 31, 10am – 6pm 
The Pottery Shop at Town Square

Join us in studio for our “Noon” years eve celebration and enjoy half off studio fees for everyone all day! *Must mention special to redeem, can not be combined with any other offer. Ceramics sold separately.

Noon Year’s Eve at Town Square Las Vegas

 
Sunday, December 31, 10am
Town Square Las Vegas

 

The mock countdown will take place at noon instead of midnight and every kid will receive a juice box or milk to “toast” the New Year. Festivities take place in Town Square Park starting at 10 a.m. with a live DJ.
 

Come down to Town Square Park where you and your children can join us for a family-friendly cheer to the New Year. 
Juice box or milk toast and a balloon drop for the whole family to enjoy, while supplies last.

Who says the kids need to stay up till midnight to celebrate?! See you there at Noon Years Eve at Town Square Las Vegas.

Velocity E-Sports Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration

Sunday, December 31, 1230pm – 230pm
Velocity E-Sports, Town Square Las Vegas

This family-friendly New Year’s party will feature a DJ, pizza buffet, arcade games, party favors for the big countdown, and more! 

Please note: both children and adults must purchase tickets to attend.
Tickets: $35 per person

Your ticket includes admission to the dedicated party room, lunch buffet with pizza, salad, fries & cookies, unlimited fountain soda, party favors and 1-hour unlimited game card for the arcade.

Food buffet and soda available from 12:30pm-2:30pm
DJ and dancing starting at 12:30pm
New Years countdown at 2:30pm

Youth (2-20) ticket also includes: Velocity goodie bag and one (1) raffle ticket to win a free birthday party in 2024 (up to $200 value)

Adult (21+) ticket also includes: One (1) drink ticket valid for beer/wine/well drinks or n/a NYE Spritzer

Save with the Family Pack $120 ($140 value) Includes admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children

Celebrate the New Year Early at Dave & Buster’s

Sunday, December 31, 4pm
Dave & Busters Downtown Summerlin

There’s only one way to end the year & start another — with FUN. New Years Eve at Dave & Buster’s is the place to be, with unforgettable entertainment, incredible bites worthy of being the last meal of the year, and OH — did we mention Unlimited Video Game Play ALL night long. Plus enjoy an all-ages ginger ale toast accompanied by a special video countdown.

Grab tickets for the whole fam and come through for a New Years Eve celebration that’s as fun as can be (and will have you home before midnight, we promise!) 

Celebration Admission includes: Access to our yummy appetizer banquet, unlimited soda, coffee, & tea, a $20 Power Card® with Unlimited Video Game Play, a special Ginger Ale New Year’s Eve toast & video countdown, suggested 18% gratuity, and taxes. 

Appetizer Banquet Menu 

  • Mini Cheeseburgers
  • Pizza Bites
  • Crispy Chicken Bites with Ranch
  • Baked Macaroni & Cheese
  • Garden House Salad
  • French Fries
  • Cinnamon Sugar Churros

 

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