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Spectacular holiday events to check out in Las Vegas

A brightly lit Christmas tree welcome visitors on the Las Vegas Strip (Google / FOX5). A brightly lit Christmas tree welcome visitors on the Las Vegas Strip (Google / FOX5).

It's the most wonderful time of the year indeed! Las Vegas welcomes the holiday season with dozens of events and attractions for the entire family to enjoy. So grab your coats and make new memories with the loved ones in your life. Check out the list below for festivities near you.

  • Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall visitors can enjoy attractions including an indoor atrium filled with garland streams, wreath-adorned lamposts and a glimpse inside Santa's workshop filled with busy toy-making elves through Jan. 1. The centerpiece of the attraction is a laser light show featuring classic holiday songs. 
  • "Holiday at The Park" rings in the season with a festive community tree-lighting event on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages are welcome to enjoy the festive Christmas lights and musical performances by The Mirage's headliner Matt Goss and the Las Vegas Academy Choir. Vegas Golden Knights emcee Mark Shunock will countdown the illumination of a magnificent 80-foot silver fir tree. Other fun and festive activities include an ice skating rink, meet-and-greet with Santa, shopping in a quaint holiday marketplace paired with tasty hot chocolate and other seasonal treats. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary ice skating from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., and the first 500 children to arrive will receive a Santa hat to get the season of giving off to a good start. Complimentary parking will be available from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the New York-New York and Monte Carlo self-park garages for guests attending the event.
  • Springs Preserve kicks-off Christmas and holiday cheer with train rides to Santa's magical village and other festive activities including photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, a nutcracker display and more! The Springs Preserve Holiday Express experience is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. December 9 - 10, 16 - 23, first train departs at noon - final train departs at 6 p.m. $8 for members, $10 non-members. Free for ages 2 and under. Reservations are required. Visit SpringsPreserve.org for many more holiday events. 
  • The greater Las Vegas Academy will host a festive community event featuring dozens of vendors, photos with Santa, snow fun with Elsa and Anna and food trucks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. Visit the academy's Facebook page for updates. 6531 Annie Oakley Drive
  •  Downtown Summerlin kicks off their holiday parade at 6 p.m. nightly on the following dates: Nov. 24, 25, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9 and nightly from Dec. 15-24. It offers a magical family-friendly spectacle of festive floats, toy soldiers, snowflake princesses and princes, nutcrackers, dancers, holiday music and snow! All shows are free and open to the general public.  Family photo packages with Santa start at $24.99. Furry friends who want to get in on the fun can take photos with Santa Tuesdays through Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Galleria at Sunset celebrates the arrival of Santa Claus with photo opportunities for kids and pets. Through December 24. Guests can call ahead to make an appointment and take advantage of the Santa Fast Pass which allows guests to skip the line, includes a $20 Shutterfly gift card, and three calls from Santa himself! Walkups are also welcome and are handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Santa Fast Pass is available November 11 to December 21; and walk-up only on December 22 to 24, when the set closes at 6 p.m. Cats and dogs can get in on the photo fun too on Tuesdays only. 
  • Ethel M Chocolates celebrates the holidays with its 24th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden.  Open now through Jan. 1, stroll through Ethel M's three-acre botanical cactus garden illuminated with more than one million lights and festive holiday decor.  Take professional and personal photos with Santa on the weekends and the week leading up to Christmas.  New to this year is Ethel M's very own skating rink, which is open daily from 10 am - 10 pm.  Prices are $10 during the day and $15 at night.  Each ticket comes with a complimentary cup of Ethel M's signature double hot chocolate. 
  • Are you on Santa’s good list? If so, you deserve a special gift that can only be found inside Kidville at Tivoli Village! Kidville will be hosting its 1st Annual Winter Fest event on Saturday, Dec. 16th from 9am-5pm. There will be complimentary hot chocolate, cookie decorating, arts & crafts, games, train rides, and free access in Playspace. Our Playspace features a state-of-the-art gym with rock climbing, ziplining, and obstacle courses for children to enjoy. Spacing is limited, please call the store at (702)233-9253 to RSVP today.

  • At Tivoli Village, you can see live reindeer in conjunction with the12 Days of Giving. Santa's helpers will be there from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Dec. 21, 22 and 23. Guests can take pictures, enjoy snowfall and live music. 

  • It’s a holiday adventure at Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are open nightly through January 7. New features include a Santa Tram driven by Silver State Schools Credit Union .This ticketing option allows guests to view the 2.5 miles of millions of lights from an open-air tram. Tram is $20 per person. You can add a treat for $5 per person (includes one cocoa and snack size bag of kettle corn. This magical holiday experience is sold per person and is date and time specific.  Trams will run December 1-2, 8-9 and 15-23, 2017. To guarantee a spot, purchased in advance online at glitteringlights.vegas. With Fast Pass powered by Diamondback Land Surveying, you can take a cruise through Nevada's largest holiday drive-thru light show. Millions of Christmas lights to wow even the "Grinchest" in Whoville. The Fast Pass powered by Diamondback Land Surveying dashes your sleigh to the front of the line perfect for the holiday traveler who is taking in the lights from a transportation service. $50 per vehicle, select December nights. Book: glitteringlights.vegas?Children 2 and younger are free as long as they ride on a lap. Bundle up. Nestle up. The outdoor boarding area features festive decor, fun games, a train for the kiddos and plenty of family photo selfie opportunities. Even the big guy in the bright red suit will be on site to find out if you've been naughty or nice. Due to the nature of this event, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to boarding time to fully enjoy the festivities   

FOX5 will continue to add events and attractions to this list. Send your event to 5newsdesk@fox5vegas.com to be included. 

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