image003It’s that time of year when we’re all on the hunt for the best holiday light displays in town. But, until we find where they’re hiding, we thought we’d share the numerous fun holiday events that won’t cost you a cent (except for the stop at Starbucks afterwards for the Peppermint Hot Chocolate!)

One of the things we love about Las Vegas is how involved our local businesses are with the community. It’s a great show to behold in your travels around the city. If you’re putting together your Holiday Entertainment Schedule, you may just want to plan on adding these to your list. Enjoy!


image005The City of Henderson will host its annual WinterFest celebration, December 8-10, 2016 at the Henderson Events Plaza and Henderson Convention Center, both located at 200 Water Street, in the Water Street District. This year’s theme is Winter – Silver & Snowflakes and the event will feature a snow play area along with a variety of family-friendly activities, including an official tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Hafen and Santa Claus, gingerbread house displays, roaming performances, and an evening light parade. Event admission is complimentary. Some activities will require paid admission.

Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden

image007For a Southwest take on the holidays, head to the festive cactus garden at Ethel M Chocolates Factory, which features some three acres of cacti festooned with half a million lights. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. 2 Cactus Garden Dr at Sunset Way, Henderson. November 15th – January 1st; Admission is Free and Open to the Public.
Holiday Lights: Nightly, 5pm to 10pm.
Factory & Chocolate Shoppe: Open daily 8:30am till 10pm.
Visits from Santa Claus: Friday – Sunday till Christmas 5pm to 9pm.
Performances by Local Choirs: Friday – Sunday 6pm to 8pm.

Cowboy Christmas

image009The Cowboy Christmas returns to Las Vegas with more wares to keep even the most avid shopper entertained! Conveniently located in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center at Paradise Road and Desert Inn, just one block east of the famous Las Vegas Strip. This year’s show promises to exceed expectations! Over 440,000 square feet of show-floor hosting! 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada will showcase their unique products which include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, as well as providing the best source for the Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise. 3150 Paradise Rd at Convention Center Dr. Dec 3–12, 9am–5pm; free.

Las Vegas Great Santa Run

image011It’s time for the running of the Santa’s! At this annual 5k fun run and one-mile walk to benefit local organization Opportunity Village, registration includes a five-piece Santa suit. Last year, over 9,000 Santa’s ran for charity (and to work off a few holiday cookies), but Las Vegas still lost the world record for the largest Santa run to Liverpool, England. This year, the event is hoping for 10,000 Santa’s and a chance to take the title. Third Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St between S Main St and S Casino Center Blvd. Dec 5, from 8am; free for spectators.

30th Annual Downtown Hoedown

image013Free Concerts on Nov 30, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Old Dominion and Sawyer Brown headline the 30th Annual Downtown Hoedown, the official kick-off to Wrangler National Finals Rodeo week in Las Vegas. The free event happens Nov. 30, 2016 and features top country talent beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ending with headliner performances from Sawyer Brown at 8:40 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage (near Binion’s) and Old Dominion at 9:50 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage (between The D and Four Queens).

30th Annual Downtown Hoedown Schedule:

• Jackson Michelson on Main Street Stage – 4:30-5:30pm
• High Valley on 1st Street Stage – 5:40-6:25pm
• Aaron Watson on 3rd Street Stage – 6:35-7:20pm
• Craig Campbell on Main Street Stage – 7:30-8:30pm
• Sawyer Brown on 1st Street Stage – 8:40-9:40pm
• Old Dominion on 3rd Street Stage – 9:50-11:30pm

December to Remember at the Neon Museum

image015This year, families have a variety of festive reasons to attend the Neon Museum’s annual “December to Remember” holiday celebration, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. It begins with ornament-making in the Boneyard Park and then families can snap their own photo with Santa in the North Gallery from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and caroling by Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard from 5 to 6 p.m. “December to Remember” is part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor’s holiday festival. This event is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

Santa Photo’s at The District

image017The District at Green Valley Ranch | Starts Nov 22 – Ends Dec 24
Come Visit Santa at his house in The District in Henderson! Santa’s house is located off main Street, near Williams Sonoma. Santa’s Hours are:

• November 28 – December 11
• Monday – Friday: 11am-7pm (Break 2:30-3:30pm)
• Saturday: 11am-8pm (Break 3:00-4:00pm)
• Sunday: 11am-6pm (Break 3:00-3:30pm)
• December 12 – 23 – Daily: 11am-8pm (Break 1pm-1:30pm; 5pm-6pm)
• December 24 – 9am-4pm (Break 12:30pm-1:00pm)

Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town

image019A holiday tradition for over 19 years, Mystic Falls Park will be decked out for the holidays with beautiful new holiday decor, an exciting all-new laser light show and will be making it snow in Vegas every night through the new year beginning November 25, 2016. Plus… Santa will be here to welcome kids of all ages! November 25, 2016 – December 23, 2016 – Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00pm -8:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00pm – 8:30pm.

From all of us at New Home Resource, we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays this season!!

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