Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In a city like Las Vegas it’s sometimes hard to remember there is more than the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip and 24-hour casinos. Suburban Las Vegas — where many families live, attend school and work — is alive and well and offers many seasonal family-friendly attractions and activities to make the holidays more fun. 

Here are a few of the more popular events that have become annual traditions for Las Vegas families seeking a variety of free or low cost activities that add to the magic of the season.

In North Las Vegas The Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a great experience. This drive-thru light show is an annual attraction and features over two million twinkling lights spanning a 2.5 mile course.

Heading to The Strip for an evening out? The Bellagio Fountains dance to holiday music including “Hallelujah Chorus,” “O Holy Night” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” The entire family will be enchanted by this beautiful and free attraction that is always a crowd pleaser.

Downtown at The Smith Center, don’t miss the limited engagement performances of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) The Nutcracker. Choreographed by James Canfield, The Nutcracker fills the stage with magical cheer and features a cast of nearly 100 dancers including NBT’s talented Company Artists and students from the affiliated Academy.

In the master-planned community of Summerlin® celebrate the holiday season by attending the destination’s family-friendly parade, which runs at 6pm on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and nightly Dec. 15–24. It offers a magical family-friendly spectacle of festive floats, toy soldiers, snowflake princesses and princes, dancers, holiday music and snow. All shows are free and open to the general public. 

Summerlin boasts over half a million light bulbs on display during the holiday season, enough deer to guide three Santa sleights and close to a million snowflakes to land on. It’s a holiday attraction in itself.

“Summerlin is a community that’s built around families,” stated Danielle Bisterfeldt, Vice President of Marketing, Summerlin. “We take pride in our community and strive to ensure our seasonal events reflect those who call Summerlin home. In addition to the parade, we have Rock Rink ice skating, a holiday train, beautiful décor, including a 40-foot tree and a new Santa Chalet located in Macy’s Promenade for visits with the man of the season.”

Downtown Summerlin is one of the only shopping destinations in the city that celebrates Hanukkah. On December 13 from 4-6 p.m. the property is partnering with Jewish Nevada, Nevada’s Jewish Federation, to host a one-night Hanukkah celebration. Activities include lighting of the Menorah, music by DJ Shai, family skate night, dreidel production from a 3-D printer, kosher donuts and hot cocoa along with a special musical performance by Jeff Leibow, formerly “Nick Massi” in the Las Vegas company of Jersey Boys. The event is free and open to the general public.

The property is also pet friendly and offers Santa photos with pets on Tuesdays through Dec. 19 between 7 and 9 p.m. 

Across town in Henderson, boasting over one million holiday lights, is Ethel M Chocolates 24th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden. This gorgeous display is open through January 1 and is illuminated nightly from sundown to 10 p.m.

“Las Vegas offers such a diverse assortment of holiday events and attractions that are fun and family-friendly,” stated Alba Hall, local Las Vegan and Mom of two. “We look forward to taking the kids’ out to experience all the city has to offer. Our favorite activity so far has been the parade at Downtown Summerlin. It really put us in the holiday spirit.” 




About Summerlin

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to nearly 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 250 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 25 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes– priced from the $300,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information.


About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.                           

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