By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sam’s Town)
Sam’s Town’s FREE Holiday Show
Whether your live in Las Vegas or are a tourist, you will be surprised to see Sam’s Town’s Mystic Falls Park looking like a winter scene complete with fake snow.
The holiday atmosphere sets the mood with garland streams, snow covered lampposts and over 50 decorated trees. Take a walk through what Sam’s Town calls a winter wonderland. Sam’s Town crowns the park with a spectacular 30-foot Christmas tree which lets you know the holidays have arrived. Relax to the sound of a rolling waterfall, complemented by the soft chirping of birds in live trees reaching up toward the skylight 10 stories above.
The holiday show offers animated animal and river scenes enacted at various areas of the park. Suddenly, the serenity is interrupted with the urgency of a wolf’s call howling from atop the waterfall. It’s the beginning of Sunset Stampede Laser Light and Water Show. The mountain in the Mystic Falls Indoor Park comes alive as the Sunset Stampede chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, dancing water and a state-of-the-art laser light show.
With Las Vegas’ mild weather, this is one of the few places we can really get the feeling of the holidays.
The holiday event is free with 15 minute shows at 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm daily.
Mystic Falls Park Tree Lighting Ceremony- November 25, 4:30 pm.
Winter Wonderland & Santa- November 22- December 23, free admission. For information, call 702-456-7777. Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall is located at 5111 Boulder Highway.
Holiday Cactus Garden Henderson chocolatier Ethel M Chocolates lights up the night with its 20th annual Holiday Cactus Garden. The seasonal attraction will feature more than 600,000 sparkling lights displayed throughout the three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden in a self-guided walking tour. In addition to twinkling lights, there are choir performances Fridays and Saturdays and photos with Santa Friday to Sunday. The retail store will also be open for holiday shopping. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden is located at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. For information, call (702) 458-8864. www.ethelm.com A Holiday Celebration at the Neon Museum
In conjunction with the city of Las Vegas and its cultural corridor’s December to Remember holiday festival, the Neon Museum is offering a holiday ornament-making activity. After the activity, there will be hot chocolate offered and the opportunity to listen to caroling by Las Vegas Academy singers in the Neon Boneyard which will be illuminated for the holiday season. Visitors have the opportunity to view and photograph historic signs including the Stardust. Free parking is available on the museum campus. The Neon Museum is located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd., North, Las Vegas. For information, call (702) 387-6366. www.neonmuseum.org
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