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2015 Las Vegas Family Friendly Holiday Attractions

By Lis Lammers - November 28, 2015

'Tis the Season!  From now through New Year’s, be sure to load up the family sleigh and make your way to one or all of the most magnificent holiday illuminations in the Las Vegas Valley.   We hope you enjoy these festivals of lights and celebrations offered this season.  ‘Tis Amazing!
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
One of the most spectacular displays of the holiday season can be seen at the 15th annual Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Grab your family and friends, and guide your sleigh to the Speedway – only 10 minutes from the Spaghetti Bowl – for the holiday array of festive lights and sounds.  With over 3 million LED lights intertwined through the 2.5 mile route, plus 500 animated sparkling displays, your family will be sure to enjoy what CNN Travel has named one of eight Best places to see Christmas lights in the U.S.
Dates:  Now through Sunday, January 3
Time:  Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.  Friday, Saturday and holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Directions to the LV Speedway:  Take Interstate 15 and use Exit 54
Tickets: $20 per vehicle or a Season Pass for $55, Tickets may be purchased online at, southern Nevada Walgreens locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights.
Discounted Coupons:  Goodwill of Southern Nevada offers discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of clothing or household items.  Coupons are available at any of the stores, drop off locations or at the entrance to Glittering Lights.  Value is $5 off Monday-Thursday and $2 off Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. 
A monetary portion of each ticket goes to Speedway Children’s Charity (SCC).  Since 1999, the charity has distributed more than $1.7 million in funding to children’s organizations in Southern Nevada.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
An enchanted display of southern Nevada tradition is celebrating its 21st year of giving holiday joy to the Las Vegas community.  Bring the entire family to the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village where you’ll be dazzled by millions of sparkling lights, hundreds of decorated trees, nightly entertainment and great food. 
Featured on Discovery Network and named one of HGTV’s “Top Holiday Destinations,” the Magical Forest will enchant both kids and adults young-at-heart.   Enjoy riding the Forest Express Passenger Train, gliding down the Avalanche Slide, spinning on the carousel, putting at Rod’s Mini-Golf or visiting the jolly gent himself, Santa Claus!
Dates:  Now through January 3, 2016
Time:  Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.  Friday and Saturday 5:30 – 10 p.m. 
Location:  Opportunity Village at 6300 Oakey Blvd. in Las Vegas
Tickets:  For more information on ticket pricing go to  Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
Proceeds from this event benefit Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit serving children and adults in southern Nevada with intellectual disabilities. 
Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden
Stop by the Ethel M Chocolate factory in Henderson, NV this holiday season to enjoy the breathtaking winter wonderland complete with more than 500,000 colorful lights illuminated on and around the three-acre botanical cactus garden.  And don’t forget to stop by the store, a box of gourmet chocolates make perfect holiday gifts.
Dates:  Now through January 1, 2016
Time:  5 – 10:00 PM
Location:  Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Shoppe, 2 Cactus Garden Drive in Henderson, NV
Tickets:  Admission is FREE
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Be sure to visit the Winter Holiday gardens within Bellagio’s beautiful sky-lit Conservatory.  Always a crowd pleaser and certain to put even the biggest Scrooge into the holiday spirit, the exhibit runs from December 3 through January 2, 2016.   The Conservatory is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and the admission is FREE.   
And while you’re there, be sure to stay and experience the Dancing Fountains at the Bellagio.  During the holiday season, the FREE fountain water show features special performances of classic holiday tunes.  Performances start at 3 p.m. Monday – Friday; noon on Saturdays and holidays; and 11 a.m. on Sundays. 
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