Henderson Wonderland

Without the traditional signs of the changing seasons—palm trees don’t shed their fronds in fall—the Valley’s only real indication that winter is coming is the increasingly early arrival of Christmas decorations.

The city of Henderson is giving the season a proper introduction as it hosts its annual Winterfest Celebration on Dec. 10-12. The three-day festival begins with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra performing a “Sounds of the Season” concert at the Henderson Convention Center (200 S. Water St.) at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. The following day, join Mayor Andy Hafen and Santa Claus for the city’s official tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza (200 S. Water St.) where afterward you can take the kids to a petting zoo or on a wagon, train or pony ride, all free of charge.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Comic Strip Favorites,” so don’t be surprised to see Garfield, Beetle Bailey or Spider-Man walking down Water Street at the Winterfest parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. Applications for the parade are being accepted until Nov. 24. Local bands, organizations and individuals are invited to dress up in comic-themed costumes and compete for the chance to win one of three cash prizes totaling $1,500. Theatre in the Valley will perform A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Henderson Events Plaza Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

There also will be a Gingerbread House Contest, the Henderson Festival of Trees display, live music and more events than we have room to write about. For a full schedule of events and more information, go to HendersonLive.com.