Thursday, Dec. 13
Is there any place more festive than Henderson during the holidays? Not around these parts. To prove it, the city is once again holding Winterfest, a three-day celebration of all things merry. This year’s theme: holidays past. The event opens this evening with a free concert by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and runs through Sunday. HendersonLive.com.
Friday, Dec. 14
But let’s not forget Las Vegas, which also knows how to get its Christmas on. The fourth annual Ward 5 tree-lighting party is at 6 p.m. in Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave. Make an ornament to hang on the tree and come on down for complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.
Saturday, Dec. 15
The Amazing Johnathan is a magician, yes, but he’s also a dedicated car nut, as documented in these pages (VegasSeven.com/Cars/Johnathan). Today, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., he’s opening up his warehouse at 6290 Harrison Drive for his first car show and sale. Come for the classic rides, stay for the food trucks and entertainment.
Sunday, Dec. 16
Yet another local tradition for your calendar: The Princess and the Golden Skates, an annual holiday ice-skating show featuring local skaters telling the tale of a young girl who has lost her ice wheels. Shows 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. today, Fiesta Rancho SoBe Ice Arena.
Monday, Dec. 17
Your art appreciation activity for this week takes place over at the Henderson Multigen, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, where you’ll find the work of local photographer Wendy Rountree hanging through Dec. 28. Rountree’s collection of travel photography, Beauty Near & Far, is all the more impressive when you understand that much of it predates digital photography and was developed in her bathroom/darkroom.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Here it is one week before Christmas and we haven’t yet pointed you in the direction of Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. This annual event is part light show, part amusement park, and wholly beneficial to the titular nonprofit that runs it. $11, $9 children; 5:30-9 p.m. Sun-Thu, 5:30-10 p.m. Fri-Sat; 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., OpportunityVillage.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Your kids are going to eat a lot of junk and do some serious sitting around in the next few weeks. Take a preemptive strike for good health and get them over to the Las Vegas NBA Legends free basketball clinic at 4 p.m. at the John C. Kish Boys & Girls Club in Henderson. They’ll meet some former NBA players, get some tips and get off the couch. LegendsofBasketball.com.