Thursday, Dec. 12
Henderson isn’t the kind of city that lets the holidays slip by without a party. In other words, it’s time for WinterFest at the Henderson Events Plaza and Convention Center on Water Street. At 7 p.m., the Henderson Symphony Orchestra opens the celebration with Sounds of the Season. Festivities also include a parade, decorated trees, kids’ contests, food and music. Festival continues 6-9 p.m. Fri and noon-8 p.m. Sat., HendersonLive.com.
Friday, Dec. 13
We mentioned the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show last week, but neglected to note its partner in down-home fashion, the Country Christmas gift show, through Sunday at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. If you’ve always wanted a plastic deer for your front yard, you now know where to go. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, CountryChristmas.com.
Saturday, Dec. 14
The Clark County Fire Department holds an open house from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 65, 3825 Starr Ave.— a perfect chance to participate in the Fill the Fire Truck toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped gift, have some refreshments and check out the cool rigs. ClarkCountyNV.gov. Also, head out to Sunset Wonderland at Sunset Park for skating, carriage rides, a petting zoo a Ferris wheel and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon-Fri. through Dec. 22.
Sunday, Dec. 15
You can’t call yourself a holidays enthusiast unless you take in at least one showing of The Nutcracker annually. Fortunately, you can take in several here, as the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of this classic tale is in residence at The Smith Center through Dec. 22. Shows started Dec. 14, and there are two scheduled today: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $52-$178, TheSmithCenter.com.
Monday, Dec. 16
Combine man and machine, and what do you get? The Terminator, yes, but also the Symbioid Art Exhibition at UNLV’s Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center. View the future as envisioned by artists with grease in their veins, through Feb. 21. UNLV.edu.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Hey, it’s free movie day at the Clark County Library’s Main Theater. They call it Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou, and today features The Apartment, an Academy Award-winning tale from 1960 about what we’d refer to today as a no-tell motel. Juicy. 1 p.m. at the main library, LVCCLD.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
You’ve still got a couple of weeks to check out Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume at the Cosmopolitan. This collection of the master showman’s wardrobe and stage pieces, including his rhinestone piano, is on display. 3-10 p.m. daily, until Jan. 2.