Ride the Rails with Santa While There’s Still Time


Thursday, Dec. 19

Kids these days. All they want to do is play video games and send texts. Get your little ones away from their electronic devices for a bit at Chocolate & Spice’s cookie-decorating workshop at 4 p.m. at the bakery, 7293 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 8. They’ll learn to make beautiful cookies. Call 527-7772 to reserve a spot. $20, ChocolateNSpice.com.

Friday, Dec. 20

You are being summoned to the jury room at the federal courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, but you’re not in trouble and you don’t have jury duty. We just want you to enjoy some free entertainment from Tenors 4U, a group of four local singers who will crank out Christmas standards and maybe a pop tune or two. The concert starts at noon. ArtsLasVegas.org.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Today is your penultimate opportunity to ride the Santa Train in Boulder City this year. (Your last chance is tomorrow.) If you haven’t taken a spin on this special run, courtesy of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, you need to. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, and the kids can drop a letter in Santa’s mailbox. The train departs every hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $5, NevadaSouthern.com.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Things are winding down at the Neon Bazaar Pop-Up Shop, the super-hip, all local, temporary boutique inside Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St. It will disappear the day after Christmas, as will your chance to peruse wares from 10 local designers and hear local musicians in one place. NeonBazaarLV.com.

Monday, Dec. 23

Also winding down: the Neon Museum’s Christmas look. This is the first year the museum has put on its party outfit, a special palette of holiday colors, and we sense it’s the beginning of a new Las Vegas tradition. Visiting the Neon Boneyard at night during the holidays? Magical. Through Dec. 31. Night tours: $25 general admission, $22 Nevada residents; NeonMuseum.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

If you’re like us, today is Black Tuesday, meaning it’s the day before Christmas and time to get the shopping done! If you’re unlike us, you’re done and have time to check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s Warhol out West exhibit before it packs up and heads out Jan. 2. This is the most extensive collection of the pop icon’s work ever displayed in Las Vegas, so it’s worth a visit. $16 general admission, $13 Nevada residents; Bellagio.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

We like to think you need our guidance every day of the year to navigate this cultural/entertainment wonderland of a city, but the reality is you already know what you are doing today: opening presents, hanging out with the family, eating too much and watching TV. We can’t do better than that. Merry Christmas!