Make Your Own Ornaments, Ugly Sweaters and the Santa Train

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, Dec. 18

If you’re feeling kind of Etsy, but aren’t particularly artsy, UNLV has your inspiration: Visitor-Made: ArtBar Ornaments invites you to take a good look around the Marjorie Barrick Museum from 4-7 p.m., find your artistic muse and then apply what you see to make some cool holiday ornaments.

Friday, Dec. 19

The Year of the Goat will be upon us quickly, so you’ll no doubt want to know what that portends for you. Well, friend, a good start would be to check out the Year of the Goat exhibit at the Historic 5th Street School, today through Feb. 21 (which is, in fact, the third day of the Chinese New Year). The show features local artists interpreting what the Year of the Goat means to them.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Got an ugly sweater? Want to run around Sunset Park in it for a good cause? If so, head down to the Ugly Sweater Run at 11 a.m. This 5K benefits Save the Children, and in addition to the glory of displaying your holiday worst, you get a beer when you’re finished. Sounds like a good deal to us.

extreme_parrot_WEBSunday, Dec. 21

If you’ve already had enough of the holiday treacle, then you’re in for a rough few days. Here’s one small antidote: Clint Carvalho and his Extreme Parrots, weekends through March 1 at Springs Preserve. Carvalho’s birds are sassy, mouthy, smart and a lot of fun. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with meet and greets after each show;

Monday, Dec. 22

Perhaps you’ve been to The Smith Center and enjoyed its many and various entertainment offerings. But have you ever really seen the glory that is the place? Have you been behind the scenes to see how it all works? If not, we recommend you take a free, guided walking tour. Tours are at 10:30 a.m., limited to 20 people and take about an hour.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Now that UNLV’s painful football season is behind us, it’s time to turn our full attention to the basketball court! Catch the Runnin’ Rebels as they host highly ranked Arizona at 7:05 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

santa_train_WEBWednesday, Dec. 24

Santa’s coming tonight. Shouldn’t you be at home playing nice? If you must go out, at least head someplace where you can hand the fat old elf your list in person. For that we suggest Spring Preserve’s Santa Train, the popular ride around Springs Preserve that does its final runs of the season today between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.