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The Must Do List EDITOR’S PICKS December 1- January 7 Glittering Lights The countdown to Christmas has begun, and there’s no better way to get in the holi- day spirit than cruising around looking for festive lights and over-the-top dis- plays with a thermos of hot cocoa and Christmas tunes on the radio. If you want to see some of the best and brightest in town and experience what CNN Travel deemed one of the best places to see Christmas lights in the U.S., head to the annual Glittering Lights drive- through extravaganza at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7000 Las Vegas Blvd. No.). With over 3 mil- lion LED lights and 500 dazzling displays, both animated and static, spanning 2.5 miles, it’s guaranteed to bright- en up your night. Visit for hours, prices and to learn about the Santa Tram and Fast Pass. December 7-9 Henderson Winterfest Henderson’s annual Winterfest celebration is back, and it’s packed with holiday cheer for the young to the young at heart. Dazzling Desert Holiday is the theme this year, and it promises to transform the usual sur- roundings into a winter playground. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra kicks off three days of fun on December 7, with a festive “Sounds of the Season” concert at the Henderson Convention Center. Santa is scheduled to pop in for the official tree lighting cere- mony on December 8, and the festivities continue with gingerbread house displays, an artist’s exhibition, car- nival rides and an evening light parade on December 9. Visit for info. 22 December/January 2018 December 1-31 Magical Forest The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village (6300 W. Oakey Blvd.) is a staple of the season for Las Vegas, beloved by all who attend and for good reason! Not only does the enchanting winter wonderland support an amazing local charity, it continues to awe and delight visitors with gorgeous light displays, carnival foods (Elephant ears, anyone?), a whimsical gingerbread house display, games, rides, music and enter- tainment. It’s a treat for all the senses, whether it’s your first or tenth time. Visit for tickets and info. December 9-10 & 16-23 Springs Preserve Holiday Express All aboard the Santa train–express service to Santa’s Magical Village. The journey is complete with all the trimmings, from snow to hot cocoa, and that’s just the ride on the rails. The magic of the season is bustling at the end of this merry line, where hands-on activities for the kids abound, including DIY holiday crafts and cookie decorating, holiday storytelling, a nutcracker collection and more. And, of course, the jolly man himself will be sitting for photos! To keep your one-on-one with Santa more personal, there won’t be a professional photographer, but folks are encouraged to docu- ment their sightings with personal cameras or phones. Reservations are required; make yours at January 11-14 Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart An unforgettable experience for the little ones in your life, this year’s Disney on Ice at Thomas & Mack (4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.) promises to deliver big adventures and lots of heart. From Dory’s ocean home to Anna and Elsa’s wintery Arendelle, and from Riley’s Inside Out imagina- tion to infinite and beyond, stories of family devotion, love, magic, brav- ery and perseverance prevail. Top notch skaters dazzle on the ice, bring- ing Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and a never-ending roster of beloved characters to life in a most wonder- ful way. Visit for tickets and showtimes.