Holiday Traditions From Around The World To Be Showcased Throughout The Coming Month
A variety of holiday traditions and celebrations will take place each Saturday in the city’s Cultural Corridor. “A December to Remember” will present special holiday programs that will showcase the diversity in our own community. Seven downtown cultural facilities will participate in the event including the Old Mormon Fort, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Natural History Museum, Neon Museum, Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Las Vegas Library and Cashman Center.
Events begin on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 16, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 23.
• Thursday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort , 500 E. Washington Ave. A special holiday kick-off event will include performances of Indian dances by children of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and a special appearance by Elvis – as Santa Claus – arriving in his pink Cadillac.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 1 to 7 p.m., Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort , 500 E. Washington Ave. The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe will present “Christmas Pow Wow at the Old Fort” with dancing and singing in celebration of a rich heritage.
• Saturday, Dec. 2, noon to 2 p.m., Las Vegas Library , 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The library offers a Yule event hosted by Lady Morgan of the Wiccan tradition explaining the history of pagan rituals associated with the winter solstice. A free concert of holiday music will take place at 2 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lied Discovery Children’s Museum , 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North. “A Latin Holiday” is the theme of this event with creativity workshops offering children a chance to make colorful Piñatas and other projects.
• Thursday, Dec. 7, 5 to 8 p.m., Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort . “A Civil War Christmas” will feature a living history reenactment.
• Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Las Vegas Natural History Museum , 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North. “If Reindeers Could Fly” will feature a special reindeer exhibit with performances in the main gallery and kids’ holiday craft activities—topped off with an all day visit from Santa Claus. Also, members of the local Jewish community will make a presentation about the traditions of Hanukah.
• Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 to 5 p.m., Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North. “Celebrating Kwanzaa” is the theme of this event, which will explore the history of the holiday, its principals and its symbols.
• Saturday, Dec, 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort , Kids take center stage in making “take home” tree decorations all under the watchful eye of a turn of the century St. Nick.
• Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Neon Museum Boneyard , McWillams and Las Vegas Boulevard North. “Very Vegas Holiday” will feature guided tours of the neon relics that have given Las Vegas its fame and fortune.
For more information, please call 229-5431.
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