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The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate the season than to zip up the warm jackets, pack the thermos with hot chocolate and take the family out to view holiday décor?
The weather's great, so head outside for a walk through beautifully lit displays. At Ethel M's holiday cactus garden in Henderson, visitors can wander down brightly lit paths from 5 until 10 p.m. through Sunday, January 1. For an even more elaborate tour, visitors can purchase 3D glasses to enhance the experience. Enjoy music by local choirs and say hello to Santa on select evenings.
At the Holiday Spectacular at the Springs Preserve through December 23, enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with yummy treats, crafts, reindeer (pony) rides, photos with Santa and an ice-skating rink. Plus, enjoy nightly musical performances by local artists including Kid Fiddlers, Rage Time Entertainment, Beth Mullaney, The Rock Group and much more.
Through January 8, Venetian and Palazzo have been transformed into a winter wonderland for Winter in Venice. Get in the merry spirit as you surround yourself with brilliantly lit trees and festive music. Warm up with an eggnog cupcake and hot apple cider as you enjoy the nightly light show and performances. Also, tie up the skates to glide across the largest ice rink on the Strip.
Don't miss Opportunity Village's largest fundraiser of the year, the Magical Forest, for gorgeous light displays designed by local businesses. Take a ride on the Forest Express train through the two-acre forest, enjoy the kiddie rides and take a photo with Santa.
With miles of LED lights, the drive-through Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is sure to impress. Plus, soak in the breathtaking details in the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, decked out for the holiday season with hundreds of seasonal plants, flowers, and festive decorations.
Happy holidays to you and yours from Las Vegas!
Earth Day is all about going "green" -- and for buildings, that means ecofriendly and sustainable construction.
In Vegas, though, our green comes in different shades -- mainly gold and silver.
City Center, MGM Resorts International's$8.5 billion mega-complex on the Strip, is the biggest project ever to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification. Here are some ways you can experience Earth Day at City Center.
Caesars Entertainment Corp. recent expansion of the Octavius Convention Center at Caesars Palace garnered silver LEED certification as well.
MGM Resorts also claims the Strip's only water recycling plant, at Treasure Island. It processes 100,000 gallons of gray water daily. The recycled water is then used in the Sirens Cove at TI, at the Volcano at The Mirage, and for landscaping.
Las Vegas has plenty of holiday spirit everywhere you look, from amazing light displays to activities that will keep you smiling throughout the season.
Visit the Opportunity Village Magical Forest and see more than 3 million lights on hundreds of trees, or enjoy the breathtaking botanical displays at the Bellagio Conservatory, where 140 expert horticulturists have arranged gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features to enhance your holiday season.
More fantastic displays can be seen at Ethel's Chocolate Lounge and Cactus Garden, featuring four acres of decked out drought-tolerant ornamentals and cacti. The Springs Preserve, three miles from the Strip, also offers patrons thousands of colorful, LED lights, tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts and several special events throughout the holiday season.
For some more outdoor holiday scenery, go horseback riding and take a tour of Sagebrush Ranch and see some of Las Vegas' hidden beauty. And no place lights up New Year's Eve like Las Vegas. It's a party 365 days in the making! Make your plans and celebrate the holidays Las Vegas style!