Summerlin residents attend Hometown Holidays event

According to Lezlie Barnson-DeNardin, director of community relations for The Summerlin Council, thousands of Summerlin residents attended Hometown Holidays, a two-evening annual holiday celebration held Dec. 2-3 at The Gardens Community Center.

The event was planned exclusively for Summerlin residents by the Summerlin Council, the nonprofit arm of the Summerlin Community Association that oversees the community's special events, social programs, sports leagues and more.

Hometown Holidays included visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other children's characters; horse-drawn carriage rides; Candy Land train rides; sugar cookie decorating; children's arts and crafts projects; musical and dance performances by local school and community groups; games and refreshments; and face painting. According to Barnson-DeNardin, the event is in its 15th year and is an annual holiday tradition for thousands of the community's residents.

"The community center is transformed into the North Pole for Hometown Holidays, decorated with a 12-foot Christmas tree, miles of strung lights, garlands, life-size gingerbread men, 8-foot lighted candy canes and even snow machines that entertain our young residents for hours," Barnson-DeNardin said. "Hometown Holidays is undoubtedly one of our most visual and festive holiday celebrations of the year, not to mention our most well attended. Residents of all ages and backgrounds appreciate the magic of the holiday season."

Residents have been celebrating the holidays in Summerlin for nearly 20 years, according to Kevin Orrock, top division executive for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin. "It's hard to believe it's been that long," he said. "Every year gets bigger and brighter."

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin began to take shape in 1990.

Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with 9,000 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan, including the community's urban core of Summerlin Centre. There are more than 95,000 residents with access to amenities that include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, nine golf courses, a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks, 25 public and private schools.

Homes are available in a variety of styles -- from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts -- priced from the mid-$200,000s to more than $2 million.

Custom-home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s.

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