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n The Las Vegas Improvisational Players are set to perform "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Folly" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the American Heritage Academy, 6126 S. Sandhill Road. The troupe, which is not affiliated with the academy, performs all-ages comedy similar to the television program "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. Visit

n Kristen Hertzenberg from "Phantom ---- The Las Vegas Spectacular," Travis Cloer from "Jersey Boys" and the Las Vegas Master Singers are set to join the Las Vegas Philharmonic for holiday concerts at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Artemus W. Ham Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Tickets are $38-$78. Visit or call 895-2787.

n Clint Holmes, along with his wife, Kelly Clinton, and sister Gayle Steele, plan to perform a holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets are $15.95. Visit or call 636-7075.

n The Las Vegas Redrock Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans "The Nativity," a free live production at Opportunity Village's Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive. Showtimes are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit

n The Nevada Conservatory Theatre is scheduled to present Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" through Sunday at the Judy Bayley Theatre, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Tickets start at $20. Visit or call 895-2787.

n The Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., plans midnight shows of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" Friday through Dec. 24 for $10 per ticket. Visit or call 732-7225.

n A 20th anniversary touring performance of "The Forgotten Carols," starring the show's creator Michael McLean, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Cashman Center, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd. North. Tickets are $12.50 to $28.50. Visit

n The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., plans to host Night at the Museum: The Polar Express from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday for children 5 to 12. The event, designed to give parents an opportunity for holiday shopping without the kids, includes a screening of "The Polar Express," holiday craft-making and writing letters to Santa. Santa Claus will make a visit, and pizza and snacks will be served. The cost is $25, and space is limited to the first 120 children. A skating rink joins the Springs Preserve's Holiday Spectacular scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 23. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 or younger. Members save half-off admission. Ice skating is $5 per 20-minute session. Visit or call 822-770.

n City of Las Vegas' Ward 5 is set to host its Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a free screening of "The Polar Express" beginning at dusk Friday in Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit or call 229-6405.

n Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin plans to host an senior center winter wonderland from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Attendees 50 or older must bring one school-aged child for admission. Festivities include lunch, raffles, entertainment and visits with Santa. Registration is required. Visit or call 229-6851.

n Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive, plans a free children's event with hot chocolate, photos with Santa, cookie decorating and a puppet show at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Visit or call 870-1421.

n Area school choirs are set to sing at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21. Families can get photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays at Santa's House. Pets are welcome on Wednesdays. Snow shows are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Visit or call 269-5000.

n The Las Vegas Garden Railway Society's annual Christmas model train exhibit is set to be on display 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Dec. 31 at Jim Marsh Automotive, 8555 W. Centennial Parkway. Viewing is free, and donations will go to The Shade Tree. The G-scale model train is about twice the size of a standard-size model train set and incorporates digital sound technology. For more information, call 645-3009.

n Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland at Sam's Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, offers a free 15-minute winter laser light spectacular at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 23 Cowboy Santa is set to be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Visit or call 456-7777.