Where to see Christmas concerts, holiday shows in Las Vegas

Updated December 8, 2017 - 12:39 pm

Matters of the heart loom large in many local holiday presentations, from music and dance to celebrations of light.

To help you sort out your holiday schedule, here’s a quick guide to the highlights of the season:

Seasonal song and dance

Las Vegas Philharmonic: The Philharmonic doubles down this season with not one but two Smith Center concerts Dec. 2. “Home for the Holidays,” at 2 p.m., presents family-friendly melodies, from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” to Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by Clint Holmes, plus an audience singalong. At 7:30 p.m., “A Baroque Christmas” includes Part One of Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring the Las Vegas Master Singers. ($30-$109, lvphil.org)

Henderson Symphony Orchestra: Festive sounds of the season in a free concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St. (Free; hendersonsymphony.org.)

Clint Holmes: Holmes returns to Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center with his “Holmes for the Holidays” show at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2:30 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9. ($37-$59, thesmithcenter.com)

“The Nutcracker”: Nevada Ballet Theatre’s sparkling production of the holiday classic returns to The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall Dec. 9-24. ($29-$179, thesmithcenter.com)

“The Great Russian Nutcracker”: Cashman Theatre takes a final bow with the Moscow Ballet’s 25th-anniversary tour of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. ($28-$139; nutcracker.com/buy-tickets)

Ink Spots Christmas Concert: A free concert featuring the latest incarnation of the legendary Ink Spots, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. (artslasvegas.org)

Christmas at the Opera: Sin City Opera’s all-ages concert features holiday-celebration scenes from “La Boheme,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and more at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. ($10-$20, artslasvegas.org)

Stage presence

“A Christmas Carol”: Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s contemporary version of Charles Dickens’ Yuletide classic, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 7-9 and 14-16, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 9-10 and 17 in the Judy Bayley Theatre, UNLV. $27.50-$33 (unlv.edu/pac)

“The Wizard of Oz”: Green’s in season as the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre follows the yellow brick road to the Emerald City at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 and 10 at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. ($5.50, artslasvegas.org.)

Winter wonderlands

Opportunity Village Magical Forest: Lights, entertainment, Santa Claus and festive rides, from a passenger train to a carousel, build holiday spirit through Dec. 31 at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. ($12-$22, magicalforest.com)

Ethel M’s Holiday Cactus Garden: Light displays and a new ice rink enliven the 24th annual holiday extravaganza season, through Jan. 1, at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. (Free; ethelm.com/holidaylights)

Glittering Lights: A drive-through light display at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, plus a Santa Tram ($20-$25), through Jan. 7. ($20-$30; glitteringlightslasvegas.com)

Heritage Holidays: The Clark County Museum’s annual celebration features the museum’s Heritage Street buildings lit up for the holidays, plus strolling carolers from Green Valley High School’s Madrigals choir, a craft tent and more from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at 1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson. (Free; ClarkCountyNV.gov)

Henderson WinterFest: “Dazzling Desert Holidays” boasts craft vendors, entertainment, pony rides, train rides, a carousel, Ferris wheel and toboggan slide, craft and gift fair, carolers and more from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St.; the Winterfest Evening Light Parade begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 on Water Street. (Free, but some activities require paid admission; cityofhenderson.com.)

Holiday Express: The Springs Preserve’s reserved-seat train ride to Santa’s magical village includes photos with St. Nick, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday tales, a nutcracker display and more, from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 16-23 at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. ($8-$10, springspreserve.org)

Merry and Bright in Las Vegas: The Neon Museum’s “December to Remember” celebration includes ornament-making and caroling in the Neon Museum Boneyard from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North. (Free; neonmuseum.org)

Contact Carol Cling at ccling@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0272. Follow @CarolSCling on Twitter.

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