Getaways Calendar: December

Through Dec. 23, Ivins, Utah: Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon. This event features a live Nativity with music, narration, acting and live animals, including camels. Holiday train rides. Mondays and Thursday through Saturdays. 435-652-3200.

Through Dec. 30, Williams, Arizona: The Polar Express. Start a holiday tradition by taking the family to the Grand Canyon Railway this season. Participants ride the train to the “North Pole” and meet Santa Claus and take home a keepsake present. Check website for hours on specific days. 888-848-3511.

Through Dec. 28, Ely: Polar Express. This magical adventure begins at the Ely depot and heads to the “North Pole” to visit Santa Claus. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Schedule varies. Reservations recommended. 775-289-2085.

Through Jan. 1, Prescott, Arizona: World’s Largest Gingerbread Village. More than 100 gingerbread structures on display in a winter wonderland that includes electric trains. Prescott Resort and Conference Center. 928-227-2313.

Wednesday through Dec. 3, St. George, Utah: Dickens’ Christmas Festival. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping at unique shops while being entertained by a cast of Dickens’ characters such as Tiny Tim, Scrooge and Queen Victoria. Dixie Convention Center. 435-688-2990.

Thursday through Dec. 4, Incline Village: Tahoe Film Fest. This festival features environmental feature films and American independent films. Incline Village and Northstar Village Cinemas. Presented by the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships. 530-545-2563.

Thursday, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist for an introduction to the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959.

Saturday, Kingman, Arizona: Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland. Meet Santa Claus, take an old-fashioned hayride and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Hualapai Mountain Park. 928-681-5700.

Saturday, Prescott, Arizona: Arizona’s Christmas City. Start the holidays with Prescott’s 34th Annual Christmas Parade and 62nd Annual Courthouse Lighting. 928-445-2000.

Saturday, Virginia City: Christmas on the Comstock. This Victorian-style festival features a saloon crawl, photos with Santa Claus and a Parade of Lights. 775-847-7500.

Saturday and Dec. 4, 10 and 11, Virginia City: Candy Cane Express. The annual holiday train travels over the 140-year old Virginia &Truckee Railroad route. Sing carols and enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes. Reservations needed. 775-847-0380.

Dec. 10, Flagstaff, Arizona: Holiday Lights Parade. This annual event takes place in the Downtown Railroad District. 928-213-2951.

Dec. 10, Reno: Reno Santa Pub Crawl. More than 12,000 Santa’s descend on downtown Reno. This annual event is a local charity fundraiser for Donors Choose. Must be 21 years old.

Dec. 10-11, Zion National Park, Utah: Winter Photography. Learn tips on how to make your camera work for you. Limited to eight participants. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959.

Dec. 17, Reno: This festive 5k fun run travels along the Truckee River. Hot chocolate and cookies are served along the route. Costume contests, photo booths and carolers. Wingfield Park. 775-624-8320.

Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Las Vegas police officer on being PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door
Las Vegas police officer David Anthony talks vegan lifestyle and how he feels about being voted PETA's sexiest Vegan next door from his home on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Bark-Andre Furry meets Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog
Two of NHL's furriest fans met at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Vegas Golden Knights superfan Bark-Andre Furry and Washington Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog shared a plate of meatballs and spaghetti with help from Logan, "The Girl with the Hat." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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