–Ethel M’s annual holiday cactus garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, is scheduled to be open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. Activities include performances by local choirs and pictures with Santa Claus. Visit ethelm.com.
–Holiday Spectacular, a celebration with lights, treats, crafts, pony rides, entertainment and photos with Santa is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 23 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 or younger. Visit springspreserve.org or call 702-822-7700.
–Underwater Santa is set to swim from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road. Children can visit with Santa and his elves through the glass as he scuba dives around the 17,000-gallon aquarium and interacts with the fish. Call 702-263-7777.
–Bass Pro Shops’ fifth annual Santa’s Wonderland Village is scheduled to be open through Monday. At the 8200 Dean Martin Drive location, patrons can get photos with Santa, make crafts and play free games. The village offers an old-time model train, remote-control trucks, a laser arcade, a soft-gun range and slot-car racing. New to this year’s village is a talking caribou. Most crafts and activities are free. Visit tinyurl.com/santabasspro.
–Santa Claus is slated to visit with children from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Santa is also expected from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd. Visit tivolivillagelv.com.
–Visitors can enjoy faux snow at 7 p.m. today through Thursday and 7 and 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday in Town Square Park at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. A free concert is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Visit mytowns quarelasvegas.com.
–The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is scheduled to host its annual Winter in Venice through Jan. 6. In addition to festive decorations, winter parades accented by projections on the building and ice skating performances are scheduled at 6 and 8 p.m. Outdoor ice skating is offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Visit venetian.com or palazzo.com.
–The Nevada State Railroad Museum’s Santa Train is back with train rides every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is at 600 Yucca St., Boulder City. Tickets are $5 and are available at www.nevadasouthern.com.
–Believe in Magic, a free fashion show with dancers, snow and Santa, is scheduled at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. through Sunday at Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Showtimes are noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Monday.
–The 2012 Miss Santa’s Helper contest is scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Golden Gate, 1 Fremont St. The women will be competing for a $5,000 prize by collecting tokens from casino players. To enter the contest, call 702-388-2411.
–A Winter Wonderland public skate is offered at the Las Vegas Ice Center, 9295 W. Flamingo Road. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for skaters 5 or younger through Jan. 6. For a full schedule visit tinyurl.com/lvicice or lasvegasice.com.
–Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are set to perform a Holidaze in Hicksville Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The show, featuring Hicks’ folk-swing guitar, is set to include a performance of Crazy for Christmas. Call 702-229-3515 or visit artslasvegas.org.
–The Las Vegas Ballet Company plans to present "Nutcracker Highlights" at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center Theatre, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Call 702-240-3262 or visit lasvegasballet.org.
–Eastern European Connection’s Eastern European Christmas Party is scheduled at 7 p.m. today at the Mad Greek Café, 8565 W. Sahara Ave. A telling of the Christmas story is set to be shared. Appetizers, soda and tea are to be provided. Entrees can be purchased. A Slavic Christmas Concert, featuring the House of Gospel, a Russian musical group, is set to be performed at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Summerlin Community Church, 2100 Snow Trail. Food is to be provided, and the Christmas story is set to be told. Visit eeconn.blogspot.com or call 702-280-4523.
–A free performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is scheduled at 7:20 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meeting house at 2275 E. Tropicana Ave. Call 702-450-3499.
–A Polish Christmas Party, sponsored by Eastern European Connection, is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Friday in an office space at 6190 W. Charleston Blvd. Polish and American foods are set to be provided, and a telling of the Christmas story is set to be shared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-203-7085.
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
–Club Curry plans its third annual Party with a Purpose to benefit the Shade Tree shelter, 1 W. Owens Ave., at 7 p.m. Dec. 29. The Monopoly-themed fundraiser, limited to 150 participants, is set to include entertainment, interactive fundraiser games, live auctions, prizes, music, dancing and food at comedian Mark Curry’s mansion in Henderson. The address will be disclosed only to ticket holders. Ticket price is $200 per person or $300 per couple. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the shelter. Sponsorships are available. Visit clubcurry.com.
–The Gallery at the Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, plans to feature the work of Wendy Roundtree through Dec. 28. Gallery hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit hendersonlive.com.
–The Las Vegas Tenors are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Showroom at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $15 to $25. Visit southpointcasino.com.
–Country musician Sam Riddle was scheduled to start performing Dec. 15 at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Road. Riddle is expected to play at 9 p.m. Saturdays . His performances are free but reserved for adults 21 or older. Visit sclv.com.
–Celebrate the end of the world at an Alien Abduction Party with Alien Tequila drinks, tunes and more scheduled at 9 p.m. Friday at the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Women get in free. Local men pay $5. The event is open to adults 21 or older. RSVP to email@example.com. Call 702-883-7095.
–The Country Fresh farmers market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. Admission is free.
–Darby O’Gill and the Little People take the stage at 10 p.m. Saturdays at Quinn’s Irish Pub at Green Valley Ranch Resort, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway. Visit greenvalleyranchresort.com.
WORTH A DRIVE
–The exhibit of works by Henderson artist Db Donovan, "Talent and Treasures: A Collection of Masterworks," is scheduled to be on display through Feb. 12 at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. An artist reception is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Call 702-507-3860.
–Bring a lunch and enjoy a free concert by Mariano Gonzalez playing Paraguayan harp from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse’s jury assembly room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Call 702-229-3515.
–Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are set to perform a Holidaze in Hicksville Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit artslasvegas.org.
–The Las Vegas Academy Theatre is collaborating with the dance department on "Changing Faces," an original dance drama by instructor Jeneane Gallo-Huggins. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Lowden Theatre for the Performing Arts at Ninth Street and Clark Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Visit lvacademytheatre.org. or call 702-855-9729.
–A free performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is scheduled at 7:20 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house at 2275 E. Tropicana Ave. Call 702-450-3499.
–The 13th annual Native American Arts and International Film Festival is scheduled Thursday through Saturday at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road. All-access passes are $100. Film festival tickets are $5 per film or $20 per day for adults, $1 and $5 for children and $3 and $10 for seniors, veterans and students. Admission to the arts and crafts and vendors areas is free. Visit naaiff.com or call 702-365-5686.
–Heather McDonald is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28-31 in the Showroom at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $15 to $25. Visit southpointcasino.com.
–Musical and comedy group The Scintas are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets start at $19.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.