Things to do in Southwest/Spring Valley Dec. 18-24

In Your Neighborhood

–Underwater Santa is scheduled 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.

–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 or

–"Tape," by Steven Belber and directed by Jason Nino, is set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. The past comes back to haunt two former high school best friends during a 10-year reunion. The play toys with the concept of memory and how it can change over time. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Visit or 702-362-7996.

–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. Email or call 702-203-7085.

–Upcoming events at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, include the Armenchik Live in Las Vegas Christmas Concert, set for 8 p.m. Saturday. The show features Armenian singer Armen Gondrachyan. Tickets start at $54. Also set to perform is rapper Pitbull at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 and 29 as part of the New Year’s Eve weekend. Tickets start at $85. Visit

–Children 6 to 11 are invited to a Gingerbread Friends activity with stories and a gingerbread craft to take home from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. today at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit or call 702-507-3940.

–Singer John Garafalo plans to present a tribute to the great tenors, coupled with legendary arias and songs from some of the great singers of today, at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call 702-507-3940.

–Actor and poet James McGuire plans to create an interactive gallery experience inviting the public to illustrate his poems in the gallery of the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display through Feb. 5. Visit or call 702-507-3820.

–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 

–Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest is set to run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 6 at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. In addition to the holiday display, attendees can expect photos with Santa, nightly entertainment, a carousel, train rides, a gingerbread house display, mini-golf and more. Admission is $9 for children, $11 for adults and free for children 3 or younger. Passports, which include entry and attraction rides are $15.50 for children 3 to 12 and $17.50 for those 13 or older. Parking is free. Call 702-259-3741 or visit

Worth a Drive

–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

–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, jury assembly room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Call 702-229-3515.

–A Living Nativity with live animals is scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Green Valley Baptist Church, 270 N. Valle Verde Drive. Performances begin on the half-hour beginning at 6 p.m. with a final performance at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 702-376-0480.

–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 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 arts and crafts and vendors areas is free. Visit or call 702-365-5686.

Ongoing Events

–Ongoing shows at Money Plays, 4755 W. Flamingo Road, include live local music at 9 p.m. Saturdays and a live open mic night at 9 p.m. Thursdays. Visit

–Ricardo Griego is slated to play Spanish guitar from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays at Barcelona Tapas & Bar, 10690 Southern Highlands Parkway, No. 100. Visit

–"Line, Rhythm, Stroke: Portraits and Life" a show of artwork by Cristina Natsuko Paulos is scheduled to be on display through Jan. 6 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. Visit or call 702-507-6030.

–Music 4 Life offers drum circle sessions at Dinosaurs & Roses, 6029 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit or call 702-889-2881.

Plan Ahead

–Comedic duo brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans are set to perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30 at The Orleans Showroom, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $39.95. Visit

–The Metal King (formerly known as Metal Elvis) is set to perform at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and 31 in The Lounge at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. The show is free. Guests can expect to rock out to their favorite Elvis songs with a 1980s metal twist. Visit

–A New Year’s Eve Bash is set to start at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road. For $20, attendees can get an all-you-can-drink wristband that gains them access to a DJ Dance Party at 10 p.m. inside the Veil Pavilion. Visit

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