Make time for these longtime (and new) Vegas holiday traditions

Polar Express yourself at the Excalibur this month.

Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden

See hundreds of catci and succulents strung with more than 1 million lights, now through January 1.

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Pack up the family sleigh and cruise past—and under—more than 3 million holiday lights arranged around the Speedway’s two-and-a-half-mile perimeter (through January 7).

Hanukkah menorah lightings

The festival of lights begins December 12 with a celebration at Downtown’s Fremont Street Experience, then continues on nights two (Downtown Summerlin) and three (the District at Green Valley Ranch) in the suburbs.

Kwanzaa Celebration

The weeklong appreciation of African-American culture affirms “African values, culture and community with purpose” with a December 30 gathering at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre.

Little Christmas Town at Wet ’n’ Wild

Slide down sledding hills instead of water slides during the park’s holiday overlay, which also features a skating rink, train rides, Santa and more (through December 31).

Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland

The water and laser show inside Sam’s Town’s massive atrium gets a holiday makeover, through December 23.

Opportunity Village Magical Forest

This family-friendly local tradition has something for everyone, from sparkling lights to Santa himself (through December 31).

Polar Express 4-D Experience

Travel to the North Pole in this immersive attraction at the Excalibur (through January 2).

Santa Train

Go joyriding with Santa on Boulder City’s Nevada Southern Railway through December 17.

Seasonal skating rinks

Besides Wet ’n’ Wild, Valley residents can ice skate during December at the Cosmopolitan, Green Valley Ranch, Downtown Summerlin, the Park and Ethel M Chocolates’ Holiday Cactus Garden.

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