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Henderson seeks entries for WinterFest

Henderson seeks entries for WinterFest

The holiday season is just around the corner and the city of Henderson is getting ready for its annual holiday celebration WinterFest.

The city is looking for entries for its evening light parade, Festival of Trees and gingerbread house competition.

The theme of this year’s celebration is It’s a Fairy Tale Christmas. The festival is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 13. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water Street.

The Festival of Trees will be limited to the first 12 applications. The evening light parade has three categories and prizes will be given to the top three entries for each category. The gingerbread houses must be 90 percent edible and made of gingerbread, icing and candies.

Each of the competitions have different application deadlines and rules. For more information, go to hendersonlive.com

Crews stringing lights for Cactus Garden display

Crews stringing lights for Cactus Garden display

One of the valley's favorite holiday light displays is already getting ready for visitors.

Crews are stringing lights throughout the Botanical Gardens at Ethel M Chocolates for its annual holiday lights display. Crews will be putting up more than 500,000 lights across three acres of plants.  

The Holiday Cactus Garden will be open to the public Nov. 14 through Jan. 1. Admission to the garden is free.  

Henderson hosts slip and slide event to kick off summer

The city of Henderson is again inviting the community to slide into summer with its slip and slide event.

The Slide Into Summer event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Anthem Hills Park, 2256 North Reunion Drive.

The event features a giant slip and slide, mini slip and slides for the little ones, a bounce house and lawn games.  There will also be food concessions for purchase.

"Slide Into Summer truly signals the end of school and the start of summer vacation," said Mayor Andy Hafen. "Over the last two years, this event has attracted hundreds of children and adults who are ready to experience the thrill of a giant slip and slide. It's a one-of-a-kind adventure."

Admission is $5 per person. Kids who want to slide must also have a signed waiver, which are available for purchase at the event and at city recreation centers.

Henderson encourages people to Stroll 'n Roll at weekend event

The Stroll 'n Roll event is returning to Henderson this weekend.

The event encourages people to walk, bike, skate and play along a one-mile section of Paseo Verde Parkway from Valle Verde Drive to the Henderson Multigenerational Center. The area will be blocked off from vehicle traffic.

The road runs next two parks, Paseo Verde Park and Discovery Park, which people are also encouraged to enjoy. The Henderson Multigenerational Center will also be offering free exercise classes, children's activities and food trucks.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

St. Paddy's Day Celebration Starts Thursday

St. Paddy's Day Celebration Starts Thursday

The city of Henderson will be celebrating the luck O' Irish with its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, starting Thursday.

The four-day festival starts at 5 p.m. when the carnival opens at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water Street.

The festivities include live entertainment, a car show, food, St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving Fundraiser and the St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

Admission to the festival is complimentary, although some activities may require paid admission. The celebration is the largest fundraiser for the Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin organization.

For more information on the event, including times of certain events, go to hendersonlive.com. 

Holiday Lights Return to the Cactus Garden

Holiday Lights Return to the Cactus Garden

A southern Nevada holiday tradition returns for its 20th year Tuesday.

Once again, the Ethel M Chocolates' Factory will light up its Cactus Garden for the holiday season.

The celebration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with the lighting ceremony set for about 6:10 p.m. The celebration will include live music, local officials, comedian George Wallace and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets to the event are available at the factory.

The garden is free and open to the public starting Wednesday and will be open through January 1.

Every year the garden, which is situated behind the Ethel M Chocolates' Factory, is fitted with half a million lights over three acres. There is also live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Santa pictures are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Crazy Spokes Set for Saturday at Mission Hills Park

The Crazy Spokes cycling event is set for this Saturday at Mission Hills Park in Henderson, and this year's event is being sponsored by the Josh Stevens Foundation as part of the National Bullying Prevention Month.

Riders will go on a 30-mile course starting at 7:30 a.m. A family-friendly festival will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration for the ride is $15. The bike parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is $1 to enter. To register for the ride, go to bikehenderson.org and use the activity code 683002-58.