The Clark County Museum will celebrate the holiday season with its free annual Heritage Holidays event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the museum, located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson.
Starting Friday, Dec. 1, through Jan. 5, the museum's collection of historic homes and buildings on Heritage Street also will be decorated for the holidays and open for self-guided tours during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. Daylight tours require daily museum admission, which is $2 for adults, $1 for children. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Now in its seventh year, the Heritage Holidays event is the only time when the public can visit Heritage Street at night to see the museum's unique collection of homes and buildings lit up for the holidays. The two-night festival includes holiday music and strolling carolers from Green Valley High School's acclaimed Madrigals choir, a craft tent where children can make their own holiday decorations, visits with Santa and his elves in the outdoor gazebo, and plenty of hot cocoa. Some Museum Guild volunteers also get into the spirit of the event by dressing up in period outfits to welcome visitors.
"Heritage Street is a special place to visit any time of year, but it's wonderful to see it decked out for the holidays and lit up at night as part of the Heritage Holidays celebration," said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose District G includes the museum. "I encourage all our residents to come out enjoy the fun."
Heritage Street highlights include the old Boulder City train depot, the former Candlelight wedding chapel that existed on the grounds of the Algiers Motel across the street on the Strip from the Riviera Hotel, a root cellar once located on a ranch that is now part of Clark County Wetlands Park, and a turn-of-the century railroad cottage from Downtown Las Vegas.
Those wanting more information about Heritage Holidays can call the Clark County Museum at (702) 455-7995 or visit the museum on Clark County's Parks and Recreation Department website pages at ClarkCountyNV.gov. Our Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea