Get ready for some holiday fun, because Ethel M Chocolates‘ Holiday Cactus Garden is returning for their 29th year!
The attraction has been a popular Christmas tradition for many families in Southern Nevada, and this year will be no different.
This year, the event runs from November 4th until January 1st. Hours are from 5pm until 10pm nightly. In addition to the stunning lights display with hundreds of thousands of lights twinkling upon the cactus, there’s more! A food truck will be on site selling delicious goodies to warm you up on a chilly evening. You can get your picture taken with Santa himself! And of course, no visit to the cactus garden would be complete without a cup of Ethel M’s famous hot chocolate or getting something tasty from the gift shop.
Speaking of the gift shop – here’s a pro-tip: pre-order! The crowd inside can get a bit overwhelming. If you know what you want, save yourself the trouble, pre-order and skip the line when you get there. Future you will thank us. Also be sure to bring a coat to wear, it can get a bit nippy.
No more reservations!
Reservations are not required this year (we are returning to normal!), so you can just show up and enjoy. There is a $1 entrance fee per person this year, however. No, it’s not a money grab! All proceeds are being donated to HELP Of Southern Nevada and Three Square Food Bank. This event is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit with friends or family! So mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate the season in a way only Southern Nevada can.
For full details on the Ethel M Chocolates’ Holiday Cactus Garden, visit their website. If you’ve never been, check out the video to get a great preview of what you can expect.
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25 Classic Christmas Songs That Are More Than 100 Years Old
Christmas music has a long and storied history beginning centuries ago with pagan rituals. Those traditions evolved with St. Francis of Assisi’s Nativity plays in the 13th century and survived Puritan rule when many Christmas traditions and celebrations were banned during part of the 17th century.
Traveling minstrels spread original songs before the invention of the printing press in 1440 ushered in an era of texts that served as the foundation for some of the most beloved Christmas songs. These tunes would be shared in the form of poetry and hymns printed on broadsides. Today, Christmas music runs the gamut from silly to revolutionary. Songs range from grandmothers getting trampled by reindeer to those based on the work of a Romantic-period poet. Who knew that the catchy tune of Wenceslas, the king with the funny name, is a reverent song about the patron saint of the Czech Republic? Or perhaps it would surprise readers to discover that “Silent Night” was designated as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
These songs we know by heart and hear so often have rich histories rooted in things like war, religion, social reform, and slavery. Stacker compiled a list of Christmas songs released before 1920 and explored the origins of these pieces. This list includes Christmas carols, famous instrumentals, popular hymns, and spirituals from countries around the world. Many of these songs were created out of a chance collaboration between artists spanning time and space; a clergyman pens a hymn, and years later, a composer resurrects those words and sets them to a melody.
It may come as no surprise, then, that what people consider to be Christmas classics are among the most-covered Christmas songs of all time. “Silent Night,” for example, had 137,315 recordings, according to a 2017 Billboard report.
Read on to learn about the rich histories of some of the most beloved Christmas songs that are more than a century old.