The annual Henderson tradition returns for a variety of family-friendly activities, holiday entertainment, live music and the Water Street of Lights—a festive illumination of holiday décor along historic Water Street District.

Join us for the annual tree-lighting ceremony on December 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and don't miss our Winterfest Live! concert series on December 4, 11 and 18.

Hungry? Thirsty? Every Thursday in December from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., work your way down Water Street while enjoying specially priced festive food and beverage offerings during the "Holiday Hop" Happy Hour!

Take in the sights and sounds of the season while experiencing all that Water Street has to offer. 

PARKING NOTICE: Guests attending Winterfest activities are encouraged to use the Water Street Parking Garage (235 S. Water St., located directly across the street from Water Street Plaza). The public parking lot on Basic Road will be closed. 

Some events and activities require a fee and pre-registration. Schedule subject to change or cancellation without notice. Management reserves all rights.

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"Holiday Hop" Happy Hour

Thursdays in December from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Water Street

Take a stroll down Water Street while enjoying specially priced festive food and beverage offerings that will put you in the holiday spirit!

Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub
Merry Mack Lovin, $8
Sugar cookies served in a hot skillet with cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce and festive sprinkles

Seasonal cocktails, $9
White Christmas Mojito, Mack Toddy, Snowghost Martini, Candy Canetini, Kentucky Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Martini. Must be 21+.

Sticks Tavern
Roast Turkey Sandwich, $9
Fresh turkey with cranberries and stuffing or brie & green apple

Bourbon Apple Blitzen, $9
Apple cider, bourbon, lemon juice, sweet vermouth and orange bitters. Must be 21+.

The Pass Casino
Holiday Sliders, $9

Three (3) Roasted Turkey sliders with Turkey Gravy Aioli, Grand Marnier & Black Pepper Cranberry Sauce, Cornbread Stuffing Fritter on a Brioche Bun. Available at Emilia's Cafe. 

Jingle Your Java, $5
Hot or Iced coffee featuring Somrus Coffee Cream Liqueur. Must be 21+. Available at the Pass Bar and Silver Bar. 

Gold Mine Tavern
Captain Morgan Gingerbread Rum, $5
Assorted cocktails. Must be 21+.

Mojave Brewing Company
$1 off all draft beers. Must be 21+.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2 at 6 p.m. | Water Street Plaza

The official kick-off to Winterfest and the holiday season in Henderson!

Join Mayor March, City Council and other special guests for our annual tree lighting ceremony on Water Street Plaza. Local choir groups will provide a merry soundtrack to the evening's festivities as we await the lighting of our 25 foot tall Christmas tree.

Free hot chocolate and popcorn for the first 100 people in attendance. Kids can participate in "Reindeer Games" activities for fun giveaways!

Free to attend—no registration is required!

Kringle's Kids Night Out (SOLD OUT)

December 3 at 6 p.m. | Water Street Plaza

Ho ho ho! Get your lists, and check it twice. Children ages 5-13 can join us for a night of fun, crafts, cookies, pizza, stories, games, and more! 

Claus' Cookie Crawl (SOLD OUT)

December 4 at 3 p.m. | Water Street Plaza

Parents and their children are invited to take a stroll down Water Street while enjoying five cookie stops along the way. Cookies will be baked to perfection and packaged with love by Chef Fleming's Bakeshop.

Holiday On Broadway (Winterfest Live!)

December 4 at 7 p.m. | Water Street Plaza Amphitheater

Opera Las Vegas performs classic renditions of holiday favorites with flair during their "Holiday On Broadway" celebration.

This concert is free to attend, but registration is required. Reserve your seats today!


"Arthur Christmas" Movie Night

December 9 at 5:30 p.m | Water Street Plaza

Bring your own chairs, blankets, and movie treats to enjoy a family night out watching "Arthur Christmas" on the plaza's 42-foot wide digital screen. The animated film tells the story of Santa's youngest son, Arthur, as he embarks on a magical adventure to save Christmas. "Arthur Christmas" features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and other famous stars.

Free to attend—no registration is required!

Pictures with Santa

December 10 & 17 5 p.m. | Mikel's Photography & Design (155 S. Water St.)

Meet the "big man" himself, and get a picture to capture the moment!

Santa will visit Water Street to spread holiday cheer with photos and a crafty frame! Kids ages 5-13 and their families can take a photo with Santa and design their own photo frame. Register today!

Children’s Holiday Performance Showcase

December 10 at 6 p.m. | Water Street Plaza Amphitheater

Enjoy live performances by: 

  • 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Gym Cats
  • 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Dance Addiction 
  • 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dance Fusion 
  • 8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Brenda’s Desert Dynamite Dance Studio

Free to attend—no registration required!

Holiday Ornament Walk

December 11 at 10 a.m. | Water Street Plaza

Families can build their own holiday ornament as they stroll through the plaza to several decorating stations where families can build their own ornament and piece together parts of a story. 

Kids ages 3-7 will be able to register for the 10 a.m. to noon time slot, and kids ages 8-14 will be able to register for the noon to 2 p.m. slot. Register today!


The Barefoot Movement (Winterfest Live!)

December 11 at 7 p.m. | Water Street Plaza Amphitheater

Nashville-based Barefoot Movement put their signature bluegrass twist on holiday classics. You’ll hear acoustic renditions of seasonal favorites such as Chuck Berry’s "Run Run Rudolph" and emotional takes on tender standards like "Oh Holy Night." All ages are welcome. Get Tickets!

 "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Movie Night

December 16 at 5:30 p.m. | Water Street Plaza

Bring your own chairs, blankets, and movie treats to enjoy a family night out watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on the plaza's 42-foot wide digital screen. Based on Dr. Seuss' 1957 book, the award-winning, live action adaption stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch along with a star-studded cast. Free to attend—no registration required.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand (Winterfest Live!)

December 18 at 7 p.m. | Water Street Plaza Amphitheater

With the same dynamic and joyful energy that brightens their popular shows during the year, Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand tailor their rocking, acoustic sound to the most wonderful time of the year! From the calypso influenced "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" to the beatnik version of "Drummer Boy," you will love these exciting and creative cover versions of Christmas classics. Get Tickets!


Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

Deadline for submissions is December 9.

Think you have top-notch gingerbread house decorating skills? Prove it! Submit an entry form and photos of your tasty creation for a chance to win a certificate and bragging rights as the best gingerbread house decorator in Henderson! 

Entry form: 2021 Gingerbread House Competition Application