Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a slow pre-holiday weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of festive activities for the whole family.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium
Head to Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday afternoon to watch two Top 25 teams go head-to-head in his year’s hotly anticipated pre-New Year’s bowl matchup. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Fresno State great and NFL quarterback David Carr, leads his team against USC, which plays under its third head coach this season.
Tonight - Sunday: Sunset Wonderland at Sunset Park
Head to Sunset Park this weekend to catch the last days of Sunset Wonderland, an outdoor holiday celebration honoring Clark County Parks and Recreation’s 50th anniversary and the park’s recent renovation. The attraction includes an ice-skating rink, Ferris wheel rides, a Christmas tree lot and a Holiday Wonderland of Trees display. Sunset Wonderland is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
Friday - Sunday: Deana Martin at Smith Center
The spirit of the Rat Pack lives on in the vocal stylings of Deana Martin, who regales audiences this weekend with festive holiday performances at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center. Tunes will range from Christmas fare to American standards to classics honoring the legacy of her late father, Dean Martin, for three nights of shows. Tickets are $37 to $59, and shows begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Thursday - Sunday: ‘The Nutcracker’ at Smith Center
Catch the final weekend of Nevada Ballet Theater’s dazzling new interpretation of the holiday classic in Reynolds Hall featuring enchanting performances to delight the whole family. Price ranges and performance times vary. Weekend night performances will feature a live orchestra. Visit the Smith Center website for details and more information.
Saturday: ‘La Otra Posada’ at Winchester Cultural Center
Theater group Inarte presents “La Otra Posada,” a traditional Spanish-language “pastorela,” or Christmas play, telling the story of the first Christmas through Inarte’s mission of sharing the holiday traditions of the Mexican people with audiences. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show and can be purchased at the front desk or online at ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration.