The Magical Forest, Opportunity Village’s popular holiday event, opens Friday, Nov. 20 and Santa Claus will arrive early that day to meet some very special guests.
Papillon Group will give the big guy a ride to town via an EC130 helicopter. He will touch down in the College of Southern Nevada parking lot at the entrance of the Magical Forest to greet up to 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities (OVIPs) served by Opportunity Village who will be anxiously awaiting his arrival.
Santa will bring Mrs. Claus and an elf to take photos and hand out treats before heading inside the Magical Forest to begin preparing for the evening’s grand opening. Each year, the OVIPs look forward to meeting Santa and this extra special arrival will make it even more exciting.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company with more than 600,000 passengers served annually on 75 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views.
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and fulfilling.
- Friday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m.
- 1:30 p.m.: Santa Claus arrives via helicopter to greet OVIPs, hands out treats, takes photos with waiting guests
- 2 p.m.: Santa Claus enters Opportunity Village to begin preparation for Magical Forest’s opening night
Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest
6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146