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Opportunity Village’s “Magical Forest” to Open with Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 23; Santa Claus to Fly in from North Pole

Opportunity Village’s "Magical Forest" to Open with Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 23; Santa Claus to Fly in from North Pole
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Opportunity Village, with the help of Jolly Old Saint Nick and friends, will kick off its largest fundraiser – the Magical Forest – for the 28th season following the organization’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23

Upon landing in a helicopter provided by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Santa Claus will be joined by Mrs. Claus, the Chippendales, Human Nature, Lorena Peril of FANTASY at the Luxor, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and others as Mayor Carolyn Goodman flips the switch at 6 p.m. to illuminate the 2.5-acre park located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146.

Magical Forest Cookie Factory
Magical Forest Cookie Factory

This year, however, Mayor Goodman won’t just be lighting a tree. She will be lighting up the entire Magical Forest to debut the Illumination Experience lightshow spectacular, which includes a synchronized music show with dancing lights to your favorite holiday tunes that can be seen from any vantage point of the park. The Illumination Experience will run every 30 minutes from the time the Forest opens until close.

Magical Forest Fire Station
Magical Forest Fire Station

The Magical Forest, running nightly through Dec. 31 (with the exception of Christmas Day), is expected to attract over 100,000 guests.

“After a record-breaking HallOVeen season, we’re eager to bring back Southern Nevada’s favorite winter destination,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “The Magical Forest is a vital fundraiser to our organization, and we’re anxious to kick it off for the 28th time.”

Magical Forest Castle
Magical Forest Castle

The Magical Forest offers a wide array of family-friendly holiday fun to enjoy, including nightly entertainment, delicious treats and food, The Blizzard mini-coaster, the Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Avalanche Slide, the Ethel M Candy Cabin filled with holiday décor and gifts, and photo opportunities with Santa. There will also be three new rides – The Sizzler, Wacky Worm Coaster and Samba Balloons – and midway attractions added to the festivities.

The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Day (Dec. 25). General admission tickets for adults are $12, while children’s tickets are $10. Passports can be purchased for $22 and Children’s Passports are available for $19. Ticket information is available at