Our special holiday presentation of WinterFest, “North Pole Adventures,” includes a variety of family-friendly activities including the official tree-lighting ceremony with Mayor Debra March and Santa, fireworks display, gift and craft fair, food vendors, entertainment and an activity area where children can decorate cookies, mail a letter to Santa and build a toy in Santa’s workshop. The two-day festival is topped off with a spectacular evening light parade. WinterFest is open to all ages. Friday night festivities include the opening of the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and festival. Saturday’s festivities conclude with our fabulous Evening Light Parade in the Water Street District.

Parade Entries

Residents, community partners, organizations and businesses are invited to join thousands in making Henderson’s historic Water Street District twinkle. The city is now accepting applications for this year’s WinterFest Evening Light Parade through Nov. 16. Registration is $50 per entry; non-profit registration is $25 per entry.

For this year’s parade, entries must be decked out in lights and reflect the theme of “North Pole Adventures.” Judges will score participants based on incorporation of theme, creativity and overall appeal. Cash prizes will be awarded to floats for first ($1,000), second ($750) and third place ($500), courtesy of several generous sponsors. Ribbons will be awarded to the best three entries in the remaining categories.

Gingerbread House Contest

Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win $500! All visible ingredients must be edible, with the exception of the base and entry must be composed mainly of gingerbread (about 50%). More information is available on the entry form below. Entry forms are due by November 16. Open to ages 6+


If you are interested in being a food or commercial vendor, please complete and submit the Special Event Vendor Interest Form. 

Road Closures

Ocean Avenue (From Van Wagenen to Haynes)

Closed to through traffic and street parking December 8 from Noon-7pm

Complete street closure December 8 from 4pm–7pm

Water Street (Minor to Victory)

Closed to street parking December 8 from 2pm–7pm

Complete street closure December 8 from 3:30pm-9pm

All remaining streets to be completely open at 9pm on December 8


Thank You to Our Sponsors


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Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring a City of Henderson event is a great way to reach existing and potential customers, support your customers' community, and engage with an active audience. Act today to receive maximum value and recognition by downloading the 2018 City of Henderson Events Sponsor Packet. In-kind sponsorships are welcome. 

City of Henderson Special Events
702-267-4849 | SpecialEvents@cityofhenderson.com