Not to be confused with Lake Las Vegas, the Lakes is a neighborhood in the city of Las Vegas proper. This event is great family fun to see a boat parade like you would enjoy in any of the coastal or river cities many of us hail from.
Here is the description from the City of Las Vegas website:
Residents Invited To Help Celebrate The 10th Anniversary Of The Lakes Festival Of Lights
Annual Event Features Electric Boat Parade, Car Show, Family Events And More
Ward 2 Councilman Steve Wolfson invites the entire family to join him to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lakes Festival of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon to 6 p.m. The Lakes Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season each December in The Lakes area just off West Sahara Avenue and Lake Sahara Drive. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
The Lakes Festival of Lights began in 2001 in the wake of the 9-11 attack. A small group of Lakes residents decided to organize the event to bring the community together for the holidays. That first festival was an overwhelming success, and it has become an annual tradition. The event features fun for people of all ages including an electric boat parade, entertainment, face painting, a visit by Santa Claus, arts and crafts show, car show, food and more.
“I encourage everyone to join me for this wonderful holiday event,” Councilman Wolfson said. “Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, The Lakes community has been able to spread some holiday cheer to thousands of people each year.”
In addition, the U.S Marine Corps Reserve will be accepting new, unwrapped toys to benefit low-income families during the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.
The Festival of Lights Committee was awarded a Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) grant to put on this year’s event. The grants, which are administered by the city’s Neighborhood Services Department, are designed to assist in improving the livability of city neighborhoods through community matched funding for neighborhood improvement projects. The program grants up to $5,000, which must be matched by the neighborhood with cash, volunteer labor, donated supplies, equipment or professional services.
We’re proud that this will be the 10th anniversary of the Lakes Festival of Lights. The 2010 Lakes Festival of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. We are excited to announce that Alicia Jacobs, Entertainment Reporter for KSNV CH-3 and correspondent for Access Hollywood & CNN-Headline News, is the 2010 Grand Marshal for the event. It’s going to be a great show!
For more information, visit http://festival.lakesassociation.com/ or call 256-9998.
The Lakes is located just south of Sahara Avenue and west of Durango Drive. The event will be held at the intersection of Lake East Drive and Lake Sahara Drive. It’s next to the Lake Town Center commercial plaza. The street will be blocked off and parking will be available in the Citibank parking lot.