Ethel M Chocolates to Kick-Off Winter Season on Nov. 7

An annual tradition not to be missed in the Las Vegas area, Ethel M Chocolates will host their Cactus Garden lighting on Nov. 7. The ceremonial lighting of the 3-acre cactus garden will occur at approximately 6 p.m. with more than one million colorful twinkling lights. The event opens to guests at 5 p.m. and will conclude at 10 p.m.

Ethel M Chocolates
Ethel M Chocolates

Recognized as one of the most memorable holiday kickoffs in Southern Nevada, the cactus garden lighting ceremony is fully supported by many local talents and entertainers. This year’s lineup of performers includes Clark County School District choirs; members from Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker; Sin City Opera; a cappella group The Sound Collage; and world-renowned magic and comedy duo, Penn & Teller. Mercedes Martinez from Mix 94.1 FM returns to host the festivities.

New to this year’s holiday attraction, Ethel M will transform the back pavilion into their very own winter wonderland with an ice skating rink. The rink will open the night of the lighting ceremony through the new year. Hours of operation will be daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Price will vary by time and date with tickets ranging from $10 – $20 per person per hour. Each ticket will come with a complimentary cup of Ethel M’s gourmet hot chocolate. Children under the age of 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to the ice skating rink, families will have the opportunity to take professional pictures with Santa for $10 each or take their own; enjoy chocolate samples, and purchase new delectable holiday treats for everyone on their list.

The holiday lighting is a ticketed event, however, there is no monetary fee. Those who are interested in attending the event can receive a four-pack of tickets in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation to assist HELP of Southern Nevada or a non-perishable food item(s) for Three Square Food Bank. Guests can also choose to make a one-time monetary donation to either one of the organizations by going to Those who make a monetary donation will need to show their receipt to pick up their tickets. Tickets can be picked up from the Henderson retail location beginning now through the night of the event.

The Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden will be open every night beginning Nov. 7 up until Jan. 1, it is free to the public all holiday season (no pets, please). The garden will shine brightly every night from 5 to 10 p.m.

Ethel M Chocolates Cactus Garden
Ethel M Chocolates Cactus Garden

About Ethel M Chocolates

Ethel M Chocolates are manufactured by Mars Chocolate North America for Mars Retail Group, dedicated to creating authentic chocolates with no preservatives. Ethel M Chocolates are available in six locations throughout Southern Nevada, online at or by phone at 800-438-4356. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden are located at Two Cactus Garden Drive in Henderson. For more information on the Holiday Cactus Garden, holiday events, store hours, locations and ordering products, please visit their website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history-making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency, and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

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