Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: George Wallace opens Las Vegas' Ethel M Chocolates Christmas Lights Display - Picture tour!

George Wallace opens Las Vegas' Ethel M Chocolates Christmas Lights Display - Picture tour!

The self proclaimed "Mr. Chocolate", Flamingo comedian and Las Vegas resident George Wallace, once again was on hand to emcee the 15th annual Christmas lighting of the Botanical Cactus Gardens at Ethel M Chocolates. He was joined by Clint Holmes and Zowie Bowie, along with local choral groups performing. You can check out a quick video clip of our community funny man at the event, here at Fox 5 Las Vegas.

The 3 acre Cactus Gardens are said to have over 650,000 lights this year, up from last year's half million. They are carefully draped over the collection of cactus and other desert plants and trees found in all corners of the globe. There are a variety of school and community groups that may perform in the evenings singing carols, and of course Santa is there in his North Pole gazebo.

You can also step inside the M&M gift shop and take a short walk through the Ethel M factory's self guided tour, and come out in the showroom for a free sample. Of course there is plenty of candy there either pre-boxed or hand selected that you can purchase, as well as the treats available from the Chocolate Lounge. You might want to grab a hot chocolate as you enjoy the display.

If you haven't figured out the Ethel M and M&M connection, it's Mars Candy. Forrest Mars crafted this fine chocolatier in remembrance of the way his mother 'Ethel' made her own confections in his youth. Many of her recipes and methods are still used today for their creations that also travel beyond Las Vegas. Besides the Ethel's Lounges, they have done custom gift boxes for many premier presentations, including the Oscars, major golf tournaments, and many more.

The gardens were the result of Forrest's other passion....Botany. They are open seven days a week, only closing on Christmas day. The light display runs through Jan. 1, 2009 and is open until 10 PM during this time. There's no charge for this Las Vegas holiday tradition, or any time you stop by for a visit. Just one more of the interesting places and events you have right in your backyard when living here in the Las Vegas valley.

We dropped in again the other night and caught a break that it wasn't crowded, a perfect time to catch some shots of the displays. Unfortunately my photographer didn't have one of his tripods, but he managed some freehand night shots.
So here's a few of the 'Christmas Trees of the desert'. To see the pictures full screen, instead of using PLAY, click the HD / Full Screen button on the bottom of the player below, and when finished click it again or use the ESC key to return.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsRoberta LaRocca • November 22 2008 09:44PM


Cool pics of the gardens I have to check that out. George is a funny dude. Good choice for the music in your pics it's like the group Mosaic from his show!

Hey I see all your posts are screwed up! I just mentioned it in your TSO post that the vids are gone after the site was down last night. I just noticed that everything that didn't get wiped is slid left and your photoshows won't display now???? Have to click the link to watch them. Looks like they screwed up the whole system and everyone's blogs are messed up.

Posted by Bob over 11 years ago

Bob: You should check it out, wonderful display. George is a hoot and he seems to enjoy being a Las Vegan and becoming involved with the community. You noticed the acappella tie in to Mosaic, thought that was a good fit.   

Just commented to you in the TSO post, it looks like they have things partially fixed...but new posts look like they still have the same issues. 


Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I love Christmas lights so this was a great set to watch. Smiley

Posted by Mobile Austin Notary, (Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services) over 11 years ago

One of the many light festivals that I never heard about in Las Vegas. The only ones I knew about were on the strip.  Enjoyed your post.  Nice job!

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 11 years ago


You had me hooked at Chocolate factory and free samples! Sounds like a wonderful time and a great light display!

Posted by Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography (B. Payden Photography, LLC) over 11 years ago

Jennette: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them. They are really cool to see.  

Diane: There are even more around the valley. I mentioned a few of them last year, like the Gift of Lights in Sunset Park, Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, and the Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Mead (That takes place this weekend on the 6th). There's also the display in Sam's Town with the atrium lit and animitronic displays and laser light show...and it snows there at Mystic Falls.

There's a few more, and I hope to get the time to catch a few more with my photographer in tow!

Bryant: Hey, they have my picture on the wall at Ethel M....with a circle and line over it for no more samples! LOL It is a really wild display over the cactus and desert trees.


Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago