Opportunity Village to host annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off 28th Magical Forest
What: Santa Claus will fly in from the North Pole courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters before taking part in Opportunity Village’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, which features several special guest appearances and live performances.
Who: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Chippendales, Human Nature, Lorena Peril and the girls of FANTASY at the Luxor, Opportunity Village executives, staff and clients, and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters executives.
When: Friday, Nov. 23.
Media check-in: 5 p.m.
Live performances: 5:50 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony to begin with Santa arriving via helicopter: 6 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest
6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
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 www.MagicalForest.com.
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.
Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016. They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.