LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden Lights will return on Friday, Nov. 5, and run until Jan. 2 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. each night.

Reservations will require a non-refundable $5 donation per group of six people will benefit Three Square Food Band and HELP of Southern Nevada. That’s a change from past events that collected toys and food donations.

Santa will be in the garden nightly from Nov. 5 through Dec. 23 for photos. Ethel M is at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, in Henderson near Sunset Road and Mountain Vista Street.

Reservations for both the Cactus Garden Lights and to see Santa can be made at

The Cactus Garden Lighting Ceremony will be a virtual event this year on Friday, Nov. 5, “Cactus Lights & Creamy Bites” — an online chocolate tasting experience.

• Participants will join the Zoom link at 5 p.m. Pacific time to hear from Santa and watch him turn the cactus garden lights on for the season while they sip on a cup of hot chocolate.
• A Chocolatier will take you on an interactive chocolate tasting experience of holiday pieces including Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Peppermint Silk, Egg Nog, Dark Fudge and Milk Fudge.
• The “Cactus Lights & Creamy Bites” experience is $65 with enough chocolates for two people and can be purchased in stores or online at