Chocolate Wonderland

If there’s one thing you need to see during the holiday season, you have to check out Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens.

Yesterday, Ethel M held its 16th annual holiday cactus lighting. The countdown to the light display literally felt like New Year’s Eve. The moment all of the lights came on, everyone (including myself) cheered.

Featuring more than a half million lights and different pathways among the garden, it’s easy to get lost in the enchantment. In addition to the bright, vivid lights, there are holiday props scattered throughout the garden. A couple of my personal favorites included the gingerbread woman and “moving” reindeer, both covered in lights.

And if this isn’t convincing enough, you can sample free chocolates at the chocolate factory next door. You can also purchase this year’s holiday chocolates in fun, festive-looking boxes. Chocolate treats this year include eggnog, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and white chocolate peppermint bark.

 The holiday lights display is available through Jan. 1, 2010, from sundown to 10 p.m. nightly. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Cactus trees and Christmas lights never looked so beautiful.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Jeannie Borbe at 9:43 am

    Hello, Logan! The Ethel M Chocolate Factory showcases a holiday light show usually from mid-November to Jan. 1. And for the first time this year, Ethel M did a Valentine’s Day light show. While these are the only times the cactus garden lights up at night, it’s still a fun attraction to visit. You can sample free chocolate, see how chocolate is made and hang out at a lounge and sip on tasty chocolate drinks. For more information, visit here:

    Also, if you’re on the Strip and want a quick chocolate fix, there is an Ethel’s Lounge inside Fashion Show Mall. Hope this helps!