HUFFINGTON POST
10/27/2011 02:22 pm ET Updated Dec 26, 2011

Thanksgiving In Las Vegas: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Las Vegas and one opportunity to give back to others.


Las Vegas Thanksgiving Events Map

Magical Forest At Opportunity Village


Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas charity for the disabled, hosts a yearly bazaar beginning in the middle of Thanksgiving season that provides holiday entertainment and displays, rides, food and gifts. A train known as the "Forest Express" carries riders through a 2-acre forest of decorated trees and holiday lights, while the "Enchanted Carousel" brings back the era of the carnival carousel. The Magical Forest springs to life from mid-November through the end of the year. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146

Clark County Turkey Shoot


Clark County hosts an annual humane turkey shoot competition for kids, with winners announced in different age categories. Rather than shooting real birds, the Clark County Shooting Range has youngsters use rifles and shotguns to fire at paper and clay targets. Bows and arrows are also provided for more old-fashioned hunters. The county provides all equipment and prizes -- including turkeys!

11357 N. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89131

Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Day Dinner


Every Thanksgiving, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner for people in need. The charity event requires 150 volunteers to assist in the preparation and distribution of food. Volunteers can register by calling (702) 215-4730 and are asked to dress appropriately by wearing long pants, shirts and sneakers. Donations of canned goods and household items are always welcome.

1501 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Las Vegas: Video

Opportunity Village's Magical Forest offers holiday cheer for all ages.


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