Who says you need pine trees to light up for the holidays? Ethel M's chocolate factory is celebrating the desert way with cacti. Over one million lights illuminate their holiday cactus garden in Nevada with a festive spirit. The cacti look real sharp with the holiday decorations. 

The garden turns into a festive wonderland from November 5, 2019, to January 5, 2020. Entry to the garden is free and they provide chocolate samples for you to try.

Ethel M's Botanical Cactus garden is the perfect place for a night out with friends or on a date. There are beautiful places to stroll around in and fun activities to do. 

The garden is the largest in Nevada and spans over three acres. It is home to over 300 species of plants. 

During the holidays, you can cuddle up with a cup of their famous hot chocolate or satisfy your sweet tooth with the ample free samples in the tasting room. 

While they have been lighting up the garden for 26 years, they have made some new additions this year. For one, they have a professional photographer who can get you that Insta-worthy shot.

In the mood for your favorite Christmas movie? They also added an outdoor movie theatre in the back, playing clips from holiday favorites.

After you've had enough chocolate, they'll have two food trucks for you to compensate for your sugar-high. The food trucks consist of one with savory meals and the other with sweet treats. 

If you're looking to add more to your experience, you can purchase a wine and chocolate tasting for $25 per person. You can even take a tour of the factory and the chocolate-making process.

They'll also have a variety of holiday flavored chocolates to buy as gifts or to treat yourself. Some of these holiday specials include pumpkin spiced pecans, peppermint bark, and cognac truffles. 

Whether you're in the mood for hot chocolate or just trying to get in your 10,000 steps, there is plenty to see and do at the cactus garden. 

Ethel M's Botanical Cactus Garden

Price: Free entrance to the cactus garden. Food for purchase.

When: November 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Address: Ethel M's Botanical Cactus Garden | 2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, Nevada 

Why You Need To Go: This family-friendly garden has amazing chocolate and fun decorations. 

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