LAS VEGAS, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Since opening in December of 1995, the Fremont Street Experience has become an internationally acclaimed entertainment venue as host to a wide variety of successful events and festivals, ranging from Mardi Gras to Cinco de Mayo, attracting thousand of locals and tourists alike. Beginning December 1, the Fremont Street Experience will continue that trend with the kick-off of a 26-day Country/Holiday Festival, with the Official City of Las Vegas tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony begins at 5:30 PM at Third and Fremont with performances by The Nevada Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the annual March of the Toy Soldiers featuring two new country characters, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Plus, City officials will be on hand to partake in the festivities. The lighting of the tree will take place following the 6:00 PM showing of the "Holiday Lights" light and sound show. The festival will continue throughout the month with a variety of country and holiday themed elements including the 11th Annual Downtown Hoedown on Thursday, December 4, from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM, featuring Nashville recording artists Ricochet, winners of the Academy of Country Music's Top New Vocal Group of the Year Award. Opening for Ricochet is the twin sister duo Moore & Moore. The Downtown Hoedown is the biggest party kicking off the National Finals Rodeo. There will be additional entertainment by local musician Katie Kern, and the Fremont Street Experience member property casino/hotels will sell a variety of food and drinks. Reno Air is the official airline of the 11th Annual Downtown Hoedown. Following the Downtown Hoedown, the Fremont Street Experience will join forces with Binion's Horseshoe for the first ever Downtown Rodeo Stampede December 5-14, with live entertainment by David Jones & the Kern River Band, Joanie Keller, and Tony Marques & Sweet Justice, and a delicious Texas Deep Pit Barbecue, all in conjunction with the ten days of the National Finals Rodeo. Presented by Las Vegas Events, the Country/Holiday Festival will then continue through December 26 with a variety of live entertainment, the daily March of the Toy Soldiers and weekend visits by Santa. In addition, the Fremont Street Experience light and sound shows will be presented nightly, every hour on the hour beginning at dusk and running until midnight. There is no admission fee to the Country Holiday Festival, Downtown Hoedown or Downtown Rodeo Stampede, and there is plenty of free parking in the Fremont Street Experience Parking Plaza with validation from participating casino/hotels.
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