Christmas in the desert is a special experience for many of us. While it may not be the picture-perfect New England snow-laden Christmas, there’s plenty of holiday spirit to go around in Las Vegas. What else would expect from a town that basically lights itself up better than any Christmas tree year-round? If you’re looking for holiday things to do in Las Vegas, we’re here to help. We’ve put together this curated list of the best ways to spend Christmas in Las Vegas, with everything from family-friendly lights shows to festive holiday performances. Our list of fun seasonal activities in Las Vegas includes:
- Magical Forest
- Bellagio Conservatory
- The Ice Rink
- LINQ Holiday Magic
- Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden
- Springs Preserve Holiday Express
- Glittering Lights
Magical ForestNovember 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020 (select dates) The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is a beloved holiday tradition in the region. Kids flock from all over to wander through this winter wonderland of lights, rides, and joyful Christmas attractions. Enjoy hot cocoa, delicious fare from local food trucks, musical and theatrical performances, and more!
Holiday Display at the Bellagio ConservatoryDecember 7, 2019 – January 4, 2020 Every year the Bellagio Conservatory transitions into beautifully crafted botanical landscapes that match the seasons, and the holiday time is no exception. During the month of December, this botanical oasis will shine bright with Christmas cheer and gorgeous decorations. Expect winter favorites like poinsettias and evergreens, as well as the signature Christmas tree at the center of it all.
The Ice RinkWho says you can’t ice-skate in the desert? Each winter the Cosmopolitan transforms their Boulevard Pool into a glorious winter wonderland perched above the Las Vegas Strip. Enjoy the experience of skating on genuine ice, noshing on smores, and even enjoy some charming snowfall. You’ll also find plenty of food and drink to keep you satisfied.
LINQ Holiday MagicAlready an excellent place to shop during the rest of the year, the LINQ Promenade has so much more to offer during the holiday season. Each night at 6 pm during the holidays visitors can enjoy a beautiful lights show, a festive celebration, and even some “snow.” Thursdays through Sundays there’s a fountain stage show, and then an interactive Christmas tree for all to enjoy at any time of the week.
Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory & Cactus GardenNow through January 5, 2020 This unique Las Vegas venue sparkles brilliantly during the holidays. Head to Ethel M’s to see their one-of-a-kind 3-acre cactus garden bedecked with thousands upon thousands of glittering lights. Families can also enjoy photos with Santa, food trucks, holiday movies, and, of course, loads of chocolate!
Springs Preserve Holiday ExpressDecember 6- 23, 2019 (select dates) Who doesn’t love a magical train ride heading straight towards Santa? The Holiday Express at Springs Preserve is the perfect thing for the whole family, encompassing not only that amazing train ride but also time in Santa’s cottage, holiday crafts and snacks, storytime, and plenty of games for the kids. There will even be some “snow” to get you in the holiday spirit.
Glittering LightsDrive through the region’s largest lights display in your own vehicle. Enjoy the experience of winding through millions of brilliant lights with the whole family as you marvel at display after display. There’s also the option to take their Santa Tram, which is an open-air drive through the park—be sure to bundle up if you’re going for this experience!
More Holiday Fun in Las Vegas
- City of Henderson WinterFest (December 13 & 14)
- Holiday shopping at the LINQ Promenade
- Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland (November 27 – December 22)
- Christmas Tree at the Venetian
- High Roller Observation Wheel at the LINQ to enjoy the lights
- Scuba Santa Show at the Silverton Casino Hotel
- Jingle A Whimsical Wonderland (at the Tropicana)
- The Grinch Stole Christmas (at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts)