It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is here! What better place to spend the holidays than Las Vegas a place well-known to do everything big! This year is no exception as once again this one of a kind destination steps it up the celebration in a whole new way. From the spectacular holiday themed shows, to the festive gardens at the Bellagio, to even ice skating and a scuba diving Santa Claus, now is the time to visit the Entertainment Capital of the World. It truly is a gift anyone would like to find under their Christmas tree.
Here are some of the best places to get into the holiday spirit while visiting Las Vegas, and these are kid approved!
At the Silverton Casino Hotel you can find a Santa sighting like no other! During the holidays, Scuba Santa swims in the hotel’s spectacular aquarium along with over 4,000 marine life, such as tropical fish, stingrays and even sharks. Outfitted with a microphone, Santa can hear and talk to guests. Free to the public.
Saturdays and Sundays in December (Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17 – 18): 12pm – 1:15pm / 2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Bellagio Gardens at the Bellagio Hotel should always be at the top of every visitor’s list when visiting Las Vegas, however, perhaps more than the rest of the year, the Gardens look incredibly festive during the month of December and into the Chinese New Year. Following Thanksgiving weekend, The Bellagio transforms its garden wonderland into a one of a kind holiday showcase. Open 24 hours a day, this inside oasis is free to the public and located near the front lobby.
Mystic Falls Park:
From Thanksgiving Eve through the first week of January, visit the winter wonderland of Mystic Falls Park, at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. Discover a Christmas inspired atmosphere with garlands, lights, snow covered trees, poinsettias, ice sculpture and more, not to mention Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Shows at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm daily.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village:
Hundreds of trees are beautifully lit, creating a winter wonderland in the desert! Visitors can roam around, taking in the sights, enjoying holiday music, drinking hot chocolate as well as riding the miniature trains, the Enchanted Carousel, play mini golf and have fun on the Avalanche Slide! And of course, don’t forget pictures with Santa.
November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017: Park opens 5:30 pm nightly!
Ethel M Chocolates Cactus Gardens:
This 3 acre cactus garden features more than 600,000 lights delighting chocolate lovers from all over the world. Free to guests, on weekends, Santa Claus himself visits as well as performances by local choirs. This is truly a one of a kind event that’s only in Las Vegas. Of course, you will also be in close proximity to some of the best chocolate ever made. Period.
November 15th – January 1st
Admission is Free!
Nightly, 5pm to 10pm
Visits from Santa Claus:
Friday – Sunday till Christmas 5pm to 9pm
Performances by Local Choirs:
Friday – Sunday 6pm to 8pm
The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan:
Right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, here you can ice skate at The Cosmopolitan’s very own winter oasis. Enjoy roasting smore’s, tasting all sorts of seasonal beverages, while listening to holiday music and taking in some gorgeous Vegas scenery. And every Thursday – Sunday, there is a little light snowfall guaranteed to make your holiday event one to remember. Check the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas website for additional information.
The Ice Rink is open Nov. 19, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017.
Monday – Friday: 2PM – Midnight
Saturday – Sunday: Noon – Midnight
Dec. 19, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017: Noon – Midnight Daily
When traveling to Las Vegas during the holiday season, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Las Vegas is busy every day of the year, but very popular during Christmas and New Year’s when the city pulls out all the stops to make this season unlike anything anyone has seen before. Casinos attempt to outdo the others with decorations, oversized Christmas trees, entertainment, special menus and drinks and more. Keep in mind the following:
- Las Vegas never closes, and this is true on holidays. Everything will be open!
- Make reservations for meals (restaurants are at their busiest during this time), and shows. Keep in mind that buffet prices are usually twice the normal price. If budget is an issue, choose a venue that is off the strip or consider eating lunch out instead of the more pricey dinner.
- Expect the Strip to be crowded, especially since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. Keep watch on your personal belongings and leave valuables at home.
- Dress warmly. Believe it or not, Las Vegas can get quite cold during the winter months.
Remember, it’s the most magical time of the year, and Las Vegas won’t disappoint. Happy Holidays!