LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas will deck the halls with an endless array of astounding performances, decadent culinary indulgences, outdoor merriment and more this holiday season. Although it’s been said, many times, many ways, Las Vegas will say “Happy Holidays” with an abundance of cheer and festivities as it transforms into a winter wonderland for visitors looking to celebrate.
DECK THE HALLS
Keeping the magic of the holidays alive, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens combines horticultural with spectacular seasonal design, Dec. 1 – Jan. 6. The ever-changing natural display is the single most significant component of Bellagio during the holiday season as it transforms into the winter Christmas garden. This year’s display will feature winter favorites such as polar bears, thousands of fresh poinsettias and a tree decorated with over 2,000 ornaments and thousands of warm white lights.
The LINQ Promenade features a 35-foot holiday tree adorned with lights and ornaments on the Fountain Stage to kick off the holiday season. The festivities continue through the season with multiple holiday shows along The LINQ Promenade featuring singers and dancers starting Dec. 1. Guests can also enjoy delicious seasonal sweets from Sprinkles Cupcakes, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop and Amorino Gelato.
Overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors skate into action at The Ice Rink located atop The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In its sixth year, ice skaters can glide into the holiday season on a rink made of over 4,200-square-feet of real ice. Guests won’t be saying “baby, its cold outside” as they snuggle next to the fire and roast s’mores while indulging in seasonal fare and warming beverages. The winter wonderland has an unprecedented view of the heart of the Strip, surrounded by glittering lights and snow showers.
Fremont Street Experience kicks off the holidays with the 13th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run hosted by Holly Madison. More than 9,000 Santas will gather at the iconic Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas for a holly jolly 5k fun run and walk on benefitting local nonprofit Opportunity Village, Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Park Vegas invites guests of all ages to celebrate the season in style with the opening of Holiday at The Park, Nov. 30. Making the Strip-side hotspot merry and bright, the winter wonderland will feature ornament arches sparkling with twinkling lights, an 80-foot Silver Fir tree, an ice-skating rink, traditional chalets and much more.
Offering fun for kids from one to 92, Toshiba Plaza will also be filled with festive activities including a quaint holiday marketplace, screenings of beloved holiday movies each week, a place for children to share their wishes with their favorite bearded buddy and more.
The Neon Museum will take visitors on a journey back in time as they showcase vintage Vegas neon lights during their annual December to Remember event on Saturday, Dec. 9. The celebration begins with ornament making, followed by a spectacular array of carols performed by the Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully-illuminated museum at sundown.
The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Las Vegas have partnered with Positively Arts Foundation to bring “Positively Arts Holiday Spectacular” to the stage featuring performances of seasonal hits by the cast of BAZ – Star Crossed Love, Sunday, Dec. 17. All proceeds from this enchanting extravaganza will benefit Positively Arts Foundation.
The Nevada Ballet Theater will bring The Nutcracker to life at The Smith Center, filling the air with the magic of the holidays. Nearly 100 talented dancers will work together to portray the captivating journey of Clara and her prince in a charming world of toy soldiers, mischievous rodents and exotic visitors from faraway lands.
ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT
Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization for adults with intellectual disabilities, hosts one of Las Vegas’ most cherished and longest running holiday traditions, the Magical Forest. For over 25 years, Magical Forest has decorated pine trees spread throughout their mini forest, centered around a large holiday tree. In addition to the lights, the festival forest also offers nightly entertainment, rides, great food and endless holiday cheer for everyone.
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will celebrate its 17th season as Nevada’s largest drive-thru holiday light show, now through Jan. 7. Featuring more than three million lights over a 2.5-mile course, this holiday happening is perfect for sipping hot cocoa while singing carols with loved ones in the car.
Ethel M Chocolates will host its 24th annual Holiday Cactus Garden this year with more than a million Christmas lights glimmering throughout four-acres of breathtaking cacti and succulents, now through Jan. 1.
Executive Pastry Chef Patrice Caillot of Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas guides guests in the art of edible ornaments to create holiday décor that tastes as good as it looks. Participants will learn techniques and tips to concoct perfect edible décor – from crunchy holiday chocolate trees to gingerbread ornaments – while sipping on artisanal hot chocolate, Saturday, Dec. 16.
Nutcracker Tea at the Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas celebrates the holidays with heart-warming herbal teas, Christmas treats, and an unparalleled view of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Award-winning choirs will bring good tidings and Christmas carols to Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby, Dec. 15-16 and 21-22.
Minus5 Ice Experience inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will introduce a newly renovated winter wonderland venue. The frozen bar attraction boasts over 120 tons of pure Canadian ice, featuring museum-quality ice sculptures such as the Las Vegas skyline and a Game of Thrones-inspired ice castle.
Making the season bright, the Holly-Dome will return to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. This five-acre theme park highlights special performances by bands, dancers and carolers for the most wonderful time of the year. This year visitors can catch the classic “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” film at the FX Theater as well as take photos next to a larger-than-life Rudolph display or inside a giant snow globe.
Winter's Village at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino is a wonderful place off-Strip to create holiday traditions and memories to cherish for years to come. Featuring a 6,000-square-foot skating rink complete with real ice and an expanded view of the Las Vegas skyline, the Winter Village invites guests to go walking in a winter wonderland as they enjoy the sights and sounds of the season including a plethora of holiday-decorated trees adorned with thousands of glittering lights.
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