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It’s on Christmas and holiday vacations when Las Vegas truly comes alive. The City of Lights shines even brighter, and as the chilly weather rolls in, hundreds of thousands flock to the strip for unforgettable adventures. The spirit of cheer can be felt for miles. The city sparkles on every corner. The holiday activities and events pop up left and right, making it a Las Vegas experience that any kid or adult will enjoy.
This year, you can enjoy it all yourself. From holiday shows, parties and displays to the best food and drink in Las Vegas, jingle your way down the Vegas Strip and make the most out of your Las Vegas vacation with 25 Las Vegas Christmas things to do.
25 Las Vegas Christmas Holiday Activities and Events:
#1. Enchant Christmas at Resorts World Las Vegas
Stroll your way through the world’s largest light maze and Christmas wonderland, Enchant Christmas Las Vegas. This whimsical festive experience offers guests a plethora of activities for the entire family, including a story-inspired light maze with 100-foot tall Christmas trees and magical displays, ice skating, and The Village. It’s at The Village where you’ll find artisan vendors, boutiques for a bit of holiday shopping, decadent treats, pop-up performances, and the youngsters can meet Santa Clause himself. And for the adults, pop by Tipsy Tree Lounge for a cocktail or Merry Mocktail.
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#2. The Ice Rink at the CosmopolitanA frozen dreamland has been transformed above the Las Vegas Strip. The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan - replacing the Boulevard Pool during the holidays - consists of 4,200 square feet of real ice, glittering lights, snow showers every 30 minutes, and magnificent views. During your visit, head over to Overlook Chill for rink-side dining. Or check out the Chalet, a reimagined mountaintop space which includes (reserved) seating and a cozy communal fire pit to get toasty. The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan was coined as one of USA Today’s 10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in North America.
#3. The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle
A winter special that will whisk you away to the classic holiday tale, The Nutcracker. The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle is a kid-friendly production with beautiful projections, fantastic special effects, photo opts, and a life-sized Nutcracker. You’ll have to see it to believe it at this unforgettable holiday spectacular!
#4. The Rock Rink
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin. Skate in the presence of a glittering 40-foot Christmas tree at this 8,000 square-foot ice skating rink. Hop on board and ride the holiday train. Sip on Sterling’s Hot Cocoa and other signature beverages as you keep warm under the stars. Move to your groove with the backdrop of festive music. It’s all happening at The Rock Rink!
#5. Enchant Christmas at Las Vegas Ballpark
Get lost in a sea of lights and holiday cheer at yet another Las Vegas Enchant Christmas. This location is set at Las Vegas Ballpark, offering an elf maze with surprises thanks to Santa’s mischievous helpers, a dazzling ice skating rink, as well as tiny shops, specialty crafts, food and drink at The Village.
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#6. Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Visit the Magical Forest and experience the magic of Christmas, featuring exciting attractions like the Avalanche Slide and the Forest Express Passenger Train, food trucks, gift shops, hot cocoa, and appearances from Santa. All proceeds at Magical Forest Las Vegas goes toward programs and services for thousands of people with disabilities at Opportunity Village. This family-friendly event is guaranteed to warm the hearts of you and your loved ones.
#7. The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been a Las Vegas tradition since 1986, and this year’s show will be no exception. With over 350 exhibitors from around the country, you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind products like custom jewelry, boots and spurs, authentic art, home goods, and more at the official gift show of the WNFR. The show also provides interactive experiences such as the YETI Junior World Finals and Ariat Rodeo Live Stage. Call it a Las Vegas cowboy Christmas!
#8. The Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street is ready for Christmas! Not only does The Fremont Street Experience that we all love have complimentary live entertainment and adventures such as SlotZilla Zip Line, casino, and light shows, but it’s confirmed that the annual Christmas tree lighting and 20-foot Grand Menorah lighting will return once again. Expect plenty of garland, colorful ornaments, and tons of holiday cheer.
#9. Ugly Sweater Holiday Party at Circa Las Vegas
Throw on your ugliest holiday sweater and have a merry good time at Circa Las Vegas. The festivities include a dessert station with frosted holiday cookies, open bar with unlimited beer, wine, and select specialty cocktails, and live music. With being 60 levels up, the panoramic views will be breathtaking in itself. And what’s an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party without an ugly sweater contest? A special grand prize is also in store...
#10. Snow Carnival Holiday Forest
Join the holiday magic at the very first Snow Carnival at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas. Here, you’ll be welcomed to a winter wonderland full of twinkling lights and 350 tons of real snow. Soar down their multi-lane, kid-friendly snow tubing slides, make your best snow angel, build your own Frosty the Snowman, journey through the festive forest on the Holiday Express, or have a classic snowball fight with the family. You can truly feel the magic in the air with this storybook-like experience.
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#11. The Nightmare Before Christmas Immersive Viewing Experience
AREA15 is a unique space that blends technology, art, and design. This season, Tim Burton’s holiday classic film - The Nightmare Before Christmas - will be showcased in a 360-degree room with floor-to-ceiling projection mapping. Expect an immersive light and sound experience, along with a holiday cocktail menu for the ultimate movie-viewing adventure at AREA15.
#12. Bellagio Fountains
Find a comfortable spot to sit as you wait and watch for the world-famous Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas to strut its stuff. Watch as thousands of gallons of water dance to music and light in front of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Playing in 15 to 30 minute intervals on schedule, the iconic tourist attraction that is the Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains is simply one that cannot be missed.
#13. Ribbon of Life Holiday Spectacular
The Ribbon of Life Holiday Spectacular is a timeless holiday celebration that features over 200 performers singing, dancing, and showcasing their skills in aerial acrobatics to the holiday favorites. Golden Rainbow’s highly anticipated 34th annual event is unlike any other in Las Vegas, with a timely schedule including red carpet reception and silent action, show, and afterparty. Your attendance at Ribbon of Life Holiday Spectacular supports their important mission with proceeds going to those who need it most.
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#14. Barry Manilow's A Very Barry Christmas
Celebrate the season with a holiday legend! Barry Manilow has teamed with the International Theater at the luxury Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for a limited run of A Manilow Christmas, celebrating his classic hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy”, mixed with the holiday classics. It’s an experience only Barry can create!
#15. The Nutcracker
The Nevada Ballet Theater is bringing the adored holiday ballet back to Las Vegas for one of its most popular performances - The Nutcracker. Setting the stage at The Smith Center is Clara and her Prince as they follow a magical journey to a land of toy soldiers, fairies, and other unique characters. Watch Clara soar to new heights, fight the Mouse King with her toy army and celebrate the arrival of elves from all over the world. Choreographed by James Canfield, this is a classic at best.
#16. Frankly Frank
Prepare yourself as you’re transported back to the glitz, glamor, and classic entertainment era of Las Vegas during this incredible show. Featuring Gary Anthony as Frank Sinatra and friends, this intimate tribute show includes a stellar cast that will ultimately have you dancing in your seat. To know and understand the heart and soul of the man behind the music & The Rat Pack, Frankly Frank in Las Vegas is a must-see musical performance at the Alexis Park All Suite Resort.
#17. A Very Terry Christmas
Terry Fator is taking the stage with his holiday-themed show, A Very Terry Christmas. Catch the talented ventriloquist during the Christmas season at New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for a classic performance combining comedy, singing, and celebrity impressions. You’ll be enjoying 5-star laughs along with Terry Fator himself.
#18. The Magic of Christmas Show
Journey through an enchanted world of magic with the world’s most famous magicians. Presented by Las Vegas Magic Theater, The Magic of Christmas is a heart-warming holiday VIP experience providing a charming holiday message for an audience of all ages. Witnessing magic up close, it will instantly make you feel like a kid again! Beverages and popcorn included.
#19. Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight
Returning to the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, the ultimate dinner and show experience, Tournament of Kings: 'Twas the Knight magically transforms into a Medieval winter wonderland filled with holiday music, poems, lights, and feast. Their menu offers a variety of delicious eats like cornish game hen, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob and dessert. Food intolerances and sensitivities are also taken into consideration with a separate menu.
#20. Carpenters Legacy
Travel back in time to 1976 with the Carpenters Legacy tribute show. This award-winning tribute will have you singing with joy alongside duo Sally Olsen and Ned Mills and feeling sweet nostalgia as they superbly embody Karen and Richard Carpenter’s musical legacy. This Las Vegas residency can be found at the Modern Showrooms at Alexis Park Resort.
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#21. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Take a stroll through the beautiful display of thousands of holiday lights, flowers, and fragrances at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. This 14,000 square-foot winter wonderland located at Bellagio Las Vegas pays tribute to all the seasons, with winter encompassing an experience of giant toy soldiers, playful polar bears, fluffy snowflakes, and an enormous white fir Christmas tree that’ll stun you with its festive brilliance. Stick around for a bit of holiday splurging at the shopping village!
#22. Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland
Here’s an adventure for the whole family, featuring nightly snow and stunning holiday decor. Bring your kids to meet Santa so he can hear their wish list, or catch a free holiday laser show in Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town Las Vegas. This decade old tradition is one for the books!
#23. Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Come experience the largest holiday drive-thru light show in Nevada as you drive through millions of glittering lights along a 2.5 mile stretch. At Glittering Lights Las Vegas, you’ll catch the best Christmas lights in Las Vegas while giving back to the community. Warm up with a hot cocoa, munch on kettle corn, play a few games, and meet the man of the hour, Santa.
#24. Christmas at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
This year’s festive offerings at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas are sure to be jubilant. Snap the perfect holiday picture by the Waterfall Atrium in The Palazzo tower. Reserve a table and enjoy specialty curated holiday menus at Yardbird, The Cocktail Collective, Matteo’s, Mott 32, Bouchon, BRERA, Buddy V’s Ristorante, and Milos. It can be easily said that Christmas at The Venetian is great Christmas fun for couples, families, and kids.
#25. Holiday Cactus Garden Lights
Celebrate the holiday season at the 29th annual Cactus Garden Lights. This must-see Las Vegas tradition brings guests to the largest botanical cactus garden, filled with over a million Christmas lights and festive decor. Pop into the famous chocolate factory, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, for delicious holiday treats while you’re in proximity! Preordering your favorite desserts is available for those who wish to skip the line.
Frequently Asked Questions
So many things! Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland, The Fremont Experience, The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas, and Bellagio Fountains are a few to start with. Don't forget to take a selfie at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas Sign - free of charge!
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