Let’s face it, Las Vegas is known for doing everything big. Christmas is no exception. The holiday season is actually a great time to visit Las Vegas or if you are a local, there is so many fun things to enjoy with your family.
Things to do in Las Vegas in December are plentiful but few cities beat Las Vegas for Christmas, especially with kids.
From now until the end of the year, we’ve got everything covered in Vegas. So, check out what to do between shopping for gifts, snacking on candy canes, and getting stuck in holiday traffic.
Here is a list of my top 15 must see attractions and events happening all over town. The first 9 Events in December are happening all month long.
Enjoy the 2.5 MILES of Christmas lights and displays, that over 1 million people have seen the displays in the 13 years they’ve been in operation.
Admission is only $20/vehicle (Monday – Thursday) and $30/vehicle (Friday – Sunday, Holidays and December 19 – January 2).
Also available this year is a season pass for $75.00. Special discounts available, but you’ll need to check their calendar for availability.
They will also have a Santa Tram driven by Silver State School Credit Union available for $20.00 – $25.00 per person.
The hours of operation are Sunday – Thursday 5:30 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. and Friday – Saturday from 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N
Las Vegas, NV 89115
The Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan is transformed into an ice-skating rink. You’ll enjoy the brisk temperatures, fire pits, s’mores, warm cocktails, and ice skating with family and friends.
Returning this year is the addition of Snow Days featuring snow showers every 30 minutes at the rink during select times of the season.
Tickets are $20.00 for All Day Access, $10.00 All Day Access for Local Residents or Hotel Guests (Monday – Thursday), $10.00 Skating Aid Rental Fee.
The Rink is open Monday – Thursday from 3:00 P.M. to Midnight, Friday – Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to Midnight. Holiday Hours are December 22 – January 10 with hours from 12:00 P.M. to Midnight.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Celebrate the holidays with a cherished Southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland filled with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, delicious food and endless holiday cheer.
Now open until – January 4th, but closed on Christmas Day. Open nightly at 5:30 to 9 P.M.
6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
For 26 years, we’ve Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory has decorated their 3-acre cactus garden for the holidays with over one million lights for the public to enjoy!
This ‘gem in the desert’ is lit up every night until 10 pm and open to the public now through January 5, 2020, but closed on Christmas Day.
Grab your camera and your friends and come enjoy a holiday experience in the desert like no other!
In addition to the Cactus Garden, kids of all ages will love their time here!
Ethel M’s Holiday Cactus Garden
2 Cactus Garden Dr.
Henderson, NV 89014
Every year Santa’s Wonderland transforms Bass Pro Shops into an immersive holiday experience with rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees.
The Christmas village offers remote control trucks, a Lincoln Logs building area, a laser arcade and a foam toy arcade. Families can also spend time at activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa and make Christmas decorations and handmade crafts to take home, all for free.
The highlight of Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland is a visit with the big guy himself. Families visiting Santa Claus receive a free 4 x 6 studio-quality photo and a custom Christmas video to share online with family and friends. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system.
Santa’s Wonderland is open from now until Christmas Eve. Please check out their website for more information about photos with Santa.
Bass Pro Shops
8200 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Take a leisurely stroll in the park day or night in Mystic Falls Park® at Sam’s Town. Relax to the sound of a rolling waterfall, complemented by the soft chirping of birds in live trees reaching up toward the skylight 10 stories above.
The attraction features a Winter Wonderland theme and holiday-inspired laser light show, available daily from now until to Jan. 1.
The light show starts at 5 P.M. daily. Santa visits will be 4 – 8:30 P.M. Thu.- Fri. and Noon – 8:30 P.M. Sat.-Sun. until Dec. 23 and admission is free.
Sam’s Town Hotel
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122
The LINQ Promenade is a colorful, magical winter wonderland with candy-themed décor, whimsical shows and a nightly snowfall that is complete with the scent of fresh cut pines. This popular outdoor entertainment district’s Holiday Magic takes place through Dec. 31.
During the week, Monday through Wednesday, carolers spread the spirit of the season by singing holiday hits from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M.a For Thursday through Sunday – a modern twist on the classic – T’was the Night Before Christmas – dance spectacular delights revelers at the top of every hour, also from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M.
3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Celebrate that special time of year in Las Vegas as Holiday at The Park returns with lights, food, and live entertainment.
Featuring holiday decorations, an 80-foot tree on Toshiba Plaza, strolling carolers, and special dining experiences for the season, MGM Resorts invites guests to visit for all the festivities.
Holiday at The Park will be open 5 P.M. to 10 P.M. daily, with select extended hours for special events.
Location: On the Strip, between Park MGM and New York-New York Hotel & Casino
People of all ages can visit the Silverton’s Underwater Santa on Saturdays and Sundays in December and tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
The aquarium is free to the public. Bring the kids and take lots of pictures of the Underwater Santa and his elves. Santa is equipped with a microphone that allows him to listen to and speak with children.
Sessions are from noon to 1:15 P.M. and from 2:15 P.M. to 3:15 P.M. The last performance will be on December 23.
Silverton Casino Hotel
3333 Blue Diamond Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings determine qualifications to compete in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
Held annually since 1985, every December at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas (This year it will be from December 5-14) The Wrangler NFR is Pro-Rodeo’s richest and most prestigious rodeo, and it showcases the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world.
Thomas & Mack Center
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
It’s a perfect complement to the NFR activities all week long! If you’re looking for the newest, greatest gifts in Cowboy Christmas, then this is the place.
Hundreds of vendors with the latest unique gifts for family and friends are on display. And don’t miss out on your favorite cowboy stars as they make surprise appearances and sign autographs!
This event is from December 5-14 recurring daily from 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. and admission is free.
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls
3150 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Stetson Country Christmas is where the REAL cowboys and Cowgirls show in Las Vegas during the National finals Rodeo. Covering the entire Convention space at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.
You’ll find everything you need for everyone on your Western Lifestyle Christmas shopping list. This event will be held on December 5-15 at 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. daily.
Rio Hotel & Casino Convention Center
3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Climb aboard the Springs Preserve’s Holiday Express and be whisked away on a magical train ride to Santa’s village. Your very merry adventure includes personal time with Santa in his cottage, festive crafts, cookie decorating, story time, reindeer games, “snow” (yes, snow!) and more.
It’s a family-fun winter wonderland with multiple departures each day, every half-hour from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all other event days.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time to ensure all guests have checked-in and boarded prior to train departure. Trains depart promptly at the listed tour start time. The Springs Preserve Holiday Express experience is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Each year the Las Vegas Great Santa Run attracts thousands of runners and walkers from all over including families, businesses, individuals and global tourists to downtown Las Vegas.
This is the biggest gathering of Santa’s in the world. Your registration includes a five-piece Santa suit, a finishers medal, a swag bag and the opportunity to experience an amazing event.
Entertainment begins at 8:00 a.m. on December 7th at the 3rd Street stage.
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is an important fundraiser for Opportunity Village, and all proceeds directly benefit the programs and services provided at Opportunity Village.
Freemont Street Experience
3rd Street Stage
Enjoy “America’s Party”, a New Year’s Eve celebration like you’ll never have again in your life.
In 2013’s NYE celebration there were more than 80,000 fireworks, set off from 7 roof-top firing locations (Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Stratosphere, TI, and the Venetian), lasting over 8 minutes.
You have to be in Las Vegas at least once in your life for New Year’s Eve. Stay tuned to a video I will be creating on the fun things to do in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve.
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