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It will soon be Christmas again… how time flies! Are you ready to exchange presents, eat another turkey and listen to some carols? Well, if you plan to do this in Las Vegas, you can add a spot of gambling to that and maybe give yourself a nice wad of cash for Christmas. I know some of you will spend Christmas and New Year’s eve in this fantastic city – well, let me tell you, you are in for some great fun.
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. However, I am hoping you plan ahead and get your flight tickets early because things get pricey and sell out fast around that time of year. If you haven't, no worries, it’s not too late to find something if you search now. There are still some tricks you can use to get decent prices. Check out these tips for help on how to get flights to Las Vegas for a considerable discount. Also don't forget to use Las Vegas hotel discount promotion codes when booking your room.
The Vegas strip is full of holiday spirit as the casinos try to out-do each other with decorations, lights and mega-Christmas trees. If you like shows, check out the list of our recommended Las Vegas Christmas shows below. These shows sell out fast, so if plan to see one, get your tickets as early as possible.
Things you should know about Christmas in Las Vegas
Christmas day 2013 in Las Vegas is actually going to be very crowded on the Vegas strip.
On Christmas day all the buffets have special pricing which comes out to almost double their regular price. It might make sense to eat at a hotel cafe. They usually have the best prices on that day and are open 24/7.
If money is not an issue here is a list of highly recommended restaurants you might consider calling ahead of time to make a reservation.
This is one day you have to make dinner reservations. If you are going to any restaurant on Christmas day either book ahead of time or be prepared to wait in line for a very long time.
With that said, if Las Vegas is beckoning you this coming holiday season, here are a few things you might want to put on your to-do list. You'll also find lots of resources and some money saving tips on this site while planning your Christmas in Las Vegas.
Note: This year, Christmas day falls on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. With Christmas falling on a Wednesday, that means most people will start their Vegas Christmas festiviies the weekend before.. Expect the Vegas strip to be very crowded on Christmas day. Dress warm and have a great time. Happy Holidays.
Things to do on Christmas day in Las Vegas
Below is a list of Las Vegas Christmas Events
Get into the spirit at the Bellagio. Is there a more romantic way to spend Christmas day than watching the dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio? The free fountain water show is performed to Christmas music (see the list of songs below) and is just a beautiful sight. While you are there, step inside the Bellagio to see the Atrium which is completely done up for Christmas.
|Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens|
Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes winter with a holiday display rich in nostalgia. Surrounded by more than 45,000 fragrant fresh poinsettias, the winter holiday displays feature flying reindeer made of whole pecans, a life-sized snow globe, a polar bear family created with white carnations and a seven-foot-tall, custom-sculpted rocking horse in the midst of a whimsical rail display featuring a working Bellagio-emblazoned train. The centerpiece is a 42-foot Shasta Fir tree featuring thousands of holiday lights. The holiday display is available for guests to enjoy for free from December 6 through January 5,. If you get there between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., look out for " 2013. Mr. and Ms. Green Thumb" who will be on hand daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to answer guest questions about the displays.
Guests can enjoy live musical performances daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., from the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden.
|Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden|
Celebrate the 20th Aniversary of the Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M, November 12th thur Jan 1st
If you can get to Henderson, NV., a visit to the Chocolate Wonderland at Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden must be on your list of places to visit. This is one of the coolest holiday things you can do in Las Vegas. The huge Ethel M's cactus garden out front features a spectacular display of more than half a million holiday lights, chocolate houses and sculptures, and demonstrations of Ethel M Chocolate creations. Santa Claus visits the place at stipulated hours.
The display will be open from November 12 - Jan 1, 2014.
Lights: On Nightly, 5pm to 10pm FREE ADMISSION
Factory & Retail Shop: Open daily 8:30am to 9pm
Dates: November 12th - 17th; 22rd - 24th; 29th - 30th;
Performance by local Choirs: 6pm - 8pm; Thurs. - Sun.
|High Roller Las Vegas|
Explore the new $550 million dining, retail and entertainment district, LINQ Las Vegas. Be one of the first to feast your eyes on the world's largest Ferris wheel under construction on the Vegas strip, across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Slated to open early 2014, the High Roller ride will be adorned with 1,500 LED lights and soar 55 stories over Sin City. Offering spectacular aerial views of Las Vegas during the half-hour rotation, each pod will be designed to transport up to 40 people at a time. More info.
|Winter in Venice at the Venetian|
Nightly Holiday Spectacular at the Venetian Nov. 18, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014
Winter in Venice is an event recreates a delightful Italian festival in the heart of Las Vegas. Every evening, The Venetian's Doge's Palace will host the Strip's most stunning holiday and light show. Guests will awe as a spectacle unlike anything they've seen unveils before them. As the music comes alive, a stunning angel gracefully appears from the Rialto Bridge and lights the 65-foot holiday tree across the way in a magical moment, that makes the "Nightly Holiday Spectacular" a must-see nightly attraction.
Other daily events will include -
A nightly holiday spectacular, featuring colorful characters in costume. Parade runs three times nightly at: 6:05pm, 8:05pm and 10:05 p.m.
Don't miss this charming Italian holiday in Las Vegas. Enjoy seasonal Winter in Venice drink menu, including holiday-inspired cocktails that will be available throughout the resort lounges, including The Bourbon Room, Zebra Lounge, Bellini Bar, Fusion Latin Mixology Bar and Laguna Champagne Bar.
Location: The Venetian and The Palazzo
Parades 6:05pm, 8:05pm and 10:05 p.m nightly at The Venetian's Doge's Palace. Light show and tree-lighting before parades, FREE. 702-414-1000 for more info. - schedule of events
|Shop, Shop, Shoppe til you drop|
Las Vegas has some of the world's best malls and esplanades. One of the great things about Las Vegas shops and malls are their annual holiday displays. Each store puts together beautifully designed windows to celebrate the season (as well as entice you into their store).
Celebrate the season - the shopping season, that is. Not just one, but many glorious venues await with more than 1000 shops to fill every item on your holiday checklist.
Put on your walking shoes and make a trip to the Fashion Show Mall with it's nearly 250 stores and restaurants (closed Christmas day), the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, Boulevard Mall or Le Boulevard at Paris and the high-end Via Bellagio.
All will be open Christmas Eve and day except Fashion Show Mall, Town Square Shopping Center, Las Vegas Outlet Center, and Boulevard Mall which will be closed Christmas day.
|Crystals at CityCenter|
(between Monte Carlo and Bellagio)
The Crystals shopping center at CityCenter, (on the Vegas strip) is a sight to see. At Christmas, this shopping center is decked out with thousands of fresh flowers for the holiday season. Even if you don't have the budget to shop at luxury retailers like Prada and Louis Vuitton, the mall is worth a visit just to see the elaborate holiday window displays.
Feast your eyes on tons of white and pink poinsettias throughout the mall as well as red and silver candy-like twists hanging from the ceiling. In the spirit of the season, the mall also features live music from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Crystals is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
|"Believe in the Magic" Holiday Show at Fashion Show Mall|
"Believe in the Magic" is back this year and is better than ever with new highlights and surprises. Enjoy this light-hearted, fun-filled FREE show as you join Santa and his elves as they take you on a magical journey, highlighting holiday traditions throughout the country. Stops will be made in New York, Hawaii, Texas and, of course, Las Vegas.
Dates: December 8, 2013 - December 24, 2013
3200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste. 600
Note: Last show on Dec 24 is 4pm.
|Fremont Street Experience|
Visit the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas, and is also the location of the Neon Museum at the Fremont Street Experience and the city's annual New Year's Eve party, complete with fireworks on the display screen.
The concerts are usually free, and held on two sound stages.
|Sam's Town Mystic Falls|
5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas
Mystic Falls indoor park is a holiday haven this time of the year with a 30-foot Christmas tree, decorated with thousands of lights and displays of polar bears fishing in the pond. Bring your camera and enjoy this winter wonderland that is set to holiday tunes.
Mystic Falls is FREE and open 24 hours a day.
Dates: November 30, 2013 - January 1, 2014; Time: from 5pm
|Scuba Santa at the Silverton Aquarium|
Visitors can see Santa Claus dressed up in scuba gear and submerged in the Silverton's 117,000-gallon aquarium. Santa Claus will be swimming among the 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish this holiday season.
Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8
Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15
Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22
Time: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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. (702) 263-7777.
|The Palazzo Hotel at Christmas|
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays at the Palazzo Hotel and Casino. Every year The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens are transformed into a Winter in Venice fantasy display. Decked out with snow-covered trees measuring up to 20-feet tall, swirling holiday lights, giant pine cones, thousands of fresh poinsettias, The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is a must see during the holiday season.
The display is open to the public 24 hours a day and will run until the new year.
|Santa in the Shipwreck at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium|
Santa will be visiting Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium every weekend from December 7 until Christmas.
Admission: 10 am to 4 pm, kids 12 and under will get a picture with Santa and a treat. So come by and celebrate the holidays with your favorite undersea creatures (and some magical ones too!).
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|Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway|
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway celebrates Nevada's largest Christmas Light Show by lighting up the speedway from Nov. 16 until Jan. 6. Featuring more than 400 animated and sparkling displays along a 2.5-mile drive-through course. Enjoy the newly added NASCAR scene and the Avenue of Trees which showcases more than 55 charities with custom dedicated signs and trees.
When: Nov. 16 - Jan. 6, 2013
Time: 5:30 - 9pm; Monday - Thursday; 5:30 - 10pm Friday - Saturday
Cost: $15 /vehicle, Mon - Thurs. $20 Fri - Sun.
Christmas is a time for giving. What better way to give this time of year than a visit to the Magical Forest which is celebrating its 19th year of providing holiday joy to the Las Vegas community. Join the more than 150,000 people that visit the Forest every year. Feast your eyes at the more than three million lights on hundreds of decorated trees. Ride the Forest Express passenger train, take a spin on the Carousel or visit Santa. There is fun for the whole family and plenty of special events and offers throughout the Forest season.
The Magical Forest is open nightly at 5:30pm from November 21 – January 6, closing Sundays – Thursdays at 9pm and at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
*** ALL Proceeds raised at the Magical Forest will benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village
|The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show|
If you plan to visit Las Vegas early in December, don't miss the longest running gift show of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show.
Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall, The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show will occupy over 300,000 square feet of show floor and host 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada. These vendors will showcase their unique products which will include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, as well as providing the best source for the Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise.
Cowboy Christmas Gift Show
Note: Free shuttle service will be provided from the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show directly to the Thomas & Mack Center for each night's rodeo performance.
Recommended Las Vegas shows to see this Christmas
O by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in the timeless production, “O.”
A continuous visual montage that combines circus acts, acrobatics, synchronized swimming and high diving. (more info..)
Showing at the Bellagio No Shows - December 3 - 18
Blue Man Group
Although almost impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group's Las Vegas Show at The Venetian is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. Join the celebration and experience this one-of-a-kind performance for yourself at the 1,760-seat theater created especially for the trio’s unique brand of excitement. (more info...)
Showing at the Monte Carlo
Terry Fator – Ventriloquism in Concert
Packed with new impressions, new celebrity voices, new puppets and more laughs than ever -- Terry Fator & His Cast of Thousands fills the stage with celebrity singing impressions and unparalleled ventriloquism, backed by a sizzling live band. (more info....)
Showing at the Mirage
Jersey Boys is a dynamic, crowd-pleasing production. Broadway’s biggest success story takes viewers behind the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and follows their rags-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way to the heights of stardom.
Showing at the Paris Las Vegas
The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil
LOVE brings together the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the spirit and passion of the most beloved rock group of all time – The Beatles. The exuberance of The Beatles will be channeled through the youthful, urban energy of a cast of 60 international artists. Explores the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their astonishing adventure together
Performance: 7:00pm & 10:00pm, Thursday through Monday
Showing at the Mirage
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2013 Las Vegas Christmas on a tight budget
We are constantly searching for ways to save you money this coming holiday season. In the coming weeks, this section will be updated with all the Las Vegas freebies you can take advantage of. From free show coupons, to free attractions, to buffet coupons. Check back regularly to take advantage of these offers. Also remember to checkout our Las Vegas money saving tips.
The 2013 Fountains of Bellagio Christmas Music
Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Work: The Messiah.
Year: 1992. Length 3:53
Carol of the Bells
Artist: Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Composer: M. Leontovich.
Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1996. Length 1:29
O Holy Night
Artist: Placido Domingo.
Composer: Placide Clappeau.
Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1984. Length 3:57
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Artist: Johnny Mathis.
Composer: Meredith Wilson.
Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1997. Length 2:18
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Artist: Johnny Mathis.
Composer. Eddie Pola & George Wyle.
Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1997.
We Need a Little Christmas
Artist: Johnny Mathis.
Composer: Jerry Herman.
Work: Mame, Broadway Musical. Year: 1997.
Artist: Johnny Mathis.
Composer: Leroy Anderson.
Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1997. Length 2:57
Composer: J. Javita & P. Springer.
Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1987. Length 3:57
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Comments to date: 7. Page 1 of 1.
Oct 2, 2013
We visit Las Vegas every year during the week before Christmas.If you are into Christmas stuff, there's no better place to be, even without the snow. Mostly every casino has the most beautiful decorations. The Bellagio is just amazing. The Venetion and Palazzo have an outdoor skating rink with snow ... read more »
Dec 25, 2011
If the shopping center is inside a casino they will be open christmas day. If it is a stand alone like the fashion show mall it will be closed on christmas day. Weather is generally around 50 degrees F during the day and 30 degrees during the evening.
Dec 2, 2011
Best christmas show in Vegas is the Christmas show
Dec 2, 2011
Most stores on the strip are open Christmas day, the lights will possibly be up the first week of January, there's indoor skydiving or gameworks for an 18 year old boy, and it's cold in Vegas is December.
Dec 20, 2010
Spring Preserve canceled the event yesterday 12/19/10 because bad weather
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Dec 17, 2010
Merry Christmas body !!! LAS VEGAS !!!
Dec 13, 2010
Is the stores open for shopping xmas day?