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.
The Vegas strip will be 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. 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 2016 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 Sunday, December 25, 2016. With Christmas falling on a Sunday, 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.
Below is a list of Las Vegas Christmas EventsBellagio Fountains
Get into the spirit at Las Vegas' most iconic attraction, the Bellagio Fountains. Is there a more romantic way to spend Christmas day than watching and taking in the seasonal sounds of the dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio? The free fountain water show feature special performances of classic holiday tunes such as Hallelujah Chorus, O Holy Night and Santa Baby throughout the season. Performances start at 3 p.m. Monday – Friday; noon on Saturdays and holidays; and 11 a.m. on Sundays.
While you are there, step inside the Bellagio to see the Atrium which is completely done up for Christmas.(click here for a video clip)
Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes winter with a holiday display rich in nostalgia. You will find yourself surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights, snow-flocked trees, more than 28,000 poinsettias, families of arctic animals and a 42-foot White Fir holiday tree.
The majestic holiday tree is decorated with 7,000 warm white LED twinkling lights and 2,500 colorful ornaments and peeking through the branches are seven 5-foot elves gleefully placing the final decorations on the tree. Standing guard at each corner of the garden are four animated toy soldiers robotically moving in unison. This years newest addition is a Bellagio-themed train station coated with crushed walnuts and lined with candy canes. Nearby, a family of penguins watch over two 10-foot trains departing for the "North Pole" through two 12-foot brick tunnels.
Nearby, in the North Garden guests are transported to the arctic as a mother polar bear adorned with 12,000 white carnations keeps a watchful eye on her pair of twin cubs as they slip and slide across icebergs. Among them also is an inquisitive family of penguins poking out of their igloos.
The holiday display is available for guests to enjoy for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week from December 2 - January 2. If you get there between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., look out for " 2016 Mr. and Ms. Green Thumb" who will be on hand daily to answer guest questions about the displays.
Guests can enjoy live holiday performances, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. nightly, from the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden.
Celebrate the 23rd Aniversary of the Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M, mid November - Jan 1st
If the idea of over half a million twinkling Christmas lights draped over three acres of cactus sounds exciting, then you must a visit the Chocolate Wonderland at Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden in Henderson, NV. 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 Tuesday, November 15th at 5pm - Jan 1, 2017.
Admission to Chocolate Wonderland is free and includes a factory tour. Special seasonal chocolate collections are also available for purchase.
Lights: On Nightly, 5pm to 10pm - November 15th - January 1st. FREE ADMISSION
Factory & Chocolate Shoppe: Open daily 8:30am to 10pm (closed Christmas Day)
Visits from Santa Claus: Friday - Sunday till Christmas 5pm to 9pm
Performance by local Choirs: Friday - Sunday 6pm to 8pm
2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014
The LINQ Promenade is transformed into Winter PARQ for the holiday season starting November 25th with decorations, carolers and holiday music. The holiday show will occur nightly every hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 30. at the Fountain Stage.
Snow is scheduled to fall across the Linq complex every half hour from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Explore the $550 million dining, retail and entertainment district, LINQ Las Vegas. Feast your eyes on the world's largest Ferris wheel or ride the Las Vegas High Roller, soaring 55 stories over Sin City.
Adorned with 1,500 LED lights and offering spectacular aerial views of Las Vegas during the half-hour rotation, each pod is designed to transport up to 40 people at a time. More info.
Lights at The LINQ is an all new light show. The dazzling light show features more than 2,000 LED lights in different color combinations that are syncronized to four different popular songs and incorporates the High Roller, the cake topper light on top of Sprinkles Cupcakes and The LINQ Fountains.
Showtime: 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Beginning Nov. 20, a 5:30 p.m. show will be added and a holiday song will join the playlist.
Location: across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Enjoy the Strip's most stunning holiday at The Park from November 19, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Marvel at The Park's 60-foot holiday tree, the branches sparkling with icicle lights, and listen to harmonious sounds of carolers as you are welcomed to this festive winter wonderland. Visit with Santa and lace up your skates and head to the ice rink at Toshiba Plaza, outside T-Mobile Arena.Ice Rink Dates: Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
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 take 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, and Boulevard Mall which will be closed Christmas day.
The Crystals shopping center at CityCenter, (on the Vegas strip, between Monte Carlo and Bellagio) is a sight to see. At Christmas, this shopping center is decked out with thousands of fresh flowers for the holiday season. Don't miss the focal point of Crystals holiday designs which is the popular flower carpet, filled with a winter-themed scheme and a 50-foot Olympia Pine Tree covered in bright white LED lights.
Also 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.
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.
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. The winter wonderland designs will be on display through January 15
Fashion Show and Dream Works Animation take guests on an awesome holiday adventure featuring Kung Fu Panda on an exciting journey to visit Santa at the North Pole. Join Po and friends at the all-new Adventure to Santa – A DreamWorks DreamPlace. This immersive and interactive adventure is must-do for the entire family.
Dates: November 17 - December 24
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve (12/24): 8:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: The Great Hall, lower level Nordstrom; 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste. 600; Las Vegas, NV 89109
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.
This year, Town Square Las Vegas will spread holiday cheer throughout the center. Children and families are invited to marvel at the 45-foot Christmas tree and enjoy the center's Snow in the Square show.
Below are a few of the things planned this holiday season at Town Square.
Snow in the Square - November 11 through December 23
Town Square will spread holiday cheer throughout the center in the form of snowflakes during its Snow in the Square show at Town Square Park.
Shows are scheduled Monday – Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday – Sunday at 7 and 8 p.m. Each show lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to classic holiday tunes.
Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concerts - November 17 through December 22
Every Thursday night before the Snow in the Square show, local elementary through high school students will take center stage in Town Square Park to entertain crowds with exciting holiday performances.
Photos with Santa - Saturday, Nov. 12 – Thursday, Dec. 24 (reservations are required to visit Santa)
Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
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.
Guests can also enjoy a free 15-minute laser light spectacular hourly during the holiday season. And from November 25, 2016 - December 23, 2016, Santa will appear Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00pm - 8:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Mystic Falls is FREE and open 24 hours a day.
Time: Shows at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm daily.
Santa will be here to welcome kids of all ages on the following days and times:
November 25 - December 23, 2016
Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00pm - 8:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Silverton Casino Hotel Aquarium
3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139
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.
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 1:15pm and 2:15pm – 3:30pm
December 3 and 4, 10 and 11, 17 and 18, 2016
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.
Bring the whole family to enjoy Santa's Wonderland Event at the Bass Pro Shops. Running now til Christmas Eve!, this is an event the kids will love as they enjoy tons of activites going on throughout the wonderland. While you are there, get your FREE 4X6 photo with Santa as well as a FREE craft!. It is recommended that you call ahead to make sure the photo line is open. 702-730-5200
Date: First weekend in December til December 24, 2016
This holiday season, The Cosmopolitan transforms the Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink. Located high above the Strip, guests will enjoy skating on over 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s'mores by the fire pits, and warm cocktails. The Ice Rink also features light snow showers which occurs every 30 minutes.
When: Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017
Time: Monday - Friday: 2PM - Midnight; Saturday - Sunday: Noon - Midnight
Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017: Noon - Midnight Daily
Snow Showers: Every 30 minutes,
Friday - Sunday, 7 - 11PM; Nov. 25 - Dec. 18; Tuesday - Sunday, 7 - 11PM; Dec. 19 - Jan. 1
$15 All Day Skating Access; $10 All Day Skating Access for Nevada Residents
$5 Skate Rental fee; $10 Skating Aid Rental fee
Admission to The Ice Rink area is FREE; *Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult that is 21 years or older.
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays at the Palazzo Hotel and Casino. Every year The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens are transformed into an elaborate winter 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 last through the first week of the new year.
Get into the holiday spirit at the Springs Preserve with train rides to Santa's magical village. Festive activities include photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, a nutcracker display and more!. You are encouraged to bring your own camera or smartphone to document your Santa sighting.
Trips to Santa's village depart 10 times each day at 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Spaces are limited for each departure time. Reservations are required.
Date & Time
December 10-11, 17-23, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.
Location: Springs Preserve
Admission: $8 members; $10 non-members. Free ages 2 and under.
Come and visit Santa Claus and Santa Jaws in the shipwreck exhibit at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium.
Santa will be visiting Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium every weekend from December 3 until Christmas Eve.
Admission: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
From 4 pm to 4:15 pm Santa will put on his SCUBA gear and plunge into the Shipwreck waters to bid everyone farewell alongside his underwater friends.
With each paid admission, kids 12 and under will get a treat and a complimentary picture with Santa and Santa Jaws. So come by and celebrate the holidays with your favorite undersea creatures (and some magical ones too!).
Location: Mandalay Bay
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dates: Saturday, Dec. 3 & Sunday, Dec. 4
Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sunday, Dec. 11
Saturday, Dec. 17 through Saturday, Dec. 24
SCUBA Santa from 4 pm to 4:15 pm
General Admission: Adult $20.00; Child (Age 4-12) $ 14.00; Children 3 and under Free
Nevada Resident Discount: Adult 17.00; Child (Age 4-12) $ 12.00; Children 3 and under $ Free
For the first time ever, Holi-Dome is taking over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. Fun for all ages, the five-acre theme park is transformed into Holi-Dome. Expect special performances by bands, dancers and carolers. Take photos with Santa on select dates.
Visitors also can check out showings of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience and Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D inside the interactive SimEx-Iwerks FX Theater. The Extreme Ride Theater is also getting a wintery makeover with the special holiday showing of Winter Wipeout.
Holi-Dome: Nov. 28, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience and Winter Wipeout: Nov. 28, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Admission: $17.95 (33 – 47 inches) and $31.95 (48 inches or taller) for an all-day ride pass. Individual ride tickets also are available and range from $6 – $12.
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a drive-thru light show held annually and considered Nevada's largest Christmas Light Show by lighting up the speedway from November 11 2016 - January 1 2017. Featuring more than two million animated and sparkling displays along a 2.5-mile drive-through course. Enjoy many custom twinkling light displays, never-before-seen lights and some of your old favorites like the NASCAR scene and the Avenue of Trees which showcases more than 55 charities with custom dedicated signs and trees.
When: November 11, 2016-January 7, 2017. The park opens at dusk.
Time: (November) Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.*
Friday, Saturday and holidays 5:30 – 10p.m.*
Time: (December) Sunday through Thursday 5:00 – 9 p.m.*
Friday, Saturday and holidays 5:00 – 10p.m.
Cost: Monday-Thursday $20 per car; Friday-Sunday, holidays, December 19-25 $30/per vehicle
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV 89115
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 another 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 November 21 2016 - January 1 2017 Park Opens 5:30 pm nightly! Free Parking
*** ALL Proceeds raised at the Magical Forest will benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village
Considered a Las Vegas holiday tradition, the Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade holiday spectacle is scheduled take place for 20 nights throughout the holiday season, and includes floats, snowflake princesses and princes, dancers, toy soldiers, drummers and festive music to put the entire family into the holiday spirit. Also parading through the streets will be characters such as penguins, polar bears and reindeer entertaining the crowd.
The parade will last for 20 minutes and is scheduled for the evenings of Nov. 20-21, 27-28, Dec. 4-5 and every evening from Dec. 11-24 from 7:00-7:30 PM each night.
*** *Parade on Christmas Eve will begin at 6:00 PM.
Parade will take place on Park Centre Drive from Foot Locker to CREAM.
More Info: www.downtownsummerlin.com
Voted as "The Best Variety Show in Las Vegas", V – The Ultimate Variety Show is an astounding, energetic and creative show that has something for everyone. Featuring the best of Magic, Comedy, Acrobatics and more all under one roof. Watch as the most outstanding variety performers from around the globe take stage for a night of incredible acts that you won't forget.
Show Times: 7pm & 8:30pm nightly
Type: Variety. Audience: All ages.Length: 75 minutes.
Showing at the Planet Hollywood - Miracle Mile Shops
Starting from $29
Terry Fator: A Very Terry Christmas
Terry Fator and his amazing cast is welcoming the holidays with A Very Terry Christmas. Don't miss this holiday themed performance as Terry Fator and cast celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classics including "Winter Wonderland," and "Baby It's Cold Outside."
A new addition to A Very Terry Christmas is a duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Also learn all about "Juana," a new holiday character guaranteed to make anyone laugh.
When: November 28 – December 22
Monday – Thursday; select Saturday shows. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Starting from $65
Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show
Make 'Tis the season for holiday cheer at the Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show inside the castle. Guests of all ages will take part in the festivities as The Tournament of Kings Arena is transformed into a medieval winter wonderland with décor, music, costumes, cheer and "snow." The show will feature magnificently designed holiday costumes, majestic banners, flags and new castle lights, which will be illuminated as Merlin conjures snowfall on the kingdoms.
While enjoying the spirited show, guests will be served a three-course holiday-inspired meal, sans utensils, complete with Dragon's Blood Soup, a Cornish Game Hen, Traditional Seasoned Potatoes, Fresh Broccoli, a Cornbread Stuffing Muffin and a Snowflake Cookie as they cheer on their king.
When: November 23 – December 26
Monday & Friday: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday; Saturday & Sunday: 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. *Dark Tuesday
Friday, November 25 & December 23: 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Starting from $73
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The 2017 Fountains of Bellagio Christmas Music
Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Length 3:53
Carol of the Bells
Artist: Los Angeles Master Chorale. Length 1:29
O Holy Night
Artist: Placido Domingo. Length 3:57
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Artist: Johnny Mathis. Length 2:18
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Artist: Johnny Mathis. Length 2:45
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