Christmas in Las Vegas

2014 Christmas in Las Vegas

 

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 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 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 2014 in Las Vegas is actually going to be very crowded on the Vegas strip.

Everything will be open. I mean everything. shops, casinos, bars, restaurants, buffets, attractions. You name it, it will be open on Christmas day.

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 Thursday, December 25, 2014. With Christmas falling on a Thursday, 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

Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio FountainsGet 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. (click here for a video clip)

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Christmas in Las Vegas 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 " 2014 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.

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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 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 Cactus GardenVegas. 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, 2015.

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 FREE ADMISSION
Factory & Retail Shop: Open daily 8:30am to 9pm
Visits from Santa: 5pm to 9pm
Dates: TBD
Performance by local Choirs: TBD

More Info.

High Roller Las Vegas

the High Roller Las VegasExplore the new $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.

Location: across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Winter in Venice at the Venetian

2014 Winter in Venice at the Venetian

Nightly Holiday Spectacular at the Venetian Nov. 18, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2015

Winter in Venice is an event that 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.

Ice Skating right on the Las Vegas Strip. The Venetian will be home to it's very own skating rink. The hours of operation are 3pm - 11 p.m. daily. Skate session times are hourly, starting at 3:15 p.m. Prices are $14.95 per skater with skate rental, $9.95 for locals and Grazie members.

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
Ice-skating rink 3 p.m.- 11 p.m. daily (charge applies);

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.

Shop, Shop, Shoppe til you drop

Shop VegasLas 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

Crystals at CityCenter Las Vegas 3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

(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 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: TBD
Time: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, & 6pm
Location: Fashion Show, on the runway in The Great Hall between Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

3200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste. 600
Las Vegas, NV 89109 Phone: (702) 369-8382

Note: Last show on Dec 24 is 4pm.

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street ExperienceVisit 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.

Seasons Greetings

Sam's Town Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls indoor park

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall

5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas

Considered one of the great Las Vegas attractions, the Mystic Falls indoor park at Sam's Town goes through a transformation at Christmas time.

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, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1. And from November 29 to December 23, Santa will appear Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Mystic Falls is FREE and open 24 hours a day.

Dates: TBD Time: from 5pm

Scuba Santa at the Silverton Aquarium

Scuba Santa at the Silverton AquariumSilverton 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.

Dates: TBD

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

The Palazzo HotelEnjoy 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 in the ShipwreckSanta in the Shipwreck

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!).
Location: Mandalay Bay
Dates: TBD

General Admission:
Adult $ 18.00; Child (Age 5-12) $ 12.00; Children 4 and under Free

Nevada Resident Discount:
Adult 15.00; Child (Age 5-12) $ 10.00; Children 4 and under $ Free

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayGlittering 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: TBD

Time: 5:30 - 9pm; Monday - Thursday; 5:30 - 10pm Friday - Saturday

Cost: $15 /vehicle, Mon - Thurs. $20 Fri - Sun.

Magical Forest

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 (Dates: TBD), 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

Wrangler National Finals RodeoIf 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
Dates: December 4 - 13, 2014
Open 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Daily
FREE Admission - Open to the Public (more information)
Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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.

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O by Cirque du Soleil

"O" by Cirque Du SoleilO 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

Prices from $114 Show Tickets

Blue Man Group

Blue Man GroupAlthough 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

Prices from $59 Show Tickets

Terry Fator – Ventriloquism in Concert

Terry FatorYou've never seen Terry Fator until you've seen Terry Fator & His Cast of Thousands, only at The Mirage Las Vegas.

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

Prices from $65 Show Tickets

Jersey Boys

Jersey BoysJersey 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.
Featuring such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Oh, What a Night,” and more, “Jersey Boys” has everyone singing along just like the crowds of Broadway. (more info..)

Showing at the Paris Las Vegas

Prices from $99 Show Tickets

The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil

Love by Cirque Du SoleilLOVE 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
Dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (more info ...)

Showing at the Mirage

Prices from $60 Show Tickets

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2014 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 2014 Fountains of Bellagio Christmas Music

Hallelujah Chorus

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Composer: Handel.

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.

Length 2:45

We Need a Little Christmas

Artist: Johnny Mathis.

Composer: Jerry Herman.

Work: Mame, Broadway Musical. Year: 1997.

Length 1:54

Sleigh Ride

Artist: Johnny Mathis.

Composer: Leroy Anderson.

Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1997. Length 2:57

Santa Baby

Artist: Madonna.

Composer: J. Javita & P. Springer.

Work: Christmas Carol. Year: 1987. Length 3:57

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Share your Christmas experience in Las Vegas

Comments to date: 7. Page 1 of 1.

Linda   

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 »

Tatiana   

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.

Annie b   

Dec 2, 2011

Best christmas show in Vegas is the Christmas show
At he fashion show mall. Every weekend It runs every two hours. Takes place on the runway. Santa and his elves(actually NYC rockette style dancers) sing and dance. It actually snows during the show.! And it's free! Great show or all ages. Ha... read more »

Anonymous   

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.

Hi   

Dec 20, 2010

Spring Preserve canceled the event yesterday 12/19/10 because bad weather

liked las vegas   

Dec 17, 2010

Merry Christmas body !!! LAS VEGAS !!!

brenda cheveldayoff   

Dec 13, 2010

Is the stores open for shopping xmas day?

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