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 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 2015 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 Friday, December 25, 2015. With Christmas falling on a Friday, 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, more than 28,000 poinsettias and a 42-foot tall holiday tree.
The majestic holiday tree is decorated with 7,000 warm white LED lights and 2,500 ornaments. Below, you will find a model locomotive that runs past four chocolate houses and through two chocolate stations. Also present are two 12-foot-tall animated snow globes that showcase classic winter scenes, placed on each side of the tree.
Nearby, a mother polar bear adorned with 12,000 white carnations keeps a watchful eye on her three cubs as they slip and slide across icebergs floating in a winter pond.
The holiday display is available for guests to enjoy for free from December 4 through January 3. If you get there between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., look out for " 2015 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 20th Aniversary of the Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M, November 11th - 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 November 11th - Jan 1, 2016.
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 11th - January 1st. FREE ADMISSION
Factory & Chocolate Shoppe: Open daily 8:30am to 10pm
Visits from Santa Claus: Friday - Sunday till Christmas 5pm to 9pm
Dates: November 11th, 2015 - Jan 1, 2016
Performance by local Choirs: Friday - Sunday 6pm to 8pm
Explore 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.
The LINQ Promenade is transformed into Winter PARQ for the holiday season with decorations, carolers and holiday music. Perfect for thrill-seekers of all ages, Winter PARQ features a 30-foot snowy hill built for tubing, behind the High Roller. Thrill-seekers will be able to slide down the 30-foot hill made of real snow.
Snow is scheduled fall across the Linq complex every half hour beginning Dec. 8,
Tickets: $5 a ride or $20 for an all-day pass. The LINQ Winter PARQ hill will be open Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. On Christmas Eve (Wednesday, Dec. 24), the ride is open from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Marvel at the 65-foot-tall holiday tree that's the centerpiece of Doge's Palace plaza at the Venetian Hotel Casino during the Christmas holidays.
The Venetian-inspired Christmas Tree is lit with 50,000 programmable LED lights and makes this "Nightly Holiday Spectacular" a must-see Vegas attraction.
Location: The Venetian and The Palazzo
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, Las Vegas Outlet Center, and Boulevard Mall which will be closed Christmas day.
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. 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 a never-before-seen, magical experience with Adventure to Santa. This 15-minute adventure is must-do for the entire family. Join Shrek and his friends as they take you on an interactive journey to find Santa at the North Pole.
Opportunity to visit with Santa and pose for a photo
Dates: November 5 - December 24
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 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.
Santa will kick-off the holiday season at Town Square during the annual community parade. Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Snow in the Square - November 13 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 19 through December 17
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. 14 – 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, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1. And from November 28 to December 20, Santa will appear Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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 28 - December 20, 2015
Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm;
Saturday 12:00pm - 8:30pm; Sunday 12:00pm - 8:30pm
December 22 & 23, 2015 12:00pm - 8:30pm
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: 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.
Get into the spirit of the holiday season at Caesars Chalet outdoor ice skating rink and winter lodge.
Skate across a spectacular 2,100 square-foot LED-lit wonderland complete with falling artificial snow. Enjoy delicious holiday beverages like hot chocolate, Irish coffee, toasted cinnamon shots, and hot toddies. A team of expert ice skaters offers hands-on assistance and skill demonstrations.
The Caesars Chalet holiday ice rink and lodge is located across from the Absinthe tent, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.
Caesars Chalet is open daily 11:00am - 11:30pm through January 11, 2015.
Admission: $20 Standard Skating
$19 for Total Reward Members
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.
Hours of Operations
November 20 – January 3; Mon-Fri 3:00 PM to Midnight
Sat-Sun 12:00 PM to Midnight
December 21 – January 3; Sun-Sat 12:00 PM to Midnight
Snow Showers: Every 30 minutes, Wednesday through Sunday 6:00 PM to 10:00PM
$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 display 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.
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 6 until Christmas Eve.
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: Dec 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 - 24
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 is a drive-thru light show held annually and considered Nevada's largest Christmas Light Show by lighting up the speedway from November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016. 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 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Time: Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $20 per car
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 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016 Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Free Parking
*** ALL Proceeds raised at the Magical Forest will benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village
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
Dates: December 3 - 12, 2015
Open 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Daily
FREE Admission - Open to the Public (more information)
Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls
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.
Recommended Las Vegas shows to see this Christmas
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
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.
Showing at the Luxor Las Vegas
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
Dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Showing at the The Mirage
Don't miss the ultimate family-fun Christmas show in all of Las Vegas as Human Nature perform a brand new show at The Venetian. "Christmas, Motown and more!".
Human Nature will perform 14 Holiday classics from their new Christmas Album including Please Come Home for Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Silent Night – O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland and a selection of Motown's greatest hits.
Performance: November 21 - 30th; December 1, 13-16, 18-22
DARK DAYS December 2-12, & 17
Showtime: 7:00 p.m
Showing at The Sands Showroom at The Venetian
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.
Showing at the Bellagio No Shows - December 3 - 18
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.
Showing at the 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.
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.
Showing at the Paris Las Vegas
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The 2015 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
We Need a Little Christmas
Artist: Johnny Mathis. Length 1:54
Artist: Johnny Mathis. Length 2:57
Artist: Madonna. Length 3:57
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