As the holiday season unfolds, Las Vegas transforms into a dazzling wonderland, trading its neon lights for festive decorations and spreading cheer throughout the city. From dazzling light displays to world-class entertainment, the Entertainment Capital of the World offers a unique and exciting way to celebrate the holidays. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here’s a guide to the top holiday happenings in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Holiday Events

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Embrace the spirit of giving by visiting the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village. This annual tradition features a winter wonderland with millions of lights, a forest filled with whimsical characters, and a charming carousel. All proceeds support programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Gift of Lights

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Kick off the holiday season with a drive through the Glittering Lights display at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This mile-long spectacle features millions of twinkling lights, animated displays, and holiday tunes, creating a magical experience for the whole family.

Ice Skating at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard PoolCosmopolitan's Ice Rink

Enjoy the winter chill in the desert by ice skating on the rooftop of The Cosmopolitan. The Boulevard Pool transforms into a festive ice rink with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip. Cozy up with loved ones and sip on seasonal beverages while gliding under the stars.

Town Square Snow

Discover the holiday spirit at Town Square, where Winter Wonderland comes to life. This outdoor shopping and entertainment center hosts festive events, including a holiday tree lighting ceremony, live music, and opportunities for holiday shopping in a charming, festive setting.

I took my kids out in Las Vegas to Town Square to see the snow. All around the Christmas tree, they blow out man-made snow so it appears to be snowing all around. My three-year-old had a blast. He is too little to have remembered seeing snow. He was running and trying to catch it. It was so cute.
I believe it’s snowing at Town Square Friday-Sunday in the evenings.

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You can also play in the nearby playground and see Santa while you are there. 

Ethel M Chocolates’ Cactus Garden
Las Vegas Holiday Events

Take a short drive to Henderson and explore the stunning cactus garden at Ethel M Chocolates. Lit up with half a million lights, this desert-themed display is a unique twist on traditional holiday decorations. Don’t forget to stop by the chocolate factory for some delicious holiday treats. When we went they had live music and a Santa Claus for the kids to take photos with. 


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory undergoes a holiday transformation with an enchanting display of seasonal flowers, lights, and decor. Each year brings a new theme, and visitors are treated to an immersive experience surrounded by the beauty of nature and artistry.

Santa Train at Boulder City

All aboard the Santa Train in Boulder City for a magical journey through the picturesque Nevada landscape. This family-friendly experience includes a train ride with Santa, festive decorations, and joyful holiday activities for children, making it a cherished tradition for locals and visitors alike.

Great Santa Run

Lace-up your running shoes and join the Great Santa Run, an annual event that sees thousands of Santas running through downtown Las Vegas. This festive 5K run not only adds a dash of holiday exercise but also supports local charities, making it a feel-good way to celebrate the season.
With glittering lights, festive shows, and unique holiday experiences, Las Vegas and its surrounding areas offer a plethora of activities to make your holiday season truly memorable. From the iconic Strip to the charming neighborhoods, unwrap the magic of the holidays in this dynamic desert oasis and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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