LAS VEGAS – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in the Entertainment Capital of the World, where there’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the neon glow. Festive decorations and sparkling lights have ushered in the jolly holiday season in Las Vegas, which shines merry and bright as the ultimate destination for visitors looking to celebrate with some holiday cheer. Offering an abundance of holiday festivities to take part in, Vegas embraces the spirit of the season and welcomes visitors to join the yuletide fun.
If you’re just as obsessed with Christmas as Jack Skellington, you must visit AREA15 this holiday season for an immersive viewing experience of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Through Dec. 25, guests can experience a 3D projection-mapped screening of the cult holiday classic surrounded by Halloween Town. Each adult ticket includes a specialty cocktail inspired by a memorable scene from the movie. In addition to this unique experience, guests can also take snapshots by AREA15’s majestic, 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.
ARIA Resort & Casino is sweetening up the holiday season with its festive lobby display, handcrafted by a team of ARIA pastry chefs and made of chocolate, sugar and fondant pastry art creations. The delightful and delicious display, taking 200 working hours to complete, features an exquisite snow globe, trees made of French macarons, and a 6-foot-tall gingerbread man made with 100 pounds of dark chocolate. With sugar-filled candy canes, snowflakes and an overflowing cup of cocoa, the entire installment required over 150 pounds of fondant, 600 pounds of sugar and 550 pounds of chocolate.
The Conservatory & Botanical Garden at Bellagio Resort & Casino celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with its annual holiday installation, which features no less than 13,250 white carnations and 7,500 poinsettias. Titled “Holiday Time,” the display is complete with a 42-foot fir from Mt. Shasta, illuminated by 7,000 LED lights and 8,700 glistening ornaments. Visitors can take in picturesque displays, including a cozy Swiss ski chalet and Santa’s sleigh filled with gifts, before strolling over to watch the Fountains of Bellagio dance to holiday classics like “Santa Baby” and “O Holy Night.”
For the tenth holiday season, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomed the return of The Ice Rink as Boulevard Pool transforms into a holiday spectacle high above the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors can enjoy roof-top ice skating on more than 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores at fire pits, seasonal cocktails, classic holiday films and breathtaking views surrounded by vibrant city lights.
The Festival of Lanterns at Cowabunga Bay gets festive for the month of December, transforming the Henderson waterpark into a Candyland spectacular complete with photos with Santa, a menu of holiday bites and beverages, live entertainment from merry carolers and a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree perfect for that holiday photo op.
Guests will be immersed in the magic of the holiday season at Enchant, a whimsical Christmas Light Maze and Village at Las Vegas Ballpark. Be dazzled by the spectacle of lights while sampling holiday treats and exploring the artisan Christmas market. Running through Jan. 2, Enchant also features an Ice Skating Trail and pictures with Santa.
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is known for its delicious delectables as much as its fabulous Holiday Cactus Garden, illuminating a desert landscape in millions of lights to spread some signature Las Vegas holiday cheer. Enjoy the display while sipping a most delicious hot chocolate and indulging during the holiday chocolate tasting experience. Don’t forget a photo with Santa.
The Tournament of Kings Arena at Excalibur Hotel & Casino transforms into a magical and medieval winter wonderland, as “Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight” returns for the holiday season. Audiences will witness Merlin summon snowfall while listening to holiday-inspired music and poems performed by the cast and taking in the magnificent costumes illuminating the festive season. The popular tradition at The Strip’s longest-running dinner show runs through Dec. 27.
Fashion gets festive with the Holiday Glow show, a runway spectacle with acrobatics and ballet dancers, in the Great Hall at the Fashion Show Mall. Shoppers can also get into the holiday spirit with the mall’s walkthrough Winter Wonderland experience—and photo ops with Santa, of course.
Tis the season to be jolly at Flamingo Las Vegas, where twinkling lights and whimsical ornamentation have covered the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. In addition to the spectacular seasonal décor, the Flamingo Holiday Festival transports guests to a winter wonderland with a menu of holiday libations and sweet treats. Don’t forget to snap a pic with the life-size snow globe.
Winter at the Terrace at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa promises seasonal fun and festivities through February 2022. Guests can indulge in themed cocktails and seasonal bites while taking in the picturesque décor under the twinkling lights. The outdoor lounge also features fire pits perfect for getting cozy and igloos that offer additional seating (and that perfect Tik-Tok background). In addition to Winter at the Terrace, the resort will also offer “hot cocoa bombs” at its Bake Shop and breakable chocolate ornaments at The Lucky Penny.
The 17th-annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, benefitting Opportunity Village, returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Dec. 4. Joining the thousands of red-suited runners are The Chippendales of The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, serving as the beloved event’s grand marshals this year.
People will be rocking around the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at The LINQ Promenade, which transformed into an enchanting holiday destination complete with a sparkling holiday light show on the High Roller, one of the tallest observation wheels in the world. Guests can enjoy a variety of festive food and drink options as well as special seasonal offers throughout the bustling shopping, dining, and entertainment district.
FANTASY, the award-winning female topless revue at Luxor Hotel and Casino, will play an additional two shows for holiday audiences on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Looking for a special, only-in-Vegas holiday gift? The Mob Museum will offer several Mob-themed items perfect for the holiday season, including a 3-pack of the museum’s house-distilled moonshine, rocks glass, pocket watch, and pocket flask. Other gift options include artisan chocolates, ornaments, a pocket flask, a picture book and a museum membership.
Guests on Nevada Southern Railway’s Santa Express not only experience the magic of riding a train under the stars, but also a photo opportunity with Santa, storytelling and hot chocolate with cookies from Chilly Jilly’z of Boulder City.
Have a hearty holiday laugh at Terry Fator’s A Very Terry Christmas at the Liberty Loft inside New York-New York Resort & Casino, as the America’s Got Talent champion ventriloquist performs a special show featuring Christmas classics with his funny friends through Jan. 1.
Mannheim Steamroller brings its Christmas-themed show to Orleans Arena at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Dec. 26. Famed for its modern renditions of holiday classics, the group will play hits from its first holiday album, Christmas, accompanied by dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting.
Rail Explorers, the outdoor-adventure attraction featuring pedal-powered rail bikes in Boulder City, celebrates the season with festive, holiday-themed tours. Guests booking evening tours through Friday, Dec. 31 will be greeted by the Rail Explorer® Elves and receive cookies and hot chocolate. Rail Explorers will also host Ugly Sweater Contests Dec. 17-26, with chances for guests to win prizes including a custom t-shirt or hat and a gift card for a tandem rail bike tour.
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa decks the halls with Merry Crimson, draping its indoor/outdoor poolside lounge in glamorous holiday décor and thousands of lights to transform the space into Tinsel Town. In addition to countless photo ops, the luxurious experience features festive cocktails sure to make spirits bright and fire pits perfect for enjoying some freshly made s’mores. The annual event also features cozy igloos dotting the pool deck, offering ample seating for those looking to jingle and mingle.
Resorts World Las Vegas celebrates its inaugural holiday season with a Holiday Escape at the District, which features picturesque installations throughout the 70,000-square-foot retail space—including a 50-foot LED globe depicting holiday animations throughout the day. The Strip’s newest resort offers even more holiday cheer at Here Christmas Kitty, as the tucked-away speakeasy, Here Kitty Kitty, has been transformed with holiday lights into an elegant and Instagrammable party spot with handcrafted seasonal cocktails.
Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall makes the season merry and bright with its winter wonderland display, featuring festive décor and a holiday laser-light show set to classics like “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Guests can also drop off their letters for Santa in Santa’s Mailbox, located at the gazebo inside Mystic Falls Park.
The Sand Dollar Lounge brings back its Miracle on Spring Mountain winter wonderland pop-up, covering the legendary off-Strip bar and live music venue with ornaments, candy canes, thousands of holiday lights and more. The monthlong celebration also features a holiday cocktail menu, themed events and nightly entertainment.
With holiday lights, oversized ornaments and an Airstream decked out in festive red and green garland, Silverton Casino Hotel transforms its Shady Grove Lounge into Bad Elf for the holiday season. Inspired by Elf on a Shelf, the pop-up bar experience features a holiday cocktail menu and fabulous photo backdrops with its decorated Christmas tree and cozy fireplace.
Visitors can walk through a winter wonderland at Tivoli Village Las Vegas, as Santa’s Experience offers a fun and festive adventure filled with photo ops—including one with Jolly Old St. Nick himself.
Topgolf Las Vegas transforms its Birdie Bar into Tinsel Town through Dec. 27. The pop-up features festive décor ideally suited for holiday photo ops, as well as festive drinks and desserts that’ll make you merry and bright.
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas celebrates the “Season of Sparkle” with a festive lineup of holiday happenings. Visitors can get into the holiday spirit with the Streetmosphere Holiday Spectacular at Grand Canal Shoppes, where Streetmoshpere performers will sing traditional carols (in Italian, of course) and the Clock Tower in St. Mark’s Square will be illuminated with a holiday-themed digital show. This is Christmas, a holiday spectacular at Palazzo Theatre, features Broadway and American Idol stars singing everyone’s favorite yuletide tunes backed by a live band. Other holiday offers include winter-inspired treatments at Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness and festive libations at The Cocktail Collective (The Dorsey Cocktail Bar, Rosina Cocktail Lounge, Electra Cocktail Club). The resort also has gifts for purchase, including a holiday gift box from estiatorio Milos and an e-cookbook featuring recipes from the Grand Canal Shoppes restaurants, and offers Holiday Suite Experiences for resort guests to upgrade their stays with festive décor—including a 7-foot-tall designer Christmas tree.
Wynn Las Vegas decks the halls with dozens of Christmas trees and festive wreaths, while offering delightful holiday-inspired cocktails and tea/coffee beverages at venues throughout the resort.
For more information on Las Vegas’ holiday magic, visit www.visitlasvegas.com
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