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Christmas in Vegas

When thinking of the best places to be during Christmas time, Vegas isn’t what usually comes to mind first. However, Christmas in Vegas is a great and festive place whether you’re a gambler or not, there is so much to see and do for the whole family of all ages. Though you probably won’t need to pack a winter coat and a nice warm pair of gloves for this holiday trip you won’t need to worry about a shortage of activities. From endless hotels to see, holiday shopping at stores for any style or budget and all the winter activities while not totally freezing. While also being able to experience everything else Nevada has to offer, such as the nice hiking and biking trails in planned communities in Henderson, or even head to central Nevada to enjoy some natural hot springs in Tonopah.

Visiting the Hotels on the Strip


Hotels on the strip go all out for the holiday season. Whether you’re a seasoned Vegas visitor or this is your first time you’re going to love the strip during Christmas time. If you didn’t know, you can enter any hotel even if you don’t have a reservation. The hotel lobbies are where most of the decorations are going to be and some will be scattered through casinos. Hotels would love if you played a game or two at their casino, so they love when people come to visit. But no pressure if that’s not your scene. These hotel lobbies are decked to the halls, literally. They are great for photo ops and never disappoint. One of the most famous and well-known hotel displays is at the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The 14,000 square foot garden is decorated in poinsettias and thousands of twinkling lights. The outside of the hotels and casinos are beautiful too but don’t forget to check out the lobbies and the casinos to see the main decorations.

Glittering Lights Show
the city offers Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in mid-November to early January. This is a family Christmas experience like no other. Filling your vehicle full of beautiful, dazzling lights, this is a must-see. You can use your own vehicle or hop on the Santa Tram that will take you along the way in an open-air tram. The Las Vegas Speedway Christmas Lights is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thrus and one of the best winter memories. A small vehicle fee is required and a portion is donated to local children’s charities, churches, and schools. Goodwill of Southern Nevada is also accepting donations of household goods, clothing, and money. Local Boy Scout troops man who the concession stands and have the opportunity to learn business skills while also earning money for camps and activities throughout the year.

Skating Rink at TheCosmopolitan


Las Vegas may be in a desert, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little wintertime fun while there. Cosmopolitan turns its famous Boulevard Pool to a real ice skating rink. Purchase an all-day skating pass, rent a pair of skates and hit the ice. Offering a winter wonderland with snow showers over the ice at night this place will make you feel like you’ve left Vegas altogether. The Cosmopolitan also has fire pits, s’ mores, and warm cocktails.  Be sure to check the calendar on their site so you don’t miss any events such as the annual tree lighting ceremony.

When thinking of festive places to see during the holiday season Vegas may not come first to mind but it definitely should. Hotels along the strip deck the halls and decorate their lobbies and casinos like no other. From millions of twinkling lights and fresh poinsettias, the hotel displays cannot be missed. After walking down the strip you can take a drive through Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show. The dazzling lights that don The Las Vegas Speedway are not only beautiful to look at from within the car with your family but a portion of sales go to help local charities, churches, and schools. While in Vegas don’t forget to get a real winter wonderland experience by visiting The Cosmopolitan ice skating rink at night and skate under a light snowfall, roast some marshmallows and warm up at the fire pits. Vegas will make your Christmas magical.  If you’ve finished walking the strip, you can head to areas just outside of Vegas, such as Henderson for more Christmas festivities and activities that are just as fun. Communities in the area frequently have holiday activities you and your family won’t want to miss.

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Cyler Horsley

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