Las Vegas is a great place to be for the holiday season, with something for everyone. Great activities for the kids, amazing shows, and some of the best food and drinks in the world, the problem is deciding which things to do!
Great Events for Kids
The Bellagio December
The Bellagio is a beautiful any time of year, but this is particularly true during the holiday season. The Fountains of Bellagio are choreographed to Christmas music and lights and the 14,000 square foot conservatory and botanical garden are transformed into a winter wonderland. Visit the Jean Philippe Patisserie, which is also decorated to celebrate the season for a truly spectacular dessert.
The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
November 19-January 1
Skate across this 4,200 square foot ice rink and enjoy seasonal food and drinks, even roast s’mores around fire pits! Light snow showers occur during schedules times, adding to the holiday vibe. Fun for children and adults alike.
Holiday at the Park December
Enjoy a beautifully lit 60 foot Christmas tree, ice skating, hot cocoa and winter treats, and carolers singing your favorite holiday songs! You can also get your picture taken with Santa.
Springs Preserve Holiday Express December
Get away from the strip and experience a train ride to Santa’s magical village and enjoy holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, a nutcracker display, snow, hot cocoa and photos with Santa.
Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest
November 19 - January 1 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Magic Forest is celebrating their 25th season. Enjoy a forest filled with hundreds of trees and millions of sparking lights, a train, carousel, avalanche slide, Rudolph’s raceway, Rod’s mini-golf, photos with Santa, and nightly entertainment.
Christmas Lights in Las Vegas
If you are looking to see some awesome Christmas lights, Las Vegas is the place for you. In addition to some of the above attractions, Fremont Street, Town Square Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ethal M.’s Cactus Garden, and many neighborhoods in Vegas are decorated with Christmas lights to amaze.
Special Holiday Shows
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
A family holiday event held at the Orleans Arena December 14th at 7:30pm. Holiday songs performed by the Las Vegas Philharmonic and featuring the cast of Cirque Musica’s amazing acrobats and aerialists.
Brandon Bennett: A Very Vegas Christmas
Nothing says Vegas like Elvis Presley. Brandon Bennett, the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist,” will be performing vintage Vegas swing with holiday songs and big band arrangements. The show will be held December 2nd and 3rd at 8:30pm at the Suncoast Showroom.
Starring Marc Donovan singing holiday classics with the 13-piece Smokin Joe Escriba Big Band and the Swing City Dolls. All proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit organization Foster Change. This event is help at the Westgate International Theater on December 18th at 3:00pm.
December 10-11, 16-18, 21-24
The Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of this holiday classic, held at Reynolds Hall with a live orchestra. This event features a free family bonus experience, the Nutcracker Wonderland, located in the Troesh Theatre adjacent to Reynolds Hall before the show.
Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays
November 30-December 2, December 3-4
An award winning comedy show full of wild and hilarious stories and characterizations of family and friends. This show has great reviews, if you want a laugh, this is the show to see!
Las Vegas is known for great buffets. Many of these have special offerings for Christmas, but remember, you will probably be waiting in line for 2+ hours. If this is worth it to you, the Wynn, Bellagio, Bacchanal, and Wicked Spoon buffets all have great reviews. If not, you might want to think about eating at a restaurant that takes reservations.
Le Cirque at the Bellagio
If you are looking to have an elegant, French Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner, Le Cirque is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. From its opulent dining room to its award winning food, you will not be disappointed. They are open 5:00pm-9:30pm Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Fogo de Chao
Fogo de Chao’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu offers traditional Brazilian churrasco items as well as special seasonal items including all fire-roasted meats, beef roast, and sweet potato casserole. They are open 11:00am-10:30pm Christmas Eve and 12:00pm-9:00pm Christmas Day.
Mastro’s Ocean Club
Mastro’s Ocean Club will be offering their regular menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas including steaks, seafood, hand-crafted cocktails, and world-class wine. They are open Christmas Eve from 4:00pm-10:00pm and for dinner on Christmas at 5:00pm.
Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi’s full menu will be available both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This popular French bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and are well known for their steak frites, onion soup, fresh baguettes, and profiteroles. They also serve over 80 boutique French wines by the glass.
Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse
Celebrate Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with classic holiday dishes including Chateaubriand, Porterhouse, Surf & Turf and more, paired with special holiday wines by the glass.
Another great activity for the holiday season is a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon with Serenity Helicopters. Our tours will allow you to experience the Grand Canyon in a way unlike any other. Here’s what some of our guests have to say about the experience:
“Everything about Serenity was first class. We booked over the phone the day before we wanted to fly, which was Christmas Eve. Our pilot Jim was amazing; he made you feel relaxed, he had great knowledge of all of the areas en route, had a great selection of music and his jokes were dam good! Jim really did make this an unforgettable experience. The views you will see on the way to and in the Canyon itself are breathtaking. Whatever you do in Vegas, this is a must, and do not hesitate to book with Serenity, the level of service you receive and the experience you will have will be unforgettable. Thank you all at Serenity for making our tour perfect.” - Jay_Shaz130614
“Best Christmas Present Ever!!!! My wife and I went on this outstanding tour on Friday December 30th. From the time that David picked us up at the NYNY to the time he dropped us off we had one of the best times ever. The ride to Boulder (30 min.) was a tour in itself, with David pointing out all the points of interest. Once at the airport, we had a cool beverage and some minor instructions and then it was off to the copter. Chad was our pilot and was outstanding with his narrative and the music was spot on. We flew over the Hoover Dam and up Lake Mead till we entered the Grand Canyon. We flew up the Canyon for about 10 minutes and landed on a bluff about 1000' above the river. We spent 30 minutes taking in this wonderful view before proceeding back to Boulder. We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants superior service with a laid back touch. It was funny to look down below us in the Canyon and see 6 other copters from a different company land in a bunch and about 30 people all stand in one little area when there was just 6 of us enjoying our trip. Serenity was the Best!!!!” - slopitch22
A helicopter tour is also a great gift for the holidays. Perfect for the adventurous, the nature loving, or the person who has everything! Book online online through our tours page or call us at 888-589-7701 if you have any questions!