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. 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 2018 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 Tuesday, December 25, 2018. With Christmas falling on a Tuesday, that means most people will start their Vegas Christmas festivities on Friday. 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 2018 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. Free
While you are there, step inside the Bellagio to see the Atrium which is completely done up for Christmas. (Bellagio Fountains 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, snow-flocked trees, more than 28,000 poinsettias, families of arctic animals and a 42-foot White Fir holiday tree from Mt. Shasta Forest.
The majestic holiday tree is decorated with 7,000 warm white LED twinkling lights and 2,500 colorful ornaments and peeking through the branches are seven 5-foot elves gleefully placing the final decorations on the tree. Standing guard at each corner of the garden are four 14-foot animated toy soldiers robotically moving in unison. This years newest addition is the "Ice Princess". She stands 18' high x 14' diameter. Her dress is adorned with approximately 1800 stems of timeless white hydrangea and 600 stems of Phalaenopsis orchids.
Nearby, in the North Garden guests are transported to the arctic as a mother polar bear adorned with 12,000 white carnations keeps a watchful eye on her pair of twin cubs as they slip and slide across icebergs. Among them also is an inquisitive family of penguins poking out of their igloos.
The holiday display is available for guests to enjoy for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week from December 2 - January 1. If you get there between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., look out for " 2018 Mr. and Ms. Green Thumb" who will be on hand daily to answer guest questions about the displays. Free
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 23rd Aniversary of the Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M, mid November - 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.
The display will be open from Tuesday, November 7th at 5pm - Jan 1, 2018. Free
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 7th - January 1st. FREE ADMISSION
*Open Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
Factory & Chocolate Shoppe: Open daily 8:30am to 10pm (closed Christmas Day)
2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014
Winter Wonderland at The LINQ Promenade
The LINQ Promenade is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season with decorations, carolers and holiday music. The holiday show featuring singers, dancers and showgirls will occur nightly at the Fountain Stage.
Holiday Show Dates/Times: Friday, Dec. 1 - Sunday, Dec. 17; Thursday - Sunday evenings at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Dec. 21 - 30, every night at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Free
Don't miss the dazzling light show that is comprised of more than 2,000 individual LED lights and set to four different popular songs and includes the High Roller observation wheel, the cake topper above Sprinkles Cupcakes and The LINQ Fountains. Showtimes are: 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. nightly.
Snow is scheduled to fall by The LINQ Fountain Stage at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly
Location: across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Explore the $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.
Lights at The LINQ is an all new light show. The dazzling light show features more than 2,000 LED lights in different color combinations that are synchronized to four different popular songs and incorporates the High Roller, the cake topper light on top of Sprinkles Cupcakes and The LINQ Fountains.
Showtime: 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Beginning Nov. 20, a 5:30 p.m. show will be added and a holiday song will join the playlist.
Location: across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
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, and Boulevard Mall which will be closed Christmas day.
Go on a journey through the magic of winter wonderlands, this holiday season at Wynn Las Vegas. Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, discover a dazzling new neighborhood at Wynn, as six miniature wintery villages take up residence in the Autrium adjacent to the Main Registration at Wynn Las Vegas.
Time: Throughout December
Location: The Atrium at Wynn Las Vegas. Open 24 hours Free
"Believe in the Magic" is back this year and is better than ever with new highlights and surprises. Enjoy this light-hearted, fun-filled, New York-style holiday FREE show as an array of singers and dancers transform the heart of this shopping destination into a one-of-a-kind experience the entire family will enjoy!. Free
Dates: November 24, 25, 26; and December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-24, 2017
Time: 12noon, 2pm, 4pm, & 6pm each day
Location: Fashion Show, on the runway in The Great Hall between Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
3200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste. 600
Las Vegas, NV 89109 Phone: (702) 369-8382
Fremont Street Experience
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. Free
This year, Town Square Las Vegas 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. Free
Snow in the Square - November 17 – 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.
Photos with Santa - Saturday, November 18th through Saturday, December 23rd (reservations are required to visit Santa)
Considered one of the great Las Vegas attractions, the Mystic Falls indoor park at Sam's Town goes through a transformation at Christmas time. Marking the kick off of the holiday season this time-honored tradition goes back to 1994, with decorations beginning in Sam's Town's porte-cochere and decorative snowflakes leading guests through the property to Mystic Falls Park. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts and snow-covered trees fill the atrium, and decor offers guests a glimpse inside Santa's workshop, from elves making toys to loading up Santa's sleigh with goodies for children. Bring your camera and enjoy this Winter Wonderland Décor.
Mystic Falls indoor park is a holiday haven this time of the year. A nine-minute laser light show is the centerpiece of the display featuring a variety of classic holiday songs, like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Let It Snow," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Frosty the Snowman."
Mystic Falls is FREE and open 24 hours a day. Free
Time: Laser Light show performances run every hour, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Jan. 1, 2018
Location: Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
WinterFest is back for another triumphant year at the Henderson Events Plaza from December 7 to December 8, 2018. This year's theme is Winter Blue Edition and includes a variety of family-friendly activities. Among the list of activities will be the official tree-lighting ceremony with Mayor Debra March and Santa, craft and food vendors, live entertainment, and a spectacular evening light parade. WinterFest is open to all ages, from the young to the young at heart.
Tree-Lighting Ceremony - Friday, December 7 at 6pm
Festival - Friday, December 7, from 6pm - 9pm,
Saturday, December 8, from Noon - 5pm,
Evening Light Parade - Saturday, December 8, at 5pm
Location: In the Water Street District
When: December 7 & 8, 2018. Free
Where: Henderson Events Plaza - 200 S. Water St. Henderson NV.
Celebrate the holiday season with an all-new Winter's Village experience at Green Valley Ranch Resort. Fun for the entire family, the winter wonderland will feature a 6,000-square-foot spectacular outdoor real ice rink (with real ice), more than 60 beautifully decorated trees adorned with thousands of white lights and holiday music providing a magical backdrop, holiday-inspired activities, and a visit from Santa every Saturday from 2 pm - 6 p.m. through December 23.
When: November 24 to January 7, 2018. Free
Where: Green Valley Ranch Resort
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: 12pm – 1:15pm and 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Days: Saturdays and Sundays in December Free
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.
Bring the whole family to enjoy Santa's Wonderland Event at the Bass Pro Shops. Running now til Christmas Eve!, this is an event the kids will love as they enjoy tons of activities going on throughout the wonderland. While you are there, get your FREE 4X6 photo with Santa as well as a FREE craft!. It is recommended that you call ahead to make sure the photo line is open. 702-730-5200
Date: Grand Opening - Saturday, Nov. 11th from 5pm - 8pm. til December 24, 2017 Free
Location: Bass Pro Shops (Next to Silverton Hotel Casino)
8200 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89139
Get into the holiday spirit at the Christmas Town at Wet'n'Wild. Vegas. Experience an unforgettable nighttime winter wonderland featuring one-of-a-kind entertainment and attractions. Featuring over three million lights, a synthetic ice skating rink, a 40-foot Christmas tree, 100-foot sledding hill, photos with Santa Claus, paintball zone, and much more.
Open Daily from November 24 - December 31*
Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm / Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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.
When: Nov. 20 - Dec. 21
Time: Mon - Fri | 3PM - Midnight; / Sat - Sun | Noon - Midnight
Dec. 22 - Jan. 10 - Daily | Noon - Midnight
Snow Showers: Light snow showers happen every 30 minutes during select times throughout the season.
$25 All Day Skating Access; $10 All Day Skating Access for Nevada Residents or hotel guests | Tues - Thurs
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 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 last through the first week of the new year. Free
Get into the holiday spirit at the Springs Preserve with train rides to Santa's magical village. Festive activities include photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, a nutcracker display and more!. You are encouraged to bring your own camera or smartphone to document your Santa sighting.
Date & Time: Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 07:15 p.m.
Location: Springs Preserve
Admission: $8 members; $10 non-members. Free ages 2 and under.
RSVP: Reservations are required. Spaces are limited for each departure time. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
Trips to Santa's village depart 12 times each day at 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. The Springs Preserve Holiday Express experience is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Come and visit Santa Claus and Santa Jaws in the shipwreck exhibit at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium.
Admission: Sun - Thu 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Last Admission: 7:00 PM
Fri - Sat 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Last Admission: 9:00 PM
From 4 pm to 4:15 pm Santa will put on his SCUBA gear and plunge into the Shipwreck waters to bid everyone farewell alongside his underwater friends.
With each paid admission, kids 12 and under will get a free photo with Santa and Santa Jaws every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve. So come by and celebrate the holidays with your favorite undersea creatures (and some magical ones too!).
General Admission: Adult $25.00; Child (Age 4-12) $ 19.00; Children 3 and under Free
Nevada Resident Discount: Adult 22.00; Child (Age 4-12) $ 17.00; Children 3 and under $ Free
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a drive-thru light show held annually and lighting up the speedway from November 9, 2018 - January 1 2019. 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 9, 2018 - January 1, 2019. The park opens at dusk.
Time: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: Mon-Thurs $20 per car; Fri-Sun, holidays, December 21-January 1 $30/per vehicle More Information
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 24 - December 31, 2017 Park Opens 5:30 pm nightly! Free Parking
*** ALL Proceeds raised at the Magical Forest will benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village
Considered a Las Vegas holiday tradition, the Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade holiday spectacle is scheduled take place throughout the holiday season, and includes floats, snowflake princesses and princes, dancers, toy soldiers, nutcrackers, drummers, dancers, characters through the streets of Downtown Summerlin and festive music to put the entire family into the holiday spirit.
The parade is scheduled for the evenings of
November 18th – December 10th: Fridays & Saturdays at 6 p.m.
December 16th – December 24th: Nightly at 6 p.m. Free
*** *Parade on Christmas Eve will begin at 6:00 PM.
Parade will take place on Park Centre Drive from Foot Locker to CREAM.
All shows are free and open to the general public. More Info: www.downtownsummerlin.com
Although almost impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group's Las Vegas Show 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.
Showing at the Luxor Las Vegas
Starting from $59.00
Make 'Tis the season for holiday cheer at the Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show inside the castle. Guests of all ages will take part in the festivities as The Tournament of Kings Arena is transformed into a medieval winter wonderland with décor, music, costumes, cheer and "snow." The show will feature magnificently designed holiday costumes, majestic banners, flags and new castle lights, which will be illuminated as Merlin conjures snowfall on the kingdoms.
Kings, queens, knights and maidens of all ages are invited to eat, drink and have a holly jolly time, while watching the legend of Prince Christopher's journey toward knighthood unfold.
When: November 22 – December 28 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. most days
Starting from $73
The 2018 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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RTC buses will operate a SUNDAY schedule on Christmas Day and will resume regular scheduled hours on Tuesday, December 26.
RTC buses will operate a SUNDAY schedule on New Year's Day and will resume regular scheduled hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.