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 EventsFountains of Bellagio
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 throughout the season. (see list below) 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. The 2018 Holiday exhibit is titled "Majestic Holiday Magic". As you enter the 14,000-square-foot botanical garden, you will immediately be awed by more than 28,000 fragrant fresh poinsettias and thousands of twinkling lights, as you are welcomed by Queen Bellisima, who take guests on a journey into her enchanted icy kingdom.
To the south you'll see the queen's favorite family of playing arctic Polar bears, adorned with thousands of white carnations. The North Garden features the queen's castle, which stands at a height of 30 feet and guarded by her majestic rotating soldiers.
At the heart of the West Garden is a majestic 42-foot White Fir tree, decorated with 7,000 warm white LED twinkling holiday lights and adorned with 2,500 colorful ornaments. Next to the holiday tree stands the 18-foot-tall ice princess Queen Bellisima, wearing her holiday best.
The holiday display is available for guests to enjoy for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week from December 1, 2018 - January 6, 2019. Free
Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M, 6th November - January 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 6th at 5pm - Jan 1, 2019.
Admission: Free with Toy, Food, or Monetary Donation or show your online donation receipt at the Factory Store in Henderson in exchange for 4 tickets.
Lights: On Nightly, Tuesday, November 6 to Sunday, January 6: Dusk to 10pm Daily
*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
By Bus, take: Routes 212
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 show girls will occur nightly at the LINQ Promenade.
Holiday Show Dates/Times: December 1 - 30 Free
Monday - Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Free live performances by LINQ Promenade favorites.
Thursday - Sunday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: At the top of each hour, enjoy a vibrant and festive holiday show of lights and snow at the fountain stage.
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.
Enjoy the Strip's most stunning holiday at The Park from November 29 – December 31, 2018. Marvel at The Park's 80-foot holiday tree, the branches sparkling with icicle lights, and listen to harmonious sounds of strolling carolers as you are welcomed to this festive winter wonderland. Visit with Santa and lace up your skates and head to the ice rink at Toshiba Plaza, outside T-Mobile Arena. Free
Opening times: Holiday at The Park will be open 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily with extended hours on select dates from Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, 2018
Santa Dates: Dec 1 – Dec 24th
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.
Location: across the street from Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Feeling adventurous?, then go on an adrenaline fueled and electrifying sky-high experience as you traveling 1,080 feet above the entire length of The LINQ Promenade on Fly LINQ, the latest new zipline attraction in the heart of the Vegas Strip.
Ride in either a "superman" or seated position and then be prepared to scream and laugh as you glide from the 122-foot-tall launch tower, eastward towards the High Roller.
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.
"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 23, and continue every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 23, 2018. A finale show will also take place on December 24 at 4pm.
Time: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 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
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
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: November 21, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Location: Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
By Bus, take: Routes BHX, 115, or 202
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.
At the Silverton Casino Hotel Aquarium 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.
Location: Silverton Casino Hotel
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: Dates: Saturday, Nov. 10th from 5pm - 8pm. til December 24, 2018 Free
Location: Bass Pro Shops (Next to Silverton Hotel Casino)
8200 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89139
Experience an unforgettable nighttime winter wonderland featuring one-of-a-kind entertainment and attractions as Cowabunga Bay transforms for the holidays with festive holiday decorations, spectacular lights and family winter activities.
Featuring over 3 million twinkling lights that illuminate the park with festive holiday magic, Under the Mistletoe Skating Rink, Polar Express Train Ride, 100-foot Jingle Bell Sledding Hill, Santa Claus' Cozy Cottage, just to name a few.
Open Daily from November 23 - December 31*
*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Cowabunga Bay By Bus, take: Routes BHX or 212
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. 21 - Dec. 20, 2018 Time: Mon - Fri | 3PM - Midnight; / Sat - Sun | Noon - Midnight
Dec. 21, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 - Daily | Noon - Midnight
Snow Showers: Light snow showers happen every 30 minutes during select times throughout the season.
Celebrate the holiday season with a Winter's Village experience at Green Valley Ranch Resort and Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. Fun for the entire family, the winter wonderland features 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 through December 23.
When: November 17 to January 6, 2019.
Admission: $25 per person ages 6 to adult, $15 ages 5 & younger, including ice skate rental
Where: Winter's Village at Green Valley Ranch Resort - located at the amphitheater in the backyard pool area.
Winter's Village at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa - located in the backyard pool area.
Green Valley Ranch Resort By Bus, take: Routes 111 or 122
Red Rock Casino Resort By Bus, take: Routes 206 or Sahara Express (SX)
Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin
Summerlin Rock Rink is back this year. The signature ice skating rink located near the Pavilion at The Lawn.
Opening: Nov 16, 2018 - Jan 21, 2019
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 intricately crafted whimsical 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
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 smart phone to document your Santa sighting.
Date & Time: Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 2018, | 11am - 7:15pm
Location: Springs Preserve
Admission: $10 members; $12 non-members.
RSVP: Reservations are required. Spaces are limited for each departure time. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
Come and visit Santa Claus and Santa Jaws in the shipwreck exhibit at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium.Every weekend in December Santa will be parking his sleigh at Shark Reef Aquarium. Children are invited to enjoy a sweet treat, share their Christmas wish lists and take a photo with Saint.
2018 Dates: December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 – 24
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $25; Children 4 – 12 years: $19; Children 3 and under: FREE
**Nevada Residents with valid ID receive a discounted price
With each paid admission, children 12 and under will receive complimentary treat and a photograph with Santa.
Before jumping on his sleigh, Santa will put on his SCUBA gear and plunge into the shark-infested shipwreck waters to bid everyone farewell alongside his underwater friends. So come by and celebrate the holidays with your favorite undersea creatures (and some magical ones too!). For more information contact (702) 632-4555
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 23 - December 31, 2018 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 16th – December 22nd: Fridays & Saturdays at 6 p.m. Free
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 $66.00
Don't miss the holiday themed performance by Terry Fator and his amazing cast, as Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment presents A Very Terry Christmas. The holiday themed performance will feature comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism. Get entertained as you'll find yourself singing along to classic tunes like "Sleigh Ride" and "Winter Wonderland".
Date /Time: Monday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
with select Friday and Saturday shows Friday, Nov. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 25
A Very Terry Christmas performs at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage
Starting from $49
King Arthur cordially invites all to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season with the return of "Tournament of Kings: 'Twas the Knight". Guests of all ages will take part in the festivities as the Tournament of Kings Arena magically transforms 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 take part in the festivities and indulge in a three-course holiday feast which, true to the time of Merlin, will be eaten sans utensils, while watching the legend of Prince Christopher's journey toward knighthood unfold.
Dates: November 21 – December 27 inside Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Starting from $81
Don't miss one of Las Vegas' favorite holiday tradition as The Nutcracker fills the stage with glittering holiday cheer. Featuring a live orchestra and a cast of nearly 100 dancers The Nutcracker in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center is a must see this Christmas.
Location: Reynolds Hall, at The Smith Center
Starting from $40
2018 Fountains of Bellagio Holiday Music
|Hallelujah Chorus | Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir Cast. 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|
|Sleigh Ride | Artist: Johnny Mathis. Length: 2:57|
|Santa Baby | 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 Wednesday, December 26.
RTC buses will operate a SUNDAY schedule on New Year's Day and will resume regular scheduled hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.