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Holiday Guide to Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is full to the brim with neon lights and thrilling events any time of the year, and the holiday season is definitely no exception. Expect special dinners, exciting activities, and plenty of Christmas cheer!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Fountains of Bellagio

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

Gardens

The LINQ Promenade

Neighbourhoods

Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden

Gardens, Gift & Speciality Shops

Fashion Show Mall

, Shopping Malls

Fremont Street Experience

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Mystic Falls Park

Gardens, Parks, Performances

Silverton Aquarium

Aquariums

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Concerts, Theatres, Performances

Orleans Arena

Sports Complexes

Rain

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Auto Race Tracks

Tim A's City Tips

  • Even though Vegas is in the middle of the desert, it does have a winter season, so dress accordingly.
  • Children are typically allowed to enter casinos and their restaurants, but they may not loiter on the gambling floor.
  • The main strip and downtown Fremont Street are best accessed by the "Deuce" double-decker bus.
  • Fountains of Bellagio
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Tim A Says:

    The Bellagio Fountains are one of Las Vegas' most famous attractions. The regularly scheduled shows provide dancing fountains and lights set to music, and during the festive season, the show is programmed with holiday music.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Arrive early to get a good view.
    • The show is free.
    • This is an outdoor attraction, so be sure to dress warmly.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous! 25/05/2019
    • Vegas favorite 25/05/2019
    • Fountains of Bellagio
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Bellagio Hotel Resort
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
    Phone:
    +1 888-987-6667
    Other:
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Tim A Says:

    The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio regularly change their phenomenal displays for the season, and they really outdo themselves during the holidays! Enjoy meandering through festive, live flower and plant exhibits, complete with all manner of twinkling lights and holiday decor.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are holiday musical performances in the gazebo.
    • This is an indoor attraction and it is free!
    • Don't miss the giant snow globes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique Art 25/05/2019
    • Awesome experience!!! 24/05/2019
    • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S
    Bellagio
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Phone:
    +1 888-987-6667
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • The LINQ Promenade
    Neighbourhoods
    Tim A Says:

    The LINQ is a shopping, dining, and attraction mecca right on the Vegas Strip. During Christmas, the promenade transforms into Winter PARQ with decorations, events, and even holiday carolers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a snowy hill here for tubing.
    • The High Roller, a giant observation wheel, also holds special events for New Year's Eve.
    • It is free to enter the promenade, but tickets are required for its attractions.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really Nice 24/05/2019
    • On the upswing 23/05/2019
    • The LINQ Promenade
    Address:
    3535 Las Vegas Blvd S
    between The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8921
    Phone:
    +1 702-322-0560
    Other:
  • Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden
    Gardens, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Tim A Says:

    Ethel M. Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden is a wonderful attraction that offers regular daily tours. During the holiday season, the chocolate factory comes alive with twinkling lights and Christmas decorations.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to visit Santa.
    • There are Christmas performances from local choirs.
    • Entrance is free!
    • The chocolate factory is often a stop on many guided tours, but you may visit independently.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 Shopping in Henderson
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The cactus garden is a must! 24/05/2019
    • Really pretty Garden and chocolate 23/05/2019
    • Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden
    Address:
    2 Cactus Garden Dr
    Henderson, NV 89014
    Phone:
    +1 702-435-2608
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Fashion Show Mall
    , Shopping Malls
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    Tim A Says:

    The Fashion Show Mall is the premier place for indoor shopping and dining in Las Vegas. While you may spend hours shopping to your heart's content here, the holiday season provides even another reason to visit: join Shrek on 'Adventure To Santa!'

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Early bookings for "Adventure to Santa" receive a special discount. (This attraction is located in the Great Hall.)
    • Visitors are able to take a sleigh ride.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • APPLE is the best and most diverse store welcoming all 19/05/2019
    • Kind of Disappointing 14/05/2019
    • Fashion Show Mall
    Address:
    3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ofc 600
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-2692
    Phone:
    +1 702-369-8382
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Fremont Street Experience
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Tim A Says:

    The Fremont Street Experience is in historic downtown Las Vegas, and attracts large crowds of tourists every night of the week. A visual display is blasted onto the street's overhead screens, complete with music, which incorporates New Year's and holiday favorites throughout the festive season.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The special New Year's Eve presentation incorporates fireworks on the screens.
    • Free performances are held on two stages along the street.
    • Line up along the street in front of the casinos to view this attraction.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see experience 25/05/2019
    • Not like the old days 25/05/2019
    • Fremont Street Experience
    Address:
    425 Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-5620
    Phone:
    +1 702-678-5600
    Other:
  • Mystic Falls Park
    Gardens, Parks, Performances
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    Tim A Says:

    Located in Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Mystic Falls Park typically offers guests a free laser light show. During Christmas however, it turns into a winter wonderland, complete with holiday decor and a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a free 15-minute laser light show in the evenings.
    • Santa makes scheduled appearances.
    • Sam's Town is a few minutes off of the Strip, and it may be easily reached via the free shuttle. See their website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 65 Nature & Parks in Las Vegas
    • Come in the evening when it is dark 03/04/2019
    • Free Laser Light & Dancing Water Show 20/02/2019
    • Mystic Falls Park
    Address:
    5111 Boulder Hwy
    Sam's Town Hotel
    Las Vegas, NV 89122-6001
    Phone:
    +1 702-456-7777
    Other:
  • Silverton Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Tim A Says:

    The aquarium at the Silverton Hotel and Casino is a popular free attraction that offers visitors the chance to see tropical fish, sharks, and stingrays. During the holidays however, there's an extra special attraction to look out for here - Santa takes a dive and scubas in the aquarium!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Children may speak with Santa through the aquarium glass.
    • The Silverton is a bit off the Strip, but is easily accessible via public transportation.
    • While you're here, visit Bass Pro Shops, who also hold their own holiday festivities.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best free attraction in Las Vegas 08/04/2019
    • VERY nice, FREE aquarium 29/03/2019
    • Silverton Aquarium
    Address:
    3333 Blue Diamond Rd
    Silverton Casino Lodge
    Las Vegas, NV 89139-7873
    Phone:
    +1 702-263-7777
    Other:
  • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
    Concerts, Theatres, Performances
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    Tim A Says:

    The Smith Center is the premier place for the performing arts in Las Vegas, and during the holiday season, they host the annual performance of festive favorite, The Nutcracker, produced by the Nevada Ballet Theater.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be sure to purchase your tickets well in advance, as performances typically sell out quickly.
    • Check for festive Broadway performances here, such as Elf.
    • Matinees are cheaper than evening performances, so opt for this when on a budget.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 197 Concerts & Shows in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Building. Wish they had more shows. 09/05/2019
    • Myron's Cabaret Jazz - The Smith Center 06/05/2019
    • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
    Address:
    361 Symphony Park Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89106-1409
    Phone:
    +1 702-749-2000
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Orleans Arena
    Sports Complexes
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    Tim A Says:

    The Orleans Arena, which is typically the home to hockey and concerts, also offers visitors its own special brand of holiday cheer. During the festive season, the arena is decked out in holiday splendor, which even includes team mascots and music!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Mannheim Steamrollers will perform Christmas favorites for a limited time.
    • An annual New Year's Eve event is hosted here, with a special musical guest.
    • Backpacks are not allowed inside the arena.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Basketball Tournament Venue 15/03/2019
    • Watching the Continental Cup of Curling 07/02/2019
    • Orleans Arena
    Address:
    4500 W Tropicana Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89103-5420
    Phone:
    +1 (0) 888 234 2334
    Other:
  • Rain
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    Tim A Says:

    Rain is one of Las Vegas' premier nightclubs, with two floors and over 25,000 square feet of excitement and special effects. On New Year's Eve, the festive party held here is hard to beat!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Special tickets are required for this event, and they should be purchased well in advance.
    • Ticket options include a VIP area and an open bar.
    • This event is for visitors aged 21 years and over.
    • Rain is located in the Palms Hotel and Casino.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 332 Nightlife in Las Vegas
    • Take a lot of money 20/10/2015
    • Awesome Experience 08/05/2015
    • Rain
    Address:
    4321 W Flamingo Rd
    (in The Palms Casino Resort )
    Las Vegas, NV 89103-3903
    Phone:
    702-940-RAIN
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Auto Race Tracks
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    Tim A Says:

    The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR and the Richard Petty Driving Experience, welcomes in the holiday season with a roar! The Speedway offers a drive-thru light show with light displays set to holiday music.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visitors drive their own vehicles through this two and a half mile course.
    • Admission is charged per car.
    • Charities are highlighted on the Avenue of Trees.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • DQ No reason 07/05/2019
    • LS fest 07/05/2019
    • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Address:
    7000 Las Vegas Blvd N
    Las Vegas, NV 89115-1708
    Phone:
    +1 800-644-4444
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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