Las Vegas transforms into a wonderland during the holiday season, offering dazzling displays and festive attractions that capture the spirit of Christmas. Let’s explore the top holiday-themed attractions in Las Vegas.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio Conservatory transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays. Intricately designed floral arrangements, towering Christmas trees, and whimsical displays bring the magic of the season to life.
Location: Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dates/Times: Open 24/7; specific holiday-themed displays typically run from late November through early January.
Enchant – Santa’s Magic Timepiece
Enchant is an immersive holiday experience offering access to an array of attractions, from a mesmerizing light maze to artisan vendors in a festive Village. Visitors can skate through a luminous ice trail, meet Santa, and indulge in delicious seasonal treats.
The event caters to families, offering a Kid Zone for young ones and an assortment of food vendors with diverse culinary delights. The main adventure involves exploring the light maze to retrieve missing star fragments for Santa’s magic timepiece, ultimately saving Christmas.
Location: The Las Vegas Ballpark 1650 S. Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135 (approximately 25 – 30 minutes from the Strip)
Cost: Premium ticket options like VIP access, private suites, ice skating, and exclusive dinner experiences are available for a more tailored experience.
Dates/Times: Runs from late November to December 31st and hours of operation vary by day and can be found here.
Lee Canyon Ski Resort
Nothing screams the holidays more than snow! Jump in the car for the hour long ride north of Las Vegas to get into the winter spirit with some early season skiing or snowboarding with 3 different lifts, 29 trails, and an average annual snowfall of 129″.
Location: 6725 Lee Canyon Rd Las Vegas, Nevada 89124 (approximately 60 minutes from the Strip).
Cost: Lift tickets start at $19 and go up to $75 per day. Kids under 12 ski for free. Ski and snowboard rentals are available.
Dates/Times: The winter season typically begins in early or mid December each year and is based on weather and early season snowfall which can vary from year to year- find more details here. The mountain is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Western Elite’s Christmas Express
Hop aboard the Western Elite Christmas Express Train, a magical holiday attraction on the outskirts of Las Vegas that mirrors the enchanting tale of The Polar Express. This whimsical train journey whisks guests from the serene Western Elite rural property to The North Pole and beyond, offering a picturesque country Christmas experience just 60 miles north of Las Vegas in Lincoln County.
Location: US Hwy 93, Mile Marker 8 • Lincoln County, Nevada (approximately 60 minutes from the Strip). Wear warm clothes as it can get chilly at the higher elevation in this area.
Cost: A select amount of tickets are available to the general public each year and should be requested directly from their website here.
Dates/Times: Takes place over the first couple of weekends in December each year with gates opening at 4:45pm. Trains depart every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 pm with the last one leaving at 9:00 pm.
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run
Opportunity Village presents the iconic Las Vegas Great Santa Run, taking place in early December each year at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Be one of the thousands of Santa’s in the 1-mile or 5k jaunt of the season while raising money to help adults with disabilities in the Las Vegas community.
Location: Downtown Event Center 300 S. 3rd St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 (approximately 15- 20 minutes from the Strip).
Cost: Day of registration is $55 for participants over 3 years of age and includes a 5-piece Santa suit, finisher medal, and swag bag. Early bird registration discounts are available.
Dates/Times: Takes place in one of the first days of December each year with the date being assigned by April 1st each year. Visit the race website for date details or to register.
Ethel M Chocolates’ Holiday Cactus Garden
Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden gets a festive makeover with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through this enchanting garden adorned with cacti decked out in holiday lights and decorations.
Location: Ethel M Chocolate Factory, 2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, NV 89014 (approximately 20 minutes from the Strip)
Dates/Times: Usually open from early November through New Year’s Day; specific hours vary.
World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas
Stay in your car and visit the immersive Rockin’ Christmas, “the world’s largest drive-through animated light show” with over a mile of musically synced holiday animated LED light scenes.
Location: M Resort Spa Casino (SE Corner) 12300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Henderson, NV 89044 (approximately 25 minutes from the Strip)
Cost: Tickets start at $39.99/vehicle and go up for select dates and when limited availability remains; discounts often available for online purchases.
Dates/Times: Open the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and until December 31st from 6:00PM – 10:00PM, rain or shine.
The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Experience a winter wonderland above The Las Vegas Strip with ice skating, fire pits, warm cocktails, s’mores and breathtaking views. Skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice, roast s’mores by the fire, indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings and immerse yourself in a magical atmosphere surrounded by the glittering lights of Las Vegas.
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Cost: Skate rentals are $30/person, with discounts provided to locals, military and first responders with ID’s from Monday – Thursday. Fire pit and group reservations must be made in advance. Find the food and drink menu here.
Dates/Times: Friday to Sunday 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm from early to mid-December, expanding to Wednesday to Sunday from mid-December through January 2nd with extended hours on holidays.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
The Magical Forest is a beloved holiday tradition featuring a winter wonderland of lights, festive displays, amusement rides, and entertainment. It’s a family-friendly attraction with a heartwarming atmosphere.
Location: Opportunity Village, 6300 W Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (approximately a 20 – 25 minute drive from the Strip)
Cost: Ticket prices vary; proceeds benefit Opportunity Village programs to serve the local disabilities community.
Dates/Times: Open from late November through early January, with specific hours for evening visits.
Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
A magical journey through a larger-than-life world filled with waltzing flowers, nimble fairies and moonlit snow. Choreographed by James Canfield, Las Vegas’ favorite holiday tradition is filled with glittering holiday cheer as Clara and her handsome Prince travel from the warmth of her family home to a land of toy soldiers, mischievous rodents and exotic visitors from faraway lands.
Location: Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106 (approximately a 20-30 minute drive from the Strip)
Cost: Tickets start at $35.95 each for balcony seats and range up to Orchestra level seating for up to $190 each.
Dates/Times: Nightly 7:30 pm performances with periodic matinee 2:00 pm shows in the two weeks leading up to Christmas Day with the final performance taking place on Christmas Eve.
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
A drive-through light show featuring millions of twinkling lights arranged in captivating displays, the Glittering Lights at the Speedway offers a magical experience for the whole family.
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115 (approximately a 30 – 40 minute drive from the Strip)
Cost: Ticket prices vary based on vehicle size; discounts often available for online purchases.
Dates/Times: Open nightly from early November through early January.
These festive attractions add an extra sparkle to the already dazzling Las Vegas scene, providing visitors with enchanting holiday experiences and memories to cherish. Whether you’re seeking shimmering lights, holiday-themed displays, or seasonal entertainment, Vegas during the holidays is sure to delight! For more holiday and Christmas activities in Las Vegas, visit our Complete Guide to Celebrating Christmas in Las Vegas.