Las Vegas Holiday Activities

Las Vegas Holiday Activities

Updated on 11/11/15

We only like to share about the holiday events that we have attended in the past. There may be more activities than the ones listed here.

Opportunity Village – Magical Forest

The Magical Forest is open nightly November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016 Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Free Parking

*** ALL Proceeds raised at the Magical Forest will benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village

The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146

Adult General Admission – $11.00 Passport (Includes Unlimited Rides) – $20.00

Child General Admission – $9.00 Passport (Includes Unlimited Rides) – $18.00

Children 2 & under are FREE

Las Vegas Motor Speedway –  Glittering Lights Las Vegas’


The holiday drive-through spectacular, Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has entertained more than 1 million people the past 13 years with a dazzling array of festive lights and sounds. Completely LED, the 2.5 course of Glittering Lights is environmentally sound with colors that shine more vibrant than before.

When: November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Time: Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $20 per car
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV 89115

Town Square Mall – Christmas Decorations, Snow Fall Every Night, & Santa Claus:

6605 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 269-5000

Santa will kick-off the holiday season at Town Square during the annual community parade. Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

Snow in the Square – November 13 through 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.

Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concerts – November 19 through December 17
Every Thursday night before the Snow in the Square show, local elementary through high school students will take center stage in Town Square Park to entertain crowds with exciting holiday performances.

Photos with Santa – Saturday, Nov. 14 – Thursday, Dec. 24 (reservations are required to visit Santa)


Horses For Heroes – Floyd Lamb State Park @ Tulle Springs

Info coming soon.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory – Christmas Decorations in the Cactus Gardens

The display will be open from November 11th – Jan 1, 2016.

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 11th – January 1st. FREE ADMISSION
Factory & Chocolate Shoppe: Open daily 8:30am to 10pm
Visits from Santa Claus: Friday – Sunday till Christmas 5pm to 9pm
Dates: November 11th, 2015 – Jan 1, 2016
Performance by local Choirs: Friday – Sunday 6pm to 8pm

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Welcomes winter with a holiday display rich in nostalgia. Surrounded by more than 45,000 fragrant fresh poinsettias, the winter holiday displays feature flying reindeer made of whole pecans, a life-sized snow globe, a polar bear family created with white carnations and a seven-foot-tall, custom-sculpted rocking horse in the midst of a whimsical rail display featuring a working Bellagio-emblazoned train. The centerpiece is a 42-foot Shasta Fir tree featuring thousands of holiday lights.

The holiday display is available for guests to enjoy for free from December 4 through January 3. If you get there between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., look out for ” 2015 Mr. and Ms. Green Thumb” who will be on hand daily to answer guest questions about the displays.

Guests can enjoy live holiday performances, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. nightly, from the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden.

Fashion Show Mall on Las Vegas Strip

Fashion Show and Dream Works Animation take guests on a never-before-seen, magical experience with Adventure to Santa. This 15-minute adventure is must-do for the entire family. Join Shrek and his friends as they take you on an interactive journey to find Santa at the North Pole.

Opportunity to visit with Santa and pose for a photo

Dates: November 5 – December 24
Location: The Great Hall, lower level Nordstrom

3200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste. 600
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Ice Skating Rink @ Caesar’ s Palace

Get into the spirit of the holiday season at Caesars Chalet outdoor ice skating rink and winter lodge.
Skate across a spectacular 2,100 square-foot LED-lit wonderland complete with falling artificial snow. Enjoy delicious holiday beverages like hot chocolate, Irish coffee, toasted cinnamon shots, and hot toddies.

The Caesars Chalet holiday ice rink and lodge is located across from the Absinthe tent, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.
Caesars Chalet is open daily 11:00am – 11:30pm through January 11, 2015.
Admission: $20 Standard Skating
$19 for Total Reward Members

Ice Skating Rink @ Cosmopolitan

This holiday season, The Cosmopolitan transforms the Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink. Located high above the Strip, guests enjoy the outdoor winter wonderland, tasty s’mores, fire pits, warm cocktails and skating on real ice. The Ice Rink also features snow showers which occurs every 30 minutes.

Hours of Operations
November 20 – January 3; Mon-Fri 3:00 PM to Midnight
Sat-Sun 12:00 PM to Midnight
Holiday Hours
December 21 – January 3; Sun-Sat 12:00 PM to Midnight
Snow Showers: Every 30 minutes, Wednesday through Sunday 6:00 PM to 10:00PM

$15 All Day Skating Access
$10 All Day Skating Access for Nevada Residents
$5 Skate Rental fee; $10 Skating Aid Rental fee
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.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve – Winter Lights Festival

A colorful and eco-friendly display of LED lights kicks off the Christmas season at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Half a million LED lights illuminate the eight-acre gardens and live holiday music performances complement the colorful displays of nature. The Winter Lights Festival is open Fridays-Sundays in December from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call for Admission Prices.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve
333 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107


Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall‘s pioneer-themed Mystic Falls is transformed into a winter wonderland from Thanksgiving to the first week of January 2015. Experience the holiday lights and snow covered tree but don’t forget about cowboy Santa located in the parks Gazebo.

Galleria @ Sunset – Henderson Nevada

The Galleria’s holiday décor package boasts more than 54,000 lights. It also includes an area for Santa that could have been taken right out of “The Nutcracker.” The set has a classical toy approach that takes on a larger-than-life proportion. It features a 10-foot seated toy soldier, a 15-foot inflatable plush teddy bear, a 40-foot Christmas tree and an extra wide chair for Santa. In addition to Santa, the Galleria will present a musical light show titled “Light Up The Night” every evening on the hour from 5 p.m. to close during the holiday season.

Traveling in Nevada…Other Holiday Events in Nevada:

Polar Express TrainTHE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Thursday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Dec. 22
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in November
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December

During the holiday season, characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life, with a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family. VIP parlor car tickets also available!

Book Tickets
Carson City & Virginia City
Watch V&T’s THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Video >>
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions >>

Is the train you want sold out? Get added to the wait list >>

3 Responses to Las Vegas Holiday Activities

  1. Mary says:

    Cool list! Have never been to Vegas!

  2. June S. says:

    It’s been along time since I have been out to Vegas, I like this whole list of other things to do instead of gambling the whole time while there-

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