8 Fun Things To Do in Las Vegas During the Holidays: Christmas is fast approaching. If you’re planning to go on a holiday getaway to Vegas, I’ve saved you the trouble of figuring out what to do. Las Vegas is not just for partying or boozing. There’s a lot of family-friendly activities that you can do.
1. Skii, snowboard or go tubing at Mount Charleston
- Located just 35 miles northwest of the Las Vegas strip, this is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Although it’s not as big as the ski resorts in Park City, Utah, the short drive makes it perfect for a day trip. It allows you to enjoy winter activities in the morning and get back just in time to enjoy the nightlife. For tickets, rental and all other info, visit this link.
- Address: 6725 Lee Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89124
2. Ice skate at The Ice Rink in Cosmopolitan hotel
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- The Boulevard pool in the Cosmopolitan hotel is transformed into an ice rink that overlooks the famous Las Vegas strip. Enjoy the fire pits, roast s’mores and savor some of the holiday themed drinks, while skating on ice with your loved ones. Pricing: $15 All Day Skating Access,
$10 All Day Skating Access for Nevada Residents (only available Mon-Fri), $5 Skate Rental fee, $10 Skating Aid Rental fee & Admission to The Ice Rink area is free. For hours and other info, visit this link.
- Address: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
3. Admire the display at Bellagio Gardens
- The Bellagio Gardens is one of the top spots for tourists whenever they visit Las Vegas. Located inside the Bellagio hotel, the conservatory is transformed and elaborately decorated for Christmas. They’ve got polar bears, penguins, igloos, giant nutcracker figures, snow globes and a 42 feet White Fir tree donning 7,000 lights & 2,500 ornaments all surrounded by 34,000 flowers. Bellagio’s holiday display is definitely extraordinary! The best part, its FREE and open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The winter display lasts until January 2, 2016.
- Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
4. Be mesmerized at the Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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- It is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show with over 3 million lights along a 2.5 mile course. With freezing temperatures as of late, this is a fun activity that you and your family can enjoy within the comforts and warmth of your car. A 17-minute drive from the Las Vegas strip, the new custom lights display will make the drive worth it. The tickets cost $20 per car load, 7 days a week including holidays. Save $2 when you purchase online! Just click this link.
- Address: 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas NV 89115
5. Stroll through the cactus gardens at Ethel M Chocolates
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- Ethel M Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s largest collections of its kind. During the holidays, they transform the garden by adding more than half a million lights across the cactus garden. Lights are on nightly: 5 pm till 10 pm from November 11-January 1. After you’ve enjoyed strolling through the cactus gardens, make sure you stop by the factory and see the making of chocolate. Also, don’t forget to get some samples on your way out! Admission is FREE.
- Address: 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014
6. Watch The Nutracker at Smiths Center
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- As a kid, one of the things that reminded me of Christmas is The Nutcracker. If you’re a fan of the theater and the ballet then this is definitely for you. Featuring a full orchestra and larger-than-life landscapes, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been called “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall” by the Las Vegas Sun. Artistic Director James Canfield transforms the theater into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance along the borderline of imagination and reality. Return this winter and be part of the cherished holiday tradition that speaks to the child in all of us [Source]. For ticket prices and dates of performances click on this link.
- Address: 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106
7. Magical Forest at the Opportunity Village
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- Experience the Magic! Celebrate the holidays with a cherished southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. This year you’ll enjoy all this and much, much more: A Forest Filled with Hundreds of Dazzling Trees, Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, Rod’s Mini-Golf, Nightly Entertainment For All Ages & Photos with Santa in his Workshop [Source]. Pricing: $11.99 Adult General Admission, $9.99 Child General Admission. Ride tickets are to be purchased separately inside the park. For more info on hours and discounts, click on this link.
- Address: 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146
8. Las Vegas Springs Preserve
- Embrace the holiday magic at the Springs Preserve by taking a train ride to Santa’s cottage! Take a special journey on the train to Santa’s cottage where he’ll read holiday stories and hand out candy canes. Rides run hourly five times each day at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased on-site, day-of, and the train fills up fast [Source]. Admission: $4 for members, $6 for non members. Children age 2 and under are free.
- Address: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107