The holiday season has arrived in Las Vegas, and the city is pulling out all the stops to bring a winter wonderland atmosphere. With cozy fireside roasts and extravagant gingerbread villages, your December days will be merry and bright. There are plenty of holiday attractions in Las Vegas to explore that will help you celebrate the holidays this year.
Christmas Things to Do in Las Vegas
The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan
Get ready to be amazed by Las Vegas’s iconic Cosmopolitan Hotel. Winter Wonderland awaits with 4,200 square feet of natural ice and light snow falling throughout the evening, creating the perfect atmosphere for rooftop ice skating! Enjoy classic holiday movies playing in the background while roasting marshmallows around a fire pit. Current hours for The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan are Monday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. or Friday through Sunday from noon to midnight. Celebrate the holidays with one of the season’s most memorable activities at The Ice Rink.
The Flamingo and LINQ Promenade
Feeling a winter chill in the air? Experience some Yuletide cheer right on the Las Vegas Strip! The Flamingo and LINQ Promenade are a festive wonderland with electrifying decorations, including pink trees, a giant snow globe at the Wildlife Habitat, and cozy firepits.
There are also seasonal cocktails you won’t want to pass up. If you’re looking for discounts this holiday season, head to some of LINQ Promenade’s stores, where they’ll have seasonal specials waiting just around every corner.
‘Tis the season to be merry, and no place celebrates Christmas quite like Las Vegas! The Bellagio Conservatory steals the show with its incredible holiday display. Marvel at giant snow globes, a towering tree adorned in festive decorations, and 1,200 roses sculpted into a 10-foot-long train. There are also playful polar bears made of thousands of carnations and penguins too!
Also, don’t miss out on seeing the Fountains put on an unforgettable performance accompanied by classic holiday songs, including “Santa Baby,” “Carol Of The Bells,” and more. This holiday display is magical enough to make even Scrooge McDuck feel a spritz of holiday spirit during his visit.
Get ready to experience a winter wonderland of lights at Glittering Lights! This 2.5-mile drive-thru light show held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been dazzling spectators for years, with millions of twinkling bulbs creating stunning scenes throughout the course. While this is always one of the top highlights during Christmas in Las Vegas, it’s also giving back — proceeds from each admission ticket go to support Speedway Children’s Charities for those less fortunate. Don’t miss out on an enchanting evening full of holiday spirit and charity.
Aria’s Winter Wonderland Display
Get ready to experience a truly magical Winter Wonderland this season at the Aria Resort! With over 200 hours of intricate craftsmanship put into its holiday creation, the entire scene is one giant edible treat. French macarons come together to make tall trees, a gingerbread man made of dark chocolate, and a happy snowman are all part of this sweet seasonal display. To finish off your wintery visit, take some photos at Aria’s exclusive holiday photo opportunity before indulging in delicious treats from the nearby Patisserie. Don’t wait too long—these spots fill up fast during the festive season. You can visit between 12 p.m.—8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday or noon to 10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
The Venetian Christmas Tree
Enjoy the magical beauty of Las Vegas with a visit to a unique Christmas tree on the Las Vegas Strip. The Venetian has upped the ante with an incredible 65-foot holiday tree – complete with 50,000 programmable lights and nightly light shows.
The Holiday Experience at the Park
From carolers to festive dining, the holiday spirit is alive and well at The Park in Las Vegas this season! Every Friday through Sunday in December, amazing holiday experiences are waiting for everyone. Follow the merry tunes of live singers as they make their way through The Park’s promenade, or catch a surprise performance from some special guests. Dine on classic winter dishes like mulled wine, German sausages, and even waffles-on-a-stick served with plenty of cheer. It’s sure to be an experience that helps you celebrate the holiday season.
The Immersive Nutcracker
Relive the timeless classic of The Nutcracker this Christmas with a brand-new, state-of-the-art experience. From its sweeping music to vibrant visuals and beyond, The Immersive Nutcracker features a 500,000 square foot space jam-packed full of mesmerizing holiday events —including an enchanting 30-minute showpiece plus life-size nutcrackers perfect for magical photo opportunities! An unforgettable treat direct from the creators behind successful Virtual Van Gogh showcases.
Santa in the Shipwreck
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium is not only a great place to see some of the most beautiful aquatic creatures like sharks. It could also be an opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime photo moment. Santa Claus has been known to make special appearances at this underwater paradise in scuba gear while carrying gifts! The exact schedule hasn’t yet been released for the 2022 season; however, last year, he jumped into shipwreck waters between December 21 and Christmas Eve — so keep your eyes peeled when you visit the aquarium during those dates. Don’t miss out on getting your magical holiday photograph taken with the diving Santa. Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the last admission at 7 p.m. each evening.
Christmas 2022 Shows in Las Vegas
Come journey with Alice through the fantastical place of Wonderland, a multimedia musical production perfect for the entire family this holiday season. Meet familiar characters like the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts along her adventure as she explores this peculiar new world. Be sure to purchase your tickets soon for an unforgettable experience at Alexis Park that will leave you grinning from ear to ear like its resident Cheshire Cat himself.
Terry Fator has quickly become an iconic Las Vegas headliner with his unique brand of entertainment. His unparalleled ability to sing without moving his lips and witty and endearing puppet co-stars make him an audience-favorite night after night. From the voices of Elvis Presley to Cher, watch in amazement as he brings the beloved voices we all know so well back from the past — but this time, like you’ve never heard them before.
Celebrate the holidays with laughs and beloved Christmas classics with Terry Fator’s spirited cast of characters as they take center stage in his seasonal special, “A Very Terry Christmas,” starting at the end of November. You’ll be sure to feel merry and bright when you hear some classic carols alongside original music written by Fator himself — all while donning festive costumes like Santa hats for a truly unforgettable experience.
Experience the vintage Las Vegas scene with a modern twist as tribute artist Gary Anthony performs an intimate show honoring one of Sin City’s greats, Frank Sinatra. Feel your spirits soar in recognition when hearing some of Sinatra’s most iconic tunes, along with some lesser-known gems. The magic is held at Alexis Park for this seasonal spectacle. Frankly Frank will have you singing classic tunes aloud all night long.
Step back in time with Carpenters Legacy, a uniquely authentic tribute show to The Carpenters. Watch performances of the beloved duo from 1976 come alive on stage as Sally Olson recreates Karen Carpenter’s award-winning talent at Alexis Park! Enjoy your favorite songs, additional historical commentary, video tributes, and comedic moments between each song for an unforgettable night out.
Is Las Vegas Warm During Christmas?
Las Vegas is renowned for its extreme heat during the Summer months, yet during the winter months, temperatures drop to a moderate average of 56°F during the day and 35°F overnight. While snowfall is rare and usually consists of trace amounts recorded, it has been known to pile up over 2 inches as recently as 2019. Suppose you plan to visit Las Vegas during Christmas. In that case, it is worth remembering that although Christmas offers mild weather conditions overall, packing warmer layers from home won’t hurt — just in case you’re surprised by unusually cooler days or nights.
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- SAHARA Las Vegas Station (station entrance located via SAHARA Las Vegas Bridge and at street level on Sahara Avenue and Paradise Rd.)
- Westgate Las Vegas Station
- Boingo Station at Las Vegas Convention Center
- Harrah’s/The LINQ Station (Harrah’s/LINQ station is currently accessible only via the 4th floor of the LINQ Parking Garage due to construction)
- Flamingo/Caesars Palace Station (station entrance located at Flamingo)
- Horseshoe/Paris Las Vegas Station (station entrance located at Horseshoe)
- MGM Grand Station