Las Vegas is embracing winter and the spirit of the holidays, in its oversize way, this season. The destination will be decking halls, spreading holiday cheer and transforming into a winter wonderland for visitors looking to celebrate. As the ultimate destination to spend the holiday season, there is a plethora of holiday lights, outdoor festivities, activities and more for celebrators this year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in concert with the hotel properties on the Strip and beyond, has a full list of activities that will be sure to get you even more excited about the holiday season.
MERRY AND BRIGHT
The LINQ Promenade debuted Winter PARQ with the lighting of a 35-foot holiday tree adorned with lights and ornaments on the Fountain Stage. Winter PARQ will feature a brand new holiday show, Lights at The LINQ, and live entertainment nightly to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. More than 2,000 lights syncopated to music will dazzle visitors with countless combinations of changing colors and varying intensities to create a uniquely dynamic visual experience. In addition to the festive fun, Winter PARQ will also have snow fall nightly. Visitors can enjoy the festivities nightly through Dec. 30.
Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes visitors to skate on over 4,200 square feet of real ice. Visitors are encouraged to warm up or roast s’mores by the fire, delight in light snow showers, enjoy seasonal treats and beverages with breathtaking views. On Mondays, skaters can catch two classic holiday movies on the resort’s digital marquee.
The world-famous Bellagio Conservatory will change the garden display the week of Nov. 27, highlighting a beautiful floral arrangement featuring the polar bear family and a 42-foot holiday tree embellished with twinkling lights and ornaments while a family of elves playfully decorate. New this year is a Bellagio-themed train station with two 10-foot trains adorned with 1,200 red and white roses while four animated toy soldiers stand guard. The resort will also decorate for the season with displays throughout the lobby and other public areas.
The horticulture team at Wynn Las Vegas will also transform the resort into a winter wonderland spectacle with five distinct fantasy villages, with 33 beautifully embellished holiday trees, thousands of poinsettias in shades of ivory and gold and seasonal lighting displayed throughout the resort.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will be getting in the spirit with students from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Choir performing classic favorites in the Sky Lobby from Dec. 19-22. Patrons can indulge in an assortment of holiday sweets and tea at the Nutcracker Tea at The Tea Lounge from Dec. 1 – Jan. 4. Visitors can also partake in Sips with a Master Sommelier – Year End Bubbles, More Than Just Champagne for a chance to blind taste sparkling wines for a unique holiday celebration.
It will be a December to Remember at the equally world-famous Neon Museum, where a vast collection of restored neon signs resides. The Museum will host a holiday celebration with ornament-making, photo opps with Santa, hot chocolate and caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard. Part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor‘s holiday festivities, December to Remember will take place Saturday, Dec. 17.
Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Las Vegas’ largest holiday drive-thru light show. Featuring more than 3 million lights throughout a 2.5 mile course that intertwines with the speedway, Glittering Lights has been a beloved holiday tradition for 16 years. Glittering Lights is open nightly through Jan. 7.
Throughout November and December, two holiday shows will be playing at The Smith Center for fans of the performing arts. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be performed during November, while the Nevada Ballet Theater will be performing The Nutcracker weekends during December.
The first-ever Holi-Dome will take over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. This five-acre theme park highlights special performances by bands, dancers and carolers for the most wonderful time of the year. Guest can also enjoy holiday drinks and treats, and photos inside a giant snow globe.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS DELIGHTFUL
Winter takes over The Park, located between New York-New York Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, for the holidays. Patrons can enter the recently-opened area through 16-foot tall ornament tunnels to discover a winter wonderland filled with twinkling lights, icicles, crystal blooms and a 60-foot holiday tree adorned with 3,000 ornaments and 13,000 lights. In addition to the décor, Toshiba Plaza, located directly outside T-Mobile Arena, will host an ice skating rink for even more holiday fun.
The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is one of Las Vegas’ most cherished, and now the longest running, holiday tradition. For 25 years, Magical Forest has decorated pine trees spread throughout their mini forest, centered around a large holiday tree. In addition to the lights, Magical Forest offers activities, rides, treats and other events to celebrate the season.
Fremont Street Experience kicks off the holidays with the 12th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, benefitting Opportunity Village. More than 9,000 Santas gather at Fremont Street Experience for a 5k fun run and walk on Dec. 3. The merriment continues at Fremont Street Experience with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 6. The 50-foot, decked out tree will be located beneath the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision canopy, next to the D Las Vegas, Four Queens Hotel & Casino and Fremont Hotel & Casino. Fremont Street Experience will also host the Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 24. The 20-foot Menorah will remain on display during the Hanukkah season and will be located adjacent to SlotZilla.
Located just minutes from the Strip, Downtown Summerlin has an array of winter activities happening throughout November and December. A tree lighting ceremony will kick off the festivities, followed by a holiday parade. The parade will be select nights and weekends throughout both months. The shopping destination invites holiday shoppers to take a break at the Rock Rink. Ice skaters will enjoy multi-colored light shows choreographed to music every hour while enjoying the beautiful Vegas nights. In addition, Downtown Summerlin will celebrate Chanukah with four nights of activities from Dec. 26-29.
Town Square Las Vegas transforms Town Square Park into a winter wonderland with a 45-foot Christmas tree and falling snow throughout the holiday season. Throughout November and December, visitors can enjoy Snow in the Square and Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concerts, where local school choirs will perform classic carols.
Ethel M Chocolates is again lighting the three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden in more than one million colorful lights. The garden features over 300 species of plant and cacti for visitors to view nightly through Jan. 1. Guests will also have the opportunity to view the newly-revealed factory store and Chocolate Tasting room while local choirs perform on weekends.
The streets of Tivoli Village will be overtaken with Friday evening performances that will leave hearts warm with the spirit of the season. Friday nights after Thanksgiving will have aerialists, dancers, elves and more perform for guests throughout the streets. The Winter Wonderland shows will culminate in a glorious snow fall throughout the shopping destination.
DECK THE HALLS
An extraordinary display can be found at The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium & Gardens. Every year, the Atrium is decked out in holiday décor, including frosted trees, poinsettias and more.
Other resorts, including ARIA Resort & Casino, The Mirage and MGM Grand Las Vegas will also be decking the halls in celebration of the holidays. Four Season Hotel Las Vegas will debut its popular Gingerbread Village Display, created by Pastry Chef Jean-Luc Dual for the 18th consecutive year, and install an 18 foot holiday tree as well as other decorations.
In addition, restaurants on- and off-Strip have delicious holiday menus planned for the season.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is tasked with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and almost 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to http://www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.