There’s never a bad time to go to Vegas and that includes the most wonderful time of the year!
Here are the Best Christmas Activities in Vegas!
While you’ll never want for things to do in Vegas regardless of the season, Christmas time opens some up wonderful doors for you to expand from the typical indulgent activities of casinos and attractions on the Strip.
Here are the 20 Best Christmas Activities in Vegas for your Christmas vacation this holiday season.
Christmas in Las Vegas Activities and Events
1. See the glittering lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (previously November 9, 2019 – January 1, 2020)
The lights begin every night at dusk during the holiday season.
Fill your car up with gas and you can cruise through this gorgeous Christmas attraction with millions of lights.
2. Head to the LINQ Promenade (previously December 1-30, 2019)
During the holiday season, they deck out the LINQ Promenade with all things Christmas. You’ll see the beautiful Christmas decorations and a magic show, and you’ll also hear carolers and holiday music to enhance the overall atmosphere.
3. Be sure to see the Bellagio Fountains
No trip to Vegas is complete with seeing the Bellagio Fountains, but during Christmas time, in particular, they have an extra special show. If you like classic holiday tunes, the show integrates all your favorite music and is absolutely free. Don’t miss it!
4. Don’t miss the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Who doesn’t love Christmas lights?
The Bellagio Conservatory becomes a winter wonderland with the South Garden decorated in lights each year.
With a Christmas tree that’s 40-feet tall, 28,000 poinsettias, and more ornaments than you can count, this is a hot-spot during the holidays. The Conservatory is free and open 24 hours a day!
5. Go ice skating at the Cosmopolitan (Starting November 18 through January 3, 2020)
Ice skating is on everyone’s holiday bucket list.
This Christmas, check it off your list at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
6. Visit Lee Canyon for a winter wonderland
If you fancy getting outside of Las Vegas for the day, you can head to Lee Canyon which is just an hour outside of the downtown area.
And guess what?
Here you can find real snow for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and more!
7. Say hi to Santa at the Springs Preserve Holiday Express (Closed in 2020 due to COVID)
Santa’s Magical Village awaits you…along with all the winter fun that you and your family could ever want to have.
Crafts, cookies, stories, and more all amongst the activities that you can participate in once you’re in Springs Preserve.
8. Visit Wynn’s Winter Wonderland
Wynn Las Vegas puts six intricately crafted villages on display for anyone wanting to see the magic of Christmas in miniature.
You can head to the Atrium of the Wynn Resort any hour of the day or night to see the wonderlands at no cost.
9. Go snow tubing (TBD for 2020)
At Winter Parq at the Linq Promenade, you can go tubing on a 30-foot-tall hill made of real snow.
You can pay $5 per ride or $20 for an all-day pass (a much better deal). Snow falls every half an hour to refresh the route!
10. Try out a holiday cactus instead of a Christmas tree
Hey – this is Christmas in the desert after all. Instead of a Christmas tree, head to Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden so that you can see half a million lights draped over three acres of cacti.
11. Do your Christmas shopping
Christmas is a time for giving after all! If you’re still finishing up your Christmas shopping, be sure to head to Fashion Show Mall where there are over 250 stores for you to choose from.
The perfect gift awaits you!
12. Go see a Las Vegas Christmas show
Did you know that a lot of the shows that run in Vegas will often have Christmas versions during the holiday season?
For example, head to see The Nutcracker, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” show or the themed “A Very Terry Christmas.”
13. Roast s’mores at Winter’s Village (previously November 17, 2019 – December 31, 2019)
Not everyone loves roasted chestnuts, but everyone certainly loves a good roasted s’more.
Head to Winter’s Village for this family-friendly activity (those aren’t always easy to find in Las Vegas!) during Christmas time.
14. Visit the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens for lights, snow, and poinsettias
Another beautiful Christmas display that’s just waiting for you. With a 20-foot snow-covered tree, thousands of poinsettias, and twinkling lights, you can’t miss it on your next trip to Vegas around the holidays.
15. Watch a creative Santa show at the Mandalay Bay (previously December 3 – December 24)
Most people will say they’ve met Santa at a mall where they sat on his lap.
Stop at the Mandalay Bay’s shark reef and aquarium to see Santa scuba dive! Yes, you heard that right.
Talk about a unique Christmas experience.
16. Visit a Christmas-themed Cowabunga Bay (Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021)
Cowabunga Bay is a popular, local waterpark.
They transform themselves every year with holiday decorations, lights, and family activities that help to make the experience extra special when you go during their winter season.
17. Go see the tallest Christmas tree at the Venetian
There are a lot of tall Christmas trees in Las Vegas, but the Venetian doesn’t mess around.
They put up a 65-foot tall tree every single year and put on a light show with over 50,000 programmable lights.
18. Do a holiday food tour
During the holidays, local food tours will often add seasonal items to the itinerary to make it Christmas themed.
19. Head to Fashion Show Mall for a holiday show (previously November 23 to December 24)
Fashion Show Mall hosts a “Believe in the Magic” holiday show each year at 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM each day. It’s a free show that highlights the magic of Christmas and your whole family can attend and enjoy!
20. Go all out for Christmas
Want to treat yourself? Merry Christmas to you!
Take a night flight via helicopter over the Strip where you can see all of the special Christmas decorations described.
It’s one of the most unique times a year to be in Vegas.
We hope to see you in Las Vegas this year and hope you enjoyed these Best Winter Holiday Things to Do in Vegas!