Are you planning on spending the holidays in Las Vegas? You are in for a treat! The entertainment capital of the world puts its best foot forward for the holidays, giving tourists and locals alike more reasons to spend the holiday season in the Sin City.
You best prepare yourself because like in the most part of the world, it’s going to be hectic! Thankfully, you’ll never run out of options for things to do because you will have an assortment of sights and activities to enjoy in Las Vegas.
The Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the major attractions in the city for the holiday season. The Glittering Lights holiday park is the closest thing you can get to experiencing the holiday magic in the Nevada desert. This holiday attraction lets you drive through millions of “glittering lights” (thus the name) for a spectacular reminder that the holiday season is here!
As the premier drive-thru light show in Nevada, it’s one of the most beloved traditions in Las Vegas. You can select from various holiday ticket options to suit your preference. You can also book a ride at the Santa Tram, which is ideal for kids and families. Several events are held along with this spectacular holiday show, so be sure to check out their calendar for those events.
The Reindeer Dash 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk is the perfect holiday activity for anyone who loves participating in marathons or looking for something active to do in the holidays. The marathon kicks off at Cornerstone Park in Henderson, Nevada. It is a run organized by the City of Henderson and will be held on December 17, Saturday.
All participants are encouraged to wear their most cheerful costumes (or your ugly Christmas sweater!) for the event. Souvenir shirts will be distributed to the participants. It’s an event suited for all fitness levels and ages!
Aria’s Winter Wonderland is one of the most anticipated holiday showcases in Las Vegas. This year, those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat because Aria Resorts’ impressive holiday display will be made entirely of edible treats!
The Winter Wonderland display took over 200 hours to build! A giant snow globe is the centerpiece of the attraction along with other holiday staples, such as a happy snowman and gingerbread man that is constructed out of dark chocolate. Meanwhile, there’s the trees that are built using 1,000 French macarons and 15 lbs of sugar cubes.
If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet craving after exploring this attraction, be sure to head on over to Aria Patisserie.
The Magical Forest is another winter wonderland that you can’t afford to miss, especially if you are looking for the top things to do for the holidays in Las Vegas. This attraction features glittering lights, excellent food, thrilling rides, and holiday cheers!
This year’s Magical Forest will be the 31st iteration of this Las Vegas holiday tradition. The best thing about visiting Opportunity Village and the Magical Forest is that every dollar spent here will go toward programs and services that support up to 3,000 disabled individuals at the Opportunity Village.
There is no better way to experience the holiday cheer than to give back to the community, especially those in need.
The Immersive Nutcracker is a new holiday attraction in Las Vegas. It uses state-of-the-art projection and sound to deliver a holiday spectacle like no other. This holiday attraction features the iconic music from Tchaljovsky along with magical photo ops for the entire family or couples visiting Las Vegas for the holidays.
This immersive holiday attraction is located at the top floor of The Shops at Crystals. It is open from 11 AM to 8:30 PM. Ticket prices start at $31.
The Mystic Falls Park is a holiday tradition in Las Vegas for decades now. The park will be decked out in gorgeous holiday décor and impressive laser light show. In addition, there will be lots of snow in Vegas for the entire duration of this holiday display.
Once the sun sets, the holiday celebration and shows begin at Mystic Falls Park. The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on November 23, so visitors will be able to marvel at the gorgeous tree until New Year’s Eve. The best part is that you can enter Mystic Falls Park for free!
Enchant Christmas is the perfect holiday adventure you never knew you needed! This stunning light maze show will take you through a wild hunt for Santa’s missing reindeer. It’s a holiday lights adventure like no other and there are two locations to choose from: Resorts World Las Vegas and Las Vegas Ballpark.
Other fun activities and attractions that you can enjoy include the ice skating rink, children’s playground area, a Christmas village, and meet-and-greet with Santa!
Parade of Lights is another recommended activity for anyone looking for the best things to do for the holidays in Las Vegas. The Parade of Lights will take place on December 3. It will feature up to 25 boats adorned with beautiful holiday decorations and lights.
This annual parade is organized by the Lake Mead Boating Association. These decorated boats will be available for display at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina from 3.30 PM to 6:30 PM. Visitors can also pick their favorite boat decorations. From 6:30 PM, the boats will depart from the marina and will parade across various parts of Las Vegas. Spectators can enjoy the gorgeous parade of boats from Boulder Beach.
The Winter Fest is one of the major holiday attractions in Henderson, NV. The first Winter Fest parade was held in 2019 and this year will be as exciting as the past years. It kicks off with the tree lighting ceremony and then the evening lights parade.
The Winter Fest parade will be held on December 1 at 7 PM. Head to the Water Street Plaza for the tree lighting ceremony and the parade will travel along Water Street. This holiday attraction is free so anyone can join!
The Summerlin Ice Rink is an 8,000-square foot ice skating rink set up near The Lawn Pavilion in Downtown Summerlin. If you’re into ice skating, you;ll want to check out this real-life ice skating rink and practice your skills. As you skate by under the stars, you’ll be able to enjoy the impressive view of the 40-foot holiday tree.
The skate rental at this ice rink costs $16. It is perfect for people of all ages. While you’re there, don’t forget to order the Sterling’s Hot Cocoa to keep you warm and cozy. The Downtown Summerlin Ice Rink will be available until January 17.