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10 Best Things to do at Christmas in Las Vegas

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10 best things to do at Christmas in Las Vegas

Las Vegas was recently named the #1 city for fun by Wallet Hub, no surprise right?! And...for the holidays it's no different; the fun ramps up even more!  Today I'm sharing the a local's guide : The top 10  things to do in Las Vegas at Christmastime.

The District at Green Valley Ranch

The District at Green Valley Ranch is hands down one of my favorite places in the area for shopping, dining and entertainment.  Located in Henderson just off the 215 Highway, it's a favorite with locals and tourists alike.  

LIVE, SHOP & DINE , and live here I do- so it seems!  I meet my coffee buddies here a few times weekly. It's a very lovely and beautiful gathering place, and offers something for everyone. The District at Green Valley Ranch boasts the ultimate shopping experience. Immerse yourself in a unique blend of specialty retailers and restaurants.

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The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Every season, the talented team at the Bellagio Hotel transform the 14,000 sq ft Botanical Garden into a visual explosion of colorful wonders. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter are all represented—and a special display for Lunar New Year.

The brilliant displays change every 3 months with the start of a new season. The plants and living materials are repurposed as much as possible when changing out the designs.  You will experience nature at it's best in this breathtaking display of flowers, trees and plants. Most of the materials used are living organisms, with very few man made materials used.

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Ethel M. Chocolates Cactus Garden Lights 

The Ethel M. Chocolate factory gardens come alive with lights, Santa Clause, chocolate and more!  We ventured out on brisk Nevada evening to celebrate the season at this stunning desert display of lights. 

Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee while you explore the massive garden of cacti decked out in every color of the rainbow.  The weather has cooled down considerably, and will have you in holiday mode right quick! 

The garden boasts over 1 million lights, unbelievable! When you're done touring the cactus garden, head inside to get a sample of creamy chocolate and shop for sweet holiday treats.  The entrance fee to the gardens is very reasonable. Online reservations are required.

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The Forum Shops at Ceasers Palace

Ceasers Palace is where you can shop til you drop!  The Forum Shops located at the Casino Hotel are  upscale designer boutiques. No worries, there are more shops to accommodate the shopper who is on budget and doesn't want to empty their bank account in one stop.

On display in the first floor lobby is another huge tree with stunning architecture for a backdrop.
The Forum Shops at Caesars are recognized as offering a premiere combination of luxury retail, central strip location, entertainment and ambient surroundings.

The Linq Promenade

On display here is one of the hugest Christmas trees I've ever seen, ha!  Enjoy a bite to eat at In n Out Burger while enjoying the holiday vibes of the Linq Promenade.  It's a hidden gem off the strip. Here you will find lotsa goodies to gift your loved ones for the holidays and good eats everywhere!

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Candy Cane House Henderson

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The Candy Cane house in Henderson features more than 49 trees and 18.000 lights,  each with a different theme. Every room inside, is decorated to match the lights. The organizer, Victor Cardenas was inspired to decorate the house as way to give back to the community. He is a cancer survivor and wants to help support local charities .

No entry fee is required. However Cardenas asks for monetary donations or hygiene products to benefit
Hopelink of Southern Nevada. Hopelink is a nonprofit that helps with transitional services for those with low income and experiencing homelessness.

Glittering Lights at LV Motor Speedway

Glittering Lights is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show with millions of  lights along a 2.5-mile drive. This is a MUST SEE holiday tradition to experience with family and friends. Glittering Lights will twinkle in your heart for years to come, with warm holiday memories.

 CNN Travel lists it as one of the “BEST PLACES TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN THE US” and is lauded as one of the “10 BEST ANNUAL EVENTS IN LAS VEGAS” by USA Today.  Glittering Lights is excited to share some new additions for the 2021 season.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Skating Rink

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Every Christmas season, the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan transforms into a winter wonderland on the rooftop.  At the rink, you can glide on 4,200 square feet of real ice, roast s’mores by the fire and enjoy the best in seasonal food and beverages. Get lost in a magical, park-like atmosphere with the glittering lights of Las Vegas for a back drop.

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The Ice Rink is named:  USA Today's 10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in North America  New at the rink this year: The Chalet, a fun winter experience like no other on the Las Vegas Strip. Enjoy the best of the season at this reimagined mountaintop escape featuring holiday d├ęcor, comfy seating and a toasty firepit. 

Reservations are required to skate, and enjoy the chalet or firepit. There is no charge to go in and look around.

Resorts World

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The newest casino on the strip is Resorts World. It opened this past June and has been a huge hit with  tourists and locals.  To celebrate it's first holiday season, the resort has been transformed into a mega winter wonderland!  

If you are in Las Vegas for the holidays, this is the spot to get amazing photos! The 50-foot LED Globe located in the center of The District is epic for snagging your snaps for instagram. The larger-than-life snow globe features captivating digital scenes for the season.

Not to be missed: the famous food street featuring a mecca of Asian cuisine along with options for fried chicken, barbeque and the like! Famous Foods Street Eats offers 16 food stalls spanning dumplings and lechon to fried chicken and barbecue
Miracle at Spring Mountain

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What is Miracle at Spring Mountain ? It's a Vegas Pop Up Holiday Cocktail Bar; with one- of- a- kind Christmas themed drinks at Sand Dollar Lounge .  Starting the week of Thanksgiving through-Dec.31st; themed holiday nights are planned . 

This coming Monday December 13 is Grinch Night, so if you are a big grouch; be sure to show up for your festive beverage! Hours are 3pm-4am daily, and no reservations required.

Sam's Town Casino & Mystic Falls

Sam's Town is my favorite Off the Strip Casino.  Sam's is located 15 min east of the Las Vegas strip on Boulder Highway.  An exciting and fun experience awaits you! The vibe is family friendly and offers entertainment for all ages. A bowling alley, theater, bingo hall, pool, and hotel offer a perfect weekend getaway.

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Capture a magical experience at the laser light show in center court at "Mystic Falls Park".  Free hourly shows happen daily between 4 and 10 p.m.  This beautiful water and light display happens, all year long minus the holiday theme and colors.

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..And it's a wrap! Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, be blessed and Merry Christmas.  Check out additional tips/guides for visiting Las Vegas here.

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  1. I love how Vegas goes all out for the holiday season! I'd really love to check out that LV Motor Speedway. So much festive inspiration here!

    1. I know right? I never knew there'd be so much holiday goodness when we moved here

  2. Thank you for sharing this great post Valerie. I enjoyed seeing your pictures and the details of these lovely places. Blessings.
    Visiting today from Inspire Me Monday #1&2

    1. Thank you Paula for Stopping by and your kind comment! I hope you have a blessed Christmas and New Year...Valerie

  3. I've actually never been to Las Vegas. I am loving all of these fun ideas of places to visit! The Bellagio Conservatory sounds beautiful!

    1. Hi Laura, I do hope you can visit someday. Lots of fun here!

  4. What fun things to do Valerie. We were out there at Christmas about 5 years ago, and we saw the Bellagio fun!!

  5. Oh wow! What fun things to do. Seeing the Bellagio botanical gardens is my favorite thing to do in Vegas regardless of the season.

  6. This all looks like a Winter Wonderland! I would love to see all of these places, as it really gets you in the spirit of the season! I have been to the Bellagio, but have only visited Vegas once. This would be a great time to go!
    Happy Holidays!
    jess xx

  7. So many fun places! I spend a lot of time in Las Vegas throughout the year and have already knocked a few of these off my list this holiday season. The cactus lights were really fun!

    Miles of smiles,

  8. I'd love to spend Christmas in Vegas. We stayed in the Bellagio one year over Halloween, it was spectacular.
    Thank you for linking with #pocolo and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  9. So many holiday things to do in Vegas! Ice skating at the Cosmopolitan would be so much fun!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  10. These places all look so pretty and festive! What great decorations! Thanks for sharing!

    Hope that you had a lovely Christmas last week :) We enjoyed spending a lot of time with family :)

    Away From The Blue

  11. Oh, I would love to go to Vegas at Christmas time. It looks beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Ageless Style!


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