10 Reasons to take the Kids to Las Vegas for Christmas this Year

Updated November 29, 2016

1. Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway lasts from Friday, November 11, 2016 through Saturday, January 7, 2017 beginning at 5:30 each evening. This attraction will give the whole family 2.5 miles of lights to drive through among 500 animated displays and 4 million twinkling lights. Celebrating it's 16th year, this year will include Santa's Village with a heated snow castle tent and snow making machines providing a winter wonderland for pictures with Santa, the Nutcracker and Frosty while drinking a cup of hot chocolate! Cost is only $20 for as many people you can fit into a car!
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Address: 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N Las Vegas
Phone: 702-926-7402
Website: www.VegasGlitteringLights.com

2. Opportunity Village's Magical Forest


Experience the Magic! Celebrate the holidays with a cherished southern Nevada tradition ? the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. The cost is $35 for two.

3. The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan


For the fifth year in a row, the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas transforms into a winter wonderland high above Las Vegas Boulevard with the return of The Ice Rink on November 19, 2016 (yay! It's only $20 for tickets!). Engage in this popular winter activity on the strip! There are many holiday ice rinks that pop up as the weather gets colder, including Caesar's Chalet and the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan hotel. The one at the Cosmopolitan is extra special during the season because they transform their rooftop Boulevard Pool into a skating rink. In additional to gliding along the ice, guests can enjoy fire pits while making s'mores and warm cocktails. The Ice Rink is also guaranteed a real snow shower every 30 minutes. Adults and children alike will be sure to enjoy this winter extravaganza with everything you could want for your ultimate holiday escape. The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitain is open November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

Ice Rink hours are:
Monday - Friday: 2PM - Midnight
Saturday - Sunday: Noon - Midnight
Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017: Noon - Midnight Daily

Snow Shower hours are:
Friday - Sunday: 7 - 11PM from November 25, 2016 - December 18, 2016
Tuesday - Sunday: 7 - 11PM from December 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Skate Rental: Ice skating admission includes all-day skating access and skate rentals.
$20 daily
$10 with local ID or hotel guests from Monday through Thursday
Skate aid 90-minute rental is $10

4. Holiday at the Park


In case you haven't heard of The Park, it's an immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district located between Monte Carlo Resort and New York - New York. Bring the whole family by and have some fun at the Ice Rink at The Park. There will be tents with hot cocoa and winter treats such as rice crispy snowmen, and gingerbread cookies! And carolers...yes there'll be carolers each evening. And what's a holiday without Santa? Get your picture taken with Santa for $20. The cost for ice skating is $15 per person.

5. Winter PARQ at The LINQ Promenade


LINQ Las Vegas is a new entertainment district that offers their own holiday celebrations all in one spot. The area is transformed with decorations, holiday music, and carolers for the season and features a 30 foot snowy hill made for tubing. Adventurous tubers will be able to ride down the hill in real snow with incredible festive scenery all around. For those who want to experience the district from above, the LINQ also boasts the world largest Ferris wheel, the Las Vegas High Roller. The attraction brings riders 55 stories up, allowing everyone to view all of Las Vegas from a whole other perspective. The usual bright lights from the strip combined with all the additional Christmas lights will surely create a wonderful sight to see.


6. Bellagio Conservatory Holiday Display

Bellagio has multiple attractions to celebrate Christmas in style. Their Conservatory and Botanical Garden will be decked out in festive decorations with thousands of poinsettia plants and endless twinkling lights, all leading up to a 42 foot tall holiday tree. The majestic tree is adorned with 7,000 white LED lights and 2,500 ornaments with a model train running all around it. The gardens also feature other amazing seasonal creations, such as giant 12 foot snow globes and a family of polar bears made entirely out of carnation flowers. After your family's visit to the Conservatory, you can head outside to watch the Bellagio's famous fountain show. The free water show will be set to Christmas music to really get into the spirit of the occasion.

7. The Nutcracker


This popular holiday show is a great tradition that can still be kept up while in Vegas. The Nevada Ballet Theatre at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center perform the classic story of Clara and her prince with expertly executed dance technique. Parents and children alike will enjoy this full orchestra musical spectacle of the theater with this great show, always perfect for Christmas celebrations.

8. Christmas Tree at The Venetian


The Venetial hotel also has their own holiday spectacle. Their 65 foot tree is the centerpiece of Doge's Palace plaza and is lit with 50,000 programmable LED lights. Every night the tree is lit up and features a marvelous light show for all guests and passersby to enjoy.

9. Scuba Santa at the Silverton Aquarium


Silverton Casino Hotel also has its own aquarium that is free to the public where everyone can ogle the 4,000 sharks, stingrays, and tropical fish. During the holiday season, the aquarium even has special Santa Claus visits. However, this is no ordinary Santa sighting, jolly St. Nick puts on scuba gear and goes swimming with his elves and the aquarium animals! To add even more amazement, this underwater Santa is equipped with a microphone that allows him to listen and speak to visiting children on the other side of the glass while he's diving. Kids of all ages will love this aquatic twist on their favorite Christmas characters.

10. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden

Get the true experience of Christmas mixed with the Las Vegas desert with the kids at Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The Cactus Garden is decorated with endless strands of lights, creating a sparkly holiday wonderland with a prickly twist. After gazing in awe over three acres of twinkling cacti, head inside to the chocolate factory where the kids will enjoy not only watching their favorite treat being made, but will also see various chocolate houses and sculptures that look too good to eat. Admission to the factory and garden is free, and Santa may also make a special appearance during your visit.

11. The Shops at Crystals - ARIA Las Vegas

It wouldn't truly be Christmastime without a little shopping. The Crystals shopping center at ARIA hotel celebrates the holidays in full force with major decorations including fresh flowers, tall pine trees, and sparkling lights. Tons of red poinsettias adorn the halls and shiny candy cane colors in every direction delight the eye. Even if you don't feel like shopping in the high end stores, the décor makes the mall well worth the trip to get everyone in a festive mood.