Thanksgiving is upon us, and that means Christmas is a little more than a month away. If you find yourself in Las Vegas for the holidays, and have no idea how to spend your time here, here are some of my favorite things to do around the city:
Visit the Bellagio Conservatory
The Bellagio Conservatory is the Vegas version of Rockefeller Center. The Bellagio goes all out for its displays year-round, but they take extra care when it comes to the Christmas display, creating a magical, winter wonder landscape in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.
Build a Snowman!
You might be surprised to learn you can find snow in Las Vegas. While it doesn’t snow in the city in any meaningful way, if you take a drive out to Mount Charleston, you will find the hills covered in white. Mount Charleston is a great place for skiing, snowboarding, and sipping on hot chocolate.
Go ice skating!
Yes, you can ice skate in the desert! The Golden Knights do it all the time at City Center (which you can do too), but the most popular place for skating is the Cosmopolitan. Every winter their pool turns into an ice rink, and guests get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience on the Las Vegas Strip. You can roast s’mores and drink hot cocoa when you’re not on the ice, or you can check out the action on the street below.
Check out a buffet
There’s never a bad time of year to go to a buffet, but the holiday spreads on the Strip are something everyone should try. My personal favorite is the one at T.I., but you can find a buffet at almost every hotel. Other ones around the city that I like include Red Rock and the M.
Check out Christmas light displays
For some impressive Christmas light display, head out to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s nowhere near the Strip so you’d need a car to see it, but it’s certainly worth the trip. The display used to take place at Sunset Park, but it moved out to the Speedway a couple years ago. It’s about 20-30 dollars
The Cactus Garden at Ethel M.
The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory celebrates the holiday season by decorating their famous cactus garden. It’s one of the biggest cactus gardens in the world, with more than 300 plants on display. You can check it out after one of their chocolate tasting class, or on its own.
Visit the Magical Forest
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If you’re traveling with kids, you can’t miss the Magical Forest. It is an annual celebration put on by Opportunity Village, an organization that helps adults with disabilities in the community. You and your kids can eat funnel cake, get on rides, and take pictures with Santa all while supporting a great cause, and experiencing the true meaning of Christmas.
Take part in the Santa Run
If you want to support a good cause and be active this Christmas, take part in the Santa Run. This 5k challenge is another event put on by Opportunity Village that takes place every year during the holiday season. You can run, you can walk, you can bring your dog, as long as you dress up like Santa Claus.
Experience Holiday at the Park
Holiday at the Park is an event for adults and children alike. This event takes place from November 29 to December 31 and starts with a tree lighting ceremony, with a Golden Knights viewing party to follow. From there, guests can take part in the live entertainment, games, and other events designed to ring in the holiday spirit.