“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in the Entertainment Capital of the World, where there’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the neon glow.
Festive decorations and sparkling lights have ushered in the jolly holiday season in Las Vegas, which shines merry and bright as the ultimate destination for visitors looking to celebrate with some holiday cheer.
Offering an abundance of holiday festivities to take part in, Vegas embraces the spirit of the season and welcomes visitors to join the yuletide fun.
If you’re just as obsessed with Christmas as Jack Skellington, you must visit AREA15 this holiday season for an immersive viewing experience of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Through Dec. 25, guests can experience a 3D projection-mapped screening of the cult holiday classic surrounded by Halloween Town.
Each adult ticket includes a specialty cocktail inspired by a memorable scene from the movie. In addition to this unique experience, guests can also take snapshots by AREA15’s majestic, 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.
ARIA Resort & Casino Lobby Display
ARIA Resort & Casino is sweetening up the holiday season with its festive lobby display, handcrafted by a team of ARIA pastry chefs and made of chocolate, sugar and fondant pastry art creations. The delightful and delicious display, taking 200 working hours to complete, features an exquisite snow globe, trees made of French macarons, and a 6-foot-tall gingerbread man made with 100 pounds of dark chocolate. With sugar-filled candy canes, snowflakes and an overflowing cup of cocoa, the entire installment required over 150 pounds of fondant, 600 pounds of sugar and 550 pounds of chocolate.
The Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Conservatory & Botanical Garden at Bellagio Resort & Casino celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with its annual holiday installation, which features no less than 13,250 white carnations and 7,500 poinsettias. Titled “Holiday Time,” the display is complete with a 42-foot fir from Mt. Shasta, illuminated by 7,000 LED lights and 8,700 glistening ornaments. Visitors can take in picturesque displays, including a cozy Swiss ski chalet and Santa’s sleigh filled with gifts, before strolling over to watch the Fountains of Bellagio dance to holiday classics like “Santa Baby” and “O Holy Night.”
The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink and Boulevard Pool
For the tenth holiday season, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomed the return of The Ice Rink as Boulevard Pool transforms into a holiday spectacle high above the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors can enjoy roof-top ice skating on more than 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores at fire pits, seasonal cocktails, classic holiday films and breathtaking views surrounded by vibrant city lights.
Las Vegas Ballpark Light Maze
Guests will be immersed in the magic of the holiday season at Enchant, a whimsical Christmas Light Maze and Village at Las Vegas Ballpark. Be dazzled by the spectacle of lights while sampling holiday treats and exploring the artisan Christmas market. Running through Jan. 2, Enchant also features an Ice Skating Trail and pictures with Santa.
Excalibur “Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight”
The Tournament of Kings Arena at Excalibur Hotel & Casino transforms into a magical and medieval winter wonderland, as “Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight” returns for the holiday season. Audiences will witness Merlin summon snowfall while listening to holiday-inspired music and poems performed by the cast and taking in the magnificent costumes illuminating the festive season. The popular tradition at The Strip’s longest-running dinner show runs through Dec. 27.
Flamingo Holidays at Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Tis the season to be jolly at Flamingo Las Vegas, where twinkling lights and whimsical ornamentation have covered the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. In addition to the spectacular seasonal décor, the Flamingo Holiday Festival transports guests to a winter wonderland with a menu of holiday libations and sweet treats. Don’t forget to snap a pic with the life-size snow globe.
Christmas Tree at The LINQ
People will be rocking around the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at The LINQ Promenade, which transformed into an enchanting holiday destination complete with a sparkling holiday light show on the High Roller, one of the tallest observation wheels in the world. Guests can enjoy a variety of festive food and drink options as well as special seasonal offers throughout the bustling shopping, dining, and entertainment district.
Terry Fator’s A Very Terry Christmas at the Liberty Loft
Have a hearty holiday laugh at Terry Fator’s A Very Terry Christmas at the Liberty Loft inside New York-New York Resort & Casino, as the America’s Got Talent champion ventriloquist performs a special show featuring Christmas classics with his funny friends through Jan. 1.
“Season of Sparkle” at The Venetian
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas celebrates the “Season of Sparkle” with a festive lineup of holiday happenings. Visitors can get into the holiday spirit with the Streetmosphere Holiday Spectacular at Grand Canal Shoppes, where Streetmoshpere performers will sing traditional carols (in Italian, of course) and the Clock Tower in St. Mark’s Square will be illuminated with a holiday-themed digital show. This is Christmas, a holiday spectacular at Palazzo Theatre, features Broadway and American Idol stars singing everyone’s favorite yuletide tunes backed by a live band. Other holiday offers include winter-inspired treatments at Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness and festive libations at The Cocktail Collective (The Dorsey Cocktail Bar, Rosina Cocktail Lounge, Electra Cocktail Club). The resort also has gifts for purchase, including a holiday gift box from estiatorio Milos and an e-cookbook featuring recipes from the Grand Canal Shoppes restaurants, and offers Holiday Suite Experiences for resort guests to upgrade their stays with festive décor—including a 7-foot-tall designer Christmas tree.
More holiday happenings can be found at Visitlasvegas.com