While you may not see literal maids a-milking or lords a-leaping, if you’re planning a Christmas getaway to Las Vegas, chances are you’ll spot some ladies dancing and more than your fair share of golden rings.
Las Vegas is known for its elaborate displays and over-the-top spectacles, and the holiday season is no exception. Every year, casinos and attractions on the Strip and across the city attempt to outdo their competition by creating their own unique, extravagant holiday displays and experiences. From opulent decorations and multitudinous lights to towering Christmas trees and appearances from the Big Man in Red, there’s no shortage of festive fun to be had, whether you have two days or 12. And that’s just for Christmas—New Year’s Eve offers its own selection of sensational celebrations.
Christmas in Las Vegas 2019
Just about everything in Las Vegas is open on Christmas day, including shops, casinos, bars, restaurants, buffets, and attractions.PRO TIP: Double check the pricing at your favorite buffet. The price might increase on Christmas Day. If you want a nice sit-down meal, make a reservation or be prepared to wait in a long line.
Las Vegas may not be the first place you think of for a yuletide family vacation, but there are tons of family-friendly things to see and do around the city during the Christmas season. Here are our favorites:
1. The Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio fountains are a must-see any time of year, but they put on an extra-special show around the holidays, featuring performances of classic holiday tunes. Best of all, the show is totally free!
Performances run daily:
Saturdays + Holidays
|Every 30 minutes from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM|
Every 15 minutes from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
|Every 30 minutes from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM|
Every 15 minutes from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
|Every 30 minutes from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM|
Every 15 minutes from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
You can expect to hear these tunes during the 2019 Fountains of Bellagio Holiday Music shows:
- Hallelujah Chorus – Mormon Tabernacle Choir Cast
- Carol Of The Bells – Los Angeles Master Chorale
- O Holy Night – Placido Domingo
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Johnny Mathis
- We Need a Little Christmas – Johnny Mathis
- Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis
- Santa Baby – Madonna
While you’re there, step inside the Bellagio to see the Atrium and Conservatory. Both are completely done up for Christmas
2. The Bellagio Conservatory
The annual Christmas display at the Bellagio Conservatory will transport you out of the desert into a festive winter wonderland. Every year, the South Garden is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, more than 28,000 poinsettias, and a spectacularly-decorated Christmas tree that’s over 40 feet tall. The tree alone is decorated with more than 7,000 LED lights and 2,500 ornaments!
The North Garden is home to the ice queen—decorated in couture gown made of red and white roses, silver palmetto leaves, hydrangeas, and orchids—and her elves, soldiers, and polar bear guardians. Live holiday performances run nightly from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden.
Live holiday performances run nightly from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden.
Admission is free and the Holiday display at the Conservatory is open 24 hours a day from December 7, 2019 till January 4, 2020.HOLIDAY HISTORY: Watch a timelapse of every Bellagio Conservatory display since October 2011.
3. Winter PARQ at the LINQ Promenade
Starting December 1, the LINQ Promenade will transform into Winter PARQ, featuring decorations, carolers, holiday music, and a 35 foot tree. There will also be holiday shows nightly, every hour from 6:00-9:00 PM till December 30 at the Fountain stage, as well as the new Lights at the LINQ show. Keep your eyes on the High Roller Observation Wheel towering 550 feet above the Strip!
Don’t forget to check out Lights at the LINQ—it’ll be lit with more than 2,000 LED lights synced to holiday music, with light shows every hour on the hour between 6:30 and 10:30 pm.
4. Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
Every Christmas, the Cosmopolitan transforms its Boulevard Pool into an ice rink with more than 4,200 square feet of real ice to glide over. You can also roast s’mores by the fire pits, catch a holiday-themed double feature, or enjoy warm cocktails between light snow showers that fall every 30 minutes.
The ice rink is open November 20, 2019-January 5, 2020 (closed NYE) from 2:00 PM till midnight Monday-Friday, and noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20 for all-day skating access, plus a $5 skate rental fee. If you don’t plan to skate, entry to the ice rink area is free.
5. Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens
The Palazzo puts on its own holiday display, including 20 foot snow-covered trees, holiday lights, and thousands of poinsettias. Admission is free, and the area is open to the public 24 hours a day.
6. Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden
Who needs Christmas trees when you have Christmas cacti? 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of this Las Vegas holiday staple, featuring more than half a million lights draped over three acres of cacti, as well as chocolate houses and sculptures and live demonstrations of Ethel M chocolate creations. The lights are switched on each night between 5:00-10:00 PM, from November 5, 2019-January 5, 2020.
Admission is free and includes a factory tour.The factory is open until 4:00 PM on December 24 and 31, but closed December 25.
7. Springs Preserve Holiday Express
Head to the nearby Springs Preserve and take a train ride to Santa’s magical village, where you can take a photo with Santa, make holiday crafts, decorate cookies, hear holiday stories, and more. Riders can hop aboard each weekend from Friday-Sunday, with 10 trains departing daily every half hour from 11 AM till 7:15 PM. Spaces are limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $12 for non-members. Children aged 2 and under are free.
8. Santa in the Shipwreck
Santa makes a stop at Mandalay Bay’s famous shark reef and aquarium every weekend from December 7 until Christmas Eve, but this isn’t your standard visit. Instead of waiting in line to snap a pic with Santa, watch him don his scuba gear and jump into the shipwreck waters!
Admission is $25 for adults and $19 for children 4-12, or free for children under 3. It includes a treat and complimentary picture with Santa Claus and Santa Jaws for children 12 and under. Doors are open from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
9. Christmas Tree at the Venetian
If the 40-foot tall Christmas tree at the Bellagio Conservatory doesn’t cut it for you, make sure you check out the 65-foot tree at the Venetian. It’s truly a spectacle to behold, with over 50,000 programmable lights and a nightly light show.
10. Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show
The Tournament of Kings arena is transformed into a medieval winter wonderland, with a seasonal show featuring holiday costumes, lights, and a magically conjured snowfall courtesy of Merlin. And of course, there’s a holiday-inspired three-course meal—no utensils, of course.
The Tournament of Kings holiday dinner show runs from November 20-December 31. Tickets start at $66.
11. Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland
Inside the Sam’s Town hotel, you can find the wooded, waterfall area of Mystic Falls Park. At any other time of year, you can catch the Sunset Stampede Laser Light and Water Show, which “chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, dancing water and a state-of-the-art laser light show”. But every December, Mystic Falls transforms into a Winter Wonderland, complete with a seasonal update that includes Santa’s workshop, and the addition of holiday classics to its laser light show music.
Free to enjoy and open 24/7, holiday laser light show performances run every two hours between 2:00pm and 10:00pm daily, from November 27, 2019-January 1, 2020.
12. Night Flight Over the Strip
Get a bird’s-eye—er, Santa’s eye?—view of the Strip on a helicopter night flight over the dazzling lights of Vegas’s most iconic casinos and resorts, as well as historic Fremont Street. For some added holiday luxury, upgrade your night flight and travel to and from your chopper in a stretch limousine!
Other Holiday Concerts, Shows, Sights, and Events
- Glittering Lights – November 8, 2019-January 5, 2020 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade – Fridays & Saturdays from November 15-December 21 on Park Centre Drive in Downtown Summerlin
- Snow in the Square – November 16-December 23 at Town Square Park
- Santa’s Wonderland – November 16-December 24 at the Bass Pro Shops
- Holly-dome at Adventuredome – November 28-January 2, 2020 at Circus Circus
- A Very Terry Christmas 2 – November 29-December 30 at the Mirage
- Christmas Town – November 29-December 31 at Cowabunga Bay
- Holiday at The Park – November 29-December 31 at The Park
- Underwater Santa at the Silverton Aquarium – Saturdays & Sundays in December at Silverton Casino Hotel
- The Magical Forest – Nightly through January 4, 2020 at Opportunity Village
- Wynn’s Winter Wonderland – December 1-31 in The Atrium at Wynn Las Vegas
- Michal Grimm: It’s a Grimm Christmas Full of Holiday Spirits – December 6 & 7 at The Smith Center
- Las Vegas Philharmonic Holiday Concerts – December 6 & 7 at The Smith Center
- Deana Martin Holiday Cheers – December 8 at The Smith Center
- WinterFest 2019 – December 13 & 14 at Henderson Events Plaza
- Clint Holmes: Holmes for the Holidays – December 13-15 at The Smith Center
- Nevada Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – December 13-24 at The Smith Center
- Tyriq Johnson: A Taste of Christmas – December 16 at The Smith Center
- Michelle Johnson’s Vintage Christmas – December 22 at The Smith Center
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas 2019
Photo Credit: InSapphoWeTrust via Wikimedia Commons.
Check out last year’s detailed guide to spending NYE in Las Vegas. This year’s New Year’s Eve guide is coming soon!
Here are a couple of tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Strip:
- The upper floors of parking garages are great places to view the fireworks. For an ultra-luxe experience, take a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel, or hit up the SkyFall Lounge on the 64th floor of Delano Las Vegas, or the Foundation Room atop Mandalay Bay.
- Dress warm—it’ll be colder at night than you might expect.
- Be prepared for crowds.
- In an effort to ensure the crowds indoors stay within the occupancy limits set by county officials, some hotels only allow entrance if you can prove you are a guest.
- Alcohol is allowed on the street, as long as it’s not in a metal or glass container.
- The Las Vegas Monorail will be the only public transportation running on the Strip, with trains running till about 3:00AM.
Whether you’re planning a last minute holiday getaway or your Las Vegas Christmas vacation has been on the books for months, make sure you check out the spectacular holiday displays and attractions while you visit. Here’s where you can find them:Get ready for your trip to Las Vegas with our travel tips: