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12 Days of a Vegas Christmas — Your Guide to Christmas in Las Vegas

While it is rarely a white Christmas in Las Vegas, the holiday season in the city is not without its share of magic and festive spirit. Every year, casinos and attractions across the town create exciting and extravagant holiday displays and experiences. From over-the-top decorations and towering Christmas trees to special seasonal events and appearances from the Big Man in Red, there’s no shortage of festive fun to be had in Sin City, whether you have two days or 12 to explore.

Let’s peel back the wrapping and take a peak at what Vegas has to offer in 2022:

Christmas in Las Vegas 2022

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 set to classic holiday tunes. Best of all, the show is totally free!

Performances run daily:

Monday-FridayWeekends + 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

Based on previous years, you might hear these tunes during the 2022 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. 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 on select nights.

The ice rink is open November 15, 2022-January 2, 2023.

DatesHours
November 15-December 19Monday-Friday: 4-11 PM
Weekends: Noon-11 PM
November 23Noon-11 PM
November 24 & 25Noon-Midnight
December 24 & 25Noon-Midnight

Admission is $30 for all-day skating access and includes skate rental. If you don’t plan to skate, entry to the ice rink area is free.

New for 2022: Extended dates for Date Skate— from November 15, 2022 to January 2, 2023, you can enjoy a movie night under the stars at Date Skate every Monday and Tuesday, as well as on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

For more special event information, visit The Ice Rink.

Las Vegas Christmas Lights + Decorations to See

3. The Bellagio Conservatory

bellagio conservatory decorated for christmas

The annual Christmas display at the Bellagio Conservatory will transport you out of the desert into a festive winter wonderland. Every year, the Conservatory 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!

This year’s theme sees visitors enjoying “Gingerbread Dreams, A Holiday Confection”, showcasing a “charming life-sized gingerbread-style cottage…an elf gingerbread making scene, and…the playful family of Coca-Cola® polar bears”.

Admission is free and the Holiday display at the Conservatory is open 24 hours a day from November 19, 2022 till January 1, 2023.

HOLIDAY HISTORY: Watch a timelapse of every Bellagio Conservatory display since October 2011.

4. Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

If you’re in town for the holidays, you can’t miss Nevada’s largest drive-thru light show. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 2.5 mile course is illuminated with 5 million LED lights that make up more than 600 animated displays. It opens at 5:30pm and runs from November 10, 2022 to January 8, 2023. Admission starts at $29 per vehicle.

If you don’t have a rental car, or for any reason you’d prefer to be a passenger rather than the designated driver, you can take the Santa Tram through the Glittering Lights experience on select nights in December. Santa Tram tickets start at $20 per person.

6. Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden

las vegas christmas holiday season ethel m cactus garden
Image Source: Zan Ready via Flickr.

Who needs Christmas trees when you have Christmas cacti? 2022 is the 29th 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, 2021-January 2, 2022.

There is a $1 entrance fee per person. This money is donated to Help of Southern Nevada and Three Square Food Bank. They are also collecting toys and non-perishable food items for these charities.

No reservations are required this year.

The factory is open until 4:00 PM on December 24 and 31, but closed December 25.

6. Santa in the Shipwreck

Santa sometimes makes a few surprise stops at Mandalay Bay’s famous shark reef and aquarium, 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!

Santa’s schedule hasn’t been shared for 2022, but last year, Santa appeared at random intervals between December 21 and Christmas Eve. Once Santa had been spotted, guests had “the opportunity to take home a special photo memory with “Diving Santa.” Upon entry, a photo will be snapped in front of a green screen and after a little holiday magic, the final image can be picked up at the conclusion of the aquarium visit.”

Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM-8:00 PM. Last admission is at 7:00 PM.

7. Christmas Tree at the Venetian

las vegas christmas holiday season venetian tree

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.

8. 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, a nightly snow show, and the addition of holiday classics to its laser light show music.

Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland is free to enjoy and open 24/7. Holiday laser light show performances run every two hours between 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm daily from November 23, 2022-January 1, 2023.

9. Aria Resort & Casino Festive Lobby Display

ARIA’s winter setup is a must-see for any holiday die-hard. Last year’s display was composed entirely of chocolate, sugar, and fondant handcrafted by a team of their pastry chefs. It featured beautiful and tasty items like a life-size gingerbread man, donut tower, sugar-filled candy canes, an overflowing cup of hot cocoa, ice cream cones, snowflakes and more.

This year’s display doesn’t disappoint either—according to their 2022 press release, this year’s display is called “The North Star” and guests can expect to see over 90 pounds of fondant and 2,000 pounds of sugar. It took over 100 working hours to build, and is composed of:

  • More than 10,000 twinkle lights and 10,000 individual crystals
  • Real flocked evergreens, soft dusty miller plants and white florals
  • Delectable cream puffs and madeleines make for sweet holiday décor in the ARIA Patisserie window and the flowers adorning the trees are made completely of rice papers

Make sure you pick up your own Christmas candies and confections at the ARIA Patisserie, which is currently offering holiday sugar cookies, gift boxes, and more.

Las Vegas Christmas Events

10. Merry Crimson at Red Rock Resort Casino

An annual Vegas tradition, each year the Red Rock Resort Casino transforms its indoor/outdoor poolside lounge into Tinsel Town with the return of Merry Crimson. The lounge will “be draped in sophisticated and glamorous holiday décor and the vibrant destination will welcome guests to jingle and mingle in a picturesque escape filled with the city’s most festive cocktails, live DJ-spun music, fire pits and photo moments galore.”

Red Rock Resort Casino hasn’t yet shared their updated hours for 2022, but last year guests could visit Merry Crimson Fridays & Saturdays 5 PM-1 AM and Sundays 5 PM-12 AM

11. Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show

The Tournament of Kings arena is transformed into a medieval winter wonderland for “‘Twas the Knight”—a seasonal show featuring holiday costumes, lights, and a magically conjured snowfall courtesy of Merlin. And of course, there’s a holiday-inspired meal.

The Tournament of Kings holiday dinner show runs from November 23-December 25. Tickets start around $71.

12. Night Flight Over the Strip

Get a bird’s-eye—er, reindeer’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!

Guests must provide their own transportation to our Las Vegas Terminal located at 5060 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV.

See the glittering lights of fabulous Las Vegas in a luxury helicopter! Upgrade your tour and

Las Vegas Night Flight Helicopter Tour

$94

Fly over the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip at night!

$94 Per Person

Guests must provide their own transportation to our Las Vegas Terminal located at 5060 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV.

See the glittering lights of fabulous Las Vegas in a luxury helicopter! Upgrade your tour and travel to McCarran International Airport by shuttle. Airport fee is included in your price.

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NOTE: Want to spend your Christmas at the Grand Canyon? All our tours run on Christmas Day!

Las Vegas Christmas Weather

Las Vegas is known for its heat, but it does cool off in the winter. Around Christmas time you can expect daytime temps of 56 F and overnights around 35 F, though the temperature can drop even further and sometimes the city even gets snow! Typically only trace amounts will fall, but there are years on record (as recent as 2019) where it has snowed a couple of inches.

When visiting Las Vegas for Christmas, plan to pack warm layers and a light jacket for the evenings, just in case it gets colder than you expect.

Christmas Magic

Regardless of whether you are looking for kid-free fun or family-friendly activities, Las Vegas has lots of holiday things for you to do in 2022.

Get ready for your trip to Las Vegas with our travel tips:

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About Ria Borja

Ria is a Customer Experience Manager at Canyon Tours and an avid lover of the outdoors. When she isn't helping other travelers check destinations and dream vacations off their bucket lists, she's busy exploring the Southwest. Her favorite place to visit is (unsurprisingly!) the Grand Canyon.

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