Top Ten Things to do in Las Vegas for the Holidays

1. Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M. Chocolates

If the idea of over half a million twinkling Christmas lights draped over three acres of cactus sounds exciting, then you must a visit the Chocolate Wonderland at Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden in Henderson, NV.  Inspired by the kitchen of Ethel Mars (which date back to 1910), Forrest Mars Sr. created Ethel M Chocolates in his mother’s honor.

The huge Ethel M’s cactus garden out front features a spectacular display of more than half a million holiday lights, chocolate houses and sculptures, and demonstrations of Ethel M Chocolate creations. The display will be open from Tuesday, November 7th – Jan 1, 2018. Admission to Chocolate Wonderland is free and includes a factory tour. Special seasonal chocolate collections are also available for purchase.

2. Vegas! The Show Holiday Spectacular Edition 

Join our show partner this holiday season as Vegas! The Show presents a holiday rendition of the performance at the Saxe Theater located inside the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops. From November 20th – December 31st 2017, the show will include additional fun filled dance numbers and festive costumes, while celebrating the timeless Holiday music made famous by your favorite Las Vegas stars! Ticket prices start at $99.99 for general admission.

3. Modern Day Sleigh Rides with Sundance Helicopters

Bring your kids for their very first helicopter ride aboard our modern day sleigh rides with special child rates from $59 for kids up to 12 years of age for tour dates of Dec. 22 – Jan 7, 2018. Saint Nick will also be available Dec. 22-24, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm at the terminal for photo opportunities, hand out holiday goodies, and for story times.

4. Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Christmas is a time for giving. What better way to give this time of year than a visit to the Magical Forest which is celebrating another year of providing holiday joy to the Las Vegas community. Join the more than 150,000 people that visit the Forest every year. Feast your eyes at the more than three million lights on hundreds of decorated trees. Ride the Forest Express passenger train, take a spin on the Carousel or visit Santa. There is fun for the whole family and plenty of special events and offers throughout the Forest season. Children general admission ticket prices start at $10.00 and adult general admission ticket prices start at $12.00.

5. New Year’s Eve Spectacular with Sundance Helicopters
Ring in the new year in the skies or atop a scenic overlook! We will be the only helicopter company flying on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Let’s welcome 2018 in style by viewing the fireworks extravaganza by air or at our private Red Rock overlook for an exclusive party with amazing fireworks across the Las Vegas skyline! Hurry! Book now from $499! Limited seating. Tour almost sold out!

6. Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan

This holiday season, The Cosmopolitan transforms the Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink. Located high above the Strip, guests will enjoy skating on over 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores by the fire pits, and warm cocktails. The Ice Rink also features light snow showers which occurs every 30 minutes. Tickets from $10.00.

7. Scuba Santa at the Silverton Aquarium

Visitors can see Santa Claus dressed up in scuba gear and submerged in the Silverton’s 117,000-gallon aquarium. Santa Claus will be swimming among the 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish this holiday season.

8. Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland

Considered one of the great Las Vegas attractions, the Mystic Falls indoor park at Sam’s Town goes through a transformation at Christmas time. Marking the kick off of the holiday season this time-honored tradition goes back to 1994, with decorations beginning in Sam’s Town’s porte-cochere and decorative snowflakes leading guests through the property to Mystic Falls Park. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts and snow-covered trees fill the atrium, and decor offers guests a glimpse inside Santa’s workshop, from elves making toys to loading up Santa’s sleigh with goodies for children. Bring your camera and enjoy this Winter Wonderland Décor.

Mystic Falls indoor park is a holiday haven this time of the year. A nine-minute laser light show is the centerpiece of the display featuring a variety of classic holiday songs, like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let It Snow,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

9. Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show

Make ‘tis the season for holiday cheer at the Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show inside the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. Guests of all ages will take part in the festivities as The Tournament of Kings Arena is transformed into a medieval winter wonderland with décor, music, costumes, cheer and “snow.” The show will feature magnificently designed holiday costumes, majestic banners, flags and new castle lights, which will be illuminated as Merlin conjures snowfall on the kingdoms.

Kings, queens, knights and maidens of all ages are invited to eat, drink and have a holly jolly time, while watching the legend of Prince Christopher’s journey toward knighthood unfold. Tickets from $65.00.

10. A December to Remember at the Neon Museum

You don’t have to wait for the holidays to appreciate the Neon Museum’s amazing collection of vintage Vegas signage, but everything’s brighter with some extra holiday cheer (and live caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir). Start with ornament-making and Santa snapshots, then at 5pm head into the Boneyard for hot cocoa and an after-dark stroll past the city’s illuminated history. This event is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

Las Vegas is the place to be during the holidays as it offers a giant list of “to-dos” for the family. ‘Tis the season to create memories and experiences.


Alex Younger