Best Las Vegas Neighborhoods for Holiday Activities

Already known for its bright lights and fun activities, Las Vegas is a great place to spend the holidays. Whether you live in the suburbs or spend more of your time on The Strip, holiday activities are everywhere you look. Check out these Las Vegas neighborhoods for a variety of holiday fun.

The Strip

Bellagio Botanical Garden photo by Shutterstock

While the suburbs are a great place to spend the holiday, you’re missing out if you don’t venture over to The Strip at least once this holiday season. The Bellagio Botanical Garden has its seasonal exhibit “Majestic Holiday Magic” that features the Queen Bellisima and her enchanted icy kingdom. The new holiday display also includes fresh florals and other plants, as well as rotating soldiers, an adorned holiday tree, and polar bears, making it the perfect family photo opp.

The Cosmopolitan pool transforms into a winter wonderland with an ice skating rink, fire pits, and seasonal holiday foods like s’mores. You’ll also get to experience light snow showers if you’re there on specific dates. Fortunately, this ice skating rink is open until January 6, so you can still get your holiday cheer well after New Year's Eve.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile Arena has the Holiday Experience at the Park, which runs through December 31, and includes live entertainment, holiday beverages, photo ops, and other interactive experiences.

Henderson

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino photo courtesy of Lvtalon

Wherever you live in Henderson, you can bet that the holidays will find you. One of the most popular free attractions is the House on Robindale, the home of comedian and hypnotist Marc Savard, who performs a regular show at the V Theatre at Planet Hollywood. From Thanksgiving to post-Christmas, the house is decked in sparkling lights of every color and synchronized to music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every evening—a local favorite since 2010. You’ll see families parked right in front of the house or across the street to watch the illuminated spectacle. 

Ethel M Chocolate Factory also has its own holiday light display. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Holiday Cactus Garden runs from November 6 to January 6. Locals and tourists alike can kick off the holiday season by checking out the three-acre cactus garden decorated with one million lights. On select nights, visitors can see a live choir performance in the garden or take pictures with Santa.

As a bonus: If you take the tour of the chocolate factory through the gift shop and walk past the window where you can watch the chocolate being made, you’ll get a free sample at the end of the hallway, which is a sweet way to end your visit.

At Winter’s Village at Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, you’ll find an ice skating rink with real ice, Saturdays with Santa, and a holiday lounge area where you can sit back and relax while enjoying some holiday treats like hot cocoa and s’mores in front of a cozy fire pit. 

If you’re looking for something the kids will enjoy, you’ll want to bring them to Cowabunga Bay’s Christmas Town. This one-of-a-kind holiday event runs until December 31st and features festive light displays and decorations, bounce houses, a paintball zone, snow tubing, a Polar Express train ride, photos with Santa, and holiday desserts.

Summerlin

Red Rock Resort and Casino photo courtesy of kennejima

New to town this year is Winter’s Village at Red Rock Resort and Casino. Similar to Green Valley Ranch, this Winter’s Village includes ice skating, holiday desserts, and Saturdays with Santa. Depending on which night you go, there may also be free movies alongside these holiday activities.

At Springs Preserve, you’ll find the Holiday Express, which takes visitors on a train ride to Santa’s village. Families can spend time with Santa and enjoy fun activities like storytelling, crafts, cookie decorating, a Nutcracker display, and snow.

Also, Tivoli Village will host the Holiday Cheer Festival on December 22 for last-minute shoppers. There will be food trucks, artisan food vendors, holiday cocktails, and a hot chocolate bar. Each ticket includes a glass of champagne. Throughout the month, Tivoli Village is also offering free horse and carriage rides from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends until December 29. 

Near Summerlin, Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest is a cherished Las Vegas tradition. The magical forest is filled with lights, a synchronized music show, nightly entertainment, and holiday foods. Guests can also enjoy activities like the holiday train, avalanche slide, and mini golf until New Year’s Eve. 

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