Did you know they actually have holiday events in Las Vegas? You may be skeptical. After all, nothing says Christmas like a Jack Frost slot machine in the desert, right?
Actually, you’ll probably be surprised to learn just how many magical winter wonderlands you can find in Las Vegas—and then there’s New Year’s Eve, where fireworks blast into the darkness beyond the colorful neon lights and the champagne flows all night long.
Angela O’Hare, voted “Favorite Las Vegas Realtor,” says, “Let’s face it, Las Vegas is known for doing everything big. Christmas is no exception. The holiday season is actually a great time to visit Las Vegas and this year most resorts are promoting socially-distanced Christmas family fun. Things to do in Las Vegas in December are plentiful but few cities beat Las Vegas for Christmas, especially with kids.”
We rounded up five of the finest ways to channel your inner-“elf” at holiday events in Las Vegas.
5 Fabulous Holiday Events in Las Vegas
Holiday festivities in Las Vegas begin as Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway welcomes thousands of annual visitors to take a 2.5-mile drive in their cars through the light course, nightly from now until January 9, 2022. Tickets range from $25 to $85
People of all ages can visit the Silverton’s Underwater Santa on Saturdays and Sundays in December and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Bring the kids and take lots of pictures of the Underwater Santa and his elves. Santa is equipped with a microphone that allows him to listen to and speak with children. The aquarium is free to the public.
Each holiday season, Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan is transformed into an ice-skating rink. Experience a winter wonderland above The Las Vegas Strip with ice skating, fire pits, warm cocktails, s’mores, and breathtaking views. At The Ice Rink, you can skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice, roast s’mores by the fire, listen to cheery music and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings. Open from now until January 2, 2022. Tickets range from $15 to $30.
Each year the Las Vegas Great Santa Run attracts thousands of runners and walkers from all over the world to Downtown Las Vegas. In addition to being the most fun you’ll ever have wearing a five-piece Santa suit, this event is one of Opportunity Village’s most important fundraisers, with all proceeds benefiting the programs and services for over 3,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Nevada. In-Person Event – December 4, 2021 / Virtual Event – December 4-26, 2021. Tickets are $40 for adults; children get free admission.
The 34th anniversary of the Roper Cowboy Christmas takes place at Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls during the National Finals Rodeo from December 2-11. This has been a Las Vegas tradition since 1986. The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas features more than 500,000 square feet of show floor and more than 350 exhibitors from across the United States. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to the exhibit is free.