Christmas In Las Vegas – 5 Must Do’s

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Christmas in Las Vegas is a blast.  Although we don't have have snow, we do celebrate Christmas right.  We decorate cactus with large amount of lights and go above and beyond everyone else. If you are going to celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas, here are the 5 coolest things to do. 

 

 

#1 BELLAGIO CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS

 

 

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes winter with a holiday display rich in nostalgia. The Conservatory and Botanical gardens really embody what Christmas in Las Vegas is really about and best of all, IT'S FREE.   This 14,000 square foot floral playground is always a pinnacle of beauty and never disappoints. You will find yourself in a world surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights, more than 28,000 poinsettias and a 42-foot tall holiday tree mixed in beautiful creation that brings the Spirit of Christmas to life.  This area is open 24 hours a day.  

THE YEAR'S HOLIDAY SHOWING         12/04/2015 -01/03/2016

When to go

The ideal time to go is in the mornings 8-10. The horticulture crews work in the morning repairing damaged displays and swapping out unsightly plants.  For our Christmas cards, I'd have the kids up early and we'd go there in the morning and get our pictures.   

If you can at all avoid it, try not to go at night. Unfortunately though, it's more beautiful at night.  Once the sun goes down, the Bellagio in general starts to become packed.  You will be herding around like cattle trying to take pictures at the same time everyone else it.  Impatient  guest will be trying to get buy backing up traffic even further.  You've been warned.  

Parking

I would always use level 2 with great success.  I wouldn't always find a spot at busy times but I had great success on this level.  Take the elevator to the ground level and upon entering the casino the botanical gardens are right in front of you.  As of late the kids now want to park on the roof every time we go into a parking structure.  NOTE: The the roof you can take nice photos with the Eiffel Tower in the background. 

While You're There

While your there, I have a couple more things that you should do

  1. Giant Chocolate Waterfall.  This is located down the hall behind the Botanical Garden.  (Worlds largest Chocolate Waterfall)
  2. Bellagio Check in area. This is also right outside the Gardens and it's decorated equally impressive. 
  3. Bellagio Watershow.  Put on your gloves and venture outside and watch the world famous Bellagio water show. 

#2 ETHAL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY

 

 

Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden in Henderson, NV. This is one of the coolest holiday things you can do in Las Vegas. Best of all, it's FREE.   You can easily spend about 30 minutes walking around the cactus garden experiencing the thousands of lights.  Santa also makes appearances in the evenings to the delight of the children. Be sure to bundle up with jacket, hat, and gloves because it can be very cold.  

PARKING

Parking has never really been an issue.  Throughout the evening people are coming and going enough that you may get a spot right up front.  If not, it will be a short walk.  

 

While Your There

People come for the light display but they stay for the chocolate. While your there....

  1. Take a self guided tour of the chocolate factory.  You walk down a long hall watching workers make chocolate.  On the walls are facts, history, and an explanation of how they make chocolate.  At the end of the tour there is a working passing out samples.  You can choose between milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate.   
  2. Order a hot chocolate.  Yes it's priced like Starbucks, but boy is it good.  They have some of the best hot chocolate you've ever had. 

 

#3 VENETIAN'S 65' CHRISTMAS TREE

 

 

The Venetian offers up a 65-foot-tall holiday tree that's the centerpiece of Doge's Palace plaza. Right out by the strip it's a great place to take some romantic Christmas pictures.The Venetian-inspired Christmas Tree is lit with 50,000 programmable LED lights and makes this "Nightly Holiday Spectacular" a must-see Vegas attraction.

Parking

I never liked parking at the Venetian.  It's kind of a pain.  My recommendation is as follows.  Exit highway 15 heading east on Spring Mountain.  At the first light take a right behind Treasure Island.  From here you can make your next right into the Treasure Island parking structure or you can make your second right and park in the Mirage parking structure.  They both provide fast access on and off the highway.  Anytime you can avoid the strip, avoid the strip.  

While Your There

  1. Go inside the Venetian and walk along the canal and go shopping. 
  2. Go across the street and watch the volcano show at the Mirage. 
  3. Check out the outdoor pirate show at TI's (Treasure Island).

 

 

 

#4 GLITTERING LIGHTS AT LV MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

 

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the Glittering Lights.  This is a drive-thru light show held annually and considered Nevada's largest Christmas Light Show by lighting up the speedway. Christmas in Las Vegas just won't be the same without it. Last year it was nationally recognized from CNN Travel and USA Todays 10 Best places to see Christmas Lights in the United States.  Glittering Lights doesn't disappoint either, featuring more than two million animated and sparkling displays along a 2.5-mile drive-through course. Enjoy many custom twinkling light displays, never-before-seen lights and some of your old favorites like the NASCAR scene and the Avenue of Trees which showcases more than 55 charities with custom dedicated signs and trees. You can buy Tickets online at Glittering Lights Tickets.

When

November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Time

Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost

$20 per car

Location

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV 89115

Discounts Give for Clothing Donations to Goodwill

INSIDERS TIP    

If possible go early before 7pm to beat traffic.  The line to get in builds up fast to get in.  If you get there late you could be waiting a while. 

#5 MAGICAL FOREST BY OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE

 

The Magical Forest is a very popular event in Las Vegas.  It's hosted by Opportunity Village. This is one of the largest and most popular Christmas events in Las Vegas.  They have more than 150,000 people that visit the Forest every year.  The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. 

 

Activities

  • A Forest Filled with Hundreds of Dazzling Trees
  • Forest Express Passenger Train
  • Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel
  • Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience
  • Avalanche Slide
  • Rudolph’s Raceway
  • Rod’s Mini-Golf
  • Nightly Entertainment For All Ages
  • Photos with Santa in his Workshop
  • Free Parking

 

Hours of Operation

Sunday-Thursday: 5:30-9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:30-10:00 pm

Location

The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 • Map It Between Rainbow and Jones Parking is behind the Magical Forest in the CSN parking lot.

 

For Tickets {CLICK HERE}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour Family Adventure

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Las Vegas For Kids

Las Vegas For Kids- The Candy Tour

 

Las Vegas For Kids- The Candy Adventure Tour

Las Vegas can also be for kids. Las Vegas doesn’t have to be all about the adults. Are you planning a Las Vegas family vacation?  Are you looking for things to do in Las Vegas for kids? Believe it or not, Las Vegas Casinos and the strip offer fun for the whole family.

Let me introduce you to Las Vegas for kids!!. If your looking for stuff to do with your children while in Las Vegas, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. The perfect Las Vegas walking tour for your family, The Candy Tour, is just the thing to step up your vacation.

Located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana.The Candy Tour is an easy walk, lots of photo opportunities, and can easily take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours.

THE CANDY TOUR

You can always park wherever you want. We exit highway 15 heading east and then make a right into the outside parking at Excalibur.  You can also park at any of the neighboring casinos. If your staying on the strip, you can catch a walk, catch a cab, or ride the bus to any of the casino's on this corner.

  1. After parking we walking through Excalibur. You’ll pass Dick’s Last Resort, keep going straight and you head outside.
  2. We cross the bridge and head to NYNY Casino. At NYNY you can check out the Statue of Liberty out front and take a walk to our first stop, the Hersey Chocolate World.
  3. Hersey Chocolate World- they have tons of cool things to look at and they have everything Hersey. They even have touch screens games and all kids love a glass elevator. Downstairs you can buy fudge, candy, ice cream, and other eatable treats. You can by every color Hersey kisses and pay per lb.  Check out the entire property before heading out.
  4. From there we cross the bridge towards the MGM, go down the escalator and head north up Las Vegas Blvd. towards the M&M store, M&M World.
  5. M&M World is even more crazy than the Hersey Chocolate World. You have 5 floors of everything you can think of M&M’s. Being a sponsor of Star Wars, you'll find a multitude of gifts. On the 5th floor they have a NASCAR M&M car that you can take a picture next to. Also, you can buy any color M&M’s on the 2nd floor for a premium. Once you’ve overloaded on chocolate you are ready for something to drink.
  6. Next door you’ll find the Everything Coca-Cola. After eating all the chocolate you need to wash it down with something, right?  Why not a Coke product?  Once again you can find memorabilia galore to purchase. On the second floor you can drink Coke’s from around the world. Our family favorite is this.
    a. Here’s something our kids love. You can purchase 12 flavor samples of coke from around the world. Some are really good and some are horrible. The kids love tasting all the crazy combinations. It’s around $8.
    b. You can also buy a more delicious coke alternative, float sampler. You get samples of coke products with vanilla ice cream. The price is around $6.

 

BONUS ADVENTURES

This Las Vegas for kids tour gives you ideas to customize your adventure. If you are looking for more things to do in Las Vegas with kids, here you go.They are all within a couple minutes walk.
1. Big Apple Roller Coaster and Arcade (NYNY Casino) You must be 54″ to ride the roller coaster. Great for older kids 10+.
2. Fun Dungeon (Excalibur Casino) Arcade games, carnival games and stuff for the whole family. Most of the arcade games were $.50 to $1 and the prize games were $2. For Kids 7+.
3. Free Tram connecting Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, and Luxur. There is a short wait time. Great for Small Kids. Kids love the fun ride.  For kids 6 and under.

THE TRAM

At the Excalibur you can take a free tram between Mandalay Bay, Luxur, and Excalibur.
(The tram goes in this order… Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, Luxur, back to Excalibur)
Mandalay Bay- Nothing really exciting for the kids unless you want to visit the Shark Tank.
Luxur- Pyramid themed Casino. In the center of the casino, they have a raised area with a Imax Theater, Body’s Tour (not for kids), and some random shops.

THE END

By this time the kids should be pretty tired, the sugar worn off,  and you can go on and complete your day. You’ll see that not everything in Las Vegas is is 21 and over.

NIGHT TIME TOURS

You can do this also at night. We’ve done it many times between 7-9pm. Just remember these safety tips.

• Just be careful for the guys passing out prostitute cards. They can't give you them if your with kids, but there are always a lot of them on the ground.
• It’s a lot more crowded overall at night. So keep your kids close and in sight. 
• More people drinking, loud, and cursing. Women are more provocatively dressed.
• There are people dressed up as characters. You can take pictures with them but usually they want a $1 tip. It’s not mandatory though.

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I hope you get a lot of information out of this Las Vegas for kids, walking tour. 

Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour
Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour
Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour