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}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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