Festive and Fun Times: Las Vegas' 10 Best Holiday Attractions

The holidays in Las Vegas are filled with decorations and celebrations on a huge scale. This is a city that loves bright, twinkly lights and parties all year round, and the fall and winter holidays are no exception.

In late October, things start getting festive in Las Vegas and the celebratory mood stays until the Chinese New Year. The holiday season in Vegas is filled with parties, festivals, fireworks and decorations--lots of decorations. Plenty of local attractions off the Strip are also fun for families, and during Christmas Santa is usually easy to find.

The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens changes with each season, and its Christmas and Chinese New Year displays are crowd pleasers, not to mention terrific photo opportunities. The elaborate floral designs will bring out the photographer in anyone.

New Year's Eve is always a great time in Las Vegas, with two major celebrations going on: America's Party on the Vegas Strip and Downtown Countdown on Fremont Street Experience. Crowds in both places brave the cold to be a part of these gigantic block parties. Downtown party-goers pay a cover and have several bands to check out, plus they enjoy an amazing light show on the overhead canopy. On the Strip, part of the entertainment is the crowd itself, which swells into streets at midnight to see the famous roof-top fireworks light up the sky for miles.

For more on these and other can't-miss events, read on for Las Vegas’ 10Best holiday attractions.

Northwest Las Vegas
Dia de Muertos
Photo courtesy of Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve is a well-known family destination with museums, gardens and trails, and it's also home to the popular annual Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration. Dia de los Muertos is a 3,000 year-old Hispanic tradition that...  Read More

East Las Vegas
Mystic Falls Park
Photo courtesy of Boyd Gaming

Every year Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall's transforms its pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show into the Winter Wonderland experience. This year the attraction was given a make-over, and this year is debuting a new holiday...  Read More

Glittering Lights
Photo courtesy of Gabe Ginsberg

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been entertaining people for years with its array of lights and sounds. Featuring more than 500 animated and sparkling displays and millions of lights, the 2.5-mile LED course is...  Read More

Las Vegas may be in the desert, but that hasn't stopped the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from putting in an ice skating rink from November 19, 2016, to January 1, 2017. You'll find fire pits, plenty of places to sit, and a menu of warm cocktails...  Read More

The Chinese New Year is on January 28 in 2017, and in Las Vegas there will be plenty of festivities to mark the Year of the Rooster. Displays will be up all over the Strip and in Chinatown to mark this important holiday. In recent years the...  Read More

Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden
Photo courtesy of Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden

Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden has been one of Las Vegas' premier holiday attractions for the past 20 years, charming families with an incredible display of lights. The 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden, located adjacent to the Ethel M...  Read More

Magical Forest
Photo courtesy of Opportunity Village

The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village has been a holiday tradition in Las Vegas for years. Every year, the grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland scene, with hundreds of trees lit with millions of bright LED lights and whimsical...  Read More

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is one of Las Vegas' busiest places during the holiday season, delighting the crowds with beautifully designed exhibits. From September through January, the displays change three times for...  Read More

Downtown Countdown
Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience

The Downtown Countdown is full of music and entertainment, and it's not just on December 31--five days and nights of live entertainment on three different stages will get the party started early and keep in going into 2017. Performances are...  Read More

America's Party
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

New York City has Times Square, Las Vegas has America's Party. Each year, over 300,000 people visit Las Vegas to celebrate the New Year with a massive block party that culminates in a spectacular fireworks display set off of the top of various...  Read More


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