Las Vegas' 10 Best Holiday Attractions: Making Spirits Bright

During the holiday season in Las Vegas, you’ll find decorations and celebrations on a huge scale. In a city that loves bright, twinkly lights all year round, the fall and winter holidays are the perfect excuse to step up the bling factor with beautifully designed holiday displays. 

Things start getting festive in Las Vegas in late October and the holiday mood stays until the Chinese New Year. The holiday season in Vegas is filled with parties, festivals, fireworks and decorations. 

The Bellagio’s Conservatory changes with each season, and the Christmas and winter holiday display is a crowd pleaser and a terrific photo opportunity. The elaborate floral designs and over-sized ornaments will bring out the photographer in anyone. Plenty of local attractions off the Strip are fun for families, and Santa is usually easy to find.

New Year's Eve is always a blast 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 usually have several bands to check out. On the Strip, part of the entertainment is the crowd itself, which swells into streets at midnight to see the famous roof-top fireworks that light up the sky for several 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 from Thanksgiving Eve to the first week of January, Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall's transforms its pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show into an winter wonderland experience. Decorative snowflakes lead to Mystic...  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 more than 3 million 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 21, 2015, to January 3, 2016. You'll find fire pits, plenty of places to sit, and a menu of warm cocktails...  Read More

The Chinese New Year is on February 8 in 2016, and in Las Vegas there will be plenty of festivities to mark the Year of the Monkey. Displays will be up all over the Strip and in Chinatown. The celebration has grown large enough in recent years...  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 its lights. The twinkling 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden, located adjacent to the Ethel M Chocolate...  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 November through January, the displays change three times for autumn,...  Read More

Downtown Countdown
Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience

Downtown Countdown is full of rock 'n roll, this year with "TributePalooza," four days of tribute bands from Dec. 30-Jan 2. On New Year's Eve, 13 performances are slated from tribute bands Rio (Duran Duran), The Rising (Bruce Springsteen), The...  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 lavish fireworks display set off of the top of various...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but...  More About Terrisa

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