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

The holidays in Las Vegas are filled with decorations and celebrations on a grand scale. This is a city that loves bright, twinkly lights and parties all year round, and the fall and winter holidays are a great excuse to increase the bling factor throughout the city.

In late October, things start getting festive in Las Vegas with the Day of the Dead in early November, and the celebratory mood stays until the Chinese New Year. The holiday season in Vegas is filled with parties, festivals, fireworks and decorations--loads of decorations. Be sure to have plenty of space on your camera for the dozens of pictures you’re sure to take.

The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens changes with each season, and its Christmas and Chinese New Year displays are perennial crowd pleasers. The area often becomes stuffed with people during the holidays, so you may want to come early in the day to avoid the crowd.

New Year's Eve is a great time to visit 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. At midnight, the Strip rings in the New Year with its famous roof-top fireworks that light up the sky for miles.

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

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

Every year Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall transforms its pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show into the Winter Wonderland experience. Last year, the attraction had a make-over and got a new holiday look and show. The...  Read More

During the holidays, The Park is transforming itself into Holiday at The Park, featuring ice skating, strolling carolers and holiday shops. The Park is the new area on the Las Vegas Strip that's been created in the space around the new T-Mobile...  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 20, 2017, to January 10, 2018. You'll find fire pits, plenty of places to sit, and a menu of warm cocktails,...  Read More

The Chinese New Year is on Friday, February 16, 2018, and in Las Vegas the annual Chinese New Year in the Desert will have events on February 16 and 17, 2018, in honor of the Year of the Dog. In recent years this celebration has grown, and this...  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 over 20 years, charming families with its incredible display of lights. The three-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 is a holiday tradition in Las Vegas. Every year, the grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland scene, featuring hundreds of trees lit with millions of bright LED lights and adorned with 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 photo-perfect scenes with giant Christmas trees and enchanting, over-sized decorations. From September...  Read More

Downtown Countdown
Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience

The Downtown Countdown fills Fremont Street with music and entertainment beginning in the early afternoon on New Year's Eve and continuing into the wee hours of 2018. Performances are slated from 12 bands playing on three stages. As has become...  Read More

America's Party
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

Spending New Year's in Las Vegas is an experience you won't forget--provided you don't indulge in too many yard-long drinks. While New York City has Times Square, Las Vegas has America's Party along the Strip. Each year, over 300,000 people...  Read More


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