Get Into the Spirit at Las Vegas' 10 Best Holiday Attractions



Las Vegas is known for its love of bright lights and sparkly stuff, and the winter holidays are the perfect time to ramp up the city’s overall bling factor. This city adores twinkly lights and parties all year round, and the winter holidays are a great reason to do more of both.

The Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens changes its display with each season, but their Christmas display is extremely popular. Everyone loves the polar bears, the model trains and the massive Christmas tree. Come early in the day and you might avoid some of the crowds (a strategy that works well with most Las Vegas attractions, by the way, regardless of the time of year).

Over 300,000 people come to Las Vegas for New Year's Eve. At about 6 p.m., the Strip closes to traffic and people fill the streets for America’s Party. On Fremont Street, there’s an admission fee ($35-$45) for the Downtown Countdown, but the crowd is smaller and three stages keep the bands playing all night. At midnight, the Strip rings in the New Year with its famous roof-top fireworks lighting up the sky for miles, and on Fremont Street, Viva Vision erupts with its own spectacular light show.

Keep in mind that while Las Vegas’ winters are mild by most measures, the average low for the city in January is 34F, so if you’re going out at night, bring a coat.

Scroll on down to read more about Las Vegas’ 10Best holiday attractions.


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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


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East Las Vegas


 

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. Within the last few years, the attraction had a make-over and got a new holiday look...  Read More


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During the holidays, The Park transforms itself into Holiday at The Park, featuring live entertainment and festive decorations. The Park is the new area on the Las Vegas Strip that's been created in the space around the new T-Mobile Arena and...  Read More


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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, 2018, to January 6, 2019. You'll find fire pits, plenty of places to sit, and a menu of warm cocktails,...  Read More


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The Linq's Promenade is designed to be a walkable, browseable area at any time of the year. It's full of restaurants, shops and attractions for every season. During the winter holidays, the Promenade does its part to dispense holiday cheer with...  Read More


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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 over 20 years, charming families with an incredible display of lights. The 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden, located adjacent to the Ethel M...  Read More


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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, with hundreds of trees lit with millions of bright LED lights and whimsical decorations....  Read More


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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 of giant Christmas trees and enchanting, over-sized decorations. From September...  Read More


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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 2019. Performances are slated from 12 bands playing on three stages. The night...  Read More


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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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