It’s that time of year again; Christmas time in Las Vegas! We might not have snow, but we sure do have a lot of fun things to do for families. From Holiday light shows to Christmas parades, music concerts, and Santa himself, Las Vegas has a whole lot of fun stuff going on this time of year.
Here is our annual list of the top Christmas events, holiday light shows, and Christmas time attractions in Las Vegas.
The Glittering Lights Holiday Light Show at the Las Vegas Speedway
The Glittering Lights Show features a dazzling array of Holiday lights, displays and music. The Drive-Thru Display features more than 3 million lights that intertwines
through the 2.5 mile speedway course. Glittering Lights has entertained more than 1 million people the past 14years.
It’s located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway ( 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N Las Vegas, NV 89115) and is open from November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016.
Opportunity Village Magical Forest Christmas Celebration
The Opportunity Village Magical Forest is an annual holiday tradition that brings over 150,000 people out to celebrate Christmas in the Magical Forest every year. The Magical Forest is a wonderful winter wonderland, that will have you feeling the holiday spirit right here in the desert. Stroll through hundreds of Christmas displays and decorated trees, ride the Forest Express passenger train & have your photos with Santa while enjoying nightly entertainment.
The Magical Forest is open from November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016. It’s located at Opportunity Village at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146
Cactus Garden Lighting at Ethel M
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Cactus Garden Christmas Display at the world famous Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson.
Ethel M’s cactus garden is an annual Las Vegas Tradition that features a breathtaking display of more than half a million lights, chocolate sculptures, Santa Claus and Ethel M Chocolate creations. The three-acre botanical cactus garden display will be open from November 11th – Jan 1, 2016. The Garden is located at 2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, NV 89014
Admission is free and includes a factory tour.
Lights: On Nightly, 5pm to 10pm – November 11th – January 1st. FREE ADMISSION
Factory & Chocolate Shoppe: Open daily 8:30am to 10pm
Visits from Santa Claus: Friday – Sunday till Christmas 5pm to 9pm
Dates: November 11th, 2015 – Jan 1, 2016
Performance by local Choirs: Friday – Sunday 6pm to 8pm
Santa Train 2015
Ride the Santa Train with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Nevada Southern Railway. The Santa Train is a ten minute ride on a real five passenger car train that rolls through the desert near Boulder City. The route follows a 3.5-mile section of track, through the Eldorado Valley, that was laid in 1931 when Hoover Dam was under construction.
Tickets are $6 per seat. Departures are at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 & 3:00PM.
The Santa Train runs on December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. It’s located at the Nevada State Railroad Museum at 601 Yucca Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005. Parking is available adjacent to the station.
NFR Cowboy Christmas Giftshow
The NFR Cowboy Christmas Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center features hundreds of vendor booths filled with the best in cowboy gear, gifts, and western fashion.
The show features hundreds of Cowboy and Western vendors, Dozens of rodeo stars signing autographs, and plenty of interactive activities for rodeo fans of all ages. The gift show is a great place to take the family, especially if you have kids.
The show is at the Las Vegas Convention center from December 3, 2015 – December 12, 2015. It’s open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and admission is free.