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.
The 2016 List of Christmas Lights, Displays, and Events
Just because we live in the desert, doesn’t mean we can’t do Christmas! 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 is one of the coolest holiday light shows in Las Vegas. It features a Las Vegas style array of holiday lights, more than 400 animated displays, and Christmas music. The Drive-Thru Light Show features more than 3 million Christmas lights that are displayed throughout the 2.5-mile Las Vegas Speedway course.
Glittering Lights has entertained more than 2.2 million people over the past 15 years.
The Glittering Lights Show is located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway ( 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N Las Vegas, NV 89115) and is open from November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017.
Hours of operation:
Sunday -Thursday 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Friday, Saturday & Holidays 5:30 PM – 10 PM
Sunday -Thursday 5:00 PM – 9 PM
Friday, Saturday & Holidays 5:00 PM – 10 PM
Monday through Thursday: $20/per vehicle
Friday – Sunday, holidays and December 19-25: $30/per vehicle
Buses $1 per person/minimum entry is daily entry cost
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.
The Magical Forest is a beautiful 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 taken with Santa while enjoying nightly entertainment.
The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146
Hours of Operation:
The Magical Forest is open from November 19, 2016 – January 4, 2017. The park opens nightly at 5:30 PM.
Cactus Garden Holiday Display at Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the Cactus Garden Christmas Display at the world famous Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson.
Ethel M’s Holiday Cactus Garden is an annual Las Vegas Christmas Tradition that features a breathtaking display of more than half a million lights, decorating over 300 unique species of desert plants and cactus.
From chocolate sculptures and Ethel M Chocolate creations to Santa Claus himself, the three-acre botanical cactus garden display is unlike anything else you will see in the country. This year the entire Ethel M Chocolate factory was renovated for the coming holiday season.
The Botanical Garden is located at 2 Cactus Garden Dr, Henderson, NV 89014
Hours of Operation:
The Holiday Cactus Displays will be open from November 15, 2016, until January 1, 2017. The Botanical Garden Display will remain open every night for free from 5 PM-10 PM
The Nevada Southern Railway Santa Train
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 of the historic Boulder City, Nevada. The route follows a 3.5-mile section of track, through the Eldorado Valley, that was laid in 1931 when the Hoover Dam was under construction.
Tickets are $6 per seat. The Santa Train is 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 Gift Show
The NFR Cowboy Christmas Show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a ten-day Christmas Extravaganza. Cowboy Christmas features over 440,000 square feet of vendor booths filled with the best in cowboy gear, gifts, and western fashion.
The show features 400 plus Cowboy and Western suppliers, 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 1, 2016 – December 10, 2016. The Expo is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and admission is always free.
Town Square Santa’s Arrival Parade
Town Square is another place that knows how to do Christmas in Las Vegas! Every year they kick off their holiday season with the arrival of Santa Parade.
Santa’s Arrival Parade will take place at Town Square, 6605 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV. 89119.
Time of the Parade:
Santa Claus will make his way to Town Square on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 7 p.m. This kicks of the Town Square Christmas Festivities which will then go throughout the end of the year.
Ultimate Santa Experience at Fashion Show Mall
DreamWorks Animation and The Fashion Show Mall are teaming up to bring you Santa and Kung Fu Panda, aka Master Po Ping.
The Adventure to Santa Experience is a 15-minute holiday journey that combines the time-honored tradition of meeting Santa Claus with technological wizardry to deliver a very special and immersive holiday experience.
Adventure to Santa begins with interactive games and a cinematic journey to the North Pole that will eventually lead your kids right to the North Pole for a private meeting with Santa.
Santa arrives at the Fashion Show Mall on November 17, 2016. The Adventure to Santa Experience runs from November 17 to December 24, 2016.