Things To Do For The Holidays In Las Vegas
December in Las Vegas brings mild temperatures and typically sunny skies, making it one of the absolute best times of the year to get out and explore the desert. It is also filled with the signs of the approaching holidays, everything from decorations to Santa-filled events.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens turns into a winter wonderland for December, complete with giant decorations for the approaching holiday season. The amazing creations in the garden transform the space into something truly magical.
Many people go shopping during December, and Las Vegas is home to a plethora of stores. The Grand Canal Shoppes is filled not only with shops, but it also features wandering entertainers, gondola rides and many wonderful restaurants.
If you live in cooler climates, it might be a little chilly this time of year, but in the desert, December is a wonderful time to go for a hike. Dress in layers, and before you know it, you’ll be peeling outer layers off as the desert sun warms you up.
Still thinking about what to do when you’re in Las Vegas in December? Check out our recommendations for ideas on more things to do.
The Bellagio’s Conservatory And Botanical Gardens
Before the Bellagio, not many people in Las Vegas really knew what a conservatory was. Then everyone learned that “conservatory” is another way to say “fascinating indoor garden display,” and the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have been captivating visitors ever since. As the seasons and holidays change, the staff of the Conservatory swoops in and adds things like gigantic polar bears made out of carnations for Christmas, or lanterns and the year’s animal for the Chinese New Year. This area of the Bellagio, which is directly off of the front desk, is frequently choked with visitors snapping pictures from every angle, especially during the holiday season. It’s also one of the few areas of the Bellagio receptive to visiting children. Arrive early in the day to encounter the fewest people and get the best pictures. Open 24/7.
Ice Rink At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
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, a menu of seasonal food, s’mores, and hot chocolate. The Cosmopolitan promises skaters snow showers every 30 minutes to complete this wintery holiday atmosphere, which also comes with a great view of the Las Vegas Strip. The cost for ice skating admission is $10-$20 and includes all-day skating access and skate rentals. Entry into the area is free. Children under 18 must have an adult with them.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Taking place at the Excalibur Hotel November 21 – December 27, 2018. The Tournament of Kings 900-seat arena will turn into a holiday wonderland and is open to all ages. There will be the mythical Merlin and even falling snow! But the battle for honor must go on. The fate of King Arthur hangs in the balance. Knights will ride, charge and joust their way to victory, while you cheer on your country’s hero and indulge in a celebratory three-course feast! It?s the perfect way to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season.
Winter PARQ At The LINQ Promenade
Ride the High Roller, the world largest Ferris wheel, at the LINQ Promenade. During December the promenade is outfitted with lights, decorations, holiday music, carolers, a 30 foot snowy hill made for tubing and an ice skating rink. Adventurous tubers will be able to ride down the hill in real snow with incredible festive scenery all around. High Roller brings riders 55 stories up, allowing everyone to view all of Las Vegas from a whole other perspective. A wonderful sight to see.
New Year’s Eve Parties!
We can sum up New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas in one word: Crazy. And we mean crazy in a good way. The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and it becomes like one giant block party for you and 300,000 of your closest drinking buddies. At midnight, the casinos launch a choreographed fireworks display that makes the Times Square ball drop look like child’s play. Inside, the showrooms rock with the hottest entertainment and the nightclubs are packed with celebrities and partygoers who are dressed to impress. Book your room now and get the scoop on New Year’s Eve parties and events in Vegas below.
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