Christmas in Las Vegas

November 27, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Things To Do

Christmas in Las Vegas

Christmas in Las Vegas. Photo credit: Ken Lund via Flickr.

Just because the decadence that usually comes with the idea of Las Vegas doesn’t necessarily harmonize with the typical notion of Christmas doesn’t mean that Christmas in Vegas is anything less than spectacular or festive. Las Vegas is a place that caters to its clients more so than any other, and this holiday season, you can be sure to spend it how you’d like when you’re in Vegas for Christmas.

First thing you should be aware of is that each hotel, casino and resort put on their own Christmas lights and festive shows. The temperature drops in Vegas during the winter, so there is that crispness in the air and people walk all over the strip to see some of the area’s best Christmas displays. The Bellagio is definitely a stop high atop that list, too. From the fountain display to the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Bellagio’s Christmas display is full of wonder, nostalgia, and Christmas cheer.

Another favorite is the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden Light Display. There’s a reason that this site is routinely offered as one of the best – it simply is. In any season the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden is a wonderful stop, but during Christmas, it’s an otherworldly site to see all the cacti and Joshua tree adorned with twinkling Christmas lights. Add in a visit from Santa, some free chocolate tastings, and the fact that the park is free to the public from 5pm to 10pm nightly until January first, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a Christmas spot in Vegas.

And, if you’re in the mood to see something distinctly Vegas, consider stopping in on Santa. Santa underwater, that is. The aquarium at Silverton will host a scuba-diving Santa Claus to impress the kids. Catch him every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm from December 1st through Christmas. The fish and sharks swimming beside him aren’t bad viewing either.

- Hudson Hornick

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