Holiday Events in Las Vegas
Vegas has a surprising amount of family friendly and holiday related events during the winter. If you’re looking to spend the latter months of the year in an eccentric way, Las Vegas could be a destination to consider. It has all the fun that a normal time on the strip offers with the addition of some festive and seasonal activities.
Black Friday shopping has become its own sort of holiday in our culture. A question at the dinner table around this time tends to always get to, “what are you getting for black friday?”. Show the people you love just how thankful you are by getting them something nice (and maybe something for yourself while you’re at it)! In the heart of the Las Vegas strip, you can enjoy the LINQ Promenade.
It is an all-in-one experience that offers shops, restaurants, and the tallest observation wheel in the world, all for you to discover. Some other events to consider on Thanksgiving weekend are The Lion King at The Smith Center, The Comedy Get Down Tour at Mandalay Bay, Rod Stewart at Caesars Palace – Colosseum, and the Vegas Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena.
While Las Vegas doesn’t usually have a “white” Christmas, the holiday spirit is very much alive. Ring in the winter season the right way – with sparkly lights and holiday treats! Luckily, the Magical Forest Festival at Opportunity Village can help you do just that.
Explore a forest filled with hundreds of dazzling trees, ride Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, take photos with Santa in his workshop, witness the Magical Forest light show, and much more. And the best part is, you don’t have to wait until Christmas! The 2018 Magical Forest Festival will be open from November 23rd all through December 31st.
If you and your family are looking to snag a new Christmas tradition – this may just be it. With over 15 years in the running, the Glittering Lights Festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is an event you can’t afford to miss. With only $20 for a weekday value ticket, experience Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show with millions of twinkling lights along a 2.5 mile course.
Bring your family, friends, or even a hot date for some holiday magic and plenty of smiles. For a classic yet unforgettable experience, you can also spend your Christmas evening watching the timeless holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. You can choose to see a 2 p.m. show or a 7:30 p.m. evening show at The Smith Center starting from $40 a piece. This ballet is perfect for a family with children ages 5 and older.
While the strip is alive with music and gambling throughout the entire year, a few weeks before Christmas is generally a quieter time – which means hotels and shows are at a fraction of the price, and there is less chaos around. However, Christmas time is certainly a buzzing time to experience the Vegas Strip.
Be wary of traffic during popular holidays, like New Years eve, and try to pack all your friends into a large SUV so that you don’t have to worry about parking multiple cars.
Spending the holidays huddled at home with family and friends is always a sure way to have a good time, but this year it’s time to spice things up and have some real fun. Whether your family loves to drive around and see Christmas light decorations, enjoys a good family-friendly outdoor festival, or simply loves to shop during the holidays, finding a new tradition will make this season that much more memorable. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, the most important thing about the holidays are spending time with your loved ones. Cheers!