Holiday Haunts – A Complete Guide to Festive Las Vegas

Published On November 18, 2013 | By Vegas Nights | Entertainment, Family, Family Events, Holiday, Las Vegas Visitors Guide

When you think of decking the halls, you may think of the stereotypical East coast cliches that you see in all of your favorite holiday movies.

Small Towns.

But here in Las Vegas, we are fortunate enough to be able to celebrate in comfort. No bone-chilling temperatures to ruin our holiday buzz. You just need to know where to look to find the celebration you seek. No matter where you live in the Valley, you’ll find a holiday-inspired haunt to get you in the holiday mood. For the last few years, the Strip has actually become like a New York 5th Avenue during the holidays. Here are a few places you may want to check out as winter settles into Southern Nevada.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens:

It may sound like just another night on the Las Vegas Strip, but during the holidays their display is breathtaking. Each year the display is altered slightly. In years past the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens have featured enormous Christmas trees, holiday nutcrackers that tower above your head, jingle bells that cascade from the glass ceiling, thousands of seasonal flowers, and the smells and sounds that can simply transport you. It’s a place I find myself going back to year after year to see what’s changed, and to be wowed by the new additions.

This year the “Winter Holiday” exhibit will be ready for visitors on December 6th and remain open through January 5th. You can even watch the display come together through the webcam on the Bellagio’s website.

Just head over to and click on the link for the web cam.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan:

A truly one-of-a-kind experience, the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan is a skating experience you’ve never had before. Situated on top of what used to be the Boulevard Pool, the ice rink gives skaters a view of the entire Las Vegas Strip. The winter wonderland first came together last year, inviting guests to come upstairs, and pull up a fire-pit to roast marshmallows and skate high above the tourists below. But this year, officials with the resort say the experience is going to be even better. The Ice Rink is set to become twice as large as 2012, and all of the warm cocktails and outdoor elements that made it special will be staying. What makes this attraction even more outstanding are the themed nights. If you aren’t looking for a holiday haunt, this ice rink transforms during Thursday Industry Nights. Thats when the DJs take over, and the ice rink doubles as a dance floor.

The Rink opens to the public on November 22nd and will be open through January 5th. Pricing varies, but is good for the whole day. Be sure to bring your local ID, you’ll get a discount on your skate rentals.

For more information, please go to

The Rink at the Cosmopolitan

The Rink at the Cosmopolitan

Winter in Venice at The Venetian:

Opening this week, the winter wonderland invites people to walk up to their festive display right from Las Vegas Boulevard. Strolling carolers, hot cider and an ice skating rink bring winter to the Valley in a sparkly, white light way. Shows and food festivals will be happening in the front of the property throughout the holiday season.

The attraction opens on November 18th and runs through January 5th.

Visit for more information.


Coming to the Las Vegas Strip for the first time in 2013, Wonderland On The Strip is set to become a tiny New England inspired holiday town complete with snow, pine trees and the picturesque setting so many out-of-towners are looking for. Recently approved by the Zoning Board, this is going to be a massive attraction, located on 18 acres of land across Las Vegas Boulevard from Mandalay Bay.

The attraction is being put on by 7 Wheel Wonders, a company that specializes in motorcycle-drawn carriages. So in addition to showing off the products, this will be a one-stop holiday place to ice skate, sled and shop. Local venders selling holiday-themed goods will be throughout the property.

Wonderland opens to the public from November 25th through December 25th. To view the concept art and take a look and what’s to come, the attraction has developed it’s own website at

If it’s lights you’re looking for, there are a variety of places you can go to dazzle your senses.

Glittering Lights at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

2.5 miles of lights line the speedway just on the edge of town. The best part about this attraction is that you pay to drive using your own car. Drive through the twinkle of special displays featuring millions of bulbs just feet from where all of the racing action takes place. And this year the attraction feature a live nativity. The price depends on the day, varying from $15 to $20 per car.

The attraction is open through January 5th.

For more information, please visit

Glittering Lights

The Holiday Botanical Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates:

For 20 years, our local candy hot spot has been dazzling locals with their lights during the holidays. Nothing says the desert quite like lit cactus plants, and there are millions of twinkling lights on displays throughout the garden. A stroll will cost you nothing, but if you stop in the shop to buy some chocolates, this could be your most expensive holiday haunt. Local choirs and visits from Santa make this spot a great weeknight experience.

The Garden is lit for the holidays though January 1st.

Please visit for more information regarding this event.

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