Holiday Haunts – A Complete Guide to Festive Las Vegas Part 2

Published On November 25, 2013 | By Vegas Nights | Community, 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.

2013 Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

While celebrating the holidays, you can also help a worthy cause. The winter display at Opportunity Village directly benefits the programs that help train and treat the Las Vegas residents with intellectual disabilities. The Magical Forest is their biggest fundraiser, and their most festive. A forest full of lights, entertainment and even a working train, its a great place to bring the kids for a night of holiday cheer. Santa visits this forest regularly, and this year there is even a 3D Experience.

The Magical Forest is open from November 22 to January 6th. Hours vary by the day. Tickets depend on what you want to do and see. Adult General Admission is $11.00 but an Adult Passport is $19.99 and includes an unlimited ride and attraction band. Child Admission runs from $9.00 – $17.99.

Visit Opportunity Village’s website at for more information.

Neon Boneyard & Holiday Festival

Neon Boneyard

This year, the Neon Boneyard is taking Las Vegas history and lighting it up for the holidays. Now, a tour through the signs of Las Vegas hotels past will be themed for the season. The lighting is part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor’s “December to Remember” holiday festival.

For tickets to the Boneyard head over to their website at

Wonderland at Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town

Sams Town

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall is transforming their Mystic Falls Park into a Winter Wonderland just in time for the holiday season. Decorated with beautiful lights and whimsical holiday decorations, Mystic Falls will definitely put you in the holiday mood.

Sam’s Town will be hosting the 15-minute laser light spectacular hourly during the holiday season, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1. And from November 29 to December 23, Santa will appear Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit their website at

Santa’s Wonderland – Bass Pro Shops

Brass Pro Shops is offering free photos with Santa, free games and free crafts now until December 24th. Please check their website at for the Santa’s Wonderland schedule and more information.

Snow in the Square at Town Square

Town Square Holiday

Las Vegas isn’t known for its snow because we rarely have any but Town Square is changing all of that with their Snow in the Square! Nightly snowfalls are on Monday – Thursday at 7:00 pm, Friday – Sunday 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm starting November 15th until December 23rd. Each show lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to holiday music.

Town Square is also hosting Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concerts, Photos with Santa Claus and Claus & Paws Pet Photos.

Please visit Town Square’s website at for more information regarding these events.

No matter where you go this holiday season, you are sure to be wowed by what Southern Nevada has to offer. Who says the desert doesn’t know how to do the Holidays?

Want more holiday haunts here in Las Vegas? Read Holiday Haunts – A Complete Guide to Festive Las Vegas (Part 1).

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

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