It’s the holiday season, and Las Vegas always knows how to go big. With stunning decorative displays and immersive holiday installations and activities, the best of the festive season can be found here in Las Vegas. Check back often for our growing list of holiday destinations in Las Vegas!
Family-Friendly Holiday Activities in Las Vegas
Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The beloved Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is back and better than ever! In addition to the rink and fire pits, the Boulevard Pool has added a festive holiday dining option, The Chalet—we visited the Ice Rink for a hosted press visit to get a look at the rink and the restaurant. Fully decked out in its holiday splendor, The Chalet offers numerous comfort food options designed for individuals and also priced out to share with a group. The menu has a selection of winter cocktails and mocktails along with hot chocolate (you can also purchase a thermos to share). Enjoy the fire pits and the views of the Las Vegas Strip from the pool level. Locals love the Ice Rink too—Monday through Thursday, locals can skate for only $20 with local ID.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Enjoy the Tim Burton classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” with an immersive screening at AREA15. The venue is showing the film with specially designed light and sound to enhance the experience. We got a hosted media sneak peak at the immersive space. The enhanced sound and lighting allow viewers to feel as though they are right inside the movie. Seating is comfortable and easily allows for social distancing. From now to December 25, the viewings will be available daily (dark on Fridays) with 10 a.m. showings on Sundays; noon viewings on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturday; 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. viewings on Saturdays; and 8 p.m. viewings every evening (dark Fridays). Daytime viewings are for all ages, and the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. viewings are for visitors 21 and over. Tickets are $40 for adults (including a themed cocktail for each of the holidays) and $20 for children.
Located in Summerlin, Tivoli Village has a whole host of holiday events for the whole family. The “Sip and Shop With Santa” event takes place December 3-4, December 10-11, and December 17-18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission and festive drinks are complimentary and themed cocktails will be available for guests 21 and over and Santa will be onsite to take photos. “Santa’s Experience” is also inside Tivoli Village, with over two dozen Instagrammable spots to take the perfect holiday photos—we checked out the site during a hosted press shoot. The holiday-themed spaces are perfect for Christmas photos (especially if you were hoping not to straighten out your home for pictures). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, and “Santa’s Experience” is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Blitzen’s Antler Attic is also open at Tivoli Village with holiday food and beverage options and ornament painting. The massive space is perfect for groups looking to DIY some festive fun. The elves have gone on strike (and clearly left a mess) at the North Pole and the reindeer are enlisting helps to assist with the ornaments. Blitzen's Antler Attic also has a full bar and seasonal menu items to enjoy. VIP spaces are available for groups looking to have a more elevated experience. Sessions are priced at $20, and children are allowed in before 8 p.m. The sessions begin at 5 p.m. nightly. “Santa’s Experience” and Blitzen’s Antler Attic are running through December 23.
Located at Las Vegas Ballpark, Enchant Christmas is a holiday activity perfect for the whole family. The special skating maze features a full story entitled “The Great Search.” As visitors help Santa locate his missing reindeer, they’ll weave their way through an enchanted forest. Centered amidst the trail is a stunning 80-foot Christmas tree (taller than the one at Rockefeller Center) along with plenty of displays nestled along the way. If you’re in the mood for some winter eats, check out the menu at Enchant Christmas here (we tried them all at a hosted press visit). The event will also be doing numerous specialty evenings like the “Knight of Giving” in partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights on December 13 to benefit the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation. VIP experiences (Star Experiences) are also available for purchase that include valet parking, priority access, and bar and lounge access.
Hidden Cinema Rooftop Garden
The new downtown installation Hidden Cinema Rooftop Garden will present holiday movie screenings for families with a festive themed photo booth, decor and a bar (complete with hot chocolate and snacks). The upcoming schedule includes “Die Hard” (December 3), “Love Actually” (December 4), “The Grinch” and “Anchorman” (December 10, “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2” (December 11), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (December 16), “Elf” (December 17), “It’s a Wonderful Life (December 18), and “The Grinch” (December 19). Portions of ticket sales will be donated to assist with battling local homelessness. Ticket pricing and information can be found here.
Rail Explorers Holiday Tours & Santa Express
Located in Boulder City, Rail Explorers will be conducting holiday tours and ugly sweater contests to ring in the holiday season. Evening tours between December 10 and December 21 will feature the Rail Explorer Elves, and guests will also be treated to hot chocolate and cookies. Wear your holiday best from December 17 to December 26; wear your holiday best—the tours will host ugly sweater contests, and the best-dressed guest will receive some free swag. At the end of the week, the best of the best will receive a special gift card from the Rail Explorer Elves.
The Santa Express Train will also be making nightly journeys in Boulder City. Tickets will include photos with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies from the fabulous local business Chilly Jilly'z and storytime.
“Tournament of Kings”
The family favorite “Tournament of Kings” dinner show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino brings back its popular holiday show “Twas the Knight.” Through December 27, guests will be treated to a special holiday edition of the interactive dining experience. Join King Arthur at this medieval tournament and watch Merlin summon a holiday snowfall while enjoying a three-course meal (with no hands in true Medieval style).
The Holiday Parade at Downtown Summerlin is back every Friday and Saturday through the holidays at 5:30 p.m. View the holiday floats, characters, dancers and of course, Santa Claus. The Rock Rink is also back at Downtown Summerlin by The Pavilion at The Lawn. The 8,000 square-foot rink features a 40-foot tree and skates can be rented for $16.