Las Vegas is an easy destination to visit if you're on a budget. With plenty of free attractions at every turn, you're sure to fill your camera roll with some classic Las Vegas photos without breaking the bank. If you're visiting this holiday season, check out these fantastic holiday attractions that you can visit for free!
Free Holiday Attractions in Las Vegas
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
A holiday favorite for locals and tourists, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens always present some of the most beautiful displays in town. This season is no exception with the introduction of its latest display, “Holiday Time.”
Designer Ed Libby gave us some insight into the inspiration behind the new display. “So this is called “Holiday Time.” Our new tagline and promotional project here is called “It’s Time.” It’s time to return to Vegas; it’s time to open the shows and the restaurants. When we were designing this, we were talking about shopping and decorating. While we were working on the shopping, we had this village, and we thought a cuckoo clock would be great. So we started to get into the time elements, and then we realized holiday time is a very special time of the year. We started to incorporate boxes, and we got a little more into the nostalgia about what happens at holiday time; what are your memories about? What do you do when you travel. That’s kind of how the whole show evolved,” he explained to us.
So how does this display differ from previous years? “I think that everything is unique,” he told us. “I think we are using things that we never used before; the construction here in the East bed with the wooden trees and the chalet is something new for sure. We kind of found a way to reimagine some of the props that we’ve built in the past. I think this village we’ve been trying to do a village in here forever. We have this great little holiday village with these su[per glamorous little shops and things. I think this cabin over here is great with the little woodland creatures outside. There’s a beautiful view of the inside too.”
“Holiday Time” is open for viewing through January 1.
ARIA Resort & Casino
The lobby display at ARIA Resort & Casino has transformed the space into a stunning holiday installation. The display features exquisite work (over 200 hours worth) from the ARIA pastry chefs and includes a giant snow globe made with a sugar panel base and filled with a snowman, candy cane and various sweet treats; a life-size gingerbread man (he’s six feet tall and made with 100 lbs of dark chocolate); handmade macaron trees; and giant sugar cubes. The display is comprised of 600 lbs of sugar, 550 lbs of chocolate and more than 150 lbs of fondant. “We wanted to bring joy and smiles to those visiting us during the holidays,” Mathieu Lavallee, the Executive Pastry Chef for ARIA, said in a statement to the press. “This display is the result of a dedicated team who put their passion and skill behind that vision and made a special spectacle for all guests to enjoy.” Make sure to stop by the festive ARIA-themed holiday photo op by CATCH.
While many visitors have seen the local favorite Ethel M chocolates all over town, Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden Tour is also a fantastic holiday destination. Until January 2, the 28th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden display is fully lit for the holidays. Visit the stunning three-acre garden and stroll through the lit decor. Santa is also onsite for photos until Christmas. After your winter stroll, visit the chocolate factory and make sure to take home a sweet souvenir, enjoy some delicious hot chocolate and do some Christmas shopping.
Fashion Show Las Vegas
One of the best holiday displays and experiences in Las Vegas can be found inside Fashion Show Las Vegas every year. This year, the shopping center will be bringing back “Holiday Glow” in the mall’s Great Hall. The 15-minute show will take place December 2-12, 16-19, 23 and 24 with shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Guests can also visit “Winter Wonderland,” a transportive, immersive experience that allows guests to venture through a holiday wonderland. RSVPs are required for this complimentary experience and can be reserved here.
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall has brought back the Winter Wonderland Display at Mystic Falls Park. View over 26,000 lights along with a fully decorated space with animatronic characters and the 18-foot Christmas tree. The park has also brought back the holiday laser show that’s set to classic winter songs to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The laser shows start at 2 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. with hourly performances.
Flamingo Las Vegas & The Linq Promenade
Visit Flamingo Las Vegas & The Linq Promenade for a festive holiday stroll. At Flamingo Las Vegas, visitors can enjoy a pink Christmas filled with pink decor to match the famous pink flamingos. The Festive Flamingo Bar will have various winter drinks and a pop-up from SWEET SIN by Claude Escamilla where guests can enjoy multiple festive desserts and treats. Locations around Flamingo Las Vegas will also have a variety of winter specials. Visit The Linq Promenade to see the festive 30-foot tree through January 2. The shopping center will feature numerous holiday specials.