Every year, thousands of locals and visitors enjoy a Las Vegas Christmas. There are so many Las Vegas Christmas events and experiences to enjoy, both off and on The Strip, that it is no wonder that Vegas is a top holiday destination.
The weather in Las Vegas during the holiday season is quite chilly, and I have visited on a couple occassions when it has snowed! So bundle up and enjoy some our favorite Christmas Events in Las Vegas for 2022.
Las Vegas Christmas Events in 2022 Off the Strip
Enchant Christmas is a new attraction in Las Vegas this Christmas season. It will be open November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023. It will be located at the Las Vegas Ballpark.
These type of immersive holiday light experiences are popping up all over the country and we are all in!
There is a Christmas Light Maze (perfect for great Instagram photos), an ice skating trail, meet and greets with Santa, A Children’s Play Place, and plenty of gourmet holiday treats to enjoy. This is a popular Las Vegas Christmas attraction, so purchase your tickets in advance.
Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Glittering Lights is a drive-through holiday light experience on 2.5-mile course at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway running November 10, 2022 through January 8, 2023 from 4:45-9pm (Monday through Thursday) and 4:45-10pm on weekends.
There are over five million twinkling lights, 600 animated displays, nearly 200 lights trees, and even a live nativity to enjoy. Drive in your own vehicle or purchase a ticket for the Santa Tram and skip the lines and view them from an open-air vehicle.
Best of all, a portion of your admission fee goes to help fund over 50 children’s charities around Southern Nevada. As a matter of fact, the money raised makes up a large portion of these charities’ annual donations.
You can purchase your tickets in advance, and even buy a Fastpass if you want to skip the line. This is an extremely popular Las Vegas Christmas attraction with over 250,000 visitors annually.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden
Only in Las vegas will you find a chocolate factory that also has an impressive cactus garden!
From November 4, 2022 through January 1, 2023, The Ethel M Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden will be decked out with 500,000 lights, animated figures, and other holiday decor.
Wandering through the gardens costs only $1 per person, so come for the chocolate and stay for the barrel cactus, yuccas, and prickly pears covered in lights. Just remember to look but don’t touch- ouch! Don’t forget to keep your eyes out for Santa. Bring a toy and non-perishable food to donate.
The lights are on from 5 to 10pm every night. You can pre-order hot chocolate, cookies, and cupcakes to enjoy while you visit.
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops always get in the holiday spirit and it is no different at the Las Vegas location near the Silverton Casino.
You can get a free photo with Santa, November 5 – December 24, 2022. Be sure to make your free reservation online before you go.
There are also holiday crafts for the kids to enjoy. During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and receive free giveaways while supplies last. There is also a toy shop where kids can point out all the things they want for Christmas.
Of course, kids always love checking out the aqauriums and wildlife displays inside the store. If you visit on a weekend in December, be sure to stop by the Silverton Casino to check out the Underwater Scuba Santa from 12 – 1:15pm or 2 – 3:15pm.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Another wildly popular Las Vegas Christmas event that is now in its 30th year is the Magical Forest. Over three million lights sparkle on hundreds of trees.
There will be an Avalanche Slide, carousel, a train, escape rooms, games, mini golf, and plenty of food, drink, and photo ops including pictures with Santa.
All the money raised at the Magical Forest goes towards programs at Opportunity Village wich help over 3,000 people with disabilites. This year’s event runs on evenings November 25 – December 31, 2022.
Tickets can be purchased online.
Summerlin Rock Rink
Summerlin’s Rock Rink ice skating rink returns for another year November 11, 2022 – January 16, 2023. It is a festive open-air ice skating scene with a 40-foot Christmas tree next to the rink and plenty of lights overhead.
There is also a holiday train that circles the rink and plenty of festive holiday music to keep spirits jolly.
Summerlin Holiday Parade
Why should a parade last just one day? Downtown Summerlin’s Holiday Parade runs Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30pm from November 18 – December 17, 2022.
The show is performed by local kids from various local high schools, dance teams, and theater troupes and includes floats, characters, dancers and so much more! All shows are free and open to the general public. The parade takes place on Park Centre Drive.
Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland at Sam’s Town
Sam’s Town has long been a favorite casino among locals and their Mystic Falls Park is always a crowd pleaser but come the holiday season, it gets even better!
Mystic Falls Park’s Winter Wonderland display is a holiday laser show with more than 26,000 points of light.
Classic holiday songs, including Let It Snow, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman play during the nine-minute show which runs on the hour from 2-10pm November 25, through December 23, 2022.
Snow Carnival at M Resort Spa Casino in Henderson
New for 2022 is Snow Carnival, a winter wonderland with snow play spaces and rides at M Resort. Highlights include the “Mini Matterhorn,” a multi-lane snow tubing slide, the Santa Train which winds through a snowy forest of lighted trees and a roaring polar bear, pictures with the Yeti, snowball throwing contests and the chance to make snowmen and snow angels.
After all that snow play you will surely work up an appetite. Log Cabin Cafe is the place to grab corn dogs and chicken fingers while the North Pole Cafe serves up more hearty food like chil. If you have a sweet tooth visit Matterhorn Sweets and Cocoa which sells hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday cupcakes. This is Vegas to don’t you worry- there will plenty of boozy drinks for purchase as well.
Snow Carnival is open daily through Saturday, January 8, 2023. Hours change slightly through the season and tickets are booked in advance for specific time slots (which will likely sell out).
Las Vegas Christmas Events and Attractions on The Strip
The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
For the 10th year, the roof top of The Cosmopolitan will have an outdoor ice rink! The Boulevard Pool is iced over and the ice skating can’t be beat!
There will also be fire pits for roasting s’mores, food and drink (including seasonal cocktails for mom and dad), the occasional “snowfall”, and even holiday movies playing the background.
The ice rink is open November 15, 2022 – January 2, 2023. Hours vary. All-day skating access (including skate rentals) is $20 for locals, military, and first responders (Monday through Thursday). It is $30 for everyone else. Visit on December 1st to see Benny the Ice Skating Dog in action!
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Winter Wonderland at the LINQ Promenade
The LINQ Promenade is already a wildly popular attraction on the Las Vegas Strip, thans to the 550-feet tall High Roller observation wheel.
But during the holiday season, the Promenade is transformed into a winter wonderland with festive lights and decor and a sparkling holiday light show on the High Roller.
featuring more than 2,000 LED lights synchronized to popular holiday music during the nightly “Lights at The LINQ” show.
Showtime: The show runs every hour on the half hour from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
Deal alert: Guests can enjoy 25% off admission tickets for High Roller Observation Wheel and Fly LINQ Zipline in 2022 using code “CYBER” from Monday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Nov. 29.
Flamingo Holiday Festival
For the first time ever, Flamingo Las Vegas will be hosting the Flamingo Holiday Festival. The famed Flamingo Wildlife Habitat will be covered in thousands of pink twinkling lights and adorned with a life-size snow globe, oversized presents, pink candy canes and Christmas trees.
Mom and dad might want to stop by the Wildlife Habitat’s Patio Bar which will become the Festive Flamingo Bar and be serving up all sorts of seasonal beverages like cranberry mimosas and tequila toddys.
The kids will appreciate that there is going to be a pop-up location of Sweet Sin onsite (weekends only) serving up treats like caramel popcorn, macarons, madeleines, cookies, and brownies
Dates for 2022 have not yet been published.
Aria Resort’s Giant Gingerbread House
In what has quickly become a holiday tradition, the Aria Resort & Casino will be once again be creating a giant gingergbread house display. It will be on display in the main lobby through thr first week in January.
Expect it to be massive in size (think 15 feet high and seven feet wide!) and made from an obscene amount of sugar. More than 400lbs of gingerbread goes into this heavenly creation as does 200lbs of icing and a thousand pounds of candy!
If looking at the gingerbread masterpiece makes you crave something sweet, you will be happy to know sweet treats and warm beverages will be on sale onsite.
Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains Holiday Displays
Every year we all look forward to the Bellagio going all out with their impressive and beautiful holiday display inside the Bellagio Conservatory.
Highlights include a 40-foot tree, polar bears made from carnations, a train and penguins both made from red and white roses, and a massive snow globe.
The entire scene is truly a work of art and each year it changes. The holiday display will be availabel for viewing from November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023. The Conservatory is open 24 hours a day.
Don’t forget to make time to watch the Bellagio Fountains put on a choreographed water show to the tune of your favorite holiday songs. The holiday water shows play December through the first weekend in January. I think it is most magical to experience it in the evening.
Winter Wonderland at Fashion Show Las Vegas
Get your holiday shopping done and take in the holiday scene at Winter Wonderland at Fashion Show Las Vegas.
Winter Wonderland features plenty of white trees, falling snow, and ice sculptures. It takes place from 3-7pm on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) leading up to Christmas beginning November 25, 2022.
There will also be pictures with Santa near Neiman Marcus and Holiday Glow Live, a high-fashion musical showcase featuring your favorite holiday characters.
Enchant on the Strip at Resorts World
Resorts World Las Vegas is celebrating its second holiday season with even more Christmas fun than last season. The big news is that they will be hosting “Enchant on the Strip” with over four million outdoor lights!
The spectacle will span ten acres across the Resorts World Las Vegas property. There will be an immersive walk-thru light maze experience, ice skating, a 100-foot Christmas tree, live entertainment, games, visitis with Santa and a holiday marketplace. We can’t wait to see it!
This event runs Saturday, November 19 through New Years Day. Tickets for “Enchant on the Strip” are already on sale online.
The Immersive Nutcracker
In line with the immersive art experiences like the Immersive Van Gough show that has been touring for the past couple years comes the Immersive Nutcracker. Shown at various cities across the country, the Las Vegas experience will take place at Lighthouse Artspace Las Vegas.
This is an immersive projection show with life-sized Nutcracker props and plenty of photo opportunities.
Your family will listen to Tchaikovsky’s nostalgic music, as they are fully immersed in 500,000 cubic feet of holiday wonder. Highlights will include classics like “The March of The Toys” and “The Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy”.
This experience runs November 19 through December 31, 2022 and tickets must be purchased in advance online.
A Very Terry Christmas at New York New York Hotel and Casino
Another family-friendly show playing on The Strip this holiday season is A Very Terry Christmas at the New York New York November 25 through December 27, 2022.
Terry Fator is a well known for winning America’s Got Talent with his family-friendly comedy and ventriloquism. Popular puppets like Winston, the Impersonating Turtle and several other favorites will make appearances. Children must be at least 5 or older to enter the theater.