Plan Ahead for These 5 Las Vegas Holiday Events and Activities

Whether you’re a newbie, local, or traveler passing through the city during the holiday season, there are plenty of events for you to attend and activities to participate in while you’re here. Luckily, the weather doesn’t get too chilly here in the winter, so you don’t have to worry about bundling up or getting too cold while you’re outside. You can just focus on having fun and getting into the festive spirit.

Our team at De Castroverde Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer wants you to plan ahead for these five Las Vegas holiday events and activities.

Go Ice Skating at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan

Las Vegas Holiday Events

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan transforms into an outdoor skating rink yearly that’s 4,200 square feet. Experience a magical winter wonderland at this ice skating rink and look below at The Las Vegas Strip. In addition to ice skating, you can enjoy warm cocktails, toasty fire pits, delicious s’mores, and other seasonal snacks with a beautiful view of the city. It’s the perfect cozy atmosphere to get you into the festive spirit. Additionally, snow showers happen every 30 minutes, adding to the winter experience.

Reservations are required to use the fire pits, and you can request your date and time online using the event’s website. Check the website’s calendar for special skating events throughout the season, like a movie night and New Year’s Eve Firework Show. The rink includes the skate rental fee when you purchase admission tickets, but you can bring your own skates.

Dates and times may vary:

  • Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 19 to Jan. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 24 and 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Address: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas

Watch the Nutcracker at The Smith Center

Watch the classic ballet performance of the Nutcracker at The Smith Center by the Nevada Ballet Theatre. The show runs for 120 minutes with one 20-minute intermission halfway through the program. James Canfield made the choreography to the iconic ballet music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Join Clara and her prince on the journey from her home to the magical toy land filled with fairies, snow, and mischievous rodents. This performance will delight you as it brings the beloved holiday classic to life. Purchase the tickets online using The Smith Center’s website. Prices range from $35.95-$185.95.

Before the show, why not have dinner nearby? Try some of these options:

Dates and times: Dec. 9 to Dec. 24. Times vary based on the show you select.

Address: 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas

Attend the Season’s Greetings at Silverton Aquarium

If you have children, the Season’s Greetings at Silverton Aquarium is a must this holiday season. At this event, your kids have the opportunity to visit with underwater Santa and his helpers to tell them what they want for Christmas this year. The aquarium has scheduled times for meetings with Santa throughout the afternoon. So, if you can’t make it for a specific time, there will be another opportunity. Also scheduled with various afternoon times is the mermaid holiday story time.

You can use the event’s website to purchase tickets. The admission prices may vary based on age.

Dates and times: Now through Dec. 24. Times vary based on show times.

Address: 3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas

View the Fountains of Bellagio

During the holiday season, even on the actual holidays, there are special Christmas shows at the Fountains of Bellagio. The fountain is a romantic way to spend time with your partner as you watch the water dance to seasonal music and change colors. It’s also a great event for kids because of the entertaining movements and sounds of the water. It’s truly a captivating sight. You can catch the water performances throughout December at various times of the day.

What’s also great about this event is that it’s absolutely free to watch for however long you want. It’s a must-see, especially if you’re just in town visiting for the holiday season.

Dates: Now through Jan. 2, 2023


  • Monday through Friday
    • Every 30 minutes from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
    • Every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Saturday, Sunday, and holidays
    • Every 30 minutes from noon to 6:30 p.m.
    • Every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas

See the 29th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden Lights

Make reservations to attend the 29th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden Lights hosted by Ethel M.’s Chocolates in Henderson, Nevada, a 20-minute drive from Las Vegas. This botanical garden has over one million sparkling lights and Christmas decorations for you to look at this holiday season. If you have little ones, they can enjoy talking with Santa to tell him what they want for Christmas and take a picture with him. While you’re here, taste the garden’s signature hot chocolate and have something to eat from a local food truck.

When you make reservations, you can pre-order delicious treats for your party. Choose from hot chocolate, chocolate-dipped cookies, or cupcakes from Freed’s Bakery. For admission, it’s $1 per person. Your admission fees benefit the local nonprofits, the Help of Southern Nevada, and the Three Square Food Bank. The garden accepts both cash and credit. Additionally, the event collects non-perishable foods and toys to donate to charities during the holiday season, so you are welcome to bring a donation.

Dates and times: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, 2023.

Address: 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson

So there you have it, our team’s recommended holiday events and activities to plan ahead for in Las Vegas, Nevada. What do you think of our list? Did we miss your favorite annual event? Contact us, and tell us about it.

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