Las Vegas is not really known for winter activities, but there are a few fun things I like to do to get some holiday cheer over the month of December. In years past, I would have gone up to Mt. Charleston a few times by now, but unfortunately the lodge burnt down and with climate change there is ZERO snow. With that said, here are a few things you can do that don’t depend on the weather this December in Las Vegas!
Who doesn’t love ice skating? There are several places in the city where you can lace up your skates and hit the ice, including The Cosmopolitan. Starting in mid-November, an ice rink replaces the hotel’s famous Boulevard Pool, granting visitors beautiful views of the holiday-themed Vegas Strip. There are also fire pits, s’mores, and cocktails for the adults. This place is really cute and fun, and although I think the décor could be a bit better, it’s fun for the entire family.
If you do however want more holiday décor, with s’mores and private seating, Green Valley Ranch offers all those as well as ice skating, and you can skip out on The Strip traffic by going there. Click here for more info on Skating at the Cosmopolitan or here for skating at Green Valley Ranch!
Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden
One of the most distinctly Las Vegas places to visit at Christmas is the Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates. While there might not be snow, there are millions of glittering holiday lights and, of course, hot chocolate. As you walk through scenic arches of color-changing lights, enjoy the sight of 300 cactus and desert plant species all decked out in bright, colorful hues. Explore 3 acres of cacti and trees adorned with strings of red, yellow, green, blue, and white bulbs and dozens of special lighting displays. You’ll see flashy reindeer, nutcrackers, elves, and Christmas trees throughout the garden. Click here for more info!
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Another awesome place to see holiday lights in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The Conservatory changes its floral displays with each season, but its’ holiday theme is definitely the most magical! The greenhouse covers over 14,000 sq. ft. and boasts beautiful horticultural displays of horse-drawn carriages, elves, polar bears, gifts, and snow fairies. Take your time walking through the winter display, stopping to admire the Christmas tree centerpiece. At over 40 feet tall, the majestic tree is adorned with thousands of lights and ornaments! Click here for more info on visiting the Conservatory at the Bellagio!
Enchant Christmas offers lots of fun for the whole family, but I’m stoked for The Enchanted Light Maze in particular. Nine of Santa’s reindeer have become lost in a giant snowstorm and need your help finding their way out of the mystical Enchant forest. At the time of writing this I actually just bought my tickets here, and I’m super excited for this event!
You can also wander the Village and spoil yourself with gourmet holiday treats and other local favorites at the Enchant Eatery, then stroll through the Enchant Market filled with artisan vendors and a magical Christmas spirit. See millions of lights dance across the breathtaking Ice-Skating Trail as you glide your way through the glimmering, shimmering Enchant Forest. For kids there will be a Santa meet-and-greet and the Little One’s Play Place where your kids can run, jump, and explore in a wonderland built just for them! This looks like an entire evening out. I can’t wait! Click here for more info!
What are your favorite holiday things to do? Sound off on my latest post at @AskHeatherMariannaBlog on Instagram! Can’t wait to see your recommendations and suggestions!!!