Top Holiday Events in Las Vegas for 2018

(Photo by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority)

Thanksgiving may be over, but there’s still plenty happening in Las Vegas this holiday season.

For the seventh consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes the return of The Ice Rink as the Boulevard Pool transforms into a holiday spectacle high above the Las Vegas Strip. Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors will enjoy roof-top ice skating on more than 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores by the fire, light snow showers, adult renditions of seasonal culinary classics and breathtaking views surrounded by vibrant city lights.

In celebration of the holiday season, Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland will host The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ second annual tree lighting ceremony. Fans, locals and tourists alike can take part in the variety of winter festivities The Ice Rink has to offer during the lighting of the 36-foot tall tree on December 5.


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Envisioned by the Bellagio horticulture team, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens will celebrate the spirit of the season with hundreds of plants and flowers in a glamorous winter holiday installation at the end of November.

Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory will host its annual three-acres of cacti covered in one million holiday lights. Guests can stroll through the garden and experience the holiday display through January 6.

Twinkling lights and the rich smell of hot cocoa will fill the air with the return of Holiday at The Park. As guests wander through The Park, pop-up dining experiences in quaint cabins will offer a variety of bites and sips inspired by European holiday traditions. Strolling carolers will sing the songs of the season and spread cheer throughout The Park, leading guests to the 80-foot holiday tree in Toshiba Plaza.

At Fashion Show, there will be an all-new hologram holiday experience, "Twas the Light Before Christmas." Created by London-based experiential agency Cinimod Studio, the Santa-inspired holographic display will debut for the first time within the United States just in time for the holidays and run through January 10.

Another winter wonderland is in the cards for Green Valley Ranch Resort with the return of its Winter’s Village experience, this time with a second location set to debut at its sister property, Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. The space will have a festive outdoor ice rink and holiday-inspired activities such as custom-cocktail lounges complete with mocktails for the children to enjoy and fire pit stations allowing guests to roast handmade s’mores over the fire.

Additionally, Glittering Lights at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will return for its 18th season. The dazzling array of festive lights and sounds feature more than 3 million LED lights that intertwine a 2.5-mile course through the track. Named one of the “Best places to see Christmas lights in the U.S.” by CNN Travel, Glittering Lights is one of Vegas’ most beloved holiday traditions.

Inspired by “Christmas In July,” HUMAN NATURE will have their special ROCKIN’ HOLIDAY JUKEBOX performances for a limited engagement at The Sands Showroom inside The Venetian Las Vegas.

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