Monday, December 23, 2013

Celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas!

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

So there’s not four feet of snow on the ground! Is that SUCH a bad thing? I mean, no snow also means people aren’t slipping and sliding all over the road careening into guardrails and those of you that have “tiny rodent dogs” can let them out to potty! Still, if you’re used to a white Christmas, it can be a little hard to get in the holiday spirit here in Las Vegas. DO NOT FEAR, there are plenty of things to do in Vegas for Christmas that will put a little pep in your step and jolly in your day J

Ethel M’s Cactus Garden
Things to do in Vegas for Christmas - Ethel M's Cactus Garden
Photo Courtesy of tomspixels
This is my favorite place to go to get in the Christmas spirit! Really…and it’s FREE! From 5-9pm daily you can wander down the paths of the amazingly transformed cactus garden. Adorned with bazillions (I might be stretching it) of lights and animated displays, you will have to walk it a few times to take it all in. Grab some hot cocoa (you are at a chocolate factory after all) and enjoy the choirs and carolers belting out Christmas music. This is one of the things to do in Vegas for Christmas that you don’t want to miss!

Glitter Lights at Las Vegas Motor
With over 450 light displays featuring 2 million lights, this course is two and a half miles of retina enticing entertainment. This is great for those of you that THINK it’s cold in Vegas and don’t want to get out of your warm, comfortable vehicles. This event begins with concession stands to help you further enjoy your nearly hour long journey under the grandstands and around the track and ends with a live Nativity scene. Tune in to holiday music that coincides with the displays and rock out with your family. Watch the video for just a glimpse of your experience J $20 Fri – Sun; $15 Mon – Thur.

Bellagio Conservatory
Things to do in Las Vegas for Christmas - Bellagio Conservatory's polar bear topiaries.
Photo Courtesy of Ken Lund
Allergy sufferers beware: This attraction is NOT FOR YOU! Featuring the cutest floral, topiary polar bears you’ve ever seen and an 8,000 pound, 45 foot tall Christmas tree, this winter wonderland will embrace all of your senses. Inhale the fragrant blossoms, enjoy a beverage, listen to the music and sweep all of your problems under the rug (if only for a moment)! The Conservatory’s holiday display is so spectacular on so many levels that I’ve never known a person to leave in a bad mood. Consider this free event, therapy at its finest!

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Things to do in Las Vegas for Christmas - Opportunity Villigae Magical Forest display.
Photo Courtesy of Shardsofblue
There are some things to do in Las Vegas for Christmas that scream “FUN” and this is one of them. The Magical Forest is exactly that – MAGICAL. With mini-golf and the “Forest Express” passenger train, this trip won’t be short. Millions of lights dance through hundreds of trees while Santa busily works in his workshop to prepare for Christmas (photo ops available, of course). There’s a gingerbread house display AND plenty of food and entertainment. Adult general admission is $11, adult passport (all rides and attractions) is $20; child general admission is $9, and child passport is $18.

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