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It's Christmas Time In The Las Vegas Desert

Updated on November 23, 2015

Enjoy Christmas Las Vegas Style

Christmas time in the Las Vegas desert comes with mild temperatures and it rarely snows here unless you create it. Our holiday decor is dazzling and brilliant in a city that's already a glittering host of neon lights.

Just like your hometown, the winter displays start appearing about Thanksgiving. Sin City hosts some of the most spectacular displays in the world. This city not only looks like Christmas it sounds like it!

One of our most beloved attractions are the Bellagio Fountains. Seen anytime of year they are a brilliant example of master craftsmanship. Accompanied by Christmas music this water display is truly amazing and magical. Locals enjoy events for the holidays outside the city found in places like the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Opportunity Village, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, and The Springs Preserve Cactus Gardens. They all throw light shows to match the decor on the resort corridor.

I recommend visiting during December because it's a quiet time in our city. The town will be yours to explore with a light crowd. Our tourism season gets into full gear for the New Year's crowd but until then the city is almost a ghost town. It's kind of eerie. I call it the Christmas coma as most of us are close to hibernating status. Most of our crowd would rather spend this time with their families so the city is not very busy. The room rates and specials are crazy at this time of year. But be aware many of our shows are on hiatus so you may find a lot of dark showrooms, but there is still plenty to see and do.

Enjoy this preview of what you might expect to find if you were to visit us in December.

Images: M Burgess unless otherwise indicated

Bellagio's Famed Fountain - Amazing Water Displays

The Fountains of Bellagio
The Fountains of Bellagio

One of the most amazing attractions in the city are the famed Bellagio Fountains. The music and the spraying water cast a spell over the observer and though it is only water you can't help but be mesmerized by this unique water display.

There are several shows every day and the schedule varies from day to night but be certain to be at Bellagio at the top of the hour and every half an hour to view this gorgeous work of art. Many visitors from the world over have this unique water fountain on their list of things to see in Las Vegas.

This souvenir book is ideal for coffee table view or gifting.


The Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio Fountains Holiday Time - We Need A Little Christmas

The wonder of the Bellagio Fountains are mesmerizing year round. Add to that some of the best loved Christmas Songs and you have a Holiday experience that is hard to forget. This video features the tune, We All Need A Little Christmas as the fountains play along in fine fashion. These dancing waters step along to the music and spray in patterns designed to delight the viewer. In some instances the waters are propelled by an air cannon that can shoot streams of liquid hundreds of feet into the air. Prepare to be mist-i-fied!

Bellagio Fountain Schedules:

Mon thru Fri

3 pm to 7 pm - every half hour

7 pm to 12 am. - every 15 mins.

Sat & Holidays

12 pm to 7 pm - every half hour

7 pm to 12 am every 15 mins.

Sunday's show starts at 11 am and runs every 15 mins. till 11 pm


Schedule courtesy Bellagio Link:

The Venetian Christmas Tree

The Venetian Christmas Tree - Bubble LED Christmas Tree

This bubble Christmas Tree at the Venetian Hotel and Casino is a neat example of what Las Vegas presents for Holiday enjoyment. It is a remarkable piece of work. I watched them put it together the first year it appeared and I was truly enchanted. By day it looks like a bubble tree. The bulbs are huge, glass light bulbs with LED display filaments in them.

The video is an amazing documentary on this beautiful Christmas Tree! In Vegas we go all out for any occasion and this just another example of Vegas' Style. Film from the 2011 Event Christmas In Venice. It is displayed again this year for the Winter In Venice - A Gift Of The Venetian for the 2012 Holiday season.

Schedule of Events:

Holiday In Venice A Gift Of The Venetian: November 18th to January 6th

Skating RInk: Open Daily 11 am to 11 pm

General Admission: $14.95

Grazie Members & Locals: $9.95

Holiday Parade:

Nightly: 6 pm to 8 pm

Lights Of Venice

Nightly: 6 pm to 8 pm

Schedule from The Venetian Website:

Caesars Palace Statue In Rodeo Gear - Image: M Burgess
Caesars Palace Statue In Rodeo Gear - Image: M Burgess

Bull Riding In Vegas

Rodeo Season!

Christmas time is rodeo time here in Las Vegas. The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and the NFR (National Finals Rodeos) are both held here around holiday time. The beginning of December brings our Cowboy Christmas out. You will find many casino employees dressed in western gear and cowboy boots.

This image is the statue that greets you as you enter Caesar's Palace. In whimsical style they place the western gear on Caesar as the rodeo takes over the city.

In the tradition of old Helldorado, these cowboys transform our city back to the old wild west with their dress and their sweet, cowboy manners.

Nations Finals Rodeo

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 2012 - Video Clips From NFR 2012

The National Finals Rodeo takes place here in LV after the Calgary Stampede is completed. This event proves who is the best of the best. The rodeo is held at our college campus in the Thomas And Mack Center.

The action in a rodeo ring is fun and exciting. The men and women of rodeo take on challenges such as barrel racing, calf roping, and bronc busting. The event most anticipated is the bull riding. Rodeo is one of my favorite sports where man (or woman) faces the challenge against nature's machines namely horses and bulls and the timing clock.

For Schedules see:

The Light Display at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Holiday Drive-Through Spectacular LVMS - Our NASCAR Track

The Holiday Drive-Through Spectacular on this track are dazzling and truly fitting to the City of Lights, Las Vegas. Enjoy our version of a sleigh ride complete with Christmas Carols!

Driving around the city and taking in the city lights is a regular attraction in the city but it is also a great activity at Christmas time in our suburban areas (no we don't all live in hotels near the strip lol). Lights decorate and adorn homes throughout the valley.

The 2012 Schedule:

Open Nov 16, 2012 to Jan 6 2013

Mon to Thurs 5:30 pm to 9 pm $15 Per Car

Fri to Sun 5:30 pm to 10 pm $20 per car (This charge also applies to Holidays)

For More Information See: LVMS site:

Ethyl M Chocolate Factor

Ethel M Chocolate Factory - Cactus Garden In Lights

Located on the east side of the valley, Ethel M's Chocolate Factory is a luscious treat. From the chocolate processing factory itself and sampling of chocolate goodies to the Holiday adorned Cactus garden, Ethel M's Chocolate Factory is a family friendly place. A word of warning, however, watch out for the cactus, they are pretty but they do bite!

Store Hours: Mon. - Sun. 8:30am to 6:00pm

Holiday Hours (11/14 - 12/30): 8:30am to 10:00pm

Thanksgiving Day: 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Christmas Eve: 8:30am to 8:00pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Factory Tours and Cactus Garden is Free and Open to the Public

Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 4:30 pm

For current hours of operation see:

Opportunity Village Magical Forest

Opportunity Village's - Video Tour Of The Magical Forest

Opportunity Village is a non-profit business dedicated to helping the less fortunate, disabled, and mentally challenged folks in our area. Open for the season is the Magical Forest decorated with charming figurines from the Holiday. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit men and women with learning disabilities.

General Hours Of Operation:

Sun to Thurs: 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Fri and Sat: 5:30 pm to 10 pm


$7.75 Children ($14.25 with rides)

$9.75 Adults ($16.25 with rides)

For the current schedule and pricing see:

Video - Snow In Vegas!! - Yes, It Does Snow In Vegas

Every so often we get a little bit of snow falling here in Sin City. 2011 was the last time it snowed in Las Vegas. It does not stick very long or get very deep but its a novel experience when it does snow in Las Vegas!

Yes, It Does Snow In Las Vegas

Mount Charleston For Snow Games - Holiday Family Fun Near Las Vegas

While you are here in Las Vegas, visit our mountain peak, Mt. Charleston and take in some wintery sports. Mt. Charleston is only 35 minutes from the city. Snowboard or inner tube down snowy slopes or ski if you like! Wind down and warm up with some Mt. Charleston Coffee (contains alcohol - 21 and older) or a nice cup of hot cocoa served at the Mt Charleston Lodge!

Driving Directions:

Take the I-15 north to the 1-95 exit (Reno). Proceed a few minutes to the Mount Charleston Exit on your left and enjoy the scenery!

About half-way up the mountain you will find the Mt. Charleston Inn where you may find a room with a great view. Further up at the end of the road is the Mt. Charleston Lodge. It has been a favorite meeting place for many years. The scenery is breath taking from here!

More about Mount Charleston

Visit Mt. Charleston

That's great, but what about the music?

Elvis - Christmas Album

The Classic Christmas Album
The Classic Christmas Album

No article about Vegas would be well rounded without our beloved Elvis and no winter holiday would be complete without Christmas music. The sounds of Presley singing is a Vegas institution. Our favorite holiday songs are crooned in a style only our beloved King can do.

This album features holiday favorite like I'll Be Home For Christmas, Blue Christmas, and Winter Wonderland plus many more...


The Best Travel Deals For Las Vegas

Get The Best Rates At Christmas Time!

Las Vegas is always a great destination and its extremely affordable around Christmas Time. There are great hotel and travel deals all over the board. The hotels offer many great bargains and the room prices are very affordable. Start planning a family vacation for Vegas at Christmas Time. Wheel and deal the savings in Sin City this Holiday Season. With hotel room prices slashed until the New Year's Crowd comes in, Vegas is a great, inexpensive get away in winter. Enjoy many perks as you party on in Vegas Style!

Check out your favorite hotels and bring your family in for some quiet time in our fair city. Enjoy the festivities as Vegas adorns herself in Holiday Glamour and gets a much needed rest for the up coming convention season.

Vegas would be your city if you were to visit us for a new holiday tradition! With flight and hotel specials it would be a great way to see this city on a low budget. This town is very quiet at Christmas time and you would almost have the Strip Corridor to yourself.

That's a small illusion, though. Our New Year's event is huge and the city fills up bursting to the seams for the New Year's Celebration. Last year the estimated visitor count was over 315,000 people!

If you want the best advice on what to do in Las Vegas for the Holidays ask one of the locals!

Happy Holidays!

Comments and Review - Thanks for the visit!

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    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @sousababy: Thanks Rose and Merry Christmas! Yes, it is beautiful here, but sooooo quiet for the holiday!

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      5 years ago

      Sure looks like plenty of attractions to see and things to do. Thank you for the tour.

      Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas,


    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @caryfranco: This city is great to tour through for kids, but not so much for indoor activities. I would highly recommend the activities at the Motor Speedway and the Opportunity Village if you do visit with your little girl during the holidays. Thanks for sharing your Vegas visit with us!

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      5 years ago

      I have been in Las Vegas a fre times, but never on Christmas. One time I went for work, so I just walked around the Strip and visited a few hotels. Then I went back with my family, (husband and little girl). Since she is little we did a bunch of kid´s stuff, we stayed at The Circus Circus Hotel and went to see David Coperfield. Since it was my birthday and my girl was not allowed because she is too young, they bought me a ticket to see the "Mentalist" show. It was a lot of fun.

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @silla lm: Its a blast! Thanks for your visit Silla!

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      silla lm 

      5 years ago

      Las Vegas looks so fun, I would love to visit there one day!

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Glenda Motsavage: That tree is awesome! You have to experience live to really catch it's wonder! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to comment! Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Years!

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      Glenda Motsavage 

      6 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Thanks for giving us a taste of Christmas...Vegas style! LOVE the bubble tree at the Venetian! Merry Christmas!

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Countryluthier: It gets BRUTAL here in the summer. Thankfully we get a gentle reprieve in spring and fall. Thank you so much for the visit!

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Absolutely! It would beat the blistering heat I encountered the last 3 Pre-Paid Leagal conventions I attended.

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      Maria Burgess 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @pawpaw911: Hey, thanks for dropping by! =) Visiting AFTER Christmas around New Years might be a bit of a mistake unless you want to be surrounded by massive crowds of people and enjoy the festivities. The dates between when Thanksgiving ends and about 2 days after Christmas are ideal windows for visiting Vegas. There are super bargains on flights, hotel rooms, and great deals on shows. It's eerily quiet, too, which is very unusual for this active city. I call it the Christmas Coma. lol

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      6 years ago

      Went right after Christmas one year, but never been there on Christmas. Might be fun though.


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