Ultimate Las Vegas holiday guide for 2018
Do people really celebrate Christmas in Sin City? A Las Vegas holiday for Christmas? I might have wondered that long before Las Vegas became my home. My kids were born here. I have been here 16 years. And just like everything else we do here, we celebrate Christmas in a very special way. Las Vegas holiday season is wonderful.
There is something for everyone regardless of family size, marital status, number of friends, religion. That’s one of reasons I call Las Vegas my home- wide range of activities, interests, cuisines.
8 Las Vegas Christmas activities for everyone handpicked for you.
See our handpicked activities below for the Holidays Las Vegas 2018
1. Christmas Town at Cowabunga Bay
Some of best Christmas lights Las Vegas can be found at Cowabunga Bay. Whole family can enjoy Christmas-themed activities, such as a Polar Express train ride, sledding.
2. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Christmas tree is 42’ tall and 18’ wide. This is truly a “fascinating indoor garden display,”
Open 24-7 until January 6th, 2019.
“Majestic Holiday Magic”features the return of Queen Bellisima, Polar Bears, and Queen’s castle.
P.S. 90 percent of the trees, flowers and plants in the conservatory are recycled, to further celebrate our commitment to the earth.”fascinating indoor garden display,”
This indoor garden display is without doubt one of the very best free Las Vegas activities.
3. Cosmopolitan Ice Rink Date Skate 12-24 & 12-25
Date Skate Mondays and Tuesdays welcomes love birds to a movie date night on ice. Cuddle up at a fire pit and stay toasty with a signature cocktail as classic holiday films are shown on our 65- foot digital marquee.
Entry to the Ice Rink area is complimentary. Skate rental is $20 or $10 for locals, military, and hotel guests .
4. Ethel M. Cactus Garden
Stroll through our Holiday Cactus Garden, illuminating more than one million lights in our three- acre cactus garden.
Visit us on select nights for choir performances in the garden and photos with Santa!
One of best Christmas things do Las Vegas, an awesome family tradition for many of us.
Admission is free. If you’re over 21, try the delicious Creme Liqueurs Collection, which contains alcohol.
5. Linq Promenade
A vibrant and festive holiday show of lights and snow! Performances at the fountain stage at the top of each hour from 6pm – 9pm.
Located across from Ceasar’s Palace.
While at the Linq, you can check out the High Roller, which will give you unparalleled views of the strip.
There are also come cool sit down places to eat. If you want something quick, easy, there’s an In and Out Burger.
6. The High Roller
Located by the Linq. It s the highest ferris wheel in the world. Best views of Vegas.
The evening happy half hour can be a little hectic. But it is awesome for sure. Check out Groupon to save!
The day time specials are the most popular. Be sure to visit Sky Shop for High Roller souvenirs.
7. Las Vegas Monorail
A great way to view the Christmas lights and decorations on strip hotels. Give those feet a rest.
Take a break from all the shoppers, diners, traffic. Groupon offers an Unlimited Multiday Ride
Passes from Las Vegas Monorail (Up to 17% Off) That is a lot cheaper than a taxi or rideshare!
The monorail is the best way to travel. Each stop will get you to a spot within minutes and a little walking to your destination. Never rent a car again.
8. Green Valley Ranch ice skating
Winter Village at Green Valley Ranch -Winter Break Hours December 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019 Daily: 11 am – 10 pm Various packages which include treats.
There is also a beautiful Christmas tree and Santa by the pool. Be sure to bring your young ones.
Be sure to check out one of the best free attraction in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Fountains are an absolute must see. As a local for 16 years, it is always a thrill to experience the sights and music at the Bellagio fountain.
Are you looking for a restaurant for Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner Las Vegas?
There are so many choices for an awesome Las Vegas dining experience. Las Vegas holiday season is no exception. But be ready for lots of traffic, people, excitement. Many locals visit the strip on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day.
Be sure to plan ahead for your Las Vegas Christmas dinner reservations. Most restaurants in the casinos are open throughout Christmas week. If you decide to dine at a strip buffet, be prepared for long wait times! (even with a line pass) If you do not want waits or to hassle with reservations, there are always hotel cafes, some will have deals.
Below are a few of our favorites.
1. Mon Ami Gabi Paris Hotel, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-944-4224
Enjoy French Classics while overlooking Bellagio Fountains.
Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner as well as Christmas dinner Las Vegas.
Executive Chef Vincent Pouessel will serve a special holiday prix-fixe feast from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25.
PROS: Warm friendly service, delicious food at reasonable prices. This my personal favorite for anytime including Las Vegas holiday or
CONS: Wait for the patio seating. No reservations taken for patio.
Tip: Patio seating quicker during breakfast.
2. Siegel’s 1941, El Cortez Hotel, 600 Fremont Street; 702-385-5200
Old school cool. Eat like Kings & Queens, skillfully-prepared classics. Christmas Day 11am-9pm. The cost is $19.95 with players card, $24.95 without a players card.
PROS: Atmosphere, value, solid meal
CONS: not fancy, which can be a plus!
Tips: pace yourself save room for the ganache cake.
3. Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7111
Lago, Italian dining is one of Bellagio restaurants with fountain view. “Our restaurant has a glass front overlooking the fountain so you can virtually see the fountain from every seat. Of course there are seats that are better than others. We open at 5pm for dinner so that is the best time to get the best seats. If you want to come in between 6pm-9pm and you want a patio seat or a window seat, please anticipate an average wait of 1 hour depending who is waiting ahead of you. Thank you Albert N. of Lago
PROS: Enjoy delicious Italian fare while watching grand fountain show, with the musical accompaniment piped inside.
CONS: small plates 🙂
Tip: Go early for seats to watch Bellagio fountain.
4. Buffet Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7111
The buffet features generous cut of meats, decadent desserts, seafood: crab legs, salmon, to a sushi/sashimi bar.
2018 Holiday Dates Christmas Tuesday December 18th – Saturday December 29th Holiday Feast will start at 12:00PM on Christmas Day
Christmas Day Bellagio buffet menu
PROS : Delicious unlimited fresh food- Bellagio Christmas dinner – visit the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden MAJESTIC HOLIDAY MAGIC before or after your meal.
CONS: Buffet, self service, line to get in.
Tip: call ahead to check on the wait time.
5. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés SLS, 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, 702- 761-7610
Carnivore’s paradise in a sleek setting.
10 days of Bazaar tasting, now through December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve 5:30pm-10:00pm
Christmas Day CLOSED
PROS: Meatlover’s heaven BUT plenty of choices for vegetarians as well.
CONS: Not budget friendly
Tip: Ask for location once inside SLS.
6. BOUCHON Venetian Hotel, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Venezia Tower, 10th floor; 702-414-6200
Enjoy elevated bistro classics in this celebrated establishment from Thomas Keller, who was named “America’s Best Chef” by Time Magazine.
PROS: World Class dining, reasonable prices
CONS: The walk, unless you are staying in Venezia
Tip: Utilize Property map. Full menu at bar.
7. DELMONICO STEAKHOUSE Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. 702-414-3737
Spacious Venetian restaurant by Emeril Lagasse offering steakhouse
fare with a New Orleans twist. Chef Ronnie Rainwater and Delmonico
Steakhouse are serving up a one-night-only Christmas Day feast.
Highlights include kabocha squash ravioli ($18), chestnut soup ($12),
pan-seared quail ($42), and a Tomahawk wagyu prime rib for two
($150). Save room for the cream cheese pound cake with salted ice
cream for dessert ($14).
Cost: All dishes individually priced
PROS: hearty healthy portions
CONS: No room for dessert.
Tip: wonderful popovers with butter while waiting for your food
Wishing you the best during your Las Vegas holiday, or wherever you are celebrating. Wishing you lots of love and good health in the year ahead.