Christmas in Las Vegas – Sin City Style
When one thinks of a festive Christmas holiday destination, Las Vegas is probably far down on most people’s lists. But surprisingly, Las Vegas does Christmas right.
Sin City goes all out and this city of non-stop gaming and entertainment, has a wide variety of Christmas events and decorations to make your head spin.
Here’s a sample of what Vegas visitors can expect:
At the Bellagio Conservatory’s elaborate holiday display, view a cute polar bear family that is made of over 35,000 beautiful white carnations. An elaborate water drip system helps keep the bears’ fur fresh.
You can also see eight “flying” reindeer flying over a huge holiday card that is made of thousands of blooming flowers. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 42-foot Shasta fir tree that’s decked out in thousands of bright, shimmering lights.
Inside the Sam’s Town Hotel is a winter wonderland called Mystic Falls. Visitors are greeted with festive garland streams, snowy covered lampposts and more than 50 glimmering trees decorated with twinkling lights. An incredible thirty-foot Christmas tree that is professionally decorated will draw many rave reviews and inspire much holiday cheer.
Long nicknamed “Mr. Christmas,” the amazing Andy Williams will be performing in Vegas for the first time in years, at the Las Vegas Hilton Dec. 23 – 24. Andy Williams conveys the true spirit of Christmas. “I’ve been doing Christmas shows, seems like, all my life,” Williams states. “I like doing them. Beautiful music, beautiful sounds from the orchestra, great lights, Christmas trees, children laughing.”
The 7th Annual Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza: Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m., The Joint at the Hard Rock. Brian Setzer brings his Christmas rock show to Vegas, featuring his 18-piece big band rocking out to classics from his “Christmas Rocks!” CD.
Legends in Concert Holiday Show: Daily through holiday season (dark Wednesdays), 7:30 and 10 p.m., Harrah’s. Celebrity impersonators belt out popular holiday tunes.
“The Polar Express 4-D” motion ride at the Excalibur: Through Jan. 6, 2010, Excalibur, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. weekends, 11 am. – 10 p.m. weekdays, $15 or holiday pass (good for “The Polar Express 4-D” and “Spongebob Squarepants 4-D”), $17.95. Based on the popular movie, this journey to the North Pole comes alive in an unforgettable 4-D experience.
Ice Skating Rink: Through Feb. 15, 2010, MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas, noon to 9 p.m. weekends and holidays, 3 – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Skate on a floating ice skating rink atop Lake Las Vegas.
Believe in Magic Holiday Show: Starts Nov. 27 for a five-week run, Fashion Show Mall. Features a 35-foot Christmas tree, dancers, artificial snow falling from the ceiling and Santa. For times, call (702) 369-8382.
The Gift of Lights: Through Jan. 3, 2010, Sunset Park on Eastern Avenue, between Warm Springs and Sunset roads, 5 -10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, 5 – 9 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays, $15 per car Fridays, weekends and holidays; $13 Mondays – Thursdays. Drive-through more than 400 animated holiday LED light displays.
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village: Through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., between Torrey Pines Drive and Jones Boulevard, $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for children 3-11. Passports (which include rides) are $16 for adults and $14 for children. Guests must purchase tickets at any CVS pharmacy. Festive trees, holiday displays, Santa, train rides and other winter theme attractions.
Annual Gingerbread Village: Until Dec. 25, Four Seasons Hotel, 24 hours. See 20 gingerbread houses and a working carousel made completely from chocolate and sugar.
Santa in the Shipwreck: Dec. 21 – 24, Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $16.95 for adults and $10.95 for children. Children may take pictures with Santa with Santa Jaws swimming in the background. Pictures are free with admission.
Winter Lights Festival: Dec. 11-13, 18-24, Springs Preserve, 5 – 9 p.m., $8 for adults, $4 children 5-12, 4 and younger free. Enjoy half a million LED lights shining in an 8-acre garden while listening to carolers and enjoying holiday refreshments at the Springs Café by Wolfgang Puck.
Arctic Display opening: Dec. 9, Palazzo, 5 p.m., free admission. Located at the Palazzo’s waterfall atrium, the Ice King and Queen will pour 225,000 cranberries into a water feature. The holiday garden will also feature a 16-foot-tall polar bear mom and her 6-foot-tall baby polar bear, both made of white poinsettias.