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Get in the holiday spirit with these Las Vegas Valley activities

Updated November 28, 2018 - 5:24 pm

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit this year? Here are some events around the valley that can help get you in the mood.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool is open 3 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Thu. and noon-midnight Fri.-Sun. (opens at 8 p.m. Nov. 28; open daily noon-midnight Dec. 21-Jan. 6). A light snowfall occurs every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight Fri.-Sun. (on Wed.-Sun. from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6). All-day skating is $20, with $10 for locals and military with ID Mon.-Thu. Admission to the winter wonderland surrounding the rink is free. Date Skate Mondays and Tuesdays feature classic holiday films at 7 p.m. through Jan. 1. Vegas Golden Knights’ Deryk Engelland will host the tree lighting ceremony 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5. For a complete schedule of events, visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ice-rink.

Downtown Summerlin

The holiday parade starts at 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Dec. 22 on Park Centre Drive. The Santa Chalet is located in Macy’s Promenade through Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $24.99. Pet photo nights are 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 18. The Rock Rink is located near the Pavilion on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive. Hours vary. Skate rentals start at $15. Holiday train rides are also available. Rides are $4. A Hanukkah celebration will be Dec. 9. downtownsummerlin.com

Fashion Show mall

The “Believe in the Magic” holiday show is at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. daily Fri.-Sun. and Dec. 24 in the Great Hall at Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Photo opportunities with Santa are offered through Dec. 24 in the Neiman Marcus Court. “‘Twas the Light Before Christmas,” a new hologram holiday experience created by Cinimod Studio, is on display through Jan. 10 on the upper level across from Dick’s Sporting Goods. thefashionshow.com

Galleria at Sunset Mall

Photo opportunities with Santa are offered daily through Dec. 24 with pet photos nights on Tuesdays. The Lower Plaza will feature snowfall 6-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 5-6 p.m. Sun. through Dec. 23 at 1300 W. Sunset Road, Henderson. Local elementary and middle school students will be caroling throughout the mall in December. Santa Cares, a senory-friendly visit with Santa, will be 8-10 a.m. Dec. 9. For details and a schedule of events, visit galleriaatsunset.com.

Glittering Lights

Featuring more than 3 million lights on a 2.5-mile course through Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North. In November, open 5:30-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu. and 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and holidays. In December, the attraction opens at 5 p.m. Vehicles are $20-$30. A season pass is $75 and a fast pass is $50 on select dates. The Santa Tram operates on select nights through Dec. 23, tickets are $20-$25. glitteringlightslasvegas.com

Holiday Cactus Garden

Ethel M’s 3-acre cactus garden is decorated for the holidays and viewable from sundown to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 6 at Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, free admission. Santa Claus visits are 4-9 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and daily Dec. 16-23. The attraction is closed Dec. 25. ethelm.com/holidaylights

‘Santa’s Wonderland’

Featuring free photos with Santa, crafts, games and activities daily at Bass Pro Shops, 8200 Dean Martin Drive, free. Hours vary. For a schedule, visit basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland.

Sam’s Town

Mystic Falls Park features a Winter Wonderland theme and holiday-inspired laser light show starting at 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. Santa visits will be 4-8:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri. and noon-8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 23 at 5111 Boulder Highway. Admission is free. samstownlv.com

Tivoli Village

Operation Santa’s Workshop features decorated rooms, activities and holiday treats on select dates through Dec. 24 at 400 S. Rampart Blvd. Hours vary. General admission is $32-$37 ($42-$47 for VIP). Ages 18 months and younger are free. opnorthpole.com

Town Square

Photos with Santa are available daily through Dec. 23. Online registration is required at tslvsanta.com. Snow in the Square starts at 7 p.m. daily (additional 8 p.m. show Fri.-Sun.) at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. mytownsquarelasvegas.com

‘The Holiday Experience at The Park’

The Park opens its holiday attraction with a tree lighting ceremony 5-7 p.m. Nov. 29 at 3784 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Strolling carolers, hot cocoa, a 60-foot tree, lights and more will be available through Dec. 31. December hours are 4-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and on select dates. theparkvegas.com

Winter’s Village

The attraction features an ice rink, holiday treats, a holiday lounge area and more at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., and Green Valley Ranch Resort, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson. Hours vary. Tickets are $15-$25. wintersvillage.com

The District

The Grand Menorah Lighting event, presented by Chabad of Henderson, will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The event will feature live music, entertainment, dreidels, free doughnuts and treats for kids. The District also offer Santa photos daily through Dec. 24 in the courtyard off Main Street. shopthedistrictgvr.com

The Linq Promenade

Starting Dec. 1, “Holiday Magic” features a winter wonderland with candy-themed decor and entertainment daily at 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Carolers perform holiday songs 6-9 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and a modern-take on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” is performed at the top of the hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Thu.-Sun. through Dec. 31. thelinq.com

Bellagio Conservatory

Starting Dec. 1, guests can enjoy a Christmas scene at the 14,000-square-foot botanical gardens at the Bellagio. The display will feature festive topiaries as well as a 42-foot White Fir tree and runs until Jan. 6. bellagio.com

Downtown Container Park

Brunch with Santa will feature breakfast, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and more, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at 707 Fremont St. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and younger; $35 for all-you-can-eat breakfast at downtowncontainerpark.com

Global Winter Wonderland

Lcoated at the Rio, the holiday lantern festival will feature giant eco-friendly lanterns depicting a Christmas holiday village and landscapes from around the world, including the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. Global Winter Wonderland will also include carnival rides and games, international cuisine, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, entertainment and more. The attraction will be open 5-11 p.m. Dec. 14 to 23, Dec. 26 to 30 and Jan. 2 to 20; and 4:30 – 11 p.m. Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets are $19-$23 ($17-$19 for Nevada residents) at globalwonderland.com.

Magical Forest

Opportunity Village’s holiday attraction and fundraiser is open 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (to 10 p.m. Dec. 21-22, Dec.-28-29; closed Christmas). Featuring the Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Blizzard Mini-Coaster, entertainment, photos with Santa and more at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Tickets are $10-$12. All-access passports with entry and unlimited rides is $19-$22. Ages 3 and younger are free. magicalforest.com

Lakes Festival of Lights

Featuring a boat parade, entertainment, food trucks, photos and cookies with Santa Claus and more, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Lake Sahara North Park, 2500 Lake East Drive, free admission. 702-229-2144


Henderon’s annual celebration opens with the tree lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. The festival will feature kids’ activities, a gift and craft fair, gingerbread house contest, food vendors, entertainment and more, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Water Street District. Admission is free. A wristband with unlimited carnival rides is $5. The Evening Light Parade will be 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8. cityofhenderson.com

Christmas Town

Cowabunga Bay features a Polar Express train ride, “Let it Snow” light show with snow, a sledding hill, Santa Claus and more, 5:30-9 p.m. Sun.-Fri. and 5-10 p.m. Sat. through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24-25) at 900 Galleria Drive, Henderson. Tickets are $25 (or free for 2018 season pass holders, excluding Saturday nights). cowabungabayvegas.com

Heritage Holidays

Clark County Museum hosts its annual family event featuring decorated Heritage Street Homes, Santa and his elves, strolling carolers, holiday crafts, decorations, snacks and more, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at 1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson. The Heritage Street Homes will be decorated through Jan. 4. Admission is $1-$2. facebook.com/clarkcountymuseum

Holiday Express

The Springs Preserve’s Holiday Express will offer train rides to Santa’s Village on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 7 to 23 at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Activities will include cookie decorating, reindeer games, holiday crafts, story time and more. The train rides start at 11 a.m. with the last ride at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12, ages 2 and younger are free. springspreserve.org

Santa in the Shipwreck

Starting Dec. 1, Shark Reef Aquarium features Santa Claus, a treat and photo for ages 12 and younger, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 24 at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Admission is $17-$25, ages 3 and younger are free. sharkreef.com

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