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Jingle Bells, Neon Lights – Your Guide to a Merry Vegas Holiday

Fun Fact:  Southernern Nevada is well known for the year-round glow of the bright lights on the Las Vegas Strip. The close proximity of several brightly lit hotel casinos and attractions are so bright it can actually be seen from space, making it reputedly the brightest spot on Earth… bringing merry vibes, and making that bright spot even more luminous during the holiday season.

Whether you seek the twinkle of festive lights, the charm of holiday shows, or the excitement of lively parades, this desert oasis has something special in store for everyone. 

Dashing Through the Glow

No holiday visit to Las Vegas would be complete without visiting Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a dazzling 2.5-mile immersive drive-through course of over 5 million lights. Don’t want to drive? Park your car and cozy up on a ride on the outdoor open-air Santa Tram! Perfect for groups of all sizes and ages, you can also meet Santa, play games, have hot cocoa & kettle corn, and more. 

New to the Santa scene this year is Rockin’ Christmas at M Resort. Drive through a mile of life-sized musical notes, retro Santas and more in the world’s largest animated drive-through light show!

No car? no problem. Level up the festivities by booking a party bus with Discreet Transportation. They’ll dash you and your group from one end of the city to the other to enjoy both these attractions. Or deck your ‘gram and let Photo Tours Vegas be your gram-worthy holiday hotspots.

glittering lights at the las vegas motor speedway entrance into the first tunnel of lights with a giant santa and spirit o meter.
a bride to be in a white dress on the strip with friends in black celebrating her bachelorette days going bye-bye.
The inside of Discreet bus lit up in neon colors spelling DISCREET on the ceiling.

Merry Marches: Community Spirit on Display

Lights, decorations, and cheer have transformed Southern Nevada into a winter wonderland. Las Vegas is a unique holiday destination because you not only can get the excitement of all the activities on The Strip, local attractions also offer the enchantment of a small-town home-away-from-home holiday vibes. So check out one of these parades for a merry hometown feel.

HENDERSON

Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

LAKE MEAD MARINA

Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

BOULDER CITY – Santa’s Electric Light Parade Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. 

Live like a local – Make a night of it and see the parade at Boulder City and then, stop by 1525 Fifth St. in Boulder City, 2016 winners of Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC!

MESQUITE

Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
LVT Merry winterfest henderson

Snowflakes & Spotlights - Special Holiday Shows

Mama’s Wranglers, Henderson’s country jewel at the Firelight Barn perform their holiday spectacular Redneck Reindeer beginning Thanksgiving weekend and running through the end of the year.

Marriage Can be Murder, an interactive murder mystery dinner show,will be performing its special holiday show, A Very Merry Murder from November 28 – January 2. In addition to group rates or renting out the entire show, you can also book a private show that includes customizable elements to your industry… aka, the secretary or Joe from accounting did it (or maybe they were in on it together!).
Mesquite Community Theater will host a trio of holiday shows including “Rock’n Sing-A-Long Christmas” on Dec. 2, Mesquite Toes Dance Troops “A Merry & Bright Christmas” on Dec. 8 and 9, and “December Delights” on Dec. 16.
Tournament of Kings ‘Twas the Knight makes its return to Excalibur Hotel & Casino Nov. 22 – Dec. 25, continuing the popular holiday tradition. The Tournament of Kings Arena magically transforms into a winter wonderland, guaranteeing all a ‘holly jolly’ time during this limited engagement.
The members of mama's wranglers getting merry as the three females hold up a the male band member with his jazz hands.
Marriage Can Be Murder's ditzy hostess gets merry decked out in a headband with lights standing next to an inflatable snowman.

Places to Sip & Sleigh the Night Away​

There’s no shortage of delightful holiday cocktails to enjoy, but we’ve rounded up just a handful of what we think are some of the best in town

Now – Dec. 31 The Sand Dollar Downtown at Plaza Hotel & Casino transforms into “Sippin’ Santa on Main”, a festive tiki cocktail pop-up. Think “What does Santa do in his off-time?” From floor-to-ceiling and all the F&B in between, expect merry island vibes where board shorts and Santa hats collide.

On Dec. 1 Circa Las Vegas kicks off the holidays with a one-night-only Jingle Bell Ball that is guaranteed to be the swankiest event of the season. Toast to the holidays with good friends, good cheer, good bites, and an open bar including unlimited beer, wine, call spirits, and select festive specialty cocktails.
After you’re done “hitting the slopes” with The Cosmopolitan’s popular roof-top Ice Rink, make your way to The Ski Lodge… if you can find it. The unmarked high-altitude speakeasy requires a little bit of insider info to find, but we’re pretty sure the folks at Indigo Tickets can help you out. Inspired by the world’s coziest apres-ski bars, this is one funky winter lodge you can experience year round.

Family-friendly Sips

Camel Safari Las Vegas is offering a WILD Christmas experience, Sip Cocoa with Camels and Santa, on Dec. 22 and 23. Just a few a few minutes from Mesquite, this event offers a photo opportunity with Santa and a camel, ticket to ride on the safari tram to view the animals that call Camel Safari home, petting zoo, make your own ornament and cozy campfire to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate! There are only 150 slots available per day, so book your tickets now!

Camel and Santa

Dash Away, Dash Away​

For those who revel in active outdoor adventures a few events are taking place…

Get merry and decked out holiday running gear! Mesquite Athletics And Leisure Services is hosting its annual Jingle Bell Dash 5K & Fun Run on Dec. 2. Also, don’t miss out on The Las Vegas Great Santa Run happening in Downtown Las Vegas on Dec. 2. 

Off-road race enthusiasts, more than 400 racers will gather for SNORE presents McKenzie’s Rage at the River on Dec. 8-10. The event centers around two days of desert off-road racing, featuring seven heats for Stock Full, Stock Bug, and Trophy Lite. Preceding the racing action on Friday are the Fun Run and Tech/Contingency Row events. Or you can skip the race and take your own off-road adventure with SunBuggy Fun Rentals & Tours, where kids under age 14 ride free in December!
A red buggy vehicle with four people giving a merry pose. Kids ride free in December 23.

From dazzling light displays that turn the streets into merry magical corridors, to heartwarming parades that evoke the true spirit of the season, Southern Nevada embraces the holidays with a unique flair, making a must-experience destination for the holidays.

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