As experts in all things merry and bright – Glittering Lights presented by Goettl Air Conditioning + Plumbing knows a thing or two about holiday sights in Las Vegas. Check out this list of holiday happenings to ring in the season, when you’re not driving through millions of lights with us at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Bellagio | The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens bring the wonder of Christmas alive as one of the most colorful free attractions on the Strip. The holiday display, which includes thousands of floral decorations and designs, runs through January 4 and is open 24 hours a day. Expect to see elves, giant ornaments, polar bears and at the center of it all, a 42-foot tall tree, decorated in style to match the glamor and elegance of the Bellagio itself. www.bellagio.mgmresorts.com
The Cosmopolitan | The rooftop Boulevard Pool deck at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has more than an ice rink for the holiday season. Light flurries of snow will emerge about every 30 minutes, beginning at 7 p.m. on select days through January 5. Stick around for festive food, a towering tree and on Mondays and Tuesdays, holiday movies on the Cosmopolitan’s digital marquee after the sun goes down. www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ice-rink
Cowabunga Bay | It may be too cold to swim, but the Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson is full of holiday cheer, transforming into Christmas Town through December 31. The 40-foot-tall Merry Magic Tree is a spectacle all by itself, but guests of all ages can enjoy a Polar Express Train Ride, Yuletide Laser Tag, a Jingle Bell Sledding Hill and much more. Stations will serve plenty of food and drink to keep guests warm. General admission is $20. www.lasvegaschristmastown.com
The LINQ | For bright outdoor lights on the Strip, The LINQ has the holidays covered. As the High Roller observation wheel glows in festive colors, guests can walk the promenade, marvel at a fully-decorated tree and enjoy holiday performances. Visit a variety of shops and restaurants to take full advantage of seasonal specials. www.caesars.com/linq
Fremont Street Experience | The holiday season marks the debut of the newly renovated Viva Vision overhead video canopy at the Fremont Street Experience. The glow from more than 12 million energy-efficient LED lights will help illuminate a 50-foot tall Christmas tree, wrapped in garland and ornaments. The tree goes on display December 12, bringing a healthy dose of yuletide excitement to Downtown. www.vegasexperience.com
Opportunity Village | There are almost too many Christmas trees to count at the Magical Forest, a winter wonderland that is the biggest annual fundraiser for Opportunity Village. Families can enjoy train rides, a classic carousel, animatronic performances, The Blizzard roller coaster and much more. Nightly stage productions of “Elf the Musical,” based on the classic Will Farrell movie, are included with park admission, which begins at $15. The Magical Forest is open through January 4. www.opportunityvillage.org/what-we-do/events/magical-forest