As if Vegas wasn’t lit up enough, the Christmas season brings even more twinkle lights to Sin City. If you find yourself wandering the Strip this holiday season, get into the spirit with one of these mind-blowing holiday displays.
The 14,000 square-foot Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden is always a sight to see, especially when the area transforms for the Christmas season. This year’s Central Station display is made up of 34,000 flowers, 740 shrubs, and 25 silvertip trees imported from Mt. Lassen in California. Arctic animals, a 42-foot white fir christmas tree, and two ten-foot trains are just a few of the eye-catching adornments at the Bellagio this year.
Christmas fans from near and far can catch the display on a 24-hour live webcam, and those lucky enough to see it in person can also catch a Christmas-themed show at the Bellagio fountains. The Holiday Show runs from Dec. 2 to Jan. 2.
Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
Forget standing in front of the brightest house on the block, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is offering 2.5 miles of dazzling Christmas lights now through Jan. 7. Called the “best place in the U.S. to see Christmas lights” by CNN Travel, this family-friendly experience is a can’t-miss for Christmas lovers.
The display is a drive-through light park you can see at your own pace. If you aren’t in the mood to drive yourself, climb aboard the Santa Tram, an open-air ride that comes with complimentary cocoa, treats, photos with Santa, and an outdoor heated area to stay toasty while waiting to board. Multiple ticket options are available and times vary, so visit www.glitteringlightslasvegas.com for more info.
Location: 7000 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
Opportunity Village, one of Las Vegas’ favorite charities, is a nonprofit that serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities in southern Nevada. What better time to support than at the holidays as the organization’s Magical Forest opens up for its 25th year. This winter wonderland is filled with sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, food, and endless holiday cheer.
Climb aboard the Forest Express Passenger Train or Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, before heading to Rudolph’s Raceway or teeing up at Rod’s Mini-Golf. Photos with Santa and kid-friendly entertainment make this a great stop for families now through Jan. 1. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. nightly and parking is free. Adult tickets are $12 and kids get in for $10.
If you’re looking to extend a helping hand, Opportunity Village is still looking for volunteers. For more info call 702-225-9627.
Location: 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas.
The largest Cactus Garden in the Southwest United States may not sound like a roaring good time, but that’s because you haven’t seen the three acres lit up in holiday lights. Over 500,000 colorful lights and tons of inflatable scenes are on display this year at Ethel M Chocolates’ 23rd annual Holiday Cactus Lighting, which is open from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Entry is free.
Santa visits every Friday to Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and local choirs perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop by the Factory & Chocolate Shoppe from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for self-guided tours and tasty treats like candy apples and pecan brittle.
Location: 2 Cactus Drive, Henderson.
Featured photo credit: Bellagio
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