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Las Vegas Christmas Lights
Here's a list of Las Vegas Christmas decorations and lighting displays!
In the slide show above, you're viewing some of the best Las Vegas Christmas Light and Decorations displays. Every year, thousands of Las Vegas residents and visitors tour the Christmas exhibits you see in these pictures: the Bellagio's Conservatory, Sunset Park's Gift of Lights, Ethel M's Cactus Gardens, the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, and the Springs Preserve Christmas event. On this page, you'll discover the details you'll need to attend these fun family Christmas attractions.
Indoor Christmas Displays in Las Vegas
The Bellagio Hotel's beautifully decorated Conservatory will also keep you warm!
Visitors may be surprised that December evenings in Las Vegas get VERY chilly...but local residents are all too aware! Sometimes it's just too cold to want to plan an outdoors activity. Yet, there's only a limited amount of time that families can plan a Christmas outing. Once December has passed, all the decorations and lighting displays will be put away for another year!
So, where can you enjoy some Christmas-themed displays...without shivering?
The Bellagio Hotel's annual Christmas decorating extravaganza is a logical choice! You'll enjoy the warmth of indoors...while viewing some of Las Vegas' most posh display of holiday ornaments, wreaths, and indoor lighting. Even the PLANTS rotate for Christmas; after all, the Bellagio's Conservatory is ALSO a year-round botanical garden!
Where can you see the Bellagio's decorations? The Bellagio is located on the Las Vegas Strip at 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Bellagio Christmas Decorations Hours: The Bellagio's hours of operation are simple: 24/7. The Conservatory (not far from the hotel's front desk) is open the same hours as the hotel and casino...which means 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dates for Bellagio's Christmas Display: Traditionally, the Bellagio Hotel's conservatory Christmas decor is NOT ready in time for Thanksgiving visitors. During Thanksgiving, you'll see the lovely autumn display. The conservatory closes for about a week between seasons, because it takes quite a while for the detail-intensive display to be created! It's usually ready about the first week of December. The date in 2013 is December 6th. Every year, the display ends sometime in the first week of January. For 2014, that date will be Sunday, January 5th. The conservatory will then close for another week before another display opens.
Bellagio Admission is Free! You may enjoy the Bellagio's Christmas display without any need of purchasing tickets. Even the parking lot is free...although, you'll probably have to circle and circle the parking garage looking for an empty spot if you want to enjoy this popular annual holiday display!
Sunset Park's Christmas Lights have moved!
The annual "Glittering Lights" display is now at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's annual Christmas light show, "The Gift of Lights." In this section, you'll find the details you'll need to plan a fun family outing to enjoy this memorable Las Vegas tradition.
Sunset Park's yearly Christmas lighting display was a VERY popular Las Vegas Christmas event---so popular that it had to move to a bigger space! If you ever went to see the Sunset Park Christmas lights during the height of the holiday season, then you know that the cars attending this popular event blocked traffic in every direction. So, to keep down the snarl...and to have room for even MORE lighting displays, the Sunset Park Gift of Lights has moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the north metro area. And, even the name of the event has changed: It's now called Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, although this event is connected with other "Gift of Lights" events across the country...and still keeps information on the Gift of Lights website. Well, call it what you will, it's a fabulous event, and one of the most popular Christmas attractions in the entire Las Vegas metro area!
There's still plenty of traffic, so plan ahead! Although in a less-centralized location, the Glittering Lights/Gift of Lights display continues to attract a huge crowd. The closer you get to the holidays, the more cars STILL line up to view the 2 1/2-mile scenic drive featuring over 400 displays...containing more than a million lights total! (Fortunately, though, there is more room for all the traffic and the streets around the event don't get so clogged as before.) But, some GOOD news is that if you hate traffic, you don't have to attend the Gift of Lights on the most popular days of the event (which are during the last half of December.) The Glittering Lights/Gift of Lights opens very early in the season---before Thanksgiving even! Visiting early...and on weeknights...can help you avoid the longest lines to get into the park.
Santa's Village: In addition to the lighting display this year, there will be a Santa's Village area...complete with snow-making machines and Santa Claus! Other Christmas characters, including Frosty the Snowman and The Nutcracker will be on hand to pose with you and your kids, as well.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Christmas Lights admission ticket pricess: This year's event features a tiered-structure admission price plan. Sundays thru Thursdays, admission costs only $15 per car. Every Friday and Saturday, the event's most popular evenings, you'll pay $20. Also, Holiday prices of $20 will be charged on November 29th, Christmas Eve, Christmas night, and New Year's Eve. Before you enter the display area, ticket-takers will collect your admission fee. Once inside, you'll drive around a circular loop of the park, with the lighted displays both to the left and right of your car's windows.
Discount tickets to the Glittering Lights/Gift of Lights: $2 coupons will be available at the event IF you bring a donation for the Goodwill with you to the entrance. These $2-off coupons will also be available at all Goodwill locations in Southern Nevada; you can get one by making a donation to Goodwill.
Sunset Park/Motor Speedway Christmas Lights dates and hours: This unforgettable holiday begins in mid-November on Friday, November 15, 2013...and continues nightly (weather permitting) through January 5th, 2014. Open all holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Hours of operation: Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30 pm to 9 pm; Friday, Saturday & Holidays, 5:30 pm to 10 pm. What if there's a long line--will you still get in? Don't worry! The gates won't close until after the last car in line enters!
Address and phone: The Las Vegas Motor Speedway's address is 7000 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115. From I-15, take the Speedway Blvd exit and drive east to the event's entrance. Phone number 702-451-1641. Websites: For further details, there are several resources you may check. Please visit the Glittering Lights Las Vegas website; or the Glittering Lights Facebook page; or the Gift of Lights website for more information.
Outdoor lights and decorations in Las Vegas
Bundle up: Ethel M's Cactus Garden has beautiful Christmas lights!
If you want to see ALL of Las Vegas, Nevada's best Christmas lights, you can't stay warm forever! You've got to leave the indoors and/or the comfort of your car. The nice thing about the next holiday lighting display on this list is that there IS a place to warm up inside (after enjoying the Christmas lights outside.)
The Ethel M Cactus Garden becomes a wonderland of Christmas lights every year during the holiday season! Called "Chocolate Wonderland," it features over half a million lights...plus inflatables and other holiday decorations, too!
You may WARM UP after viewing the spectacular garden by taking a self-guided tour of the candy factory. (There will not be any chocolates in production during these evening hours. However, you may view videos on how Ethel M makes their chocolates, enjoy displays, and see the factory area all lit up (behind a large glass window...to keep the candy-making area spotless!)
Best of all, both the M & M's gift shop and the Ethel M chocolate candy gift shop are open! Ethel M likes to give out a free sample to each visitor, too!
Admission to Ethel M's Cactus Garden Christmas lights is FREE! No purchase is necessary in the gift shop or the candy shop, either.
Dates & Hours of the Cactus Garden Christmas lights: Public viewing of the Christmas lights will begin on November 12, 2013 and runs through January 1, 2014 from 5 pm until 10 pm daily, except for Christmas Day. (Note: Closes early at 8 pm on Christmas Eve and at 6 pm on New Year's Eve.) The Cactus Garden lights at Ethel M are open from 5 pm until 10 pm every date that the attraction is operating.
You MAY forget that you're cold while wandering thru this Christmas wonderland!
The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is one of Las Vegas, Nevada's most popular Christmas light and decoration displays. Yes...DESPITE that it's almost entirely outdoors! You'll start to shiver...but the many unusual decorations may soon have you forgetting the cold! (If not, there are several indoors areas, plus several outdoors heaters.)
Community groups and local businesses make and donate many of the Magical Forest's decorations each year! You may find one decorated tree done by a Girl Scout troop...sitting next to a display donated by a casino, for example!
The sheer number of displays will be enough to keep your family busy at least an hour or more in order to see them all. In addition, several kiddie rides (a train and carousel) are available (extra fee.)
Magical Forest Admission Prices: Adults, $11; kids age 3 thru 12, $9. (Children under age 3 may enter free of charge.) For a little bit more, you may purchase a "passport" ticket which includes unlimited rides on the train and carousel. Passports are $17.99 for kids and $19.99 for teens and adults.
Magical Forest Hours: Sundays through Thursdays, the Magical Forest opens at 5:30 pm and closes at 9 pm. On weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) the opening time is 5:30 pm and the closing time is at 10 pm.
Dates: This popular Las Vegas Christmas attraction begins on November 22, 2013 and runs nightly through January 6, 2014.
Magical Forest address at Opportunity Village is 6300 W Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146. (Oakey Blvd is about midway between Sahara and Charleston.)
The Magical Forest phone number for recorded information is 702/225-XMAS.
Springs Preserve Christmas Event CANCELLED IN 2013
No Christmas lights this year!
The Springs Preserve has hosted 2 family parties every Fall...including one of Las Vegas' best Halloween events every year in October. (If you'd like, you may view our pictures of that event on the Springs Preserve Halloween review page of our site.)
The Springs Preserve has also had a fun family event every December---called the Springs Preserve Holiday Spectacular. However, there will be NO such celebration this year, according to the museum's office staff.
2 other Christmas-themed activities will be available. One will be a Christmas gifts workshop, which will be held on several different dates. The second event will be a kids-only evening, highlighted by a showing of the seasonal movie, "The Polar Express." There will be one date only, December 21st. The fee is $25 per child (discount for members.)
Springs Preserve Website: In order to plan your fun family outing to either of these activities, you'll want to discover the details on the museum's official website. Here's the Springs Preserve website, where you will find complete information for these events, which are listed in the "December Calendar" section of the site.
Pictures of the decorated desert plants are from past years when the Christmas lighting events were held. Hopefully, the museum will consider returning the festival to the facility. We know that you surely enjoyed the event as much as our family did.