Travel to a Vegas Winter Wonderland With the Family

Christmas at the Bellagio // (c) 2013 Ken Lund

Christmas at the Bellagio // (c) 2013 Ken Lund
Christmas at the Bellagio // (c) 2013 Ken Lund

It’s going to be a happy holiday season in Las Vegas, as well as a well-lit one and there is no better time for a family to travel to Sin City. With ice rinks and light shows to culinary indulgences and stunning shows, Las Vegas strikes a perfect balance between pleasure and parenting. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on around town:

Holiday Lights

The Neon Museum is getting into the spirit this year and will light up Nov. 30-Dec. 31.

The menorah will be lit at Downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience on Nov. 27. A Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held there as well on Dec. 11.

The Bellagio will unveil its winter wonderland on Dec. 6. The centerpiece is Las Vegas’ largest indoor holiday tree standing at 45-feet tall and weighing 8,000 pounds. Also on display is an eight-foot reindeer crafted of chocolate and a life-size candy house.

Glittering Lights will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 15-Jan. 5.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall will host the Mystic Falls Light Park and Water Show on Nov. 27 and will also be home to Cowboy Santa from Nov. 29-Dec. 23.

Winter Activities

The Cosmopolitan will transform its Boulevard Pool into an ice rink through Jan. 5

Wynn Las Vegas’ pastry chefs will help guests create their own gingerbread design adorned with delicious confections on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.Or toast to the season with The Twelve Cocktails of Christmas starting Dec. 9 through Dec. 24(weekdays only).

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will host their third-annual Winter in Venice celebration, running Nov. 18 through Jan. 5. The  Italian-inspired experience includes a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, a 3-D light projection show, the return of the picturesque skating rink above The Venetian’s romantic outdoor Grand Canal and more.

Terry Fator’s A Very Terry Christmas is playing at the Mirage until Dec. 24 with the curtain going up at 7:30 p.m.

Fun With Food

Hotels and resorts around Las Vegas are hosting lavish Thanksgiving Day meals inspired by celebrity chefs from around the world including Gordon Ramsey and Jean Georges.

Special Christmas menus are available at Table 10 inside The Palazzo Las Vegas, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Las Vegas, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House located at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar and d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo.

For more information on family travel to Las Vegas this winter and holiday events, visit

One response to “Travel to a Vegas Winter Wonderland With the Family”

  1. Great photo! We did Thanksgiving in Vegas two years ago and it was stunning. Winter in Venice. I can’t wait to return. It can actually be a family destination.

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