Please note that we are updating regularly as the 2023 holiday season progresses.
The holidays are here and what better way to spread some cheer than by heading out on the town to enjoy the holiday season? Being born and raised in this beautiful city means knowing some of the best kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas without the unnecessary crowds unless they are worth it.
One of our favorite kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City is to enjoy a tree lighting ceremony around town. They are free to attend and fun for the family. Here are some you can enjoy around town this year. Click the link above for a full list of tree-lighting events.
Location: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Each season, the enormously talented Horticulture and Engineering teams transform the 14,000-square-foot Botanical Garden into a showcase of inspiring sights, sounds, scents and colors.
If you are looking for something fun (and FREE) to do with the family, this is a sight you don’t want to miss! After you finish sightseeing, head outside to watch the world-famousBellagio Fountains and dance along to your favorite Christmas classics.
Join in on the fun with this local favorite. Head to Ethel M Chocolates, grab a cup of one of the best hot chocolates and stroll through the 3-acre cactus garden with over a million lights twinkling as you make your way through.
This year, a $2 entrance fee per person is required and will be donated to Help of Southern Nevada and Three Square Food Bank. They will NOT be collecting toys and non-perishable food items this year.
This is our tried and true tradition for one of the best kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas and Henderson areas. This year they also have some limited edition seasonal chocolates to taste and peppermint hot chocolate new to their menu (see our review linked above for more details!)
Location: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Cost: Starts at $29, up to $129
Glittering Lights is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit with this drive-thru attraction. If you love holiday lights, drive through approximately 2.5 miles of lights, millions and millions of twinkling lights, making for a great holiday experience for family and friends.
We recommend going to the bathroom before you head out as there can be a long wait and bathrooms are a little difficult to get to as you stay in your car the entire time. Also bring your own hot chocolate and snacks for the car ride!
If you opt for riding the Santa Tram, pack a coat as it will be cold.
Downtown Summerlin is pleased to announce the return of Rock Rink presented by Live Nation! – the signature 8,000 square foot real-ice skating rink located near The Pavilion at The Lawn. Skate under the stars set to the backdrop of festive holiday music and an impressive 40-foot glittering holiday tree overlooking the rink. Skate rentals start at $16, and all ages are welcome.
Stay warm with signature holiday beverages and snacks sure to please. Cashless payment accepted at skate shop.
Location: Las Vegas Ice Center, 9295 W. Flamingo Rd
Cost: $15 including skates
Jupiter Express Holiday Train
Date: Nov. 10, 2023 – Jan. 15, 2024 (operating times are the same as the Rock Rink)
Location: The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin
Cost: $5 per ride
Take a ride on the Jupiter Express Holiday Train featuring real steam, lights and good old-fashioned fun as the train strolls around the 40-foot holiday tree for an unforgettable experience for the kids. The festive holiday train runs through January 16 circling the ice-skating rink and holiday tree. Rides are $5.00 per adult and child.
Location: Glittering Lights @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Cost: $25/Adult, $15/Child, $0/Ages 5 and under (1 mile); $35/5K Untimed
It’s officially time to buy yourself and the family matching holiday pajamas for Speedway Children’s Charities Annual PJ 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk thru Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Walk, run and push your children in strollers through Nevada’s premiere drive-thru light show, ALL IN YOUR PAJAMAS!
Get up close and personal with Glittering Lights dazzling array of more than five million festive LED lights! We have a HUGE digital race clock at the Finish Line for all to check your times. We will continue to greet you at the Finish Line with Finishers Medals and…COOKIES AND MILK!
Date: Nov. 15, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024
Henderson; The District at Green Valley Ranch
Las Vegas; The Promenade at Downtown Summerlin
Cost: Free, Donation Prices Vary from $5 – $250
The Giving Machines provide a way for people to quickly and easily help those in need and make the Christmas season a little more meaningful for themselves – and countless others.
Only card is accepted at the machine, there are live performances on select nights, snap a photo with their backdrop.
If you’re short on time, but have a little extra money to spend this season, this is a great way to give back to our own community. If you’re short on money, but have a little extra time, consider volunteering at your favorite local non-profit.
Twas the Knight” makes its return 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.
All ages are welcome to attend. Children 3 years and younger may attend free of charge and must sit on the adult’s lap and share the adult’s meal. Children age 4 and older will be charged the full ticket price and receive their own seat and dinner. On occasion, previously scheduled and promoted performances of this show may be cancelled.
Date: Nov. 22, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024, show runs hourly between 2-10pm
Location: Sam’s Town; 5111 Boulder Highway Las Vegas, NV 89122
A holiday tradition for decades, Mystic Falls Park® will be decked out for the holidays with beautiful holiday decor, an exciting laser light show and we’ll be making it snow in Vegas every night through the new year!
The whimsical winter display presents an 18-foot Christmas tree decorated with glistening red and gold ornaments and 5,300 twinkling lights, topped with a starburst tree topper. Garland-wrapped lampposts, streamers and wreaths fill the atrium, embellished with hundreds of lights, ornaments and red holiday bows. As guests stroll through the park, they can also enjoy seeing blankets of snow, animatronic characters wearing Santa hats, giant pinecones and beautifully wrapped gift boxes.
Holiday shows begin after the Sundown tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, November 23, and continue through New Years Day. Performances run every hour, between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Plus…Santa will be here to welcome kids of all ages! Stop by during the times below to let Santa know what you hope to find in your stocking this year! Bring your own camera!
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23
Fridays, 4:00pm -8:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 7:00pm
In addition to enjoying the free holiday attraction, families can conveniently drop off their letters for Santa in Santa’s mailbox, also located under the gazebo inside Mystic Falls Park.
Date: Nov. 24, 25, 26 and Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 at 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm
Location: Nevada Southern Railway Museum, 601 Yucca St Boulder City, NV 89005
Cost: Adult: $30-50, Child: $25-45
A time for family and friends to travel to Santa’s Railyard. Join us for this 90-minute event with an early evening train ride, then time in. Santa’s rail yard before taking the short train ride back to the station.
First Class tickets include an adult or child gift bag and First-Class service in Santa’s rail yard. All riders receive hot cocoa and cookies and picture opportunities with Santa. Families are encouraged to dress for the weather. PJ’s and Christmas sweaters are a traditional choice.
Location: Park Centre Drive, 1980 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Enjoy floats, snowflake princesses and princes, dancers, toy soldiers, nutcrackers, drummers, dancers, characters through the streets of Downtown Summerlin and festive music to put the entire family into the holiday spirit.
The event is free and open to the public and afterward, you can head toRock Rink, an 8,000-square-foot real-ice skating rink located near the Pavilion at The Lawn right in Downtown Summerlin (advanced reservations required for ice skating).
The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, exciting rides, great food and endless holiday cheer. Not only does this attraction bring pure joy for children (and adults alike), it also brings about so much good to our community.
They have a forest of gorgeously decorated trees to walk through, a train ride and lots of treats to indulge in. The Magical Forest is a festive, all-ages theme park right here in Las Vegas. It is an outdoor event so be sure to dress warmly.
Locations:Las Vegas Ballpark; 1650 South Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Cost: Adults: $34+, Children: $25+
The Enchant adventure includes an Ice Skating Trail, a locally curated Christmas Market, an opportunity to meet Santa and a world of Christmas wonder awaits as you enter the custom-designed, 90,000 square foot light maze.
You will be transported to a living storybook of larger-than-life, stunning light sculptures and decadent delights as snow falls gently all around you.
Previously: On select Wednesday nights throughout the season you’ll get one FREE child’s ticket when you buy any Adult, Senior, or Military admission ticket.
Date: Nov. 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 from 10am-4pm (times vary!)
Location: Nevada State Railroad Museum; 601 Yucca Street Boulder City, NV 89005
A family tradition since 2002, Santa returns for some holiday fun on the train! Tickets $10 per person.
Tickets available first come, first served on the date of the event, or by purchasing in advance at our ticket office on Saturdays and Sundays between 9:30am and 4:00pm.
The event price is $10 per ticket. Santa Trains include an approximate 40-minute train ride on our historic railroad equipment while Santa walks through the cars interacting with passengers. Reserve your seats in advance here for free, and pay at check-in at the museum.
Location: Silverton Casino; 3333 Blue Diamond Road Las Vegas, NV 89139
Join us at the Silverton Aquarium this holiday season for a chat with Santa and story time with the Mermaids.
Mermaid Tales | Holiday story time with the Silverton Mermaids.
11:45am — 12:00pm
1:00pm — 1:15pm
1:45pm — 2:00pm
3:00pm — 3:15pm
Underwater Santa | Share your Christmas wish list with Santa and his helpers.
12:00pm — 1:00pm
2:00pm — 3:00pm
Santa will not be in the Aquarium on Christmas Eve. Please note, the Mermaid Swim schedule may be affected on these days. Schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Management reserves all rights.
Location: 3246 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Cost: Starts at $25 for locals, $35 for non-locals
Prepare to be transported into Christmas magic, and discover an ever-changing winter dreamland to a futuristic fantasyland of nutcrackers, swinging jingle bells, candy cane carousels, and more.
From Santa’s luxurious winter palace to whirling snowstorms and glowing Northern Lights, Winter Wonderland Spectacular is a place of beauty, magic, and wonder, inspiring us to feel the joy of the season – featuring content from the innovative experiential art powerhouse, ARTECHOUSE.
Date: Dec. 1 – 23 on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm – 8pm.
Location: Tivoli Village; 400 S. Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89145
Tivoli Village’s enchanting Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides available each Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas from 4-8 p.m.
Create unforgettable memories as a beautiful horse whisks you and your loved ones away on a festive journey through Tivoli Village during the heart of the holiday season. Carriage Rides are first-come, first-served. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as lines close at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gilcrease Orchard; 7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131
Cost: $6/Person, Free/Children Ages 5 & Under
Enjoy whimsical wagon rides through the decorated orchard and a selection of tasty treats available for purchase at our concession stand, including our apple cider donuts! Santa Claus will be there for photos and kids will have a chance to write letters to that will be mailed to the North Pole. Live Christmas music from 5-7pm.
Concessions include fresh apple cider donuts, hot apple cider, hot cocoa, hot chili, hot dogs, chili dogs, and caramel corn. You can also purchase gift basket items. Activities may adjust or not be in operation at any time.
Location: Clark County Museum, 1830 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson
Kick off your holiday season with the Clark County Museum’s Heritage Holidays on December 8 and 9 from 5-8pm. Enjoy decorated historical homes, holiday caroling, hot chocolate and cookies, visit with Santa Claus, and the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Craft Tent.
Location: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, South 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV
The iconic Las Vegas Great Santa Run will take flight on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 200 S. 3rd Street. Registration is open, so start stretching those Santa muscles and get ready for the jolliest 5k or 1-mile jaunt of the season.
Join Opportunity Village on a Downtown Las Vegas course packed with all the entertainment and style that Las Vegas is known for, while raising money to help adults with disabilities in our community. Presented by Circle K and hosted by Opportunity Village and Fox5 and their Take 5 to Care Partners, Findlay Subaru of Las Vegas and Landmark Recovery, festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the races starting at 10 a.m.
For over 35 years, spectators have enjoyed floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches and civic groups. Includes marching bands, lit fire engines and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself – Santa Claus!
This holiday season, The Cosmopolitan transforms the Boulevard Pool, once again, into The Ice Rink. Located high above the Strip, guests of all ages can enjoy skating on over 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores by the fire pits, and warm cocktails are available for 21+.
The Ice Rink also features light snow showers which occur every 30 minutes on select nights starting at 7pm. Don’t forget your socks and gloves while you’re on the ice. They also have special events like date night and a tree lighting on select days.
Kalani Pe‘a’s Hawaiian Christmas show is a celebration of the warmth and special “aloha” of the Holiday Season, sharing much-loved songs from both western and Hawaiian roots. Self-described as “Hawaiian contemporary soul”, Kalani’s dynamism and charm, vocal brilliance, and range of songs from Hawaiian to R&B has brought him to the forefront of Hawaiian music for both traditionalists and a new generation.
Step back in time to an Old Time Christmas. The Myron Heaton Chorale is back this year singing Christmas songs, sit with some hot chocolate and sing along. Some old favorite games and crafts in the picnic area, Hayride, S’mores and more.
Of course Santa will make his appearance along with Justice the Eagle.
Location: 20 Costa di Lago, Suite 130, Henderson, NV 89011, US
Cost: $24.99/per child, $29.99/per adult, $59.99/kids premium ticket (Meet Santa and Bottomless Hot Chocolate)
Embark on a festive adventure aboard the Santa Sail Christmas Yacht Cruise at Lake Las Vegas. Experience the holiday magic with enchanting decorations, Christmas games, and the one and only Santa Claus! Join us for a delightful journey where kids can sip on hot chocolate, decorate cookies, and enjoy the merriment of the season. This is a family-friendly event, perfect for little elves and their families to celebrate the season together!
The inaugural Rudolph’s Runderland Experience will take place Friday, December 22nd at Gilcrease Orchard in Las Vegas. To ensure the Experience is magical for all, the Experience will have firm capacity limits. The 1-Mile Reindeer Stroll is available at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM, while the 5K RFID-chip timed race is only available at 8:00 PM. Please note, the 1-Mile Reindeer Strolls are not timed.
Cost: $27.40/Adult, $16.44/Child, Free/Ages 3 and under, $54.80/Family 4-Pack (2 adults, 2 kids) – Only 150 tickets available each day
A WILD holiday experience like no other, this event includes 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!
Smores packs, other refreshments, stuffed camels and more available as add-ons or for sale onsite during the event.
Tivoli Village Horse & Carriage Rides
Date: TBA (these happen annually and dates are announced closer to December)
Location: Tivoli Village; 400 South Rampart Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89145
On select Fridays and Saturdays throughout December it will offer holiday programming at The Piazza, including free horse and carriage rides and live performing artists. Hot chocolate and cocktails are available for purchase.
Location: 1650 South Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135
One of my favorite kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas! It is with a heavy heart that we learned in mid-September 2021 that the famous landmark, Mount Charleston Lodge had burnt down. However, even though the lodge is not currently available to visit, a trip to Mt. Charleston is just what the doctor ordered for ANY family.
You can still book a cabin up in Mt. Charleston or just make an afternoon of this wonderful place. There are over 50 miles of maintained trails that wind through the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, along with 4 campgrounds, 7 picnic areas, and remote areas for dispersed camping.
Snowshoeing, sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, and winter wildlife watching are just a few of the things you can do in the winter. Here are parking and snow play areas. Note – parking is limited!
Foxtail Group Picnic Area (open with 12″ or more of snow, reservations will be required)
Old Mill Picnic Area (Closed, will open for snow play with enough snow)
Kyle Canyon Picnic Area
Sawmill Picnic Area
Deer Creek Picnic Area
Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort (Reservations REQUIRED for activities and parking)
Please note many areas may be closed due to 2023 flooding, so always confirm prior to your visit.Be sure to check the weather before you go as a little snow might appear out of nowhere!
Attractions Not Confirmed or Returning for 2023
The list below contains kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City that have not been confirmed or will not be returning.
Journey into Santa’s Experience for a pop-up social media holiday attraction featuring over 10,000 sqft of fun! Filled with over two dozen photo-ops in a professionally designed walkthrough experience that is 100% family-friendly but also meant for Christmas lovers of all ages! Plus, all guests get the opportunity to meet and greet Santa.
There is axe throwing, gaming, and esports, too. Ages 8 to 18 can get in FREE with their special offer.
NOTE: Early bird pricing includes access to all photo-ops, Santa, and axe throwing in a private lane. Standard entry does not include axe throwing.
Location: AREA15; 3215 South Rancho Dr. Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $40/Adult, $20/Child
All your holiday wishes have been granted. Step through our portal to the extraordinary and enter the gates of Halloween Town! The Nightmare Before Christmas immersive viewing experience returns to the Portal at AREA15, a 360-degree room with floor-to-ceiling projection mapping.
Tim Burton’s holiday-classic movie presents an immersive light and sound experience complete with a curated cocktail menu, for a holiday movie-viewing like no other!
EVENT DETAILS & RESTRICTIONS
THURSDAY + SATURDAY | Visitors must be 21+ to attend the 8:00 PM show time.
HEALTH & SAFETY | This experience makes use of loud sounds, flashing lights, and special effects. Visitors with such sensitivities are advised not to participate.
Complimentary drink included with adult ticket purchase. Must be 21+ with valid I.D. to consume alcohol.
Refreshments and souvenirs are available for purchase. No outside food or beverage allowed.
Viewing experience starts 20 minutes after doors open.
Date: Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-12, 17-19, 23-24 from 3-7pm
Location: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 600, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Near Zara)
Greeted by a snowy bliss guests will emerge into a room filled with white trees, falling snow, ice sculptures, sounds, and smells of winter filling the air.
Where will the holidays take you?
There are so many kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas and I’ve only been able to touch on a handful of my favorites, but it is a great start especially if you are looking to try something new this year.
As you begin to enjoy the holiday season, we recommend booking reservations early to beat the crowds. The closer it gets to Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc., the busier – especially when winter break begins for the kiddos.
Don’t forget to bring some snacks, water, and a jacket with you depending on your holiday adventure.
What are your favorite kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas?
Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.
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