kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas

35+ Kid-Friendly Things to Do During the Holidays in Las Vegas (Updated 2023)

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.

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Kid-Friendly Things to Do During the Holidays in Las Vegas, Henderson, and beyond!

If you’re looking to spend some time with family, head out on a date night, or explore what our city has to offer, check out these fun activities.

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Don’t forget to drop a comment below with your favorite kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas!

Note that dates/times are subject to change.

Holiday Craft Fairs & Markets

Each year there are a bunch of holiday craft fairs that occur throughout Southern Nevada. Here are some that you can check out this year:

Find more holiday events, fairs, and more on our daily events calendar located HERE.

Christmas Light Hotspots in Boulder City
via Boulder City Review

Ultimate Guide to Christmas Lights in Las Vegas (Click here!)

Date: Various dates and times

Location: Enjoy the homes closest to you or travel far to visit some spectacular displays

Cost: Free

There are so many amazing Christmas Light Hotspots to check out in Southern Nevada. Click the link above for our complete list!

Don’t forget to download our FREE Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Printable to add even more fun to your Christmas light adventures!

Santa Photos in Las Vegas at Ethel M Chocolates
Santa Photos at Ethel M 2021

Visit Santa & Get Your Photos with Santa (Click here!)

Date: Various dates and times

Location: Visit Santa near you

Cost: Varies

Santa Claus is coming to town – which means it is time for photos with Santa in Las Vegas! When it comes to getting the kids ready for Santa, sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

Where is the best place to go, how much is it going to cost, and do I need to reserve a spot or can I be spontaneous and just bring the kids by when they are in a good mood?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Click the link above for our complete guide to photos with Santa this year.

Enjoy a Tree or Menorah Lighting Ceremony (Click here!)

Date: Various dates and times

Location: Enjoy the one closest to you

Cost: Free

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.

bellagio conservatory holiday display kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas
Bellagio Conservatory Holiday Display

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden Holiday

Date: Harvest Display: Sept. 16 – Nov. 26, 2023; Holiday Display: Dec. 2, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024

Location: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cost: Free

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-famous Bellagio Fountains and dance along to your favorite Christmas classics.

30th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates

Date: Nov. 3 – Dec. 31, 2023 from 5 – 10pm

Location: 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014

Cost:  $2/person

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!)

Glittering Lights Drive-Thru Light Show

Date: Nov. 9, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024

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.

The Rock Rink

Date: Nov. 10, 2023 – Jan. 15, 2024 (operating times are the same as the Rock Rink)

Location: The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin

Cost: $17.95/person (includes skate rental + reservation fee)

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.

Public Skate

Date: Most days

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, Under 1 are FREE

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.

Annual PJ 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk

Date: Nov. 12 from 4:30-6pm

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!

Giving Machines

Date: Nov. 15, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024

Locations:

  • 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 Holiday Dinner Show

Date: Nov. 22 – Dec. 25, Showtimes are 6pm & 8:30pm

Location: Excalibur Hotel & Casino; 3850 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cost: Starting at $41.87/ticket

Buy your tickets from Groupon Here

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.

VIP Tickets are sold at the box office only.

Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland and Holiday Light Show

Date: Nov. 22, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024, show runs hourly between 2-10pm

Location: Sam’s Town; 5111 Boulder Highway Las Vegas, NV 89122

Cost: FREE

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.

Boulder City North Pole Express Train

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.

Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade

Date: Nov. 17 – Dec. 16, 2023, Fridays & Saturdays at 6pm

Location: Park Centre Drive, 1980 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Cost: Free

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 to Rock 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).

While this is a hot activity when it comes to kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas, it can get chaotic and crowded. So get there EARLY to grab a good spot. Check out our review with all the tips and tricks!

World of Illumination Rockin’ Christmas

Date: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31, 2023, Tuesday – Sunday from 6-10pm

Location: M Pavilion at M Resort Spa Casino; 12300 Las Vegas Blvd S. Henderson, NV 89044

Cost: $39.99 – $79.99, tickets are also being sold at a discounted rate at Costco (see above image)

A mesmerizing audio-visual experience that will ROCK your holidays – featuring millions of colorful LED lights and hundreds of moving displays in a mile-long symphony of sight and sound.

 

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Date: Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30- Dec.3, Dec. 7-10, Dec 14-31 from 5:30-9/9:30pm

Location: 6300 West Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Cost: Starts at $24/person

Buy Your Tickets on Groupon Here

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.

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Enchant Christmas Village

Dates: Las Vegas Ballpark: Nov. 25, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2023

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.

Santa Trains

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

Cost: $10/person

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.

SEASons Greetings at Silverton Aquarium

Date: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, 2023

Location: Silverton Casino; 3333 Blue Diamond Road Las Vegas, NV 89139

Cost: FREE

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.

Winter Wonderland Spectacular at Illuminarium

Date: Dec. 1 – 31, 2023

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.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

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.

Christmas Wagon Rides at Gilcrease

Date: Dec. 1 – 17, 2023

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.

Annual Las Vegas Santa Run

Date: Dec. 2 from 8am-1pm

Location: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, South 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV

Cost: Varies

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.

Lights of December Parade

Date: Dec. 2 from 5-6pm

Location: Downtown Boulder City

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!

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan

Date: Dec. 2 – 25, 2023

  • Dec. 2, 2023 – Dec. 15, 2023
    Monday – Friday | 4PM – 11PM
    Saturday and Sunday | Noon – 11PM
  • Dec. 18, 2023 – Jan. 2, 2024
    Daily | Noon – 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 & 25, 2023
    Daily | Noon – Midnight

Location: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV  89109

Cost: Non-locals: $30, Locals, Military, First Responders: $20 (Mon-Thur), Skate Aid: $15

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.

Santa’s Electric Night Parade

Date: Dec. 2, 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Boulder City Historic District, 401 Utah St, Boulder City, NV 89005-2619, United States

Through the historic district of Boulder City. Spectacular lit floats, bands, and much, much more. Parade finishes just in time for you to head into the business district for evening holiday shopping.

Kalani Pe‘a’s Hawaiian Christmas

Date: Dec. 2 at 7pm, Doors open at 6:30pm

Location: Water Street Plaza Amphitheater

Cost: $15/person

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.

Sam’s Club Merry Express

Date: Dec. 3 (Elkhorn) & 6 (Silverado Ranch)

Location: Sam’s Club, 1910 E Serene Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89123 and Sam’s Club Elkhorn location

Cost: Free

A very special passenger is headed your way! Santa will be available for photos during your designated time slot. Walk-ins will be available if space allows.

Movies at the Container Park

Date: Dec. 7, 14, 21 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Location: Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101

  • Dec. 7 – The Santa Clause
  • Dec. 14 – ELF
  • Dec. 21 – The Grinch (2018)

Heritage Holidays

Date: Dec. 8 & 9 from 5pm – 8pm

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.

All Aboard the Polar Express

Date: December 13, 14, & 15 starting at 6pm

Location: Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N Cimarron Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89149

Cost: $7/person

Come be entertained on the Polar Express, receive a cookie, hot chocolate and visit from a special jolly guest.

Santa Visit!

Date: December 14 from 4pm – 6pm

Location: Lost Worlds Myth and Magic

Cost: $17

Come take your picture with Santa and enjoy story time with the Elves and Milk & Cookies. Free with any wristband purchase.

Santa Sail – Kid Friendly Yacht Cruise

Date: Dec. 10, 16, 17, 23 from 11am – 12:30pm

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!

Annual Old Time Christmas

Date: Dec. 16 from 11am-2:30pm

Location: Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Cost: $10 for Nevada Residents

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.

Santa in the Shipwreck

Date: Dec. 16-24 from 10am – 4pm, Santa at 4pm

Location: Shark Reef Aquarium

Cost: Adults: $29/$36, Child: $24/$31 (Timed Entry/ Anytime Entry), 4 and Under are FREE

Santa Claus steers his sleigh from the North Pole to Las Vegas to find out who’s been naughty and nice during the annual Santa in the Shipwreck at Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay!

Santa Claus and Santa Jaws Meet & Greet | Dec 16-24 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
With each paid admission, children 12 and under will receive a complimentary photograph with Santa Claus. Jolly St. Nick will also have a little help this year from a rather large and toothy holiday helper – Santa Jaws. Throughout the day, Santa Jaws will happily “swim” by to join the kiddies for a photo.

Diving Santa Appearance | Dec 16-24 | 4:00pm
Don’t miss Santa’s joyous departure back to the North Pole everyday at 4pm. Santa will put on a SCUBA suit and plunge into the shipwreck to wave a happy farewell to all guests, alongside his underwater friends!

Pawliday Lights & Roaring Nights

Date: December 22 & 23 from 5pm – 7pm

Location: Lion Habitat Ranch

Cost: Age 3 and under are free, 1 child age 4-14 free with purchase of adult ticket, $30/adult, $10/extra child

Join us for a holiday celebration at the Lion Habitat Ranch! Come see our animals at night, lit up by beautiful Christmas lights. All of our general admission amenities will be available including giraffe feeds, lion feeds, Ozzie painting sessions, and maybe a few other surprises! Our lions will be receiving holiday themed enrichment, and we will even have some special enrichment for you! Event will be hosted on December 22nd and 23rd from 5pm-7pm, with last admission at 6:30pm.

Rudolph’s Reindeer

Date: Dec. 22 from 5pm-9pm

Location: Gilcrease Orchard, 7800 N Tenaya Way

Cost: $30

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.

Pawliday Lights & Roaring Nights

Cocoas and Camels with Santa

Date: Dec. 22-23 from 1-5:30pm (time slots)

Location: Camel Safari; Bunkerville, NV

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

Cost: Free

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.

Mt. Charleston Lodge kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas

Take a Trip to Mt. Charleston

Date: Year-round

Location: 1650 South Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Cost: Free

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.

Santa’s Experience at Tivoli Village – Not confirmed for 2023

Date: Nov. 26, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023, hours vary (see above)

Location: Tivoli Village, 350 S. Rampart Blvd, Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV, 89145 US

Cost: $35/Early Bird Pricing, $25/General Admission, $20/Adult Axe Throwing (Ages 19+), $10/Youth Axe Throwing (Ages 8-18)

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.

AREA15 Hosting “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Immersive Viewing – Not confirmed for 2023

Date: Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 18-26, 28-29 at 8pm

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.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
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Aria Winter Wonderland Display

Aria’s Winter Wonderland DisplayNOT CONFIRMED FOR 2022

Date: Nov. 18, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Location: 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158

Cost: Free

If holiday sweets are your favorite part of the season, you’ll want to head over to the Aria resort and take a look at their new Winter Wonderland display that is made entirely of edible treats!

In 2021, the final product contained 1,000 French Macaroons, 200 sugar panels, 150 lbs of fondant, 100 lbs of chocolate, 600 lbs of sugar and over 200 hours of work later.

Take in the Aria lobby to experience, a masterpiece designed by their very own ARIA Patisserie.

While you’re checking out kid-friendly things to do during the holidays in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by the Bellagio Conservatory Holiday display (see above).

Holiday Glow Show at Fashion ShowNOT RETURNING FOR 2022

Date: Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-12, 17-19, 23-24; Live Show at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

Location: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 600, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cost: Free

A high-fashion musical showcase featuring your favorite holiday characters. Singing, dancing, and so much fun for the kids. This show is about 15 minutes long.

Winter Wonderland at Fashion ShowNOT RETURNING FOR 2022

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)

Cost: Free

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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