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How to Celebrate the Holidays in Las Vegas in Style

Holiday Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan Las VegasCredit: L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal


As Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve approach, why not pull out all the stops and celebrate the holidays in style in Vegas? The twinkling lights of the city and holiday events will make this holiday season one to remember. From ice skating to a wonderland of lights, spending the holidays in Las Vegas might be one of the most magical ways to celebrate. See some of our favorite holiday activities below!


9 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in Las Vegas


Bet on Your Team Being Naughty or Nice

The holidays have always been a great time to watch sports at home. But have you ever caught your holiday games in the biggest sportsbook in the world? The sports betting wonderland at Circa Sports allows you to celebrate the holidays, place your bets, and hope your team ends up on the “nice” list and wins. Especially after holiday shopping, winning some extra money certainly doesn’t hurt.


Bundle Up at the Ice Rink

Ice skating might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to Vegas, but it is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll have. Set atop the Cosmopolitan overlooking the Strip, you’ll have a view like no other. Pack some warm clothes! If you don’t, The Ice Rink will help keep you warm with s’mores, hot chocolate, and other holiday treats. Or, you can book your own socially-distanced fire pit. Due to limited capacity, reserve your space soon so you can get your skate on!


Dive Into Some Holiday Cheer

Swimming? In winter? While lounging by the pool around the holidays might seem like something only reserved for a tropical getaway, dreams become reality at Circa Stadium Swim®. With heated pools warmed to perfection, this space is the perfect place to lounge during this season – especially with the wintery spin Circa Las Vegas is putting on. Stop by to take a dip, enjoy a warm holiday cocktail under the heaters, and brag to your friends that you get to be at a pool in December.


Glittering Lights Las Vegas Holiday Lights DisplayCredit: Glittering Lights Las Vegas


Drive Through Twinkling Lights

For this Las Vegas holiday attraction, you don’t even need to get out of the car! During the holiday, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway transforms into Glittering Lights Las Vegas – a dazzling wonderland of lights that you can experience from the warmth and safety of your car. This year is the 20th year of spreading holiday cheer through their display of festive scenes that feature Vegas flair. Put on your favorite ugly holiday sweater, grab a hot chocolate, jump in the car, and blast some jolly tunes as you drive through!


Enjoy a Chef-Prepared Holiday Meal

If you’re missing a home cooked meal when celebrating the holidays in Las Vegas, you’re in luck. Though it probably won’t be the same as your family’s recipes, Vegas is a culinary hub and offers a range of restaurants to choose from for your holiday meal. From high-end steakhouses to Asian fusion (and even some food truck BBQ if you prefer), you can avoid doing all the cooking and cleanup by letting a chef take care of it for you.


Feel the Cheer at the Bellagio

From December 5, 2020 to January 4, 2021, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden will show off their seasonal winter/holiday display. Walk through 14,000 square feet of impressive floral design meant to transport you to a winter wonderland. Previous years have included giant gingerbread houses, nutcrackers, snow globes, and arctic creatures. No matter the design, the conservatory and botanical garden never fail to dazzle.


Couple Shopping for Holidays in Las Vegas


Finish Some Holiday Shopping

Las Vegas is filled with shops that can help you get all your holiday shopping needs completed – whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else. From luxury shopping at stores like Louis Vuitton and Chanel at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace to finding some great discounts at the outdoor North and South Las Vegas Premium Outlets or the Prizm Outlets. If you want more of a local vibe to support small business, the Downtown Container Park is a great place to shop and hang out.


Look for Santa in the Sky

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Las Vegas, one of the best things about the city is being surrounded by beautiful nature. And we hear that the night sky in the desert is perfect for looking at the stars and being on Santa watch. Take a break from the city for a night to get some fresh air on one of the many hikes near Las Vegas – just be sure to bundle up and pack appropriate hiking gear so you can avoid needing Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer to come rescue you!


Wave Goodbye to 2020

After a tumultuous year, come celebrate the end of 2020 by spending New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Though parties and events won’t be the same as previous year, Vegas is still the place to be to be surrounded by positive New Year’s Eve energy. From Downtown Las Vegas fireworks to doing a NYE bar and restaurant hop, or even just taking in the sights while walking around outside, you can have the time of your life while welcoming in a new year!


Spending the holidays in Las Vegas is an experience everyone should experience at least once in their life. Though the 2020 holiday season is a little different than previous years, it is still sure to be a magical time. Book your room at Circa Resort to spend some of your holidays in the new hotel – if you reserve a room for opening night on December 28, you can check in two days early on December 26 for additional time on your stay!