I can barely believe how busy the holiday season is around here! There are far more then just 10 Christmas activities in Vegas but here are our Top 10 Can’t Miss Christmas in Vegas Activities with Kids!
Top 10 Can’t Miss Christmas in Vegas Activities with Kids
Magical Forrest Experience the Magic! Celebrate the holidays with a cherished southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer.
- A Forest Filled with Hundreds of Dazzling Trees
- Forest Express Passenger Train
- Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel
- Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience
- Avalanche Slide
- Rudolph’s Raceway
- Rod’s Mini-Golf
- Nightly Entertainment For All Ages
- Photos with Santa in his Workshop
- Free Parking
Hours of Operation Sunday-Thursday: 5:30-9:00 pm | Friday & Saturday: 5:30-10:00 pm
The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146
Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Jingle that sleigh to Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from fabulous downtown Las Vegas – for Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show featuring more than 3 million lights amongst a 2.5 – mile course that intertwines through the speedway. A tradition for 15 years in southern Nevada, Glittering Lights is open nightly November 13 until January 3, 2016, 5:30-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5:30-10 p.m., Friday, Sunday and holidays.
Tickets are $20 per vehicle, $55 for a season pass. Buses are $1 per person with a minimum charge of $20. Purchase tickets atglitteringlightslasvegas.com, southern Nevada Walgreens locations or at the gate. Goodwill of Southern Nevada offers discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of goods. Coupon available at any of the stores, drop off locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Value is $5 off Monday-Thursday and $2 off Friday-Sunday and holidays. A portion of eachticket sold benefits Speedway Children’s Charities.
McKee Ranch Foundation – Fresh Cut Christmas Trees and Santa Photo Opportunities!
McKee Ranch Foundation is a Non-Profit organization that puts on just a couple fundraisers a year to keep their farm animals fed and the farm free for visitors the rest of the year. Donations to attend this family favorite event are $5 per family. Hay rides for the kids and a professional photographer on hand if you’d like to purchase from her. Begins Friday November 27th 10-4pm every weekend thru December 20th. Hope to see you there!
14th Annual Boulder City Santa Train this December 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20! This annual family event is a great day to get in the holiday spirit with a fun train ride and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Additional Museum Activities during the Santa Train:
- The “Eureka,” a vintage working steam locomotive will be operational and will be offering rides for the public!
- Model Railroad Expo! Located in the Maintenance Shop, see dozens of booths showing off different layouts of various scales!
- Live Steamers will be up and running for rides!
- Santa‘s Sleigh for Photos!
- Mailbox for sending your letters to the North Pole!
- All activities besides the Santa Train will be free to attend (though donations are always appreciated)!
Top 10 Can’t Miss Christmas in Vegas Activities with Kids
Cosmo Outdoor Ice Skating! The Cosmopolitan transforms the Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink, a winter wonderland overlooking the heart of The Strip. High above Las Vegas Boulevard, guests can enjoy the brisk outdoors, fire pits, s‘mores, warm cocktails and more as they skate on real ice with family and friends. The Ice Rink will feature an experience very rare to the Las Vegas Strip – snow showers. Here, breathtaking views and a playful atmosphere come together to create the most original luxury winter retreat in Las Vegas.
Hours of Operation
November 21 – January 3
Mon-Fri 3:00 PM to Midnight
Sat-Sun 12:00 PM to Midnight
December 21 – January 3
Sun-Sat 12:00 PM to Midnight
Wed-Sun 6:00 PM to 10:00PM
$15 All Day Skating Access
$10 All Day Skating Access for Nevada Residents*
$5 Skate Rental fee
$10 Skating Aid Rental fee
Admission to The Ice Rink area is free**
Shred the ice sooner. Complete The Ice Rink Waiver before you arrive.
*Valid only Monday – Friday.**Children 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult that is 21 years old or older.
Spring Mountain’s Old Time Christmas Did you ever notice that a lot of our beloved Christmas songs come from the 1940’s and 1950’s? That’s the same era during which our Ranch House Visitor Center was built here at Spring Mountain Ranch State park. It has seen sixty-seven Christmases as a family home, a place for high-class society parties, and as a state park. We continue this long Christmas tradition by inviting you and your family to join us and celebrate the holidays at our Old Time Ranch Christmas!
There will be pine-cone crafts for kids of all ages, ornament-making, s’mores and hot cocoa, a live brass band playing Christmas music, a fire in the fireplace, and even a visit from Santa!
Admission to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is $7.00 / vehicle for Nevada residents, $9.00 for all others. There is no additional charge for this program.
Before Santa Claus returns to the North Pole for his busiest time of the year, he’ll be enjoying a vacation at the Lake Las Vegas residential, golf and resort destination. Children are invited to join him on a special Santa Cruise as he sails around the community’s 320-acre lake on Saturdays after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. While on the La Contessa Yacht, children can make a holiday craft, and photos with Santa will be available for purchase.
The Santa Cruise will set sail from the Lake Las Vegas Marina at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Additionally there will be a 1 p.m. cruise on Dec. 12 and 19. The cruise will last an hour, and costs $12 per child, age 12 and younger, and $18 per adult. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds from the cruises will benefit several children’s charities.
The Lake Las Vegas Marina is located at 10 Costa Di Lago in Henderson. To book the Santa Cruise, click HERE!
2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk – Las Vegas Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Tivoli VIllage Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.
Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Las Vegas has a special 10-kilometer route, a 1-mile option and a kid’s fun run! The beautiful measured and timed 5k and 10k courses use Angel Park, Bonanza Trail, Kellogg Zaher Park and Bruce Trent Park! Join the run that showcases beautiful red rock, has rolling hills and displays our beautiful Las Vegas skyline.
See more at: http://www.jbr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1138416#sthash.alAl8Cty.dpuf
All Aboard the 3rd Annual Pajama Train!
Come experience the magic of riding the train at night! Guests will experience the magic of the holidays onboard and in their pajamas! Each pajama train includes visits from Santa, Storytelling, Caroling and of course Hot Chocolate & Cookies during the 1 hour excursion. Dates are December 4, 11, 18, 21, 22 & 23! Train departs at 6PM and 8PM.
Ticket prices are the same for patrons ages 1+:
First Class Tickets are $28
Includes: Table seating for 4 in the historic Dining Car with Table Service and unlimited Hot Chocolate & Cookies.
Coach and Table Coach Tickets are $20
Coach Class includes: Seating in the historic Pullman Cars in plush velvet seating.
Table Coach Class includes: Table seating for 6 in historic Pullman Cars.
Tickets are pre-order only, and sell out within the first week! Make sure to reserve your Pajama Train tickets early! Come along and enjoy the holidays on the Nevada Southern Railway! Remember: wearing Pajamas on the Train are highly encouraged!
But Wait! There’s More! So much more! See our other articles and check out our Holiday Bucket List for 2015 for more ideas!