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Things to do in Las Vegas in December

December is always a month to remember, filled with holidays from around the globe that close out the year in festive celebrations. December in Las Vegas is filled with Christmas events and Hanukkah celebrations, nights filled with lights, delicious food, and family fun for everyone. 

Glittering Lights Las Vegas open November 9, 2023 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

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Join us on November 12 for Vegas Family Guide night. The first 250 cars will get a holiday craft bag filled with offers from local businesses. 

Things to do in Las Vegas - December Edition

Important Dates in December 

December 1: National Christmas Lights Day 
Use The Las Vegas Christmas Lights Map to guide your way around town to some of the best local displays in Southern Nevada. 

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

December 4: National Cookie Day

December 7: Hanukkah Begins

December 9: Christmas Card Day

December 10: Human Rights Day

December 12: Gingerbread House Day

December 13: National Hot Cocoa Day

December 15: National Ugly Sweater Day 

December 18: Winter Break for CCSD begins

December 21: Winter Solstice

December 22: National Cookie Exchange Day 

December 25: Christmas Day 

December 26: Kwanzaa

Christmas Events on the Las Vegas Holiday HQ 

The Ice Rink at the Boulevard, Cosmopolitan
The Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin 
Glittering Lights Las Vegas
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Wagon Rides at Gilcrease Orchard
Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland
Snow Falls at Town Square
The Bellagio Gardens & Conservatory 
Ethel M Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden 
Road Trip North Pole
Santa Trains and The North Pole Express
Santa’s Electric Night Parade
The Nutcracker by The Nevada Ballet
World of Illumination at the M Resort
The Holiday Parade at Downtown Summerlin 
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village 
Enchant Las Vegas 

Home Depot Workshop 

Saturday, December 2, 9am-12pm

Your Local Home Depot store 

November Project: Gingerbread House


Lowe’s DIY Workshop

Saturday, December 16, 10 am – 1pm

Your local Lowe’s store 

November Project: Holiday Delivery Truck 


Special for this month: Holiday Ornament Giveaway! November 4, 10 am-1pm 

The Mine Experience

Saturday, December 2

McCaw Mines, 57 Lynn Lane

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on the 1st Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm  
No new entries after 130pm will be allowed.
Come and see the only simulated underground gold mine in the state.  Explore our surface exhibits and our beautiful Visitor’s Center.  Browse in our Train Caboose Gift Shop to bring home a remembrance from your visit.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a day at The Mine Experience.

STEAM Saturdays with the Neon Museum 

Saturday, December 16, 10 am – 12 pm 

The Neon Museum 

December Theme: Glow On

STEAM Saturdays is a Neon Museum program that offers fun make-and-take activities, hands-on learning, and demonstrations designed to promote creative and critical thinking. This series is offered to families once a month from 10am-12pm.

So, why do neon signs glow? We’ll give you the answer at this STEAM Saturday all about glowing! Learn why things glow through bioluminescence, fluorescence, and more. Create your own art that glows under blacklight and special glow-in-the dark slime.

Admission for Steam Saturdays is $5 per person. Children age 6 and younger are FREE. Members are free, Museums for All guests are free with EBT/SNAP/WIC or foster placement letter and calid ID. 

Advance registration is recommended.

STEAM Saturdays is a Neon Museum program that offers fun make-and-take activities, hands-on learning, and demonstrations designed to promote creative and critical thinking. This series is offered to families once a month from 10am-12pm.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum 

Daily events at the museum including shark feedings, story times, art & crafts. 

Celebrate “A December to Remember” with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, daily through January 7, 2024. The museum is open 9am – 4pm.

See the calendar

Discovery Children’s Museum 

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 5pm
Sundays, 12 pm – 5 pm 
Closed on Thanksgiving Day 

Discovery Children’s Museum offers Daily Discoveries, special programming, and exhibits all month long. 

Holidays Around the World
December 16 – December 29

Springs Preserve

Open Thursday – Monday, 9am – 4pm

Toddler Time
Monday, Thursday, Friday
11am – 12pm

Crack a Geode & Fossil Dig
Fossil Dig and Crack a Geode activities are $5 for Springs Preserve members or $6 for non-members.

Clark County Wetlands Park 

Park Trails, Trailhead Parking, and Trailhead Restrooms
Open Daily Dawn to Dusk

Nature Center
Visit the Exhibit Gallery, Nature Store, Auditorium, Spotlight on Nature Gallery, and Lizard Lounge picnic room
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm

Enjoy events like the Wetlands Explorers, WP Watercolor for kids and Nature Tales Story & Craft

Nature Art for Kids

Kids of all ages will learn basic art techniques and practice kid-friendly painting and drawing skills. Parents participate. All materials provided. Advance registration required. Ages 4-17.
Fee: $5 per child.

  Watercolor Winter Trees
     Sunday, December 3 – 11am – 12pm

Storytime with a Librarian

 Sunday, December 10 – 11am – 12pm

Nature Tales

Nature themed story time, walk, and crafts.

     Wednesday, December 6 – 11am – 12pm

Wetlands Explorers

Wetlands Explorers is a program for tots to young readers, with age-appropriate activities for all participants. Young adventurers explore the Park and learn about plants and animals through fun activities. Wednesday activities are all outdoors; Saturday activities may include indoor activities and always feature outdoor exploration.

Ages 3-8. Parental participation required.
Fee: $5 per child

Who Lived Here Before?
Saturday, December 9, 10am – 1130am

Nature’s Music

Wednesday, December 13, 10am – 1130am

Henderson Silver Knights

The Henderson Silver Knights are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Silver Knights play their home games at The Dollar Loan Center, a state-of-the-art arena in Henderson, NV. Cheer on the Silver Knights at their home games in November. Purchase tickets by visiting 

UNLV Hockey

The UNLV Hockey team practices at least three times per week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 3pm.

All home games at City National Arena, home of UNLV Hockey, and the Home of the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Game tickets are priced at $15 each

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights home game schedule for October 2023. All games are at T-Mobile Arena. Tickets start at $25. 


Vegas Golden Knights Kids Club

Kids Club gives a younger generation of fans a fun opportunity to celebrate being a Golden Knights fan! Membership cost is $50 and is good for one year.

Kids Club is made for kids ages 2-14 and includes a one-of-a-kind Kids Club kit with cool items to show off your Vegas Golden Knights pride!

Members will also have access to exclusive Kids Club events and ticket offers throughout the year.


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Santa Minis with LaLa Photography

November 2 – December 23, 2023
8850 S Maryland Parkway, 89123

This is a by appointment only event! It runs various dates .
Come meet Santa in his gift wrapping workshop or take a stroll on Peppermint lane! Each session is 10 minutes long and includes 3 digital images. Please click Ticket link for more information and dates available! THIS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!


Paw Patrol Live: Heroes Unite

Paw Patrol Live will be at Dollar Loan Center

December 15 – 6:00 p.m.
December 16 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
December 17 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group proudly present PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite.”  This brand-new production is an interactive live stage show, where members of the audience get to be heroes unleashed, helping the pups as honorary members of the pack, while they navigate the globe to make it back to Adventure Bay in the nick of time.

Featuring stunning visual effects, captivating storytelling and a vibrant musical score that will have guests dancing in their seats and singing along, this staged extravaganza is jam-packed with action and fun for the whole family!

Las Vegas Events in December

World AIDS Day

Friday, December 1, 2pm – 6pm
1490 W Sunset Road, Suite 120, Henderson


Please join us at the Henderson Equality Center to celebrate World AIDS Awareness Day! We will be offering FREE HIV Testing from 2pm to 6pm at 1490 W Sunset Rd, Suite 120 Henderson NV. Stop by and get tested, and to learn more about getting on PrEP! Walk-in or book an appointment in advance at 

Free Public Skate at Lifeguard Arena

Friday, December 1, 4pm – 6pm
Lifeguard Arena, Henderson

The City of Henderson and Lifeguard Arena are teaming up to offer free public skate to our community on select dates this year. Skaters of all ages and experience levels are welcome!

Registration is required in order to participate.
Skate rentals are FREE on the following dates, and you MUST be registered to attend the Free Public Skate events.

A December to Remember: Opening Ceremonies

Friday, 430pm – 630pm
Las Vegas Natural History Museum 

Get your tickets now for this evening celebration of culture and holiday traditions! A December to Remember: Celebrating Holiday Traditions from Around the World is a community-created, Museum-curated exhibition designed to share and celebrate the cultural diversity that we find right here in Southern Nevada.
This is a one night only event but “A December to Remember” exhibits are open at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum from November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024, 9am – 4pm daily. 
43pm: Doors open and select community members available for Q&A at their exhibits
530pm: Program Begins: Broadway in the Hood, Inner Circle Sanctuary, and more!
6pm:  Program concludes and exhibit Q&A resumes
Business Casual/Festive Casual
Exhibits featured in the “A December to Remember” exhibition are open daily Nov 24th through January 7th from 9am-4pm.

The 48th Annual Doodlebug Bazaar

Saturday, December 2, 9am
Boulder City Parks & Recreation

Doodlebug Bazaar is a Holiday craft show in its 48th year, this is a holiday shopping must-see! Free Admission and Free Parking.


Tamale and Mariachi Festival 

Saturday, December 2, 10am – 4pm
Historic Fifth Street School 

The Tamales and Mariachi Festival returns to the City of Las Vegas at the Historic Fifth Street School! This free event features live performances by Mariachi Los Camperos, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Edwin Origel Mendez, and many more. Enjoy a tamalada while savoring some of the best tamales in Las Vegas. Don’t miss this family friendly event!

Merry Grinchmas at Heritage Bark Park 

Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 23, 10am – 12pm
Heritage Bark Park in Henderson

Bring out your furry friends for a Grinchy good time. Participants will get to interact with the grinch and take photos with their pups. We will also festive treats and pop up agility courses and treats for your pets to enjoy.
If this is your first time registering online, please request a household account at
Register here:
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The No Snow Santa Show

Saturday, December 2, 11am
Winchester Dondero Cultural Center

Kick off the Christmas season with a festive day filled with cookies and milk, pictures with Santa, and create your own wrapping paper.

Finish the afternoon with a live show, “The No Snow Santa Show”. Santa has landed in Las Vegas and it’s a bit too warm from his liking. Through song, dance, and the help from the magical audiences participation, help the elves bring back Santa’s Christmas spirit!

This event is $5 per person, registration required. For more information, please contact us through Facebook or at 702-455-7340

Winter Wonderfulness

Sunday, December 3, 3pm – 5pm
Nevada Chamber Orchestra at Summerlin Library Theater

Celebrate the beginning of the winter season, as the Nevada Chamber Orchestra presents delightful and nostalgic music for the holidays. The Nevada Chamber Orchestra will perform their “Winter Wonderfulness” concert at the Summerlin library Theater.
Tickets start at $10. Purchases tickets HERE

Couch Tour from The Neon Museum 

Tuesday, December 5, 6pm
The Neon Museum 

A virtual couch tour of the Neon Boneyard where the museum will highlight stories and share scenes from movies that include your favorite signs from The Neon Museum.
Remember a giant toddler rampaging through Las Vegas, touching a certain Gibson Les Paul? Or three friends waking up with no memory in Caesars Palace? How about the infamous pen scene from Casino? You’ll get these insights and more from our resident film aficionado, projected through a new lens (pun intended!)


Parks & Recreation Winter Job Fair 

Thursday, December 7, 1pm – 4pm
2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North, North Las Vegas

The City of North Las Vegas Neighborhood & Leisure Services Winter Job Fair!
This in-person event will take place at If you’re looking for a new part time job opportunity, this is the place to be!
At the job fair, you’ll have the chance to meet with hiring managers who are hiring for various part time positions. Whether you’re interested in working in customer service, safekey, aquatics, or administration, there will be something for everyone.


Movie Night with Santa

Friday, December 8, 6pm – 9pm
Robert E. (Bob) Price Recreation Center

Enjoy snacks, drinks, crafts, and a movie with Santa on December 8 from 6-9pm at Bob Price Recreation Center. Cost: $2 per person. The event includes an opportunity to purchase a ceramic ornament to paint from All Fired Up for $10 (cash only) or 2 for $18. Ornaments will be delivered to the center before Christmas. 

Special Shoots: Deck the Halls with Archery

Saturday, December 9, 8am – 9am
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center

Event will also be offered December 16 and December 23

Join an archery range master for a series of entertaining archery shoots to improve your skills. All equipment is provided. ‘Tis the season for holiday fun! Join us for 3 weeks of themed shoots in honor of the most wonderful time of the year, we are swapping our regular ol’ target for some fun festive and even messy targets. Each week expect a morning full of holiday cheer!
Learn more and register:

Holiday in the Desert Market 

Saturday, September 9, 9am – 2pm
Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery, 12740 Blue Diamond Rd.

Gift ideas for everyone, festive food stalls, face painting, dog adoptions, huge sales, and much more! Mark your calendars and invite your friends and family!

Kid’s Day Out 

Saturday, December 9, 12pm – 3pm 
Desert Breeze Community Center

Do you need to get some holiday shopping done? Drop off the kids at Desert Breeze Community Center for an afternoon of fun games, crafts, and cookie decorating. Lunch will provided. Pre-registration required.


Winter Wonderland 

Saturday, December 9, 730
Windmill Library 

Celebrate the holidays with performances of timeless holiday classics alongside innovative renditions by Mannheim Steamroller. Featured music includes symphonic orchestrations of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” Featured guest artists are to be announced.

Hanukkah Festival of Freedom and Light

Wednesday, December 13, 3pm – 430pm
Clark County Library 

Learn about the history of Hanukkah at this free afternoon event! In 165 BCE, a small group of Judean rebels called the Maccabees fought against the Assyrian empire for the right to worship as they pleased. The Assyrians under the rule of Antiochus had outlawed the Jewish religion and desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. The Maccabees defeated the much greater force of Assyrian soldiers, guaranteed religious freedom, and rededicated the Temple. The Eternal Flame in the Temple needed to be relit, but there was only enough oil to last for one day. Messengers sent for more oil, but their journey took eight days. The small amount of oil kept the Flame lit for all eight days. Hanukkah is the joyous celebration of that victory over darkness. To remember this victory, Jewish people all over the world light a special candelabra called a menorah, adding one candle each day for eight nights. In this program, we will explore the many ways that Hanukkah is celebrated, share stories, learn songs, and make our own Hanukiot.
Free and open to the public. Seating is on first-come, first-serve basis and may be limited. 

Whitney Wonderland

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 12pm
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center

Join us for a light breakfast before our annual reindeer games, toy making in Santa’s workshop and holiday story telling with some amazing elves.
Photo opportunities with Santa available, please bring your own camera.
Price is per person entering the event, children under 2 yrs. are free.
Registration required by December 13
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center
All ages • 10am-Noon • $10 • 154163
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Family Fun Paint Jam Workshop

Saturday, December 16, 10am – 12pm
Desert Breeze Community Center

Create your own winter themed masterpiece in this instructor-led painting workshop.

A Holiday to Remember

Saturday, December 16, 11am – 2pm
Cashman Park 

Toy giveaway, free food (while supplies last), shelf-stable meals, photos with Santa, face painting, balloon artists, bounce houses, community resource fair, vaccine/flu clinic, CCSD book bus, diaper giveaway, and so much more!
If you’re interested in donating toys or have any questions about the event, please email Jayson with Commissioner Jones’ office at

Candy Cane Festival 

Saturday, December 16, 3pm – 6pm
Heritage Park Aquatic Complex 

Celebrate the magic of winter with us. Festivities include games, bounce house, treats, and our famous underwater candy cane hunt. Kids can also get ready for the holiday season by writing and mailing a letter to Santa. Bring a new or gently used coat to donate to a local nonprofit and admission is free.
Parents must be in the water with children station under the age of 8.

If this is your first time registering online, please request a household account at

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, December 19, 4pm – 6pm 
Rainbow Library 

Inspired by the North Pole and winter, join us as we celebrate this special place and season with wintry crafts, activities, and more. This free program is open to all ages.

Kwanzaa Celebration 

Tuesday, December 26, 3pm – 8pm
West Las Vegas Library 

Kwanzaa is a time for families and communities to come together to remember the past and celebrate African American culture. This cultural event will include community awards and performances by Olabisi African Drum and Dance Ensemble. With a special guest performance by the world-famous Molodi Live.

Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to teaching drum and dance influenced by the culture of West Africa. The ensemble of dancers and drummers are a diverse and unique group of men, women, and children. Their repertoire celebrates West African traditions including music through joyous rhythms, electrifying drum and dance workshops, performances, storytelling and song. Some of the traditional West African repertoire includes, but is not limited to, Guinea Fare, Djole, Kakilambe, and Mamaya, the music of which is primarily played via traditional African drums (djembe and djun djun).

MOLODI is a performance ensemble that takes body percussion to the extreme. MOLODI blends collegiate stepping, tap, gumboots, beatbox, poetry and hip hop dance with guerilla theatre and robust personalities that bring to life a high-energy, rhythmic experience. Molodi Live is an immersive theatrical experience that is adaptable to Performing Arts Centers, colleges and universities, and unique spaces (art galleries, warehouses, etc). Poetic interludes, dynamic solo dance performances. Their shows are captivating, energetic, and interactive.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 702.507.3989.