There is no shortage of lights in Vegas all year round, but when it comes to the holiday season, perhaps no city does Christmas lights better. From outdoor and indoor event displays to private homes decked out for the public to see, here are some of the best places to experience holiday lights in Las Vegas.
Ethel M’s Cactus Garden Holiday Lights
Come see where chocolate is made, enjoy a 30-minute chocolate tasting experience, and stroll through our three-acre cactus garden. Open Daily, 8 a.m-8p.m.
The 25th Anniversary Holiday Cactus Garden is open daily through Sunday, January 6, from dusk to 10pm.
While you’re there enjoy the festive hot chocolate, sample some of the best chocolate around and even schedule your own chocolate tasting.
The dazzling array of festive lights and sounds feature more than 3 million LED lights that intertwines a 2.5-mile course through the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Voted one of the best places to see Christmas lights in the U.S. by CNN Travel, Glittering Lights has been dazzling the Las Vegas holiday scene for 17 years. Open nightly through Jan. 6, 2019. The show opens at dusk.
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays and holidays 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Pre-purchase tickets at glitteringlights.vegas or purchase with cash or credit at the gate.
New in 2018: Avenue of Flags at Glittering Lights, a tribute to our nation, will feature all 50 state flags.
Santa Tram is back in 2018. These outdoor open-air tram rides are a magical experience with festive decor, fun games, a train ride for kids and plenty of photo opportunities. Santa Claus will be on site for visits at the Santa Tram. The Santa Tram is $20 per person. Reserve your time at glitterlights.vegas.
Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland
A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, Mystic Falls Park® will be decked out with beautiful holiday decor, an exciting laser light show and we will be making it snow in Vegas every night through the new year! Admission is free. Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2018
Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
As the world’s largest indoor light display, Winter Dazzle boasts an experience that you and your family have been waiting for this season. Filled with an array of holiday spectacles, delve deep into sleigh bells, winter wonderlands and good tidings as you wander assorted light displays. All nestled in the 36,000 square foot venue, prepare to be awed at Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, gingerbread houses, Frosty the Snowman and so much more!
Enjoy warm apple cider, and grab the kids to unwrap their creative imaginations with festive arts & crafts stations and an assortment of carnival games. Santa Claus and his elves invite you to meet and interact with them, and get that perfect photo for the family Christmas card.
It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor light festival, hosted in a spacious indoor space. Whether Santa has you on his naughty or nice list, Winter Dazzle welcomes you with open arms to experience this year’s biggest Holiday celebration Las Vegas has ever seen!
Located at the Pavilions at World Market Center. Children ages 2 and under are free. Parking is free.
The Magical Forest
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. You’ll enjoy all this glimmering splendor and much more, including photos with Santa in his workshop. Open Nov. 24 – Dec. 31.
General admission pricing starts at $10 for children and $12 for adults. Passports, which include unlimited rides in addition to admission, are $19 and $22, respectively. Children ages 3 and younger do not require a ticket.
For more information on dates, times, tickets, attractions and more, please call (702) 225-9627 or visit MagicalForest.com.
Global Winter Wonderland
At Global Winter Wonderland, guests will be able to travel around the world in one night while viewing the larger-than-life lantern designs of landmarks from all seven continents.
Spanning more than 15 acres, Global Winter Wonderland features giant illuminated lanterns depicting scenes that include a Christmas holiday village and landscapes from around the world. Highlights include recreations of some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, including the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and much more. The eco-friendly lanterns, some of which tower more than 50 feet high and span nearly 100 feet long, are illuminated with low-voltage LEDs and fluorescent lights. The new family event of the holiday season also features numerous carnival rides and games, international cuisine, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, live entertainment and celebrations of holiday traditions from various cultures from around the world.
General admission tickets are $23 for adults and $19 for children ages 4 – 12 and seniors, plus tax and fees. Ticket prices for Nevada residents with valid I.D. are $19 for adults and $17 for children ages 4 – 12 and seniors, plus tax and fees. Parking is free and available onsite.
Hours of operation are 5 – 11 p.m. Dec. 14 - 23, Dec. 26 – 30 and Jan. 2 – 20; and 4:30 – 11 p.m. Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
Global Winter Wonderland will be located in the north lot of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The House on Robindale
If you thought the home at 1420 E. Robindale was a hypnotic experience, there’s a reason: it’s hypnotist Marc Savard’s home. This amazing light display, set to music, captures the attention of the Valley each year. It’s a must-see that’s worth the drive.
If history repeats itself, the lights will shine bright starting around Thanksgiving and go until just after the New Year.
Directions to the House on Robindale.
The House on Fifth Street in Boulder City
Lights are on nightly at this Boulder City home, the winner of the 2016 The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC. Homeowner Dale Ryan is often outside handing out candy to guests at the walk-thru display. Based on the last several years, the home should light up for the first time the beginning of December. The home is located at 1525 5th Street in Boulder City.