2017 Holiday Season Events in the Las Vegas Area
This holiday season the City of Las Vegas comes alive with much more than just its normal glitz and glamour. In fact, the 2017 season is sure to bring a generous selection of shows, events and more, well beyond the infamous Vegas Strip.
Nov 10-Jan 7
In fact, the big casinos of the Strip have nothing on the Glittering Lights of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Noted as the largest drive-thru light show in the entire state, take a car ride or tram ride past millions of lights, spread out across 2.5-miles of the speedway. The lights are on right now and stay that way through early next year.
Nov 24-Dec 31
For a quarter of a century the Magical Forest has delighted visitors with millions of lights, a train ride, an enchanted carousel and even Santa, himself. Run by Opportunity Village, the popular holiday attraction raises money to help fellow Vegas residents. The forest is up and running through the end of the year.
Dec 1-Jan 6
Bigger is better in Las Vegas, and the Christmas display at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio is no exception. You’ll find what’s dubbed the ‘tallest Christmas tree on the Strip’ on display here, plus poinsettias, lights, and of course, thousands of flowers. The annual display is free and runs through early January.
Lace up your shoes and get ready to hit the pavement with thousands of your fellow elves at the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, also the first weekend of December. The annual event includes a 5k fun run plus a one-mile walk. This year, organizers hope to break a world record by topping 10,000 Santa Clauses in just one race.
The very next morning, prepare to race on over to the Discovery Children’s Museum for an Elf Adventure. The early access event gives kids the opportunity to take their own Elfie Selfies, enjoy holiday treats, make an ornament and elf hat, plus go on an elf scavenger hunt. When it’s over, enjoy the rest of the day experiencing all that the museum has to offer.
Saddle up for the annual Cowboy Christmas, coming this December to the Las Vegas Convention Center.The more than weeklong event coincides with the rodeo, but this shopping event includes free admission. Expect to find hundreds of exhibitors selling everything from western wear and crafts to custom jewelry.
From cowboys to the ballet, dancers with the Nevada Ballet Theatre take the stage starting in mid-December for a showing of The Nutcracker. The traditional, holiday-themed ballet takes place at the Smith Center.