Taking Holiday Pictures in Las Vegas 2012

Christmas Events @ Town Square

Location: 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Christmas in Las VegasPhotos with Santa Claus @ Santa’s House
Santa has been making his list and checking it twice and wants to know who has been naughty and nice! Bring the kids to Santa’s Norman Rockwell inspired house in Town Square Park to make this holiday season a memory that will last forever.

Snow in the Square @ Town Square Park
November 16 – December 23
Nightly Snowfalls:
Monday – Thursday 7pm
Friday – Sunday 7pm and 8pm
Snow in Las Vegas? That’s right! Town Square brings holiday cheer to Las Vegas in the form of snowflakes with Snow in the Square at Town Square Park. Each show lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to everyone’s favorite holiday music.

Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concerts @ Town Square Park
Thursdays • November 29 – December 21 • 6pm – 7pmMake your way to center stage as Town Square presents local community groups demonstrating the spirit of the season every Thursdays night before Snow in the Square. Performances range from school choirs to holiday musicals. All performances are Elementary to High School aged students from Las Vegas area schools.

Claus & Paws Pet Photos @ Santa’s House
November 21 – December 19
Wednesdays 10am – 9pm
Town Square did not forget about your four legged friends this holiday season! Bring your furry friends to Santa’s House for a photo with Santa and treats every Wednesday from 10am-9pm.

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bellagio’s Christmas Botanical Gardens DisplaysLocation: Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Time: Now -Jan. 2, 2011
Cost: Free admission
More info: 702-693-7111

Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Shimmering Wonderland is another Las Vegas tradition that your kids will love. The Cristmas display has everything from flying reindeer made from pecans, to a 42-foot Shasta Fir Christmas Tree decked out with thousands of lights and encircled by gigantic holiday ornaments.

Opportunity Village Magical Forest

Opportunity Village Magical ForestLocation: Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd
Time: November 21, 2012 – January 06, 2013 – Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm • Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
General Admission (entry only – rides not included)
$9.00 Child (children under 3 are free)
$11.00 Adult (13 yrs and older)
Passport (includes entry and unlimited rides)
$15.50 Child Passport (3 – 12 yrs old)
$17.50 Adult Passport (13 yrs and older)

The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village
6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 • Map It
Between Rainbow and Jones
Parking is behind the Magical Forest in the CSN parking lot.
More info: 702-225-9627

The Magical Forest is an annual holiday tradition that brings in over 200,000 people every year. The Magical Forest creates a holiday winter wonderland right here in the desert. Stroll through hundreds of decorated trees, ride the Forest Express passenger train & have your photos with Santa while enjoying nightly

The Gift of Lights for 2012

The Gift of Lights at the Las Vegas SpeedwayTime: November 16, 2012 through January 6th, 2013.
Monday – Thursday 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89115, USA.
Cost: Monday – Thursday: $15 at the gate
Friday – Sunday and Holidays (Thanksgiving day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day): $20 at the gate

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a drive-through experience that features approximately 2.5 miles of Christmas lights, millions of twinkling lights, and Santa’s Village!

Springs Preserve Holiday Spectacular

Christmas at the Springs PreserveTime: December 8-9 and 15-23, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas NV
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 and free those 4 and under. Members receive half off the regular admission price. $5 group rate available when purchasing 10 or more tickets. (Price does not include $1 per ticket online convenience fee.)

Experience a family-friendly winter wonderland filled with fun, colorful excitement and much more!

Bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED Christmas lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more.

Henderson WinterFest

Henderson WinterfestDates: Friday, December 14, 6 – 9 pm; Saturday, December 15 12 pm – 8 pm
Location:Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St.
Cost: Free
The City of Henderson hosts its annual WinterFest celebration. This year’s theme will be An Old-Fashioned Christmas Delight as the event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including an official tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, gingerbread house displays, roaming performances and an evening light parade! Admission for all activities is complimentary.


Ethel M’s 19th annual Holiday Cactus Garden

Ehtel M’s Cactus LightsLocation: Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Gardens, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson
Time: November 14th 2012 – January 1 2013 Sundown to 10 p.m.
Performances by Local Choice: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday
Visits from Santa: 5pm to 9pm • November 13-18, 23-25, 30 • December 1-2, 7-9, 14-23
Cost: Free
More info: 800-680-0150

Ethel M’s cactus garden is an annual Las Vegas Christmas Tradition that features an awesome display of more than half a million Christmas lights, chocolate sculptures, Santa Claus and Ethel M Chocolate creations. The three-acre botanical cactus garden is open through Jan. 1st


This season, The Cosmopolitan is launching a winter wonderland overlooking the heart of The Las Vegas Strip. The iconic Boulevard Pool transforms again, but this time into a Central Parkesque ice skating rink. Overlooking Las Vegas, guests can enjoy the brisk outdoors, fire pits, s‘mores, warm cocktails and skating on real ice with family and friends. Here, breathtaking views and a playful, yet luxury, atmosphere come together to create the most original winter retreat in Las Vegas.

Regular Hours:

November 30 – December 23 / January 5 – 20:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Holiday Hours:

December 24 – January 4

Daily: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm


$15 All Day Skating Access
$10 All Day Skating Access for Nevada Residents
$5 Skate Rental fee
$5 Skating Aid Rental fee
Admission to the The Ice Rink area is free

*Children 17 years and younger, must be accompanied
by an adult that is 21 years or older.

Mondays Date Skate

Enjoy a date night on ice as scenes from your most beloved holiday movies play on our 65’ digital marquee behind you. Share a hot cider and roast s ‘mores beside the fire for a holiday experience that truly takes away the winter chill.

December 3: A Christmas Story
December 10: Elf
December 17: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 24: White Christmas

Wednesdays Industry Skate on The Strip

The most renowned DJs in Las Vegas turn The Ice Rink into an outdoor club scene for a nightlife experience unlike any other. Lace up your skates and glide across the ice as you move to your favorite sounds and toast to the good life with signature fireside cocktails.

Thursdays Throwback Thursdays

Dig out your leg warmers and dust off your disco gear…Throwback Thursdays combines the best music of the past with the luxury skate experience of today. Wear your favorite old-school outfit and skate the night away to music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Winter in Venice

Join us for Winter in Venice with this festive vacation package that puts you in the heart of the holiday season. Take a spin around the skating rink, or savor delicious holiday treats and specialty drinks. Enjoy the songs of carolers, dazzling festive décor, all crowned by a nightly holiday spectacular light show.



Skating Rink


11 a.m. – 11 p.m.General Admission:

$14.95Grazie Members & Locals:


Holiday Parade


6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Light of Venice

6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Samstown Laser Light show & Mystic Falls Park

Through Dec. 23, the pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park transforms into a winter wonderland experience, complete with Cowboy Santa, polar bears and laser lights.

Poinsettias, red garland and ice crystals add to the themed visuals, while the main fountain hosts an elaborate ice sculpture. Lighted polar bear sculptures and indoor snow add to the whimsical magical winter scenery.

Sam’s Town will also host a 15-minute laser light show every hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1., 2013. And through Dec. 23, Cowboy Santa will appear every Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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