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Last updated: December 20, 2016 at 9:46 am. Posted by in Flamingo Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotels, The LINQ, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Celebrate the Season in Vegas.

Las Vegas might be known more for its palm trees than its Christmas trees, but the city is still full of festive things to do during the holidays.

Catch a special holiday-themed show, admire the decorations at Caesars Palace or take a stroll through the Winter PARQ at The LINQ Promenade. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas to celebrate the season.

Holiday Shows/Entertainment

Legends in Concert is the longest-running show in Las Vegas

Legends in Concert at Flamingo Las Vegas is the longest-running show in Las Vegas. For more than 33 years the show has been wowing crowds with its uncanny tributes to artists like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Tina Turner.

Each year the show goes all-out for the holidays with a special production. The stage is decked out with garlands, lights, snowflakes and poinsettias. The tribute artists perform their regular routines but they also sing special holiday songs in the voice of the artist they are impersonating. You’ll hear Elvis singing “Blue Christmas,” Garth Brooks singing “The Christmas Song,” Michael Jackson singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and Barbra Streisand singing her version of “Jingle Bells.”

The performers are also joined on stage by a local dance troupe and a local high school choir that sings holiday carols.

For the finale, the cast performs “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the Legends band performs a tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”).

The holiday production continues through December 29.

Join Piff The Magic Dragon Las Vegas show this holiday season

Join Piff the Magic Dragon and Mr Piffles, the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua, for the 32 days of Piffmas. “Piff’s Piffmas Piff-tacular” at Flamingo Las Vegas features new magic tricks and special guest stars. We don’t really know what to expect from the holiday show, but Piff promises to “spread festive joy and good cheer like a particularly irritating rash.”

In addition to providing holiday cheer for all of Las Vegas, Piff will make the season a bit more enjoyable for Las Vegas’ furry friends. Each holiday show will culminate with the auction of “Piff’s Magic Muffin,“ with sales benefiting the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and its dog shelter program.

The holiday show will run from Dec. 5 – 14, 19 – 30 and Jan. 1 – 4 at 8 p.m. There will be an additional 5:30 p.m. show Dec. 8 –11 and 22 – 30.

Holiday Attractions and Decorations

The LINQ Promenade


The LINQ Promenade, a pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining district, is decorated throughout with festive lights and a dazzling 35-foot decorated tree. Stroll through the area and you’ll hear holiday music and you just might encounter some of the white stuff. Snow falls nightly across the promenade every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to midnight.

The LINQ Promenade is also home to Winter PARQ, a holiday show that takes place nightly through Friday, Dec. 30. The 15-minute show features costumed dancers and characters, a stilt walker and juggler. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. each night and features holiday performances on stage until 10 p.m.

Stop by and have your photo taken with the Grinch Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Beginning Friday, Dec. 23 through Christmas, Santa’s elves will take over the High Roller from 4 to 10 p.m.

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Opportunity Village Magical Forest


Opportunity Village Magical Forest is a Las Vegas holiday tradition that is celebrating its 25th season this year.

The Magical Forest is a great family attraction featuring a forest filled with decorated trees as well as food, live entertainment, a train, a carousel, a slide, mini-golf, photos with Santa and more.

The attraction is open nightly at 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas day) and is located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

Admission starts at $9.99 for kids and $11.99 for adults. Rides cost more. Proceeds benefit Opportunity Village, which assists individuals with intellectual and related disabilities.

Caesars Palace


Caesars Palace has decked its halls for the holidays. Check out the lobby and outside the main entrance for festive decor. Rao’s restaurant always decorates for the season and be sure to stop into Payard Patisserie for chocolate Christmas trees and Santas.

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Christmas Lights

Photo courtesy of Glittering Lights

Want to look at lights and not even get out of your car? Head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the annual Glittering Lights holiday drive-thru light show. The attraction features more than 3 million lights throughout a 2.5 mile course that intertwines with the speedway. Glittering Lights is open nightly through Jan. 7.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden


Ethel M Chocolates' Botanical Cactus Garden Christmas Lights

Photo courtesy of Ethel M

Ethel M Chocolates hosts one of Vegas’ most popular holiday attractions. They have lit up their 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden in more than one million colorful lights for the holidays. The garden features more than 300 species of plant and cacti for visitors to view nightly through Jan. 1. Bonus: You can head inside to the Chocolate Tasting room and retail store to grab some sweet treats and hot chocolate.

Ethel M is located in Henderson at 2 Cactus Garden Dr.

Springs Preserve


Get into the holiday spirit at the Springs Preserve with train rides to Santa’s magical village and fun family activities like photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, a nutcracker display and more.

Trips to Santa’s village depart 10 times each day at 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Admission is $8 for members; $10 for non-members and free for ages 2 and under. Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

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Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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