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Things To Do With Kids At Christmas Time In Las Vegas

If you haven’t thought of Las Vegas as a Christmas destination with kids, think again.

You’ll find plenty of glitz and glamour light up the Las Vegas Strip year-round. But the city is even more has fantastic and has lots of family friendly things to do during the holiday season .

Here are some of my favorite things to do with kids, both on The Strip and off of it, between Thanksgiving and New Year.

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8 Holiday-Season Activities for Families In Las Vegas

The Rink at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

One of my family’s favorite holiday-season traditions is ice skating while overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas  brings a slice of wintery fun to the desert by transforming its Boulevard Pool into a winter wonderland with 4,200 square feet of real ice for ice skating.

get a bit of winter in las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan

The café at the rink is a kid-friendly place to eat, with items like mac & cheese bites, pigs in blankets and beignets with nutella on the menu. Parents can enjoy a beef short rib melt if they want something a bit more sophisticated.

If you would like something more adult, try tasty holiday-themed cocktails like the Griswold, the Scrooged, or the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s hot cider and hot cocoa with add-ins like peppermint of pumpkin spice, too.

Reserve a fire pit for a bit of extra indulgence and a wintery feel.

Details: An all-day pass is the same price with or without skate rentals. You can rent “skate aids’ for learners. Guests can be age 2 and up but skaters under 18 must be with an adult. The rink is open roughly from just before Thanksgiving through the New Year.

It’s free to check out the winter landscape surrounding the rink. Better still, a light snowfall happens every 30 minutes on select days.

Santa Claus at Town Square

Even Vegas can indulge in some nice Americana at this time of year. The Town Square Las Vegas, an outdoor shopping mall south of Las Vegas Boulevard (past Mandalay Bay) presents a visit with Santa that’s worthy of Norman Rockwell.

Find Santa inside a warmly lit home next to a beautifully lit 45-foot Christmas tree.  Of course there are the traditional photos with Santa inside.

visit santa at the Las Vegas Town Square

Tip: Make a reservation online for the exact time and date you want to visit Santa to avoid long lines and fidgety kids.

While you’re there enjoy Snow in the Square (we do a lot of fake snow dustings here in Vegas; it is Vegas after all!) Monday – Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday – Sunday at 7 and 8 p.m. There are Holiday concerts by local performers on Thursday evenings, too.

Traveling with your dog? Claws and Paws Pet Photos are available every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Cool to know: If you’re in Vegas with the kids on New Year’s Eve, make your way to Town Square to ring in the New Year with Noon Year’s Eve: from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Festivities include an inflatable slide and rock wall, bounce houses, face painting and balloon artists. A DJ from 98.5 KLUC will provide a fun-filled count down and dance party music before toasting the Noon Year with juice boxes.

Details: Santa visits Town Square Las Vegas from November 11th to December 25th. Reservations for photos end on December 23rd, but you can still walk in on December 24th.

Other Holiday Happenings

For more holiday fun on The Strip, check out Winter Parq at the Linq hotel, which features an actual snow tubing hill.

the Bellagio decks its halls in las Vegas

There is often Ghirardelli hot cocoa and a holiday display in The Conservatory at the Bellagio.

las vegas gingerbread at the Four Seasons

The annual holiday village in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel features 10 gingerbread houses handmade by Four Seasons pastry chef Jean-luc Daul..

If you wnt to get off the Strip, some kid-friendly holiday activities include the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory’s Holiday Cactus Garden and Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village opens the week before Thanksgiving.

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Stefanie Van Aken is a luxury family travel and sophisticated lifestyle writer She blogs at You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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