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Holiday Season in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is no doubt one of the top destinations in the US, if not the world. When I’m in Vegas, I chit-chat with taxi and shuttle drivers, who are some of the best ways to find out the truth about a city and visitor travel habits. One recurring theme is that holiday season is the time to visit Las Vegas and last year at least three million people chose to visit Las Vegas in December.

Christmas Decoration in Bellagio

Why? There aren’t as many conventions going on and many people spend the holidays visiting family. This means the city isn’t as crowded as peak times, giving in an intimate (yes, intimate) feel. Plus, the city is celebrating the holiday in style. Here are some things to do in Las Vegas during the holidays:

Walk in a Winter Wonderland – A spectacular holiday exhibit rich in nostalgia and tradition, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden captivates the imagination with picture-perfect botanical creations. A complimentary attraction running December 2 through January 3, 2012, the display’s centerpiece is a majestic 42-foot-tall Shasta Fir with twinkling lights and traditional holiday decorations. Holiday revelers find themselves in a winter wonderland surrounded by over-sized jingle bells, igloos and families of penguins and polar bears.

ballagio christmas garden 2011 toy soldierDancing Fountains – The Bellagio Fountains pairs its mesmerizing aquatic and light performance to a variety of time-honored melodies this holiday season. With songs such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Santa Baby,” and “Hallelujah Chorus,” this iconic water feature is sure to fill you with a good dose of holiday cheer.

Chocolate Treats – Jean-Philippe Patisserie’s adorable chocolate treats truly shine during the holidays and can make even the grumpiest Scrooge smile. With locations at both ARIA and Bellagio, travelers can easily find delectable gifts such as truffles transformed into Christmas shoes, scrumptious chocolate Santas and delightful Christmas postcards to bring home and share with loved ones this winter. This is one of my favorite things to do in Las Vegas.

See Santa Swim with Sharks – Santa will be making a special trip to The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 21 through 24 to hear any last-minute Christmas wishes. Each child 12 and under with paid admission receives a complimentary candy cane and a photograph with Santa to remember the unique experience.

Candy Cane Spa Treatments – True holiday enthusiasts can feel like a candy cane with Spa & Salon Vdara’s “Add a Twist to the Holidays” promotion featuring:

  • Candy Cane Scalp Treatment: When you book a salon treatment you can choose to add this invigorating scalp treatment for only $35. The peppermint tones of the candy cane treatment target and stimulate the scalp leaving you feeling refreshed, awakened and with revitalized hair.
  • Candy Cane Mani & Pedi: For $110, this seasonal treatment puts you into a state of relaxation for 90 minutes and leaves nails and toes looking festive. Top this invigorating duo of services off with a new hair color from the Holiday Glow Collection of Colors featured by SpaRitual.
Shop ’til You Drop – Crystals at CityCenter celebrates the holidays with the country’s most drool-worthy window shopping: the largest Louis Vuitton in North America and the only Tag Heuer in North America, as well as Prada, Gucci, TOM FORD and more – all filled with retail items exclusively available in Crystals. Even if you aren’t buying, you can still enjoy Crystals’ holiday-inspired décor, carolers and other live entertainment in honor of the season.
These are just a few things to do in Las Vegas during the holiday season. Be sure to check out lists of free things to do in Las Vegas. To plan your own visit, check out VisitLasVegas.com.

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