Las Vegas has always been known as the place to be for New Years Eve but for those that can’t afford the spike in hotel rates or don’t want to be a part of the huge crowds may find the weeks leading up to New Years the best time to visit and also get into the holiday spirit! Here’s our top 5 must see’s for the holiday season!

1.) The Las Vegas Santa Run is a growing tradition every year! Literally thousands of runners come together to benefit Opportunity Village, a non-profit that helps adults with intellectual disabilities. If you want to partake in the festivities the admission includes a 5 piece Santa suit and race fees.

The race will be held on December 2nd from 8am – 10am

2.) Christmas trees are so overrated especially in the Mojave Desert so Ethel M Chocolates continues their Holiday tradition for the 24th Annual Cactus Garden Lighting featuring over 1 million holiday lights on this free and open to the public walk through their cactus garden. Even the Grinch couldn’t resist a tradition like this! Open every night from sundown until 10:00 pm


Ethel M Chocolates

2 Cactus Garden Drive

Henderson, NV 89014

3.) For the 5th consecutive year the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan transforms into a winter wonderland high above the Las Vegas Strip! Starting November 20th the Ice Rink will be open Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm until midnight and Saturday and Sundays from noon until midnight. Light snow showers will happen daily every 30 minutes.

4.) Some traditions must never be changed! We couldn’t be more excited about the return of The Nutcracker at the Smith Center for Performing Arts featuring the Nevada Ballet! There are multiple times and seats still available don’t wait to purchase, get your tickets today!

Saturday, December 9 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10 @ 2:00pm

Friday, December 15 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 16 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, December 16 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17 @ 2:00pm

Wednesday, December 20 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, December 21 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 23 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, December 23 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 24 @ 2:00pm

4.) Lindsey Stirling remains fearless enough to always dream big. In the five years since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario, classically trained violinist, dancer, and artist quietly and humbly became one of the 21st Century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic, violin-driven electronic music and brings her Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour to The Chelsea Theatre on Friday, December 22nd this is surely a concert you won’t want to miss!