Spending the Holidays in Sin City

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By Heather Turk

Even though it might not be your typical winter wonderland, Las Vegas has plenty of festive attractions for people to enjoy during the holiday season. From dazzling seasonal displays to an ice skating rink above the Strip, here’s a look at several places Allegiant travelers can visit to get into the holiday spirit when they’re in Sin City.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Ice rink with skaters against backdrop of Las Vegas skyline.

The ice rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Offering guests an intimate lodge experience above the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan will once again convert its Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink starting in late November. A holiday favorite for the past four years, this popular attraction runs through the end of 2016 and features ice skating, fire pits and a collection of winter cocktails and seasonal food offerings. Skates are available to rent or guests are welcome to bring their own. Nominal skating fee applies. cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Ethel M. Chocolates Factory Store and Cactus Garden

View of garden at night with cactus and trees lit up with lights.

Ethel M. Chocolates’ Holiday Cactus Garden.

Well worth the trip off-Strip, this sweet chocolatier at 2 Cactus Garden Drive in Henderson will once again transform its 3-acre cactus garden into Ethel M Chocolates’ Holiday Cactus Garden from Nov. 15, 2016, through Jan. 1, 2017. Now in its 23rd year, the illuminating attraction is open nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. and features more than 500,000 twinkling lights strung across more than 300 species of plants. Santa will be available for photos every Friday through Sunday up until Christmas week when he will be on site nightly. Live entertainment will also be scheduled throughout the season. Arrive early for the best parking spots, as this free attraction can often get crowded! ethelm.com

Bellagio

No Las Vegas resort celebrates the spirit of the season quite like this luxurious property. Every year, its Conservatory & Botanical Gardens offers a breathtaking holiday exhibit complete with an astoundingly tall tree and festive decorations such as nutcrackers, oversized ornaments and ice-skating penguins! This year’s holiday exhibit will be on display from Dec. 2, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017. Additionally, the always-popular Fountains of Bellagio will dance along to nine holiday tunes, including Johnny Mathis’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Placido Domingo’s “O Holy Night” and Madonna’s version of “Santa Baby”. Holiday songs are mixed in with the Fountains of Bellagio’s usual set list and start playing after Thanksgiving until the New Year. bellagio.com

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