Tis the holiday season and that means Las Vegas is shining brighter than ever with free holiday attractions and sights – all within reach via RTC transit! Check out these must-see seasonal attractions and experiences – from Downtown Las Vegas to the Strip and beyond!
Downtown Las Vegas
One of the city’s biggest and brightest holiday traditions in Downtown Las Vegas is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Fremont Street Experience on December 5 at 5 p.m. More than 49 million energy-efficient LED lights bring this magical tree to life! Get there via RTC transit routes 113 (Las Vegas Blvd.), 207 (Alta/Stewart), 215 (Bonanza), CX (Centennial Express), BHX (Boulder Highway Express), or the Deuce.
Las Vegas Strip
While nearly every Strip resort is decked out in seasonal splendor, one is a real standout, especially during the holidays! Stop by the Bellagio Conservatory’s 14,000-square-foot colossal holiday display, which typically features thousands of lights, thousands of poinsettias, and themed each year with a spectacular décor that is sure to get you feeling the holiday spirit. Take RTC transit route 202 (Flamingo) or the Deuce to get there.
At Downtown Summerlin, the annual holiday parade is a free and magical event, complete with lively holiday music, dancers, floats, Santa. And yes, it even snows! The parade runs along Park Centre Drive every Friday and Saturday night in December through December 16, starting at 6 p.m.
On Dec. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin, join Jewish Nevada in celebration of Hanukkah! Enjoy a festive family-friendly event featuring a menorah lighting, kids’ activities, entertainment and more! Get to Downtown Summerlin via RTC transit routes 206 (Charleston) or the SX (Sahara Express).
The Botanical Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates in Henderson has become an annual tradition for many families drawn to the magic of this spectacular display. Every square inch of the three-acre Cactus Garden is covered in more than half a million lights and holiday décor like animated reindeer. After, enjoy Ethel M’s famous hot chocolate. This year, the Garden is asking visitors for a $2 per person donation to benefit Three Square food bank and HELP of Southern Nevada. Accessible via RTC transit route 212 (Sunset).
East Las Vegas
At locals’ favorite, Sam’s Town, the annual Mystic Falls Park has transformed into a Winter Wonderland, offering holiday décor, a laser light show and yes, SNOW! Plus, Santa stops by at select times every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to welcome kids of all ages. All events are free and can be accessed via RTC transit routes 115 (Nellis/Stephanie), 202 (Flamingo) or the BHX (Boulder Highway Express).