Christmas in Vegas for kids can be an amazing time. There is so much to do and, in many cases, going out on Christmas in Vegas doesn’t have to cost you a dime! For example, Sam’s Town on “The Boulder Strip” offers up a an attraction called Mystic Falls. Normally, this attraction is a year-round sight-to-see. But on Christmas Mystic Falls features a thirty-foot Christmas tree decked from top to bottom in beautiful lights. On Christmas Day Mystic Falls will feature a free fifteen minute show at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. As a safety note try to valet park if possible. Sam’s Town is a great casino but the area can be a little rough after nightfall. If you chose to self-park then pick a well-lit area, especially around the holidays.
Another Christmas-ish attraction in Vegas for kids is Scuba Santa. This underwater and real Santa Claus is featured at The Silverton Hotel and Casino on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd. This attraction is also free and visitors can take pictures of Santa waiving to the kids in all of his cheery scuba gear! Santa is onsite from 10am until 1pm on Saturdays or Sundays, so catch him the Sunday before Christmas for some pre-holiday merriment.
Sticking with actual Christmas Day in Vegas events, check out Rao’s at Ceasars Palace. This is the ONLY hotel / restaurant in Las Vegas that is offering the feast of the Seven Fishes. This feast has been featured previous on The Food Network and it is a must for any families or visitors from the east-coast.
Now, for New Years. It is true that New Years’ past in Vegas was only for adults. But this fact has drastically changed and is now a myth. New Years in Vegas with kids is now accepted! The party on Las Vegas Blvd. can be too much. The crowds are massive, security can be a little aggressive (and rightfully so with all the partiers), and parking is always a headache if you aren’t staying on The Strip.
A wonderful and family friendly alternative is going to Lake Las Vegas, which is a thirty-minute drive outside of Vegas. This year Ravella at Lake Las Vegas has a New Year’s Eve celebration for only $25 dollars per child (ages 6-12 yrs) and $65 dollars per adult. Ravella gives families the chance to enjoy fireworks, live music, Italian cuisine and a view of the beautiful lake without the headache of rowdy crowds.
Another great, an inexpensive, way to enjoy the Las Vegas Blvd.’s fireworks , without actually going on to The Strip, is to park at the airport. On Sunset Blvd., between Eastern Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd., there is a designated parking area that has a perfect view to watch both planes take-off and land, as well as view The Strip’s grand hotels and the fireworks. There is no charge for parking but get there early. Lots of long-time Vegas locals know about this hidden treasure spot and the parking spaces are very limited.
Lastly, if you do chose to take your children on The Strip for New Years’ Eve then note it gets cold and loud. The Strip is shut down to traffic around five p.m. and the Blvd. becomes filled with party goers. Also, there is no open container law in Las Vegas. So, keep the kids close to yourself and a major hotel. Try not to get too deep into any crowd and, most of all, enjoy New Year’s Eve in Vegas!