Christmas in Nevada: Top Destinations
Christmas in Nevada: Top Accommodations
Where to See Nevada’s Best Holiday Lights
As if there weren’t already endless lights glittering in Las Vegas, Christmas is a time to pull out all the stops. Check out some of these great twinkling sights on your Nevada Christmas vacation.
1. Las Vegas
A 2.5mi. long course running along the Las Vegas speedway is the best place to see the holiday lights in Vegas from the comfort of your rental car. Of course, there are plenty of other light displays to enjoy in the city itself, with most of the casinos along the iconic Strip decked out for the holidays.
2. Nevada City
The quaint town of Nevada City transforms each holiday season into a Victorian Christmas vacation town. After the glitz and glam of Vegas, enjoy tasteful white lights, as well as festive shopping and dining.
3. Hidden Valley
Each year, the houses in Reno’s Hidden Valley are lit up with thousands of lights for an annual contest. Check out these competitive homeowners’ works of art.
4. Snowflake Festival and Parade of Lights
The unique town of Elko is home to this beloved annual festival. Ice sculptures and a carnival atmosphere make for a great evening out.
5. Henderson Winter Festival
A Christmas light parade, kids' rides, and a petting zoo are free of charge in the city of Henderson each year during this annual festival.
Best Places to Stay for Christmas in Nevada
Best Family Christmas Getaways in Nevada
With its bright lights and diverse attractions, Nevada is a great destination for a family Christmas getaway. Here are some sights to see.
1. Las Vegas
Of course, Las Vegas trumps all when it comes to festivities. Holiday light displays, a massive ice skating rink, and countless holiday-themed shows are just some of the Christmas attractions in this famous city.
In the town of Ely, you can hop on a seasonal Polar Express-themed historic train ride, which takes you on a magical journey to the North Pole. Kids get to meet Santa at the end of the 90min. journey, and everyone can enjoy riding a vintage locomotive.
Reno is a fun place to visit with the family at Christmas. You can attend activities as diverse as performances by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, a Santa-themed pub crawl, and more.
4. Carson City
Cozier than Vegas, Carson City is a firm holiday favorite. Skate at Arlington Square Ice Rink and enjoy the festive downtown vibe.
5. Virginia City
Hosting its own Parade of Lights and a slower pace of life than many of Nevada’s other towns, Virginia City is a great place to celebrate a more traditional Christmas vacation with your family.
Recommended Accommodations for Christmas in Nevada
Best Places for Couples to Spend Christmas in Nevada
Enjoy a Nevada Christmas vacation with your loved one and enjoy some of the nation’s most incredible scenery, as well as some festive fun.
1. Bellagio Resort
Vegas’s stunning Bellagio Resort transforms into a winter wonderland at Christmas. You'll be astounded by festive works of art. Allow yourself to be swept up in the romance of it all.
2. Lake Tahoe
Why not treat yourself to a ski vacation at Lake Tahoe? Breathtaking lake vistas, holiday festivities, and endless snowy peaks make this a memorable vacation destination. One particularly great destination for couples is Incline Village, which is surrounded by mountains and offers a nightlife geared toward live music.
Laid-back, elegant Mesquite is the perfect place for couples to spend the holidays. Enjoy golf courses, casinos, and a range of intimate nightlife venues.
4. Boulder City
Not far from Las Vegas but close to both Lake Mead and Sloan Canyon, Boulder City offers both nature and access to glittering lights. It all equals an unforgettably romantic getaway.