Christmas in Las Vegas – Unique Christmas Experiences Abound

Santa won’t need to dash through the snow to reach dreaming adults and children in Las Vegas. Instead, he’ll be spreading holiday cheer throughout the month of December at his favorite spots in town, giving you Christmas experiences that only Las Vegas can provide.

If you are looking for the all encompassing holiday setting, nothing will whisk you into the holiday season quite like the Winter Wonderland at Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The first think to catch your eye while making your way through the Winter Wonderland is the more than 45,000 fresh poinsettias. Then on December 6, the enchanted winter wonderland will feature Las Vegas’ largest indoor holiday tree, majestic 8-foot-tall chocolate reindeer, a life-size snow globe and polar bears. That is just the start as the full-scale candy house will leave any childs head full of wonderment as well as wishing they could just take one bite out of this breathtaking creation. Complementing the extravagant holiday décor, live marimba and vibraphone performers will play nightly, filling the Conservatory with cherished sounds of the season.

(Photo couresy MGM Resorts International)

Jean Philippe Pâtisserie at Bellagio always brings amazing creations to every holiday season and this year is no different. Jean Philippe Pâtisserie’s talented pastry team worked for three months to transform the holiday-despising Dr. Seuss character into a sweet symbol of holiday cheer. You can’t miss the infamous Grinch as he overlooks the all the sweet tooth’s that fill the European-inspired pastry shop as guests gobble up the wide selection of miniature seasonal treats. While the Grinch might normally scowl upon all the happiness that he is overseeing at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie, this year he might have a bit more sweet of an attitude seeing that he is filled with sugary goodness, made from 50 pounds of chocolate and 112 pounds of sugar-rolling fondant, an icing-like decorative ingredient. His notorious grimace is instead a hand-carved grin symbolizing his revelation of the true meaning of the holidays. Standing tall at five feet six inches, the Grinch is surrounded by a wonderland of ornaments and gifts galore made from chocolate and colored fondant set in a bed of fluffy white snow. This is the one time that the Grinch is picture worthy. While you are awe struck by the Grinch don’t miss out on the treats that come in festive shapes, including chocolate praline trees, Santa’s boots and Santa Claus performing a variety of activities including rollerblading, surfing and skiing. All are available for purchase in-store at Bellagio and ARIA locations and online at www.jpchocolates.com. A custom blend of Gingerbread Hot Chocolate mix also is available to keep guests warm throughout the cold winter nights.

The Grinch at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie (Photo Courtesy MGM Resorts International)

Beginning December 1st, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio kicked off their complimentary performances set to a diverse repertoire of classic holiday tunes such as Hallelujah Chorus, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Santa Baby.

(Photo couresy MGM Resorts International)

Entertainer extraordinaire Terry Fator has put together his special Country Christmas, a great way to get out and be entertained this holiday season. Terry makes you feel like you are part of the family as you are given a seat Fator family’s “living room” and enjoy a holiday journey with all of the show’s loveable puppets performing country versions of some of their favorite songs such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride.”  

What is Christmas without a visit from Santa Claus and if you bring the kids along for a Vegas Vacation Santa will be around for a visit. Santa will be visiting the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor. If you want a unique Santa sighting take a look inside of the aquarium and you might catch Santa scuba diving with sharks, rare Komodo Dragons and piranhas. While there are no reindeer, you might just see Santa catch a ride on one of the giant turtles are swimming around the aquarium. The Shark Reef Aquarium is an amazing experience all by itself with all of the incredible sea life, but to make your visit even more special, throughout the month of December, children can share their last-minute holiday wishes with Santa Claus in the aquarium’s shipwreck exhibit. With each paid admission, children 12 and under will receive a complimentary candy cane and a photograph with Santa as well as his surprising holiday helper – Santa Jaws. This is one Christmas experience your kids will remember for years to come. If you love the history of the Titanic, you are not going to find a more unique experience than at the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Artifacts that you will not see anywhere else are on display, including an actual piece of the ship that allows you to see all of the craftsmanship that when into building the titanic. You will be amazed at the how well preserved some of the pieces are that were saved from the bottom of the ocean floor and there is an actual iceberg for you to touch and have the chills from run through your body. Of course there is Santa as well as he will be on hand to take pictures and collect letters at the Royal Mail Ship (RMS).

Santa at Shark Reef (Photo courtesy MGM Resorts International)

Who not want the gift of relaxation and removing the tension from your body that the holidays can create? If that would be a perfect gift for you or someone you know the Yuletide Balance at Spa Bellagio is a gift that would put anyone in a jolly mood this holiday season. For $170, guests can achieve a balanced state of mind and body with a 50-minute restoration session. In a room filled with Yuletide Aromatherapy of spruce and frankincense, the experience includes a focused massage, gentle rocking motions to release holding patterns and a Rosemary Hot Oil Scalp Treatment. Spa Bellagio has one more gift for you as they send you on your merry way with alancing Aromatherapy Bath Salt and Green Ginger Tea.

The Mandarin Oriental is packed full of holiday events in the month of December. You will get into the holiday spirit as you are checking at the 23rd floor Sky Lobby and you greeted by carolers. Then you can enjoy the Nutcracker Tea at the Tea Lounge as you are treated to high tea service and an assortment of sweets with the proceeds benefiting Nevada Ballet Theatre. Celebrate Christmas day with brunch and dinner at MOzen Bistro with a little bit of something for everyone. The holiday brunch includes delectable sushi, fresh salads, a roast station and festive desserts. Brunch is 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the cost is 69 dollars. For dinner, indulge in traditional holiday turkey with all the trimmings plus a decadent dessert trio. Christmas day dinner at MOzen Bistro is 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the cost is 65 dollars. Finally if you are a little chilly, you can enjoy winter warming cocktails at Mandarin Bar such as the Herbaceous Monk and Mandarin Boulevard. For more information visit Mandarin Oriental.

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