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Free Christmas Attractions

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Free Things To Do In Las Vegas This Christmas

Las Vegas has long been known for its mastery of spectacle. The city is the brightest place on Earth and every Holiday season the razzle and dazzle is plussed. From spectacular holiday lights extravaganzas to the holiday themed music selections at the Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas is one of the most festive places south of the North Pole.

The ways to celebrate are endless, but here you'll find some of the best free seasonal events. From holiday concerts in Henderson to a holiday themed light show on Fremont Street, Las Vegas may just be the jolliest place on Earth.

Winter In Venice

The Venetian and the Palazzo join forces from November 21st through January 8th for the Winter in Venice spectacular. Wow that special someone this Christmas with a gondola ride through the lighted icicle laden environs of the Venetian, arguably teh most gorgeous of Vegas resorts. Featuring holiday concerts and events (some free, some not), a spectacular nightly light show and an ice skating rink (unfortunately not free), this years Winter In Venice will inspire and bring smiles of joy. See the schedule of events.

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden Light Display

This long time local favorite proves that even here in the desert the spirit of Christmas abounds. Hundreds of cacti and other desert plants are adorned with nearly half a million LED. Open (and free) to the public from 5 PM - 10 PM nightly until January 1st this Henderson must see includes holiday performances and visits from Santa. Perfect for kids and grandparents and anyone in between, few Las Vegas traditions can compete. See the schedule of events.

Crystals at City Center's Holiday Winter Wonderland

To say Free and Crystal's in one sentence will make any Las Vegas resident chuckle. The shopping center known for such outrageously high end shops like Cartier, Gucci and Prada has earned a reputation as the king of upper echelon shopping. If you're arms are laden with bags from these shops you're a high roller.

It may come as a surprise then to see one of the best FREE holiday displays anywhere in Las Vegas. Hundreds of seasonal plants decorate the multi levels of this amazing shopping mall, including the rare and never before seen in the US white LED Christmas trees, draped in crystal as well as numerous massive traditional trees sent in from Oregon. Take the kids or the wife or the in laws to this soon to be perennial holiday favorite. Just try and keep your money in your wallet.

Scuba Santa at the Silverton Aquarium

Already a top pick for Free Things To Do In Las Vegas, the Aquarium at Silverton's 117,000 gallon saltwater tank gets festive this holiday season. From 10 AM -1 PM every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas the aquarium will see a visit from Santa unlike any you've ever seen. Even sharks and fish need to tell Santa their Christmas wishes and this jolly old submerged fellow is a sight to be seen. This is a great event for kids. One friend told me that after seeing Scuba Santa a few years back his eight year old got into scuba diving. Talk about a Xmas gift that keeps on giving.

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Another long time Free Best of Vegas attraction the Bellagio Botanical Gardens get a holiday makeover. A 42 foot Shasta tree dominates the display, but the thousands of lights adorning plants of all kinds, coupled with the holiday rocking horse and penguin statues bring a gaggle of holiday cheer to this amazing display of nature. Learn about the plants every day from 13:00 AM till 11:30 AM from Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumbs and make this holiday outing a place to learn and be jolly.

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