When most people think about Las Vegas the bright lights and big names on the Vegas Strip are the first that come to mind. Las Vegas is more than just the main tourist corridor.
Visitors looking to spend less on everything from meals to hotel rooms have been exploring other parts of Las Vegas. Off-Strip activities and casinos are still within a 15-30 minute drive of the Vegas Strip.
Downtown Las Vegas (AKA “Old Vegas”) is still a touristy area with a variety of casinos located at or near the Fremont Street Experience.
Local casinos are anywhere from five to 30 minutes away from this part of Las Vegas. Some of the nicest off-strip casinos are located in the Henderson and Summerlin parts of town.
These casinos serve both local residents and tourists looking for a different experience in Las Vegas. The holiday attractions away from the Vegas Strip have grown to serve both customers.
Off-Strip Las Vegas casino holiday attractions
The majority of holiday activations in Las Vegas have traditionally taken place away from the Vegas Strip. These serve local residents along with visitors looking for something different than the touristy experience.
This year one off-strip casino is taking the holiday experience to another level.
Snow Carnival At M Resort
Celebrate this holiday season in a picture-perfect winter wonderland made of 350 tons of REAL SNOW!
Snow Carnival Holiday Forest at M Resort ❄️☃️ November 23 – January 8
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— M Resort Spa Casino (@MResort) September 14, 2022
Snow Carnival at M Resort is being billed as a “one-of-a-kind winter wonderland-themed attraction.” This is certainly true for a holiday event taking place inside a Las Vegas casino.
The Snow Carnival should appeal to east coasters who miss the white fluffy stuff. The space inside M Resort will have more than 350 tons of real snow falling from the sky and on the ground.
Guests can enjoy the snowfall by making snowmen and snow angels or throwing snowballs (at targets, not people). After playing with the snow, guests can take a walk through the Candy Cane forest or go on one of the rides including the “Mini Matterhorn” slide and the innertube carousel.
Snow Carnival at M Resort is a unique holiday activity in Las Vegas. The casino is located about 20 minutes south of Mandalay Bay in Henderson, Nevada.
Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town
The Winter Wonderland Display and Holiday Laser Light Show at Mystic Falls Park inside Sam’s Town is one of the most popular holiday experiences in Las Vegas. The Boyd Gaming casino started this tradition in 1994.
The indoor park is adorned with holiday decorations including a 19-foot Christmas Tree. In addition to the holiday atmosphere, there’s a nine-minute laser show set to holiday music classics every hour.
Sam’s Town is about 20 minutes east of the Vegas Strip on Boulder Highway.
More Las Vegas Off-Strip holiday attractions
Enchant Las Vegas returns to Las Vegas Ballpark across the street from Red Rock Casino in Summerlin. This is similar to Enchant on the Vegas Strip at Resorts World.
Ethel M Holliday Cactus Garden Lights is back for another year of holiday joy. Nevada’s largest botanical cactus garden is located at a chocolate shop. The outdoor cactus garden is decorated with over one million Christmas lights and Holiday decor.
Area 15 is located just off the Vegas Strip. The unique space gets into the holiday spirit with an immersive “Nightmare Before Christmas” experience. Enjoy Tim Burton’s holiday classic and get deeper with an audio-visual adventure.
One of the most popular holiday attractions in Las Vegas requires a car and is nowhere near a casino. Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile drive-through attraction with more than 600 animated and sparkling displays. Altogether there are more than 5 million LED lights for this attraction. Unlike most other holiday attractions, there is a fee for this attraction. Tickets start at $25 during weeknights.
Adults can head to the Bad Elf bar at Silverton and Sand Dollar at Plaza if they’d like to enjoy some drinks in a holiday environment.
Downtown Las Vegas New Year’s Eve party
Downtown Las Vegas has an entirely different kind of party than the Vegas Strip. This year the theme of the New Year’s Eve party at the Fremont Street Experience is “Time of Your Life.”
New Year’s Eve is the only day of the year when the entire mall of casinos is closed to the public. Tickets for the party are $50 per person.
Ticketholders and hotel guests are the only visitors allowed under the Fremont Street Experience canopy after 5 pm. Ticket holders must be at least 21 years old to watch the full night of entertainment.
Headliners for the New Year’s Eve party in downtown Las Vegas include pop, rock and rap:
- Sugar Ray
- Tag Team
- Sugarhill Gang
This party will be hosted by the Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman. There will be a digital fireworks show on the Fremont Street video screens. Visitors can see a live fireworks show just outside of the canopy on Main St. courtesy of the Plaza.