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Holiday happenings: Wintry Vegas activities to take in with the family

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Ice Ice Baby: The Cosmo’s winter skating comes with scenic views of the Strip.
Courtesy of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Here in Vegas, we’re used to flashy lights and neon accoutrement all year round (I mean, you can see the Luxor from space), so naturally the holidays get extra extravagant. Stop driving around your neighborhood in search of Christmas lights—this isn’t Nebraska. Instead, check out Vegas’ best and brightest light attractions, like the 2.5-mile Glittering Lights display at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the classic Ethel M’s Christmas cactus garden or Bellagio’s holiday botanical garden with a 45-foot, 80,000-pound tree, polar bears and 45,000 poinsettias. Looking for something a bit more active? Lace up the ol’ ice skates and zip over to the new Caesars Palace “chalet” or the seasonal rinks at the Cosmopolitan, Gold Spike or Venetian. And if that’s not enough holiday cheer for you, check out Santa like you’ve never seen him before—underwater—at the Silverton’s aquarium or in the shipwreck at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. That’s right. A scuba-diving Santa. In the desert. I told you we get a little crazy.

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