Thanksgiving Day in Las Vegas

  • UPDATED Sep 21, 2018
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In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Initially, it was marked as a way of being thankful for the harvest and the productivity of the previous year. People all over the world celebrate it. The date and day are different in many countries but, it remains a day of universal celebration with family, friends and loved ones. It is the time of joy and spreading the love. 

Thanksgiving is celebrated with great splendor in Las Vegas. There are parades, family events, performances and Thanksgiving dinners to look forward to. It is the beginning of the holiday season and hence a time of happiness for all. 

Are you thinking of visiting Las Vegas during Thanksgiving? Here is a list of must-do things for you to make your experience memorable:

Show at Bellagio Conservatory

The Bellagio Conservatory gets all decked up for the last week of November to welcome the holiday season. It is a botanical garden mainly. The place is decorated every year with pumpkins, canopies, seasonal plants, etc. 

Visitors go to Bellagio Conservatory every year to look at the beautiful decorations and plants. Shows are performed during the holiday seasons for entertaining the children and adults alike. The shows start from the time of Thanksgiving and continue until Christmas week and even New Year sometimes. There are horticulture shows, floral displays, and many other attractions to look forward to. In 2017, ‘Proud as a Peacock’ was performed during Thanksgiving month. Entry for this is free. 

So, if you plan to visit Las Vegas during Thanksgiving, do give this place a visit. It will be a mesmerizing experience for both kids and adults.

Event at Ethel. M. Botanical Garden

The cactus garden at Ethel M. Botanical garden is all decked up in fairy lights during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a grand show there. From the entrances and pathways to the cactus plants, everything is illuminated. It is a unique thing to see cactus plants being decorated. Thus, it is a must-visit. There are a lot of other attractions for children and even a chocolate gift shop from where you can buy gifts and chocolates from!

This place is a must visit if one is spending Thanksgiving in Las Vegas. It brings out the festive spirit and is an excellent place to enjoy with family and loved ones. Entry is also free. However, a new ice-skating rink has opened, and if one wants to skate there, they may have to pay for the ticket.

Downtown Summerlin Parade

A number of parades take place in Downtown Summerlin during the holiday season. It is a grand parade with a lot of decorations. Characters like Santa Clause come along with his red-nosed reindeers. There are performances and gifts to be shared. It is a delightful experience for children and certainly an option to consider while visiting Las Vegas during Thanksgiving. The festivities are held on specific dates of November and December. Do attend this parade to evoke the holiday spirit in you.

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is an old tradition and quite a famous one in Vegas. It brings out the local culture which is not much seen nowadays. The whole forest is decked up in Christmas lights and indeed looks magical. There are animal sculptures made with fairy lights too.

There are a number of holiday attractions there including the seasonal train, the enchanted carousel, Santa Clause, Rudolph’s Raceway, etc. It is a heavenly place for a child to be in during Thanksgiving. It is also a must visit if one wants to be acquainted with the local culture of the area. The event is not free, and tickets need to be booked prior. It will be an unforgettable experience for both children and adults.

Watch a Circus at Circus Circus

The Circus Circus in Las Vegas is perhaps the largest permanent Circus in the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend a fun time with family. Kids will be indeed delighted to see clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, etc. It will be an excellent and unique way to spend your Thanksgiving. Also, this is a specially Vegas event. So, don’t give it a miss!

Turkey Trot Half Marathon

Are you looking to spend a fun but fit Thanksgiving? Then the Turkey Trot half marathon is the perfect event for you. The half marathon is from Six Tunnels to Hoover Dam in Las Vegas. This marathon is not something kids can enjoy or be a part of. However, if you are a young group of friends visiting Vegas, then why not take the challenge? It will be an experience worth remembering for sure. 

The Turkey Trot marathon is known to be a famous event all across the country. It evokes team-spirit and makes your Thanksgiving healthy and fit.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Last but not the least, Thanksgiving is incomplete without food! Head out to the famous restaurants in Vegas to enjoy a grand Thanksgiving dinner with family. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at places like North Side Café, Monte Carlo Resort, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Delmonico Steakhouse, etc. Most of the restaurants have both a la carte specials as well as a separate Thanksgiving menu. You can take your pick.

Evoke the spirit of Thanksgiving by spending it together with the people you love. It is a time to be not just thankful for the previous year’s harvests but a time to be grateful for the people you have in your life.

Make the most of the holiday season with family and friends by being a part of the beautiful events mentioned above. It will make your Las Vegas trip an unforgettable experience.