‘Tis the season for holiday pop-ups. Bars and lounges all across Las Vegas are transforming the city into a winter wonderland. Sip a hot toddy at a fire pit, glide across the ice at one of the many rinks or go on a holiday bar crawl. Celebrate the season with these festive experiences.Read More
Holiday Pop-Ups, Rooftop Ice-Skating Rinks, and Christmas Bars in Las Vegas
Eat s’mores, ice skate, and sip on signature holiday cocktails at these pop-up experiences
Sippin’ Santa On Main at the Sand Dollar Downtown
This Miracle spin-off puts Santa on a surfboard instead of in a sleigh. Sippin’ Santa On Main is a tropical-themed pop-up with kitschy Hawaii-ish holiday décor and tiki-inspired cocktails like the Sippin’ Santa, a bourbon-based Jingle Bird, and the sharable (for two) North Pole Bowl. It runs through December 31.
Enchant Christmas at Las Vegas Ballpark
A winter wonderland in the style of a European Christmas market, Enchant enters its third season at the Las Vegas Ballpark with a f light maze, ice-skating trail and a village filled with food, drinks and vendors selling handcrafted goods. Stroll through the lighted tunnels and grab some s’mores, homemade donuts, or other treats. Tickets start at $30 per adult and $25 for children ages 3 to 17. It runs through December 31
The Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin
Ready. Set. Skate. Through January 16, Downtown Summerlin sports an all-ages ice rink (rentals start at $16) in the shadow of a glittering 40-foot tree. Warm up with a hot chocolate, then grab a bite nearby.
Nightmare before Xmas at Más Por Favor Taqueria y Tequila
The taco parlor and speakeasy in Chinatown is transforming into “Nightmare before Xmas,” a Tim Burton-inspired pop-up. String lights and life-size replicas of Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington add to a decor meant to transport guests to Christmas Town. Eggnog, boozy hot chocolate, and specialty cocktails are served in themed “Nightmare Before Christmas” mugs, while the food menu also has some fun takes like Sandy Claws Tacos made with chipotle lobster tail meat with a pineapple habanero slaw, and an Oogie Boogie Dirt Pie constructed of pistachio pudding, crushed chocolate cookies, and topped with gummy creepy crawlers. All ages are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
Miracle on Spring Mountain at the Sand Dollar Lounge
The Sand Dollar Lounge is decking the halls once again. The city’s original holiday pop-up, which spawned copycats all over Las Vegas, is hanging up the decorations and mixing its spirited cocktails, many of which come served in holiday glassware. Live music and pizza pop-ups add to the holiday cheer with appearances like Bruce Kalman of Soul Belly making a Jigglymeat Supreme with burnt ends, Nico Costagliola of Guy Savoy whipping up a focaccia flatbread, Steven Buckley of Momofuku making the Can You Feel Me with togarashi-stuffed crust and black tea tomato sauce — and more chefs.
The Cabinet of Curiosities
Grab a holiday cocktail and check out the hundreds of odd objects on display (each has a QR code linking to its remarkable story) at this museum-like bar and lounge. Seasonal drinks ($15 each) include the candy cane martini, a Naughty Nog rumchata, a peppermint patty shot, and Baby It’s Cold Outside, a Fireball-based drink sure to warm you up through December 31.
Ski Lodge, Spiegelworld’s speakeasy-style cocktail bar at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, introduces holiday cocktails inside the winter cabin-themed bar. The bar is decorated with Christmas ornaments and Hanukkah menorahs. Seasonal drinks include the hot buttered rum with Amaro and an Oreo frosting garnish, the Grinchhopper with Fernet and a candy cane, and s’mores that you can roast over a small fire. Sip on cocktails while watching Spiegelworld performers rotate in and out of the bar.
Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
It will snow every half hour at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. The highlight here is an ice rink with a view coupled with toasted s’mores, cinnamon churros, and craft cocktails. Bites include pork tamales, beef brisket chili, chicken tenders, and more comfort food favs like tomato soup.
Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden
The holiday isn’t complete without a visit to the Ethel M Cactus Garden. The tradition started 29 years ago and fans have been grabbing hot chocolate, chocolate-dipped cookies, pecan brittle, and cupcakes ever since. So grab your favorites and stroll through the twinkling three-acre garden.
Bad Elf at the Silverton Casino Hotel
Under the tagline, “rebels without a Claus,” the Silverton pop-up transforms the Shady Grove Lounge into a holiday scene dripping with colored lights and elves hiding in all corners of the room. Drinks include the Poinsettia (champagne and cranberry juice), a Fireball-based apple cider, and the Candy Cane, a mix containing white chocolate liquor, peppermint schnapps, and cream that’s obviously garnished with a candy cane. It hosts an Ugly Sweater holiday party on Thursday, Decembeer 14 from 5-11 p.m.
Winter at the Terrace at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino
Guests can get cozy in an igloo or sit by the fire pit as they enjoy s’mores, light bites, spiked hot chocolates from a pushcart, and other holiday-themed winter cocktails. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations for an igloo or table are recommended for the popular pop-up.
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