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15 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

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‘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.

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Dashing Through the Bars at Circa Resort Casino, Golden Gate Casino and The D Las Vegas

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Get into the holiday spirit(s) with a downtown bar crawl through Circa, the Golden Gate Casino, and the D Las Vegas. Purchase a bar crawl card ($100) and get one drink at each of the participating five bars — Legacy Club, Vegas Vickie’s, MegaBar, One Bar, and BarCanada. Holiday-themed cocktails are available. Runs through December 30. 

Sippin’ Santa On Main at the Sand Dollar Downtown

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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 Kris Kringle colada, a bourbon-based Jingle Bird, and the sharable (for two) Rudolph’s Rum Rhapsody. It runs through December 31.  

Enchant Christmas at Las Vegas Ballpark

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A winter wonderland in the style of a European Christmas market, Enchant enters its second season at the Las Vegas Ballpark with a new Mischievous Elf 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. General admission is $34 per adult and $20 for children ages 3 to 17. Runs November 25-January 1. 

The Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin

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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. 

Enchant on the Strip at Resorts World

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Help find Santa’s reindeer in the light maze, skate the ice trail and stand under the 100-foot-tall holiday tree as Enchant makes its first appearance on the Las Vegas Strip. The 10-acre holiday experience will feature specialty cocktails and food from Resorts World restaurants. The event runs through January 1 ($44 for adults and $23 for children 3-17 years old). 

Nightmare before Xmas at Más Por Favor Taqueria y Tequila

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The taco parlor and speakeasy in Chinatown is transforming into “Nightmare before Xmas,” a Tim Burton-inspired pop-up running through December 27. 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.

A wreath inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” hangs over a bar.
Nightmare before Xmas at Más Por Favor Taqueria y Tequila
Más Por Favor Taqueria y Tequila

Miracle on Spring Mountain at the Sand Dollar Lounge

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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 (every Monday and Wednesday) add to the holiday cheer through December 31.  

Minus5 Icebar

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Minus5º Icebar has introduced holiday cocktails and seasonal sorbets. Drinks include a boozy hot chocolate spiked with your choice of alcohol and whiskey or rum-based cocktails served in a glass made entirely of ice. Sorbets, served in flights of four ($10.75), range from pumpkin and cinnamon to pear and ginger. Guests can even take part in a sorbet-tasting game to correctly guess the flavors.

A holiday cocktail with a cinnamon stick.
Minus5 Icebar
Minus5 Icebar

The Cabinet of Curiosities

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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. 

Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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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 from Overlook Chill (a restaurant pop-up form the folks at Overlook Grill). 

Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden

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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. Ethel M is teaming up with local charities this year so it’ll cost $1 per person with the donations going to Help of Southern Nevada and Three Square Food Bank. Through January 1. 

Ethel M’s Cactus Garden.
Ethel M’s Cactus Garden
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Bad Elf at the Silverton Casino Hotel

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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.

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Bad Elf at the Silverton Casino Hotel
Bad Elf at the Silverton Casino Hotel

Shake Shack Henderson

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The three holiday milkshakes on this year’s menu include the Christmas Cookie Shake, topped with festive colored sprinkles, a rich Chocolate Milk & Cookies Shake and a fudgy Chocolate Peppermint Shake with candy cane sprinkles. Multiple Locations: The District at Green Valley Ranch, Downtown Summerlin, North Premium Outlets, and New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Winter at the Terrace at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino

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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. 

Snow Carnival at M Resort Spa Casino

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A selection of holiday-themed bites and beverages will be served at Snow Carnival. The winter wonderland features more than 350 tons of real snow falling into a snow play area with a slide, games, and a Candy Cane forest. Snow Carnival runs November 23 to January 8 ($36.99 adults, $29.99 children). 

Dashing Through the Bars at Circa Resort Casino, Golden Gate Casino and The D Las Vegas

Get into the holiday spirit(s) with a downtown bar crawl through Circa, the Golden Gate Casino, and the D Las Vegas. Purchase a bar crawl card ($100) and get one drink at each of the participating five bars — Legacy Club, Vegas Vickie’s, MegaBar, One Bar, and BarCanada. Holiday-themed cocktails are available. Runs through December 30. 

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 Kris Kringle colada, a bourbon-based Jingle Bird, and the sharable (for two) Rudolph’s Rum Rhapsody. 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 second season at the Las Vegas Ballpark with a new Mischievous Elf 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. General admission is $34 per adult and $20 for children ages 3 to 17. Runs November 25-January 1. 

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. 

Enchant on the Strip at Resorts World

Help find Santa’s reindeer in the light maze, skate the ice trail and stand under the 100-foot-tall holiday tree as Enchant makes its first appearance on the Las Vegas Strip. The 10-acre holiday experience will feature specialty cocktails and food from Resorts World restaurants. The event runs through January 1 ($44 for adults and $23 for children 3-17 years old). 

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 running through December 27. 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.

A wreath inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” hangs over a bar.
Nightmare before Xmas at Más Por Favor Taqueria y Tequila
Más Por Favor Taqueria y Tequila

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 (every Monday and Wednesday) add to the holiday cheer through December 31.  

Minus5 Icebar

Minus5º Icebar has introduced holiday cocktails and seasonal sorbets. Drinks include a boozy hot chocolate spiked with your choice of alcohol and whiskey or rum-based cocktails served in a glass made entirely of ice. Sorbets, served in flights of four ($10.75), range from pumpkin and cinnamon to pear and ginger. Guests can even take part in a sorbet-tasting game to correctly guess the flavors.

A holiday cocktail with a cinnamon stick.
Minus5 Icebar
Minus5 Icebar

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. 

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 from Overlook Chill (a restaurant pop-up form the folks at Overlook Grill). 

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. Ethel M is teaming up with local charities this year so it’ll cost $1 per person with the donations going to Help of Southern Nevada and Three Square Food Bank. Through January 1. 

Ethel M’s Cactus Garden.
Ethel M’s Cactus Garden
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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.

The entrance to a holiday bar.
Bad Elf at the Silverton Casino Hotel
Bad Elf at the Silverton Casino Hotel

Shake Shack Henderson

The three holiday milkshakes on this year’s menu include the Christmas Cookie Shake, topped with festive colored sprinkles, a rich Chocolate Milk & Cookies Shake and a fudgy Chocolate Peppermint Shake with candy cane sprinkles. Multiple Locations: The District at Green Valley Ranch, Downtown Summerlin, North Premium Outlets, and New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

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. 

Snow Carnival at M Resort Spa Casino

A selection of holiday-themed bites and beverages will be served at Snow Carnival. The winter wonderland features more than 350 tons of real snow falling into a snow play area with a slide, games, and a Candy Cane forest. Snow Carnival runs November 23 to January 8 ($36.99 adults, $29.99 children). 

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