All Holiday posts are currently being updated for 2018.
One of the most memorable events of the Christmas season is pictures with Santa. The photos can tell an entire story, from crying babies to terrified toddlers and those older kids who look like they want to be somewhere else. There are lots of opportunities to get photos taken with Santa around the valley and Santa arrives very soon. Check the links for schedules, dates, times and pricing (if applicable). This list will be added to throughout the holiday season, so bookmark and check back regularly to see the many, many updates coming over the next few weeks.
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Santa Pics at Galleria Mall– Santa’s arrival is November 9th at 7pm when the tree will be lit. Photos begin November 10th-December 24th with Pet photos every Tuesday, hours vary. They also offer a Santa Fast Pass, make your reservations at the link, and check out all the other Holiday events happening.
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden– Santa arrives Tuesday, November 6th. Come get your picture taken in our Holiday Cactus Garden! A professional photographer is on site to take your photo, which is available for purchase. Or, you may take your own photos for free.
- Tuesday, 11/6 for the Lighting from 4pm-9pm
- Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm -9pm starting 11/9 – 12/15
- From 12/16 – 12/23, Santa will be here every evening from 4pm to 9pm. He will not be here on Christmas Eve since he’ll be busy that night!
Holiday at the Park– Tree lighting ceremony on November 29th begins at 5:00pm as they light the 80-foot Silver Fir tree. On opening night, following the tree lighting ceremony there will be a Golden Knights viewing party vs. the Vancouver Canucks. The event opens at 5:00 PM with the tree lighting at 6:00 PM, followed by the viewing party at 7:00 PM. Enjoy free Ice Skating, Photos with Santa, Hot Coco and Cookies and much more daily from 5pm-10pm (11pm on Golden Knights game nights).
Nevada Southern Railway also has a Santa Train ride. This is a daytime train ride offered December 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, with six departures during the day from 10am-3pm, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. All tickets are $10. Dress accordingly or arrive early, some cars are outside seating only. Click the link for tickets and dates.
Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City offers a Pajama Train ride for the holiday season. You can experience the magic of the holiday season at night on the train in her pajamas (optional). The train departs at 6pm and 8pm, December 6-7, 13-24, and 20-21 and tickets are $20, $25 and $30. Each pajama train includes visits from Santa, Storytelling and of course Hot Chocolate & Cookies.
Operation North Pole at Tivoli Village– Operation North Pole is an interactive holiday workshop. The experience will take you through Candy Cottage, Elf Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and ending in Santa’s Office. Opening November 24th, tickets range from $32-37 per person and the experience lasts approximately 65 minutes.
Santa at the District at GVR– Come get your photo with Santa. He will be located in the courtyard off Main Street and will take breaks throughout the day. Hours are as follows:
- November 23-December 16th – Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.
- December 17th-23rd- Daily 11am-8pm
- December 24th- 9am-4pm
Santa Pictures in Town Square– Santa’s big arrival will be Friday, November 16th at 7pm. There will be a parade, the tree lighting, and snow in the square. Photos with Santa begin November 17th and run through December 24th. Online registration is required, initial reservation is $20 but includes your first photo. Check here to register and for reservations.
Santa Chalet Downtown Summerlin– Santa will make his home at the Winter Wonderland Chalet at the Macy’s Promenade at Downtown Summerlin. November 16th-December 24th. Check the link as hours vary day to day. They offer Paws & Claus every Tuesday through December 19th from 7pm-9pm for pet photos with Santa. Photo packages start at $24.99, and you can even skip the line with a Santa Fast Pass.
Springs Preserve Holiday Express-Dates for the train ride are Dec. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23, 2018, 11am-6pm. The train departs 14 times per day on magical journey to Santa’s Village. You must make a reservation at the website. Spaces are limited for each departure time. They strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee admittance. Santa will be there but photos will not be provided, so have your phone or camera ready.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops- Santa arrives Saturday, November 10th at 5pm. Free Photo with Santa, 6pm-8pm. Please see the link for more free crafts and giveaways for kids November 11th-December 24th. This Holiday event includes…
- Magical tree lighting
- Unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland®
- FREE cookies and McSteven’s® hot chocolate*
- Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops® Gift Card to 1 lucky winner every half hour! 5:30–7:30pm
Brunch with Santa at Container Park-Saturday, December 1st. It is listed on their site, but doesn’t state a time or details just yet.
The following events from 2017 aren’t yet updated and are being verified for 2018. Most businesses will update sometime in November.
Santa in the Shipwreck at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay