For the fifth consecutive year, the Cosmopolitan is transforming its fourth-floor outdoor pool into a skating rink for the holidays, with help from an ice-making machine that turns out 4,200 square feet of frosty skating surface. The wintery spectacle is enhanced by regular snow flurries, Monday date-skate with holiday movie double headers, a menu of seasonal cocktails and snacks, and s’mores kits for roasting over open fire pits. Don’t even try to resist the holiday spirit. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S at W Harmon Ave. Nov 19–Jan 1, Mon–Fri, 2pm–midnight; Sat–Sun, noon–midnight; Dec 19–Jan 1, noon–midnight daily; $20 skating, $10 locals & hotel guests, admission for non-skaters free.
The fact that Las Vegas is smack in the middle of the desert—and perpetually illuminated—might lead you to believe the holidays are no big deal. But Sin City goes all out (Santas run riot downtown, cacti transform into Christmas trees). While there’s no shortage of essential things to do and the best Las Vegas shows can be seen all year-round, celebrate the season with festive spectacles, ice-skating and other fun Christmas events, then get a little merry at some of the best Las Vegas bars and lounges.
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