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Christmas Town For a Fun Family NightFeatured

We love finding places around the Valley to celebrate Christmas and the end of the year holidays. Following a short break after Halloweenville, Wet N Wild now hosts another off season family fun center – This time, Las Vegas Christmas Town! They are open thru New Year’s Eve and will only be closed 12/24 & 12/25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Day. 

The second you step in, you are immersed in a winter wonderland with festive music, tons of colorful lights and all things that evoke Christmas and the holidays. You can even catch a few of your favorite winter characters like Olaf, elves and even Santa himself! Santa has a cottage so you can visit and take photos with him. There is no charge to use your own phone for photos, but professional photos are available for purchase. Tons of photo opportunities throughout the park with thousands of lights, a 40 person train ride, a 40 foot tree and synchronized lights and music. There is even a life-sized nativity scene! I just wish it was lit properly because it was pretty cool…

A few things to remember before your visit:

The ticket window opens at 5p. If you purchase a Groupon ($15 vs the full $20) You should be able to go straight to the entrance. Bags are subject to security search upon entry.

It is getting colder and colder as the year comes to a close so please dress warmly, including hats and gloves as this entire experience is outdoors.

They have face painting included with your admission and the artist that night did such a great job with my son’s snowman and wreath. I liked it so much I was inspired to tip her.

 

We did not enjoy the skating rink since it is not real ice, it is about the size of half of a basketball court, so it got crowded  and we could not get used to the ill-fitting skates! We tried about three different pairs on my son, including some that looked similar to roller blades. He did not like any of them. We only went around one time, but we enjoyed watching others try it out!

The lines for the rides can take a little while so just be patient, everyone else is here to have fun too, and at least you can look around and appreciate all the decorations and of course, the music!

Frosty’s Snow Ball Fun is a hybrid bounce house-ball pit of all snowballs. So cute…The kids always love the bounce houses and we could have spent the entire night just there, but I am glad we didn’t miss out on a number of other attractions.

The only thing we wanted from the concession stand was hot chocolate and the seasonal funnel cake: mint chocolate chip. The gigantic, drizzled in chocolate marshmallows in my hot chocolate were perfect. Making the kids ice cream and funnel cake induced sugar high was probably not the best idea, but it kept them warm and fueled to run through the obstacle courses for about an hour.

The Jingle Bell Sledding Hill is super steep and extremely fast, which my son does not like, so we did not try it, but the music is always on point there and from all the squealing and giggles, you know everyone is having a blast!

Right beside the inner tube sledding, there is a walk-through 3D experience that was really cute. The little kids liked it so much (or wanted to put the 3D glasses on repeatedly) that we went through several times since there is no line. As you exit the short two-room attraction, you can see the snow falls right by there!

My favorite was Rudolph’s Save Christmas Shoot Out, the paintball gallery. We almost forgot to try it and just before closing, we spent the last 30 min there. This requires purchase of paintballs, the best value being $20 for 200 paintballs. I will gladly buy them the next time we go – I want to shoot too! My son used all 100 paintballs himself and had a blast with every shot. The shooting gallery has Christmas trees lined up with ornaments to shoot and a well-padded (I hope) character creeping and laughing as you attempt to shoot him or her. 

Ornament and cookie decorating requires additional purchase of ornaments and cookies, but all the decorating tools are available on tables beside the concession stand. I did not feel like standing in line for cookies so we tried the ornament decorating ($3). It is so cold out that it was hard to dry the glitter glue so I had to hold them all night – a terrible idea for the beginning of the night! They are cute little wood board ornaments, but we would likely skip that next time. We love the Tiny Tim train that is most suitable for five years and younger, but adults can squeeze in too. 

The wave pool is so pretty and still, like a winter lake view. I loved the cabanas decorated in spooky, horror scenes for Halloweenville and I was really hoping they would have made a little winter wonderland near the pool too. I kept thinking it would be similar to the Macy’s department store windows in NYC. 

As for the price point, I thought $20 per person seemed expensive (depending on how many people in your family) so I was glad to hear Groupon was available for $15. It did sell out that night we went so plan ahead! Overall, it is a great place if you love bounce houses, trains, holiday music and tons of lights. The rest is gravy! 

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Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Operation North PoleFeatured

This has to top your Christmas bucket list! In fact, I insist you visit Operation North Pole immediately! It is such a great family friendly outing that will appeal to kids of all ages!

Thanks to 411 Mommas and the Vegas Lifestyle Influencers, Operation North Pole at Tivoli Village is our new holiday tradition. JJ & I took his best bud and his mom for this year’s festivities and we already can’t wait to visit again. What a great way to start the holiday season!
Operation North Pole is located at Tivoli Village beside Kidville and across the street from Waffle Bar. Upon arrival, head into the retail shop to check in with a clipboard clad elf and get your stamp. I bet you can chance going standby, but that might be a lot of waiting… Make reservations online ahead of time at opnorthpole.com. While completing your registration, you’llbe given an opportunity to donate to the Boys and Girls Club. A $49 donation upgrades you to the VIP Santa photo package. You get 4 different poses, digital versions and a souvenir

Santa sack. Exit the retail shop and take pictures on the train to the left or make your way to the right along the outside of the building. There is an entrance on the side where you will see folks begin to line up. There is no strollers access, so remember to bring your carrier or be prepared to hold your infant! 

Your ticket includes four rooms of festive delight! You will have candy tasting in the snow room, elves leading you in song and perhaps a game or 2. Next, you will have some playtime to try old and new games or decorate ornaments in Santa’s workshop with gorgeously decorated Christmas trees to admire. 

After all that play, it’s clearly time for a snack, so cruise on into Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for some cookies and cocoa! Mrs. Claus is just as sweet and adoring as you can imagine and she makes her way around the long kitchen table quietly chatting with each child as they decorate their cookies with icing and sprinkles. Afterwards, Mrs. Claus reads the children a Christmas story and you can ask her anything you want – even about Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer. During the time in the kitchen, you may catch a glimpse of Santa walking thru! He might just stop for a free quick hugs on his path.

After refueling with sweet snacks, Thank Mrs. Claus and head over to the stables to brush and feed the reindeer. Here you can sing songs with Mira, our favorite elf. Don’t forget to bag up some reindeer food too! You’ll visit Santa next in turn, one family at a time… I left in a bit of a rush so I didn’t have time to shop, but I will definitely be back there for the cutest Christmas finds in town! They even have autograph books if you want to bring one with you for all the wonderful North Pole residents you meet along the way! This is by far, the nest bang for your buck – cookie decorating and story time with Mrs. Claus, learning about reindeer and gifts from Santa when you take pictures with him. You will be amazed at how a couple of hour ours of fun at the North Pole sticks with your littles. Big kids and littles are sure to enjoy…

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PHOTO and TRIVIA Scavenger Hunt

□ Selfie with lashes or a candy truck

□ Name your favorite flavor candy you tasted

□ Selfie with an elfie

□ Name your favorite game

□ Selfie with Mrs. Claus or a gingerbread man

□ Which color sprinkles are your favorite?

□ Tree selfie (“treefie”?!)

□ What would you name a reindeer?

□ What do reindeer eat?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter so we can see pictures from your visit!

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