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There are very few things that we can complain about as residents of Las Vegas.  The city is a hotbed for limitless dining and entertainment options while still featuring beautiful year-round weather, scenic national parks and easy access to nearby cities and attractions for travelers. 

The one downside to having higher-than-average year-round temperatures is the typical absence of snow during the holidays.  While it is true that snow rarely falls in large enough quantities in the Valley to constitute a “White Christmas,” there are plenty of holiday traditions one can consider to get in the spirit.


Opportunity Village’s Magical Forrest

Every year local charity Opportunity Village creates a winter wonderland in the heart of Las Vegas with its Magical Forrest.  With multiple displays, millions of lights, daily shows and food offerings, Magical Forrest is a great place to visit with family to get into the holiday spirit.  In fact, 40 volunteers from Cannery have already pitched in to assist this Vegas charity and help bring the holiday spirit to families around the valley.

The Nutcracker at the Smith Center

Around the holidays, the Nevada Ballet Theatre puts on its own presentation of the true winter classic, The Nutcracker, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.  The timeless ballet is a staple for many when it comes to celebrating the holidays and further helps to display the elite level of professional performers and culture that is housed in Las Vegas.  It even snows on stage!

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

Those looking to actually go for a romp in the snow on the holidays will be pleased to know that a full ski resort lives just moments outside of the city limits at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.  Located on Mount Charleston, the temperatures at the resort most closely resemble the four seasons and temperatures drop enough below freezing in the winter to offer some great snow.  Of course even the most optimal temperatures for snow do not guarantee the chance that it will, in fact, snow.  That is where the Ski & Snowboard Resort comes in.  No matter what the forecast calls for, you can expect that the snow machines will be in action when needed.

Of course staying on the mountain can sometimes feel isolated from all of the excitement of Las Vegas, which is why Cannery is a great destination for skiers due to its close proximity on the North side of town.