The Las Vegas Strip has a 24-hour restaurant that offers all-you-eat sushi and grilled dishes. There are also vending machines selling slices of cake, shops selling everything from kitschy souvenirs to top quality designer items.
If something can be eaten, bought, or sold, you’ll find it somewhere – probably in many places – you can find it on the Las Vegas Strip. So does any vice you might have in general, although while marijuana is legal to sell in Las Vegas, there are no dispensaries on the Strip.
Of course, it’s not hard to get hold of almost any legal (or illegal) vice while visiting the Las Vegas Strip. You can also take part in pretty much any recreational or entertainment activity that you want. Strip resorts offer pools, golf, an endless array of live shows, as well as nightclubs, dayclubs, and really the chance to hear a very loud DJ at any time of the day.
You can bowl, play darts, throw an ax (at a target, not another person), play video games, and try state-of-the-art virtual reality all over the Strip. You can also get an IV drip or visit an oxygen bar to recover if things get a little too much.
However, Las Vegas was built in a desert, so it’s generally not well endowed with traditional winter activities. Yes, the city has a hockey team, but the NHL’s Golden Knights play in one area. The Strip doesn’t typically offer outdoor ice skating, but the Cosmopolitan, which has just been purchased by MGM Resorts International, does (MGM) is about to change that.
The Cosmopolitan brings winter wonderland to the Strip
After MGM bought Cosmopolitan, it was unknown what changes the new owner would make. MGM has begun adding the resort to its booking and loyalty programs, but having a new owner could mean some favorites, like the resort’s one-of-a-kind winter holiday event, won’t happen this year (or ever).
That’s not the case, however, as The Cosmpolitan will bring back what it calls a “winter wonderland,” complete with ice skating, fire pits, warm cocktails, s’mores and breathtaking views.
“Each holiday season, the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan transforms into a winter wonderland high above the Las Vegas Strip. At The Ice Rink, you can skate over 4,200 square feet of real ice, fire roast s’mores and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings,” the resort said on its website.
The ice rink, which opens on November 15, isn’t the whole experience. Also this year, for the first time, Cosmopolitan is turning the Overlook Grill into Overlook Chill. The Ice Rink Cafe, “situated under the lights of the Las Vegas skyline and occasional snow showers,” offers classic comfort food with a sophisticated twist.
Additionally, The Cosmopolitan is bringing back another fan-favorite part of the event:
“Making its debut in 2021, The Chalet at The Ice Rink is a charming winter experience like no other on the Strip. Surround yourself with festive decor, plush seating and an oversized fire pit in the spirit of the season at this newly reimagined mountaintop retreat. Snuggle up between antics on the ice and savor handcrafted cocktails and uniquely curated bites as you soak into this cozy scene high above Las Vegas,” the resort added.
Cosmopolitan isn’t the only one offering a holiday event
In fact, Resorts World will also convert part of its property into an area dedicated to celebrating the holiday season. The new resort north of the Strip will feature an 85,000-square-foot outdoor extravaganza it’s dubbing “Enchant on the Strip.” The event includes a Christmas tree exhibition, ice skating and a maze.
“Enter a world of adventure with stunning animated light sculptures and discover our charming village with ice skating, live entertainment, interactive games, restaurants, Christmas shopping, Santa & Mrs. Claus and much more. Open November 25th – January 1st” , the company announced on the Enchant website.
Enchant on the Strip also features a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, as well as “over-the-top hot chocolate, spiked lighted cocktails, best s’mores ever, hot appetizers, specialty sandwiches, homemade donuts, and items you won’t find anywhere else,” added the company.