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There are those who say you can do anything in Las Vegas. Ice skating in the desert in the middle of winter when it’s 70 degrees and sunny outside is one of them. One of the sweetest ways to capture some holiday fun was to skate at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino during the Winter in Venice festival.
The rink featured a holiday-themed light show and some of the best seasonal tunes around, including a few crooned by Sinatra himself. The outdoor rink hovered above the water of the gondola rides (again, only in Vegas). Festooned lights plus large snowflakes floated over the rink, which isn’t made of real ice but of state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly polymer.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the chic celebrity favorite that’s nestled on the top of the Strip, offered ice skating in 2012 until the middle of January 2013. The hotel turned its Boulevard Pool into an ice rink with benefits including fire pits, hot cocktails and even s’mores. The rink featured “Date Skate Mondays,” where holiday movies played on 65-foot digital screens, and on “Industry Skate on the Strip Wednesdays,” the rink became a nightclub with DJs.
At Lake Las Vegas, a 30-minute drive from the Strip, locals and tourists flock to a floating ice rink that holds up to 75 skaters and offers gorgeous views from November until February. Don’t blink twice if you see Celine Dion and family there — she lives nearby.