Sometimes it takes a long time to create a tradition. Well, it only took a few years for the Cosmopolitan to create a holiday tradition in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will welcome the return of The Ice Rink for the upcoming holiday season.
 
The casino resort will once again transform the Boulevard Pool into a winter wonderland overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Not only is ice skating outside in Las Vegas unique but the experience at the Cosmopolitan is different than other outdoor ice rinks in Las Vegas.
 
 
The rooftop ice-skating takes place on a rink above the Vegas Strip with more than 4,200 square feet of real ice. If you’re not a skater but want to enjoy the wintery atmosphere they also offer roasting s’mores by the fire, snow showers, classic holiday movie showings, adult renditions of seasonal culinary classics, and wonderful adult beverages perfect for the season.
 
All this is a great excuse to hang out at the Cosmopolitan and enjoy that sweet view of the Vegas Strip.
 
This year they will offer an adult twist on traditional seasonal favorites such as the Egg Noggy Nog, Campfire Delight, Rebel without a Claus, Scrooged, White Elephant Game, and The Griswold.
 
Menu selections include classics reminiscent of winter childhood favorites. The dining options include grilled cheese and tomato soup, turkey potpie, fully loaded potato skins, chicken nachos, sliders, crispy chicken tenders, warm pretzel rolls, and more. Desserts include cooking s’mores, cinnamon churros, and a pumpkin pie liege waffle.
 
The Ice Rink will be open Nov. 20 through Jan. 5. All-day skating access is $25. Monday through Thursday, all day skating access for Nevada residents, hotel guests and the military is $15. Skate aid seals and reindeers are also available for $10 an hour.
 
The Ice Rink welcomes guests ages two and up. Waivers must be signed for all skaters. Minors must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian and be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com for more information.
 

Special Events At The Ice Rink

The unique winter experience at the Cosmopolitan will feature the third-annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, a Night with the Knights, the return of Benny the Ice-Skating Dog, and much more. Here are some specific events:
 

Annual Tree Lighting

The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink’s Tree Lighting Ceremony returns for its third consecutive year to kick off the holiday season. Fans, locals and tourists alike are invited to join The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in all of the celebratory festivities the Ice Rink has to offer during this family-friendly affair. The lighting of the 36’ tall tree will take place in the evening. More details to be announced soon.
 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Official After Party (Sunday, Nov. 17, 4:00 pm. – 10:00 p.m.)

During the official after-party for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, friends, family and fans can watch the race from The Ice Rink with complimentary hot chocolate and ice skating beginning at 4:00 p.m. From 7:00-10:00 p.m. participants are invited to ice-skate or kick back and relax at a fire pit. *Benny the Ice Skating Dog will be at the rink to greet runners, take photos and delight guests with a special performance.
 

Performance by Benny the Ice-Skating Dog (Wednesday, Nov. 27, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

 

 
Las Vegas Labrador Benny was rescued days before euthanization and immediately took to the ice after his new owner fashioned him a pair of custom ice skates. After an incredible debut performance last year at The Ice Rink, Benny returns to The Cosmopolitan to show off his new skating skills.
 
For every skate rental purchased during the event, $2 will be donated to the Animal Foundation.
 

Marquee Mistletoe Ball with DJ Crespo (Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)

The inaugural Marquee Mistletoe Ball will transform The Ice Rink with a high-energy club set by DJ Crespo. Guests will receive **complimentary ice-skating with a non-perishable food donation and can take photos with Santa and Rudolph.
 
All donations will benefit Three Square.
 

A Night with The Knights (Friday, Dec. 6)

The Cosmopolitan and the Vegas Golden Knights invite locals and tourists to revel in the holiday spirit along with a special meet and greet with a few of their favorite hockey players, Chance the Gila Monster and the Knights Guard.
 

Vice on Ice (Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

More sick beats on the ice. In partnership with Tao Group Hospitality Cares, Marquee resident DJ Vice will take over The Ice Rink with a lively set to benefit the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary skating with a donation from NPHY’s Holiday Wish List.
 

Date Skate Mondays and Tuesdays Featuring Holiday Movie Classics (Monday, Nov. 25 – Monday, Dec. 30)

Guests can cuddle up at a fire pit and stay toasty with a signature cocktail while classic holiday films play above The Strip on the resort’s 65-foot digital marquee.
 
Nov. 25 Jack Frost 
Nov. 26 Home Alone 
Dec. 2 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town 
Dec. 3 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 
Dec. 9 Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas 
Dec. 16 Santa Buddies 
Dec. 17 Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure 
Dec. 23 Elf 
Dec. 24 The Grinch 
Dec. 30 The Polar Express 

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