Downtown Container Park regularly hosts entertainment opportunities like movie nights and concerts, but the open air shopping mall makes the holiday season extra special this year. On Saturday, December 12, Container Park celebrates its two-year birthday as a successful mall that has contributed largely to the revitalization and increasing foot traffic of Downtown Las Vegas.


With it’s giant fiery praying mantis to the many shops housed in repurposed shipping containers, the Park has allowed small business owners and budding entrepreneurs to have a shot at owning their own business. Fridays and Saturdays the Park offers children to get a free picture with Santa with a minimum purchase at one of the boutiques or restaurants in the Park.


Weekend nights the park is closed to children after 9 p.m. and only 21 and older are allowed to enter, so be sure to bring your I.D. to enjoy your choice of libations and stroll the park while enjoying live music. On Saturdays at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., movie nights grace a giant blow up screen that projects the best holiday movies. Kids can play with oversized legos and styrofoam building bricks, grab food for everyone at one of the many restaurants a few steps away, and grab popcorn at Las Vegas Kettle Corn, candy from Sweet Spot Candy Shop or gourmet chocolate truffles from JinJu Chocolates to have some sweet treats for the holiday movie.


The Pink Tutu Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker” on Friday December 18 and Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m.- 8 p.m., and again on December 24 at 2:00 p.m.


Whether you’re a local or visiting Downtown Las Vegas for the first time, there’s plenty to explore in the changing landscape. The Downtowner Motel has recently been renovated and offers clean, modern rooms in the heart of downtown. Only one block from the Container Park, Downtowner makes for easy walking distance from bars, restaurants, shopping and vibrant nightlife before you retire to your Downtowner room, with rates starting at $25 a night. Visit Downtowner’s website to book a room for the holiday season.