5 new free things to do in Las Vegas

Vacations in Las Vegas can get expensive, so it’s always nice to find some free fun during your visit. Here are five brand new things you can do on your Vegas vacation:

1. Light up your life

Let there be lights

Where: Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates
When: Through Jan. 1, 2014

Wander through the Ethel M Chocolates’ 20th Annual Holiday Cactus Garden and enjoy three acres of illuminated cacti pathways and a chocolate wonderland. You might even see a lizard or two!

The display features more than 500,000 holiday lights. Local choirs and Santa will also make appearances throughout the holiday season. Additionally, you won’t want to miss the chocolate factory, where Ethel M Chocolates are crafted.

2. Create and meditate

Where: P3 Studio at The Cosmopolitan
 6 to 11 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 8

Field Kallop in action.

Enter a healing space and participate in the creation of sand paintings with Field Kallop, the current artist-in-residence at The Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio.

The interactive exhibit called “A Sum of Harmonies” features Kallop suspending pendulums in the studio and arranging them every evening based on the current movements of astronomical objects. Guests are then invited to fill the pendulums with different shades of local desert sand and set the pendulums in motion.

Collective sand drawings will remain on display for 24 hours and will then be swept away, to start over the next day.

3. See for miles and miles

The Who up above

Where: Fremont Street Experience Viva Vision Canopy
When: 10 p.m. nightly
Cost: Free

Rock out to The Who – Miles Over Vegas, a new light and sound show broadcast on the world’s largest video screen. The Viva Vision canopy is an LED display canopy rising 90 feet in height and stretching 1,500 feet along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to Fourth Street. The new Who show includes three of the band’s most iconic songs – “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard” and “My Generation” – custom-synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more.

4. Satisfy your Beatlemania

Where: Palms Casino Resort Addison Room
2 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 22 & 23

Witness the first-ever public exhibit of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s photography, featuring prints from the book “Photograph” by Genesis Publications.  The book and print exhibit showcases amazing moments in Ringo Starr’s history as captured through the eye of his camera lens, including his now world-famous “kids in the car” photo. The exhibit  runs in tandem with the only Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band U.S. tour dates, which will take place at The Pearl Concert Theater Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23. For concert information, click here.

5. Embrace the holiday spirit

Where: The Venetian & The Palazzo
When: Through Jan. 5

Winter in Venice

Enjoy a flurry of seasonal festivities at the third annual Winter in Venice celebration.

Festivities include a skating rink, character performances, a fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens, a 3-D light projection show and two Italian-inspired food festivals.

Additionally, food and beverage venues throughout the Venetian and Palazzo will offer seasonal Winter in Venice menus.