Lake of Dreams Showtimes at the Wynn Las Vegas

By Steve Beauregard

Between strolling through picturesque gardens, window shopping at famous retailers, or taking in a dazzling outdoor water show, some of the best entertainment options at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino are free.

The most entertaining of them is the nightly magical music and light water show called the Lake of Dreams.

This show is set on 20,000 square surface feet of water, against a backdrop of a 150 foot tall mountain full of pine trees.

Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Las Vegas

Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Las Vegas

There are real trees too. When Wynn/Encore owner Steve Wynn demolished the old Desert Inn Hotel & Casino, he saved had some trees and transplanted them onto his new resort.

He also made sure that people would have to physically enter the Wynn resort to watch the show, by building the lake behind a giant man-made mountain separating the lake from the Las Vegas Strip.

Wynn had learned from his experience with attractions at his previous Strip hotels, (the fountains at the Bellagio, the Mirage volcano and the now-defunct pirate show at Treasure Island), that millions of people were enjoying the show he created, without ever having to visit his casino!

A view from the Parasol Up bar at the Wynn

A view from the Parasol Up bar at the Wynn

Now tourists will have to walk past shops, restaurants, and slots in order to catch the free entertainment. It’s a good trade-off.

Although fairly short, the show has everything you’d expect from a classy Steve Wynn theatrical production: music, lights, water, fire, and a 30 foot tall singing frog. And the best part of this show is that it’s absolutely free!

The centerpiece of the show is a 40 foot tall waterfall.

Peaceful and relaxing in the daytime, it lights up and gets loud at night, with it’s illuminated falls acting as projection screen for the quirky production.

The show is hard to define, other than to say it’s a combination of light show and artistic performance. There are swaying puppets, statues, and a giant head that’s 23 feet tall – all illuminated by roughly 5,000 lights that are underwater, above water, and tucked in the crevices of the mountain adjoining the lake.

Wynn Lake of Dreams Schedule

The first show begins at dusk every night of the week. And since dusk changes year round, the start time will change constantly. There is not a posted, exact starting time.

But starting at dusk, the approximately three to five minute production runs then on every 1/2 hour until 11:30 PM.

The Lake of Dreams show has a rotating show line up, with the 40 foot tall waterfall acting as a combination light show and projection screen.

The rotation of shows has included a frog and Garth Brooks music, a twirling girl dancing, two balls shooting across the lake, and more. Sometimes there’ll be a snake and “Oh What a Wonderful World” playing. Dancing flowers you’ll see in some shows are 30 feet wide.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that a staff of 30 technicians maintains the mechanics of the show, which involves having to don wetsuits to dive and check on underwater lighting.


The best viewpoint to see the Lake of Dreams show is from the patio of the Parasol Down Bar, found at the bottom of the curving escalators. Seating at the outdoor patio is particularly pleasant, however it is for paying customers only. There is also often a wait for seating at night.

A platform area in front of the Parasol Up bar inside the casino also offers decent sightlines. There is a “Show Terrace” for Lake of Dreams viewing. Guests under 21 years of age are allowed, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Patio seating at some of the resort’s restaurants provide you with fantastic setting and views, both before and during the show. The Lakeside and SW Steakhouse are the places for you should the lake show be on your must-do list.

Another Free Show at the Wynn

Another free entertainment option at the Wynn includes strolling the resort’s gorgeous botanical gardens. This is similar to the Bellagio’s Conservatory, and features exotic flowers and plants.

The hotel has its own horticulture team that rotates the vegetation and adds special touches for different holidays. Between the beautiful natural smell, and light airy feel from the skylights above, it’s an enchanting change of pace from the noisy, smoke-filled adrenaline pace of the casino a few steps away.

(Photos courtesy of Gilda and daryl_mitchell via Flickr.)