Wynn Lake of Dreams Show Times in Las Vegas 2021

Updated January 10th, 2021

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 are free.

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

Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Las Vegas
Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Las Vegas

The Wynn Lake of Dreams show is set on the resort’s three-acre lake, against a backdrop of an 11 story-tall mountain full of pine trees.

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!

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

Wynn Water Show

Although fairly short, the show has everything you’d expect from a classy 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 90 foot tall waterfall.

A view from the Parasol Up bar at the Wynn
A view from the Parasol Up bar at the Wynn

Peaceful and relaxing in the daytime, it lights up and gets loud at night, with its 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, music video, and artistic performance. There are swaying puppets, floating balls, shooting lights, aerial floating characters and giant heads arising from the water – all illuminated by over 5,000 LED lights that are underwater, above water, and tucked in the crevices of the mountain adjoining the lake.

The show’s signature character may be the 30 foot tall giant signing frog, who dons a fedora and lip-syncs to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”

Wynn Lake of Dreams Schedule 2021

Every Night of the Week: Every 1/2 hour, from dusk to 11:30 PM

Starting at dusk (which of course, changes depending on the time of year), 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 90 foot tall “Performance waterfall” (as they call it), acting as a combination light show and projection screen.

The Iconic Singing Frog at Wynn's Lake of Dreams sings Frank Sinatra
The Iconic Singing Frog at Wynn’s Lake of Dreams sings Frank Sinatra

Wynn Lake of Dreams Update

In the summer and fall of 2020, Wynn Resorts underwent a $14 million dollar update to the Lake of Dreams show.

“High School Musical” director and renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega directed the changes.

Songs in the new show rotation (many accompanied by computer-generated dancers and 28 foot tall animatronic “Lady Birds” weighing 17,000 pounds), include a space-themed set with “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga, “Side Effects” by the Chainsmokers, and “Lady Marmalade.”

One show consists of the classic Sonny and Cher hit, “I got you babe,” with emoji-like balls floating across the lake.

Wynn Lake of Dreams Song List

The shows are subject to change, but as of this update, the song rotation includes, among others the following:

Lucky Star by Madonna

I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

New York New York – Frank Sinatra

Side Effects – The Chainsmokers

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Franki Valli

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – Sting

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.

Viewpoints

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.

Wynn Lake of Dreams Tidbits

* The lake has nearly 20,000 square feet of surface, but it’s only four feet deep.

* Of the roughly 5,500-plus lights, 300 are strobe lights hidden in trees.

Past Shows at Wynn’s Lake of Dreams

Before the multi-million dollar show refresh, the rotation of shows has included a frog singing “I’ve got friends in low places” by Garth Brooks, a twirling girl dancing, two balls shooting across the lake, and more. Other past show themes have included: Rhapsody, Lady Marmalade, Fiesta Fatale, Oh Yeah, and Low Rider.

There’s also been a snake and “Oh What a Wonderful World” playing. The dancing flowers in some shows were 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.

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.

(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of the Wynn Las Vegas and daryl_mitchell via Flickr.)