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Christmas in Las Vegas

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Christmas in Las Vegas

Good or bad idea ?

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1. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

" Good or bad idea "

Depends on who you ask, I would never be away from home or family on Christmas, If I was it would have to be in a warm climate and not LV in December.

Many do travel to LV during that time so I guess to them its a great idea plus its fairly cheap at that time.

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2. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

I was in Vegas the week just before Christmas 2 years ago and this was how I felt about it:

Good: No crowds. Nice decorations Downtown. Some nicely decorated hotels on the Strip. Saw snow on the Strip!

Bad: Weather was cold and rainy. Didn't really feel like Christmas. I like Vegas much better in pool weather. (Airport closed on my departure day and I was stuck in Vegas- although that was unusual) Flight there was extremely turbulent and landing was rough.

Also, depending if you want to see any shows or now, some will be dark when you go - look ahead of time.

I came away thinking that I didn't want to do Vegas at Christmas again, but given how much I like Vegas, I probably will some day.

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3. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

It depends. The rates for the hotels are usually rather inexpensive (up until a few days before NYE when they skyrocket).

Just don't expect WOW Christmas decorations. For an over the top city- Vegas doesn't do an over the top Christmas. You will see some generic Christmas trees, wreaths, etc. and hear some Christmas music, but nothing compared to other big cities.

There are three great Christmasy places. The Bellagio conservatory/fountains are always great. Sam's Town does a fantastic job of decorating the indoor park- thousands of twinkling lights, Santas hats on the animals, tweaking its laser show and playing traditional Christmas music 24/7. It does have a shuttle. Ethel M Cactus Garden puts 500,000 lights on the cacti and they look beautiful after dark. Santa and carolers usually appear on the week-ends. Last year, the Palazzo had a nice mother /baby polar bears made out of flowers/leaves and the M Resort had big tree. Downtown has its own tree.

Here is what was available last year. Check for this year's events in December.

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Some of the shows may be dark, but if you go to vegas.com and click on shows and put in the dates- you will find which shows will be available.

What exactly are you looking for?

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4. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

I believe I went around the same time as MG, only last year. The weather was great- highs in the mid 50s/low 60s- bright sunshine/ not a cloud in the sky/no wind for the whole week. I was there the day after Christmas until after the New Year for about 8 years. The weather could be really nice -or not. The temps can be all over the place.

It was very slow last year, but that made it nice as far as lines were concerned.

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5. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

We were there last Christmas and going again this year [more so because I have seniority right now at work to get whatever holiday time off I want and I always get stuck having to host Christmas at our house]

The weather was at a high of about 10c during the day and 4-6c at night. We went to Valley of Fire on xmas day and had to wear jeans and jackets as it was a bit chilly.

As others have said, Bellagio had some spectacular decorations, think 15 foot tall Polar Bears made out of flowers, thousands of Poinsettias etc.

Ethel M's xmas display of lights was great and free to get into.

The M resort had what was purported to be the biggest decorated tree in th US that Christmas I believe.

Crowds of people still around but nothing drastic. There were some shows on and some shows were dark for the holidays but I still think there were a good selection out there. We have already booked our hotel and got 50% off room rates back in August when we booked.

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6. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

what do you think?

Temperance, Michigan
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7. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

This will be our first time going in December. Our flight leaves Detroit at about 5:30pm. Our big family Christmas festivities are done on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, so by this time in the evening our festivities are over and we pretty much just lay around the house anyway, so we decided "why not go".

We always go in the early fall or early summer (pool weather, which I love), so this will be totally different. I'm excited to go to vegas EVERYTIME!!!

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8. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

We live in southern UT so LV is close although not a place we go to often as we retired from a lifetime of working in the casino business & not a novelty.

With that said, we spent two days in LV last Dec. & really enjoyed it, w/o putting a quarter in a slot machine. The accommodations were inexpensive, great weather, loved the holiday decorations at both Bellagio, Wynns & Cactus Garden and a Christmas concert by Manheim Steamroller. We're returning this year, with out of state friends & look forward to also including City Center.

With 4 of us renting a 4 bdrm/3bth VRBO with pool, hot tub, fire pit, big screen tv, pool table, gourmet kitchen & luxury furnishings in gated golf community, minutes from the strip, it's less than a higher end hotel room.

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9. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

Well, as others have said, it depends. It also depends on when you're going when you say "Christmas in Vegas." A week before Christmas, a day before, the day of, the day after, etc.

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10. Re: Christmas in Las Vegas

I've been to Las Vegas numerous times during Christmas. As others have mentioned it is slow and a number of restaurants are closed. .