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Christmas in Vegas?

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Christmas in Vegas?

I know anytime in Vegas is a great but what about Christmas time? Is it good, bad, different? I have been to Vegas many times but never at Christmas. Any opinions would be very helpful. Thanks a lot.....

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1. Re: Christmas in Vegas?

Went last Christmas and going again this year. Can't say how busy it is compared to other times of the year but this question has been asked frequently recently and the more prominent posters on here advise that its still reasonably hectic compared to the rest of the year.

Having said that we loved it. The temperatures when we were there were at about 10-12c during the day and down to about 4-6c at night.

We visited the Bellagio to see their Christmas display [thousands of poinsettias, giant polar bears, huge ornaments, you get the idea]

We also went to Ethel M's for the light display as they put approx half a million lights all over their cactus garden. Free to get into as well.

The M Resort also had what was purported to be the biggest outdoor Christmas tree in the US in 2009.

Most of the shows are running those some have black out days for Christmas and maybe a couple of days either side.

All the restaurants seemed to be open and doing a roaring trade. A frequent poster on here has advised in the past that you should book early if you want to go to any specific restaurant as alot of the locals like to eat out on the day itself and restaurants etc sell out fast.

We visited Valley of Fire state park on Christmas day and more or less had it to ourselves the whole time we were there. We were also able to hit the outlet malls both north and south for the sales both before and after Christmas and we got some very good deals on things like perfume, shoe and sports clothing.

Hope this helps, we loved it so much last year that we are going back this coming Christmas for 10 nights

Pete

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I say during Christmas is one of the best times to be in Vegas. Like any other time in Vegas, it is party time... but the crowds are substantially less than Holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc, and the weather (at least in my opinion being originally from Canada) simply cannot be beat. There is no worry about having to deal with snow, but at the same time you have a pleasant chill in the air pretty much 24/7.

Additionally, if you are not lucky enough to be comped (as a low roller I fell off the Vegas radar earlier this year) hotel rates for that time of year are about (if not THE) best you will ever see all year.

Some restaurants will have extensive wait times during this time... if there is one you have your heart set on I would strongly suggest making a reservation if possible.

As mentioned above, many shows are dark during this time. Again, if there is a particular show you want to see you'd do best to double-check if it is still showing. One show I know that is almost always playing during this time period is Penn & Teller at the Rio, and if you appreciate their style of humor you could not go wrong in checking them out.

The other thing you might not expect... if on your itinerary.... some of the strip clubs might actually be closed or close early. I'll admit to being quite surprised when I encountered this in what was supposed to be a 24/7/365 party town. Once again, never hurts to call ahead.

Don't expect the hotel pool to be open in December. I don't really know anybody that would want to go swimming in Vegas December Weather but I'm sure there is at least some person on the forum reading this that was thinking of it.

At any rate, hope some of what I said helps a fellow Christmas-time Vegas Traveler. Personally I can't wait to get back out there next month.

Viva Las Vegas!!!

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3. Re: Christmas in Vegas?

Both previous posts are spot on.

The only thing I would add, is there are always some special 1-2 night holiday shows to see (check listings). We saw the Johnny Mathis Christmas show at the Hilton year before last and it was fabulous.

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It is a very good to time to visit as long as you aren't expecting pool weather. I spent my Christmas vacation in Vegas for 8 years and I was there just before Christmas last year. It could be reasonably pleasant weather- or not. No two years are alike. The average high-mid 50s with a range from the 40s to the 70s. If it is cloudy/windy- it will feel cooler than the temps would indicate. Average low- mid 30s with a range from the teens to the 50s.

Bring clothes that can be layered- tops with long sleeves, a sweater/hoodie and a jacket so you will be prepared for any kind of weather without bringing a lot of clothes. Check the forecast just before leaving. Although it may not be pool weather, I was sorry I didn't bring my bathing suit last year- it was sunny/ no wind, highs in the mid 50s/low 60s and I would have used the Jacuzzi. Some years I was able to get by with just a heavy sweater both day and night while other years I had to bundle up.

Although snow is not a usual occurance- it can happen in December. It snowed just before Christmas in 2008. There was a M&G that year and some of the people who attended ended up staying an extra day or so because their flights were cancelled.

To check which shows are available- go to vegas.com/shows and enter your dates. Also look for headliners.

For an over the top city , the strip doesn't do an over the top Christmas. You will see some generic Christmas decorations and hear some Christmas music , but nothing compared to other major cities. Most of the casino decorations lack the WOW factor.

The Bellagio always has a great Christmas display and it does play Christmas music for its fountain shows. Last year the Palazzo had a big mother/baby polar bear display made up of leaves and flowers. Two great Christmasy places- Sam's Town ( it does have a shuttle) does give its indoor park a great Christmas display with thousands of lights on its trees, Santa hats on its "animals," it gives its little laser show a Christmas twist and it plays traditional Christmas music 24/7. It is best to see it in the evening. As already mentioned- Ethel M Cactus Garden puts 500,000 lights on its cacti and it looks beautiful at night, although you do need a car. Downtown has its own tree and tree lighting ceremony.

Check this link in December for this year's events:

reviewjournal.com/entertainment/…

Last year (just before Christmas) was the slowest December I can ever remember. However- Vegas is always hopping. The hotel rates are usually cheaper (except for a few days before NYE when the rates go through the roof) and it is certainly more pleasant to walk on the strip without the intense heat and crowds that occur during the summer.

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5. Re: Christmas in Vegas?

We were in Vegas last year Dec 19 -24. There is no "over the top" Christmas things that go on - most are more subtle (dealers wearing santa hats, etc...). Fremont Street had a large X-mas tree set up in the middle & had a big outdoor dinner/show for the players playing in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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6. Re: Christmas in Vegas?

We have the Gold Coast (comp) booked for the 23-27th this year. I have been watching Allegiant to see if fares will go down just a bit. But will probably book today (and the fares will probably go down tomorrow:)

We have been wanting to go a Christmas time for a long time. I can't wait!! Thanks for the tips. We are planning to ride the shuttle to Sam's Town one day and then downtown. That's really all I have planned right now, except our usual visit to the Bellagio conservatory.

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Hijack....Sorry

How far is Ethel M's from the strip? I will be there at Christmas too and want to see the cactus!(cactii?) Directions maybe? No Gps but will have car. Thanks!

Mymaci

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8. Re: Christmas in Vegas?

We have been there the last 3 Christmas Breaks, I have off from school. Remember there are many many people who have that time off and do not celebrate the holiday. I so enjoyed the fact the casino stores were open! Vegas did look pretty. Last year the weather was great ! Not pool weather, but sunny and the sky was blue. Many people were there and the mood was up! Belligio looked good. Yhere seemed to be many families celebrating the Holiday. Some shows were dark. We had fun and plan to do it again 2010. Going to the Andy Williams Show at the Hilton.

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The Cactus Garden has always been closed on Christmas Day.

Go to this link and type in your hotel's address for directions:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=2+Cactus+Garden+Drive,+henderson,+nv&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=36.07262,-115.069942&spn=0.018003,0.053988&om=1

I am usually at the south part of LVB so I just turn left onto Sunset Road (the airport is there) and stay in the middle lane. You will eventually come to an intersection (see map at above link) where Sunset Road veers to the right and to your left it is called Mountain Vista St. You are going to go straight through that intersection then follow the (small )sign- a left and then another left.

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10. Re: Christmas in Vegas?

Thanks VP03! Mymaci