Las Vegas For The Holiday Season
“Jingle Slots, Jingle Slots, Jingle all
the Way”. Okay, maybe Vegas isn’t the first thing that comes
to mind during the Holiday Season, but you may be surprised
just how popular Sin City is basically from Black Friday
until the day after Christmas. During the coldest time of
the Vegas calendar year, you actually should book pretty
early if you are planning a trip. That Christmas is so close
to New Years, the biggest party of the year in Vegas,
specifically can make it difficult to get a room.
And many have saved up some vacation
time, and want to double their bonuses in the casinos on the
Strip and Downtown.
If you’re coming here from California,
and for those of us who live here in Las Vegas, December is
actually really cold. However, you’ll see those from Midwest
climates in shorts and a t-shirt – it’s mind boggling
frankly, but slightly more comfortable weather I suppose is
another bonus if you are from the tundra somewhere. Here are
some things to keep in mind if you are coming to Las Vegas
during the Holiday Season:
- Book early. Hotels aren’t completely full, but it is a busy
time of year.
- Dress warm. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, temperatures
average from the mid 40’s to lower 50’s Fahrenheit most of the
winter, occasionally dipping below freezing at night. Some
believe it’s warm here year round. It is not.
- If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you’ll need to go
to Mt. Charleston. It snows in Vegas maybe once every three or
One of the main pastimes during the Holiday Season is shopping of
course, and the shops around the Strip will be full. If you are
looking for specials and pre-Christmas deals, you’ll need to go off
the Strip. To find out more about where to get your gifts in Vegas
this Holiday Season see our
You can see him walking up and down the Strip and Downtown and in
Malls throughout the Vegas area. The Boulevard Mall east of the
Strip has a great set-up to sit with Santa and take pictures. You
may or may not have heard of the Great Santa Run, this is a marathon
that goes down Las Vegas Blvd, where runners dress as Santa to raise
money for charity. Perhaps the single largest gathering of Santa’s
in Vegas, but this takes place earlier December, on the 4th of
December this year.
Events vary year to year, and by casino throughout Las Vegas.
Check with your hotel for any special events. And look for
restaurants serving classic Christmas dinners, every casino will
have at least one restaurant within serving Christmas meals. Hanukah
is also big in Vegas, and look for hosted events and kosher food
options – this will also vary year to year and by casino.