Top 5 Things to do in Las Vegas in Winter

by Rianne Ojeh on 31 October 2014, 12:10PM

The weird and wonderful city of Las Vegas is a great place to visit, no matter what the time of year. In fact, the winter season is the perfect choice for holidaymakers who have always dreamed of visiting the great casino city, but never really been sure about the blistering summer temperatures. After a typically searing summer, the autumn months in Nevada tend to be surprisingly chilly – especially if you are expecting a desert like climate. On the other hand, it never snows here, which means that winter breaks are cool, but comfortable.


For tourists looking for a break from sandy beaches and sun burn, Las Vegas is the ideal destination. Plus, just like New York, it is a city that never sleeps – there is always plenty to do in this urban playground, no matter whether it is the height of summer or depths of winter. Why not book a romantic winter break for two to Las Vegas, and use the cooler than usual climes as an excuse to curl up together in a luxury hotel? 

The question is...what are the best activities for a winter stay in Vegas? You do not want to be trekking through the desert, during the colder months, because this kind of environment sees temperatures fall quickly as soon as the sun goes down. There are the casinos and bars of the Vegas strip, of course, but it is nice for the holiday to be a little multidimensional, after all. As a holidaymaker, you want excitement, romance, fascination, interest and a healthy dose of wonder. This is a Travelbag guide to some of the best things to do in Las Vegas during the winter:


1. Take in a seasonal performance 

 You can’t have Vegas without the live performances. They are an essential part of the overall experience, so don’t be afraid to get involved and check out something new. Get out and about in the town to witness some of the most glamorous, OTT (and often rather hilarious) live shows on the planet! During the winter, Vegas is filled with seasonal shows such as The Nutcracker at The Smith Centre. Of course, many of the hotels, such as the Excalibur and the Flamingo put on unmissable shows at this time of the year. 


2. Check out the singing fountains at the Bellagio

The famous singing fountains at the Bellagio dance and frolic throughout the winter season. In the approach to Christmas, the tunes start to change and you will hear the familiar strains of festive classics like ‘Santa Baby,’ ‘White Christmas’ and ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ The fountains themselves are timed to ‘dance’ along with the music, accompanied by colourful light shows. These charming water performances are scheduled to run once every half hour, from Monday to Friday.   


3. Relax in the botanical gardens

If the beautiful fountains at the world famous Bellagio hotel are not enough to tempt you, the luxury complex also has its own conservatory and botanical gardens. They boast the largest Christmas tree on the strip, so do not pass up a visit to this peaceful little corner of the city. Last year, the ‘Winter Wonderland’ scene at the Bellagio hotel featured a 42 foot white fir tree, adorned with more than 7,000 twinkling lights and 2,500 themed decorations. There was a life size snow globe, which visitors could wander through and live music performances every evening. Plus, the Bellagio botanical gardens are open to guests of all ages, so if you are on a family trip, the little ones can tag along too.


4. Marvel at the Shark Reef Aquarium

If you want a little bit of wonder this winter, why not take a trip to the Shark Reef Aquarium, at Mandalay Bay? It is one of the largest aquariums in North America, with more than 1,200 different species calling its mammoth tanks their home. During the festive season, you have the chance to spot Santa Claus scuba diving with the sharks – a sight that you definitely want to capture on camera for the folks back home. For animal lovers, this is an interesting and insightful trip, which adds a little bit of magic to any Las Vegas holiday. 


5. Take the Plunge at the Ski & Snowboard Resort

 It might sound strange to suggest an afternoon spent skiing, in the middle of the desert, but Las Vegas really does have everything. There is a small, family friendly winter sports resort located just 45 minutes from downtown Vegas, so why not experiment with a brand new sport? As a relatively basic facility, this resort if more suited to amateurs and beginners so do not be afraid to give it a try. It is also a good opportunity to get away from the constant noise and chatter of the Vegas strip itself, which can be a little overwhelming at times. The equipment rentals and lift ticket packages start at around $75, if you pre-order them online.  

For help and advice on organising the perfect winter trip to Las Vegas, or for more information on the US package holiday deals available at Travelbag - click here, or call one of our friendly consultants direct today on 0845 543 6615. It is our job to make your trip an experience to remember, no matter what the time of year or the climate.  

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