Usually Las Vegas, Nevada brings to mind bright lights, palm trees, and hot nightlife. So what is there to do in Vegas in the wintertime? The answer is… plenty! The winter months mark one of the most exciting times of the year to visit Vegas. In fact, there’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Ice-Skating and Winter Wonderland
Take a look at any one of several premier resorts. The Palazzo and the Venetian kicked off the season by setting up a brightly lit holiday tree paired with (imitation) ice-skating on the Strip. “Winter in Venice” began in November and will continue on through to the beginning of January. The Cosmopolitan also provides ice skating; the Boulevard Pool at the resort is transformed to an ice rink (with real ice) and remains opened through the beginning of January. The Bellagio’s Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens are all about Winter Wonderland magic, all but guaranteed to warm up even the coldest nights (if that’s possible in LV)! A festive tree adds to the holiday cheer, ablaze with thousands of twinkling lights and brightly coloured ornaments. Bellagio’s Winter Wonderland is open to the public and welcomes all into a delightfully delicious gingerbread village created by Bellagio’s very own pastry team.
Casinos, Gambling, and Nightlife
Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most spectacular resorts. When winter rolls in the casinos really warm up. The Luxor, Excalibur, Aria at City Center, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Flamingo, New York - New York, Circus Circus, Stratosphere, Bally's, Planet Hollywood, Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, Wynn Las Vegas, Riviera, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, The Quad Resort & Casino, Golden Nugget LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the Mirage are some of the better known resorts in Vegas. Most of the larger hotels are all inclusive. It’s possible to enjoy everything from indoor swimming and spa treatments to late night shows and entertainment. Luxurious hotel rooms and suites may entice you to curl up and play games at NordicBet in a king-size bed. Then when you’re ready to venture out, the restaurants in Vegas offer every type of cuisine imaginable, and many are moderately priced. Just remember, for winter-time fun, casino gambling is second to none!
Hiking and Sight-Seeing
If you enjoy a quieter atmosphere, you might want to visit some of the neighboring parks and recreational areas… most stay open year round. While the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon closes during the winter, many campgrounds in Zion National Park, the Great Basin, and Grand Canyon's Southern Rim remain open. Bus, plane, and train travel provides an alternative to car travel. Additional activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating.
From winter-wonderland ice-skating to cross-country skiing, Las Vegas has something for everyone. Just remember to bring your jacket… those hot nights in Vegas can be a little windy and cold when you step out onto the Strip!