Thinking of getting away this Christmas? Las Vegas is the perfect place to visit at Christmas time. The weather is sunny and mild, the entertainment options are world-class, and the food is out of this world. It’s the perfect excuse to skip the traditional festivities and let loose in true Vegas style. We put together this complete guide to celebrating Christmas in Las Vegas, with our favorite recommendations for holiday dining, sightseeing and activities. You’ll be sure to have a very merry Christmas in Vegas.
What’s Christmas Like in Las Vegas?
People flock from all over the country to visit Vegas at Christmas time. While the rest of the country is buried in snow, December weather in Las Vegas stays at an average of 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day – light jacket weather. You’ll see locals dressed up like they’re afraid of freezing to death, but to visitors it feels heavenly warm. At night it can drop to about 27 degrees, which is still nothing compared to the sub-zero temperatures on the East Coast.
It’s a good idea to plan out and book your Las Vegas Christmas trip as soon as possible. If you wait too late, hotel rates will skyrocket and many resorts will sell out completely. Another important factor is making dining reservations – you need to get these arranged well ahead of time. Not making dinner reservations in Vegas can often result in wandering the Strip, fruitlessly looking for somewhere to eat.
Las Vegas goes all-in for Christmas, so you’ll get to see the Las Vegas Strip all lit up with Christmas lights and decorations. Many attractions and restaurants are still open on Christmas Day, so the Strip is a bustling, vibrant place to get into the holiday spirit.
Where To Eat on Christmas Day in Las Vegas
Whether your taste buds are in the mood for a holiday buffet, fine dining cuisine or something in between, there are some excellent options for Christmas dinner in Las Vegas. Here are 5 of our favorite restaurants that are open on Christmas Day in Las Vegas.
Inside The Cosmopolitan, this steakhouse has an ultra-chic, flirty vibe that makes it stand out from other steak and seafood restaurants. The atmosphere at STK is vibrant and hip, with a popping bar and even a DJ. Their fresh take on classic steakhouse cuisine is decidedly different, with playful presentations and delicious flavor combinations. STK is one of our top 10 restaurants in Las Vegas.
This year, STK is offering a Holiday Cheers menu on both December 24th and 25th. The a la carte menu features wagyu selections from around the world with A5 Miso Bacon Butter topping, traditional caviar service, and Pumpkin Ravioli & Dungeness Crab. They’ll also have holiday-themed cocktails with names like Naughty Claus and Santa’s Egg Nog.
Perched on top of Paris Las Vegas’ replica Eiffel Tower right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Eiffel Tower Restaurant offers a fine dining experience with an unparalleled view of the glittering city below. It’s definitely one of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant will be serving a multicourse Christmas Dinner on December 24th and 25th this year. Their delicious Christmas menu includes options like Casco Bay sea scallops with poached leeks and mimosa brown butter, beef tenderloin with bok choy, potato gratin and green peppercorn sauce au poivre, and a dessert of peppermint soufflé with white chocolate.
The recently renovated Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace is one of our top 10 Las Vegas buffets, and for good reason. This extravagant buffet features 9 stations serving up top-notch dishes from around the globe, prepared right in front of you in open kitchens. There is much to choose from, it’s impossible to try everything in one visit.
Bacchanal Buffet will be open on Christmas Day. Make your reservations early to be sure you won’t miss out. Previous Christmas offerings have included grilled quail with dried cherry and mustard vinaigrette; osso bucco; leg of lamb; and cassoulet of duck confit.
Dining at this indulgent French cafe at Paris Las Vegas will make you feel as though you’re in an authentic Parisian bistro – except you’ll have great view of the Las Vegas Strip and the Fountains of Bellagio. Choose from their impressive wine list while you enjoy the ambiance of their open-air patio or bright atrium.
On December 24th and 25th this year, savor holiday classics with a distinctly French spin like Gabi’s Salad de Noel, Roasted Butternut Squash Cappuccino, Petite Filet & Garlic Shrimp, and Buche de Noel. Pricing is a la carte.
Veranda, located at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, serves modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean Flair. The restaurant’s spacious dining room gets lots of natural lights from floor to ceiling windows, while the lovely outdoor terrace overlooks the hotel’s pool area.
On Christmas Day from 11am to 1.30pm, Veranda is offering a four-course prix fixe Christmas Feast. The menu includes Sunchoke Bisque, Wooden-Oven Roasted King Salmon, Slow Braised Veal Osso Buco, and Buche de Noel.
Things To Do At Christmas Time in Las Vegas
Stuck for ideas of Christmas activities in Vegas? Here are our 4 favorite Las Vegas Christmas activities that will get you into the holiday spirit.
This is a Christmas adventure not to be missed. From November 24th to December 31st, Las Vegas Ballpark becomes a winter wonderland with a gigantic glittering light maze. The kid in you will come out to play as you take part in the magical Christmas story. Your job is to find the eight missing star fragments that make up Santa’s magic timepiece in order to save Christmas!
If that doesn’t sound cool enough, there is a meandering ice skating trail you can glide through, surrounded by Christmas lights. Wander through the holiday village and you’ll find gourmet treats, artisan vendors, and a whole lot of vibrant Christmas energy. Oh, and Santa will be there to take photos with!
Want to stay warm while taking in some beautiful Christmas lights? Glittering Lights is a drive-through light show that takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. You’ll be filled with wonder as you drive your car through a 2.5 mile course surrounded by millions of twinkling lights.
Glittering Lights is the largest holiday drive-through in Nevada, and a yearly tradition in Vegas. This is the perfect outing to go on with your family, or for a romantic date night. CNN Travel calls it one of the “Best Places To See Christmas Lights in the US”, so don’t miss this wonderful experience. Glittering Lights happens from November 9th to January 7th.
The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan is your opportunity to ice skate on the Las Vegas Strip. Every year from November 15th to January 2nd, the Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool turns into a 4,200 square foot rink of real ice. You’ll have a sweeping view of the Strip from high above while you glide around this magical environment.
Every 30 minutes during select times you’ll get to experience light snow showers. There are fire pits where you can roast s’mores, and a delicious menu of holiday food and beverages. Every Monday and Tuesday night in December, they hold “Date Skate”, a romantic evening watching a movie under the stars.
Perhaps one of the most Vegas Christmas experiences you could have is wandering through a cactus garden filled with half a million twinkling holiday lights. From November 3rd to December 31st, Ethel M Chocolate Factory holds their Holiday Cactus Garden experience. This year will be the 30th anniversary of this classic Vegas tradition.
Santa is going to be there taking photos through December 23rd. And yes, Ethel M is a real chocolate factory, so you’ll be able to sip on a hot cup of some of the best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted. There’s even a Holiday Chocolate tasting experience to enjoy. No reservations are required this year.
Please note: this attraction is not open on Christmas Day, December 25th.
Las Vegas Christmas Shows You Can’t Miss
When we’re talking about Christmas activities in Vegas, we can’t keep from mentioning the awesome shows happening during the holiday season. The talented Terry Fator puts on an awesome Christmas special from November 24th to December 30th, called “A Very Terry Christmas”. You’ll love his celebrity impersonations, delightful puppet cast and holiday songs.
As if the medieval Vegas stage production Tournament of Kings couldn’t get any more fun, from November 22nd to December 25th it becomes “Twas the Knight”, their holiday special show. Feast and be merry as you cheer on your team’s knight in heroic jousting battles. We don’t want to give away too much, but there will be snow, holiday-inspired music, and a festive holiday menu.
Las Vegas Christmas Shopping
Need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done on the night before Christmas? Some of our favorite Las Vegas shopping destinations will be open on Christmas Eve, including the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. With elaborate holiday window displays and more than 1000 shops to choose from, you’ll be sure to find everything on your Christmas wishlist.