Christmas Holidays In Las Vegas

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  • 01 of 04

    Eating and Drinking at Christmas in Las Vegas

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    The special meal you have to have in Las Vegas gets elevated to an event during the holidays. Let's just say that even though this is about winter in Las Vegas these great spots are good year round so even if I am telling you that you should be stopping in this Christmas season don't fret if you don't get to them all.

    • Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas - The view of the golf course and the classy feel of the dining room feels so comfortable there is a good chance that you'll leave the table and finish off the evening in the lounge. This is what the holidays should feel like. 
    • Carnevino at Palazzo - They do beef right and if you need dry aged meat at Christmas this is where you should be having it.
    • Giada at Cromwell Las Vegas  - The views from this dining room are worth the visit but this is one of those restaurants that make great Christmas gifts for the food tv addict.
    • Yusho at Monte Carlo - Casual yet a menu that feels far more important than it seems to be given credit for. The flavors are fine dining with a staff that is friendly and accommodating.
    • Spago at Caesars Palace - Meatloaf, wine and a Vegas staple. I don't mind that this restaurant is not part of the latest and new things to do in Las Vegas. It still is among the best in my opinion.
    • Lakeside Seafood at Wynn - I have a little bit of a love affair with their seafood program right now and the setting. A table on the patio with a view of the Lake of Dreams is very Vegas for Christmas.

    Also see our 20 Places To Eat In Las Vegas Right Now for more ideas

     

    Casually Comfortable (possibly cheap) Ideas for Food

    While you do have to eat you also need to make sure that all of your money does not go to food during the Christmas season. There is that entire shopping fiasco that is associated with this time of the year. (more on that later)  These restaurants border on cheap but hover around affordable and that is exactly what you need because every meal cannot be a budget buster in Las Vegas.

     

    What do your plans for New Year's Eve look like? Why not add a little Vegas to your New Year's Eve Celebration.

     

    What's Next: Things To Do During The Christmas Holidays in Las Vegas

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  • 02 of 04

    Things To Do During The Christmas Holidays in Las Vegas

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    Of course you need to have some warm and fuzzy activities but the truth is you might be traveling with kids to Las Vegas for the Winter Holidays. What better Christmas gift for your kids than a huge dose of adrenaline?

    These are great adrenaline inducing fun things to do in Las Vegas for Christmas:

     

    You might also need a few friendlier Christmas activities in Las Vegas. (These are not specific to Christmas but neither are cocktails and gambling and Vegas has those as well!)

     

    Do you need reasons to take the kids to Las Vegas? What if I gave you 1. During the Christmas holiday you need a little something to do. The kids are on vacation but you really don't want to spend too much money. Vegas is the answer! It can be kid friendly if you know what to do.

     

    What do your plans for New Year's Eve look like? Why not add a little Vegas to your New Year's Eve Celebration.

     

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  • 03 of 04

    What You MUST Do At Christmas In Las Vegas

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    Franklin's at Delano -  This spot at Delano Hotel make some want to be better. It does not require me to be sophisticated but it exudes sophistication. The wines by the glass are unmatched in Las Vegas. The brown spirits will have you sitting at the bar pondering a long slow drink. The bartenders will gently nudge you to what you really wanted all along. I feel like if I sit at the bar long enough it will just make me a better person. Like college without the need to chug a beer.

    Carson Kitchen Downtown Las Vegas - You will need the chicken skin, the burger and the cauliflower. You should always eat your vegetables during the Christmas holidays. 

    Jeff Civillico at The Flamingo - This might be my new favorite show. No matter how many times I have walked in I still laugh at the jokes and I am still amazed at the quality of entertainment you get for the price of the ticket

    You have to play golf with the entire family at TopGolf Las Vegas. Why, well instead of throwing your back out with your typical holiday football game, sit back and watch everyone hack away at a golf ball while you have a cocktail.

     

    A few resources to help you plan your Christmas in Las Vegas

     

    What do your plans for New Year's Eve look like? Why not add a little Vegas to your New Year's Eve Celebration.

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  • 04 of 04

    Winter in Las Vegas

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    Right when the first leaves start changing colors outside my office window I begin my search for Christmas music. Before the end of the day I might have 3 sweaters laid out waiting for the cold weather and my favorite coffee mug will most definitely have a tiny bell strung to it. 

    Soon I'll be singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and then I’ll be saying it’s “too damn cold outside” and way before Christmas and the New Year I’ll be longing for my flip flops and shorts  and those tiny umbrellas in my cocktails by the pool.

    Until then I’ll just keep getting excited about the time of the year when warm butternut squash bisque makes an appearance on the menus of Las Vegas restaurants. 

    How Should You Spend The Holidays in Las Vegas? Here are a few thoughts:

    Cosmopolitan Hotel - If you are looking for a real ice skating adventure The Rink at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel is made of real ice. You can sit by a fire, have some smores and from what I’m told there will be some serious curling going on. This being an Olympic season you know I’m going to get serious with my curling skills.

    Hours

    The Ice Rink is open Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017.

    • Monday - Friday: 2PM - Midnight
    • Saturday - Sunday: Noon - Midnight
    • Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017: Noon - Midnight Daily

    Snow Showers

    Light snow showers happen every 30 minutes during these times:

    • Friday - Sunday, 7 - 11PM  |  Nov. 25 - Dec. 18
    • Tuesday - Sunday, 7 - 11PM  |  Dec. 19 - Jan. 1

    Skate Rental

    • $15 all-day skate access ($10 special pricing for locals, valid Monday - Thursday only)
    • $5 skate rentals (guests are welcome to bring their own)
    • $10 skate aid rental

    There is no cost to enter Boulevard Pool and enjoy the Ice Rink area.

    The Ice Rink is open to those ages 2 and up. Children under 18 must have a guardian or parent over 18 sign a skating waiver.

     

    The Christmas Tree at Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - I’m a sucker for a beautiful Christmas tree and if you head into Bellagio Gardens and see a guy taking picture after picture of the same stuff for hours at a time there is a good chance that it’s me. Every year I am so impressed by the holiday display and the centerpiece is a huge tree that dominates the space. What they really need to do is turn down the temperature and make some real snow and then I would be in my own personal utopia.

    Ethel M Chocolate Factory Holiday Cactus Garden - Nothing says Christmas like lights on the tree and Christmas music filling the air. At the Ethel M Chocolate factory you’ll see more lights than you thought could be strung up to one outlet and they are all strung around a very impressive cactus garden.

    Shopping at Crystals at CityCenter or the Forum Shops - It’s hard to think about the holidays without thinking about special gifts. I don’t buy many things this time of the year but my wife always enjoys it when I come home with a blue box from her favorite store inside the Shops at Crystals Las Vegas.

    Window Shopping at Town Square or Tivoli Village - I have to admit that I am cheap. I don’t really enjoy shopping. I just don’t ever think I need new stuff. However, I do love walking around a good shopping area during the holidays just to see the craziness that goes on. Town Square is close to the strip so you get a combination of tourists and locals doing some holiday shopping. At Tivoli Village you can grab a good meal and do some very good people watching. Yes, you can buy something nice if you really need to as well but why not just wait until the after Christmas sales get going?

     

    What do your plans for New Year's Eve look like? Why not add a little Vegas to your New Year's Eve Celebration.

     

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