January in Las Vegas: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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So you're thinking about visiting Las Vegas in January? Football fans love watching the NFL playoffs at the sportsbooks and the vast crowds haven't yet flooded back into the Las Vegas strip, so you're right: January is a pretty good time to go, after all. You’ll need to find the right Las Vegas hotel for you, so you might consider one with a heated pool just in case you want to work on that winter tan.

Come January, winter menus are still in full swing at Las Vegas restaurants, so prepare yourself for heartier meals. This wintry month is also an excellent time to head up to Mt. Charleston or take a cool hike in Red Rock Canyon, which is hardly tolerable at any other time of year. Bring a sweater—even daytime temperatures can be chilly—and definitely don't forget those party shoes because January in Las Vegas is still as rowdy as you would expect it to be.

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Las Vegas Weather in January

January is Las Vegas' coldest month, but even winter in this desert oasis is mild compared to much of the rest of the country.

  • Average high: 58 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius)

Precipitation of any kind is rare. On average, there's just a 13 percent chance of rain throughout January and the city typically sees only three rainy days, totaling about half an inch. That is to say you can still expect lots of sunshine in Vegas even in January. The median cloud coverage is zero percent.

What to Pack

It may be chilly, so pack a jacket and long pants for those rare days, but this is still Vegas, which means plenty of bright sunny days with comfortable temperatures. Definitely don't leave out the shorts, t-shirts, and swimwear.

January Events in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is brimming with events—from concerts to magic shows to tours—every day of the year. You're sure to find entertainment that suits your interests no matter when you visit, but there's certainly no shortage of happenings in January, specifically.

  • The Strip hosts one of the biggest New Year's Eve parties in the country. The streets are blocked off to traffic, which gives way to one gigantic block party, each year seeing a few thousand people. Most hotels, restaurants, and clubs host their own parties in addition, but be careful because some can be quite pricey.
  • Las Vegas Golden Knights Hockey: You can see Cirque du Soleil any time of year, so take advantage of the season and opt for a hockey game instead. This National Hockey League team was the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home, and you can see it live in action right on the Strip at T-Mobile Arena.
  • After the holiday crowds have died down, Las Vegas becomes a popular destination for conferences and expos. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is held in January each year, as is the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.

January Travel Tips

  • January is one of the only times when Las Vegas pools are empty. Unless, of course, your hotel has a heated pool—then, by all means, commence the sunbathing. Be sure to check the weather, though, before you go banking on wishes of daily swims.
  • No season is too cold for golfing in this flashy city, especially with Topgolf Las Vegas, which offers climate-controlled hitting bays. This place also has a great cocktail program, which is sure to warm you up even when the overhead heaters don't.  

Wondering when is the best time to visit Las Vegas? Find out with our month-by-month guide to Sin City's weather and events.

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