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

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So you are thinking about visiting Las Vegas in January? Football fans love watching the playoffs at the sportsbooks, and the vast crowds have not yet decided to return to the Las Vegas strip. 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 your winter tan.

Winter menus are still going strong at the restaurants in Las Vegas so prepare yourself for heartier meals. Are you thinking of seeing a show in Las Vegas? Check out our list and descriptions and then compare some prices. Not all shows must be purchased before you hit the Las Vegas strip.

January is also an excellent time to head up to Mt. Charleston or take a cool hike in Red Rock Canyon. Bring a sweater because daytime temperatures are cool however you will most likely not encounter snow or any temperatures near freezing. There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas during January so have some fun.

Las Vegas in January
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Las Vegas Weather in January

January is the coldest month in Las Vegas, and while it can get cold here, don't expect winter as they have in other parts of the world. This is the desert so cold is a relative term; most travelers will find temperatures cool, but not freezing:

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

Snow is rare, and rain does not happen all that much either. On average, there's just a 13 percent chance of rain throughout January and the city typically sees only six rainy days, totaling less than half an inch of the wet stuff. Luckily, you can expect lots of sunshine in Vegas in January—the median cloud coverage in January in 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. You'll still need shorts, T-shirts, and pool wear.

January Events in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has events ranging from concerts to magic shows to tours year-round. No matter when you visit, you'll be able to find entertainment that suits your interests.

  • Las Vegas Golden Knights: Any time is the right time for Cirque du Soleil, but if you are looking for dazzling entertainment, check out the headliners at T-Mobile arena: The Golden Knights of the National Hockey League were the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home, and you can see live NHL hockey right on the Las Vegas strip.
  • January is the most popular time for conferences and expos in Las Vegas after the holiday crowds have died down. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is held in January each year, as is the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.
  • New Year's Eve on the Strip is likely to be one of the biggest parties you'll ever experience. Most hotels, restaurants, and clubs host their own parties—some of which can be quite pricey.

January Travel Tips

  • Unlike the rest of the year, January in Las Vegas is not the time to hit the pool. However, if you choose a hotel with a heated pool, you could go for a swim if you feel like you need the exercise. It should be noted that if you take a look at a weather report before your trip, you might see a forecast for 70-degrees Fahrenheit. If the hotel you have selected has a heated pool that is open during the winter, you'll have some time to lounge by the water. However, just because it is warm do not assume that the pool will be open. 
  • It is chilly, but some days those walks along the Las Vegas strip with a chilly wind in your face are so exhilarating. The midday sun will feel warm, so if you are visiting from a very cold climate, you will love the weather in January.
  • Not a fan of playing golf in the cold? If you are from Wisconsin or Minnesota, it might feel like spring to you. There is no snow on the ground just some cool temperatures. If you would rather just swing the clubs but not brave the frigid temperatures out on the course, head to Topgolf Las Vegas and try their climate-controlled hitting bays. They also have a great cocktail program that will warm you up if the overhead heaters don't do the job.  

    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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