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 Weather in January

It can get cold in winter in Las Vegas but don't expect winter as they have in other parts of the world. This is the desert so cold is a relative term. Snow is rare, and rain does not happen all that much either. It may be chilly so pack a jacket and long pants but remember that even during January you can have a bright sunny day with very comfortable temperatures. It is not uncommon to put on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt in the middle of January in Las Vegas.

Average Temperatures in Las Vegas

  • Average High Temperature: 57 F (13.8 C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 34 F(1.11 C)
  • Average Rainfall: .48 in.
  • Average Humidity: 43 percent

January Events in Las Vegas

  • Any time is the right time for Cirque du Soleil, however, if you are looking for dazzling entertainment check out the headliners at T-Mobile arena that include the perfect winter sport, NHL hockey! The Las Vegas Golden Knights are the first professional sports team in Las Vegas, and you can see live NHL hockey right on the Las Vegas strip.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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-degree daytime temperatures. 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.  

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