City breaks, North America

There’s nowhere quite like Las Vegas which makes it the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday to finish the year on. This is the town where everything is over the top and in your face, so imagine how enthusiastically Christmas would be celebrated! Here’s my guide to December in Sin City.

Vegas in December

December is arguably one of the coldest months to visit Las Vegas. However, as it’s within a desert state, the temperatures still say relatively warm compared to much of the USA during December. Temperatures average 8C (46F) through December, with around 7 hours of sunshine per day and minimal rainfall. If, like me, you’re not a fan of the humid heat, then this makes a great month to visit Vegas and it’ll also be kinder to your wallet too, with prices at a low rate through the month.

Vegas Festivities

There are a number of festive sights to see during December in Vegas which are obviously great additions to the many shows, concerts and attractions that draw visitors to the city throughout the whole year. The famous hotels and casinos such as Caesar’s Palace and the MGM Grand are an attraction in themselves, especially to see their impressive Christmas decorations. Most notably is the fountain outside The Bellagio which dances to music and makes a fantastic sight to behold.

I would also take a trip to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory which is a magical place to visit in itself throughout the year. Take a self guided tour and not only will you get to see how and where the chocolate is made, but you’ll also be able to visit the Cactus Garden, which hosts an impressive collection of cacti. From November through until January, the garden is lit up with wonderful decorations.

National Finals Rodeo

The big draw for Las Vegas during December is the National Finals Rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls compete throughout the year in the regional rodeos for the honour of coming to the National Finals to fight it out to be crowned the best in their field. Held this year from 5th-14th December, it is one of the largest sporting events to be held in the USA which attracts huge crowds.

Rodeo lovers descend on the Thomas and Mack Centre to see such events as bareback riding, roping, barrel racing and of course bull riding. It is a truly breathtaking experience and you can’t help but be in awe as these cowboys showcase their traditional skills. The events are extremely popular so I would advise booking tickets in advance via their website. If you’ve not been lucky to get tickets, all hope is not lost as there are tickets available from the box office at 10am each morning.

As well as the rodeo, there are many other exciting events in and around the NFR to keep you entertained. There are many country acts who are in town to entertain the rodeo fans as well as some great western food and drinks available. There is also the Cowboy Christmas show which has a host of gifts available if you’re in need of a few more presents!

Vegas Must-sees

Of course a trip to Vegas in December is also a great opportunity to see the very best that the city has to offer and there are a number of must-see sights for every variety of traveller. Aside from the casinos which let you play long into the night and into the next day, there are many fantastic shows available throughout Las Vegas. I would definitely recommend seeing one of the Cirque du Soleil shows and as a Beatles fan, I’d definitely make Love your choice of show.

If you’re planning on staying to see in the New Year, I would recommend visiting Fremont Street. This thriving area hosts arguably Las Vegas’ finest New Year celebrations and is a great alternative to spending your time on the strip. Tickets for Fremont Street’s party need to be booked in advance and can be purchased via their website from December 27th.