Las Vegas Vacations
For an Exciting New Years or Christmas Break
Christmas in Vegas is an ideal getaway if you are looking for something different to do during the holidays this year. Perhaps you're empty nesters and your kids are taking off to spend the holidays on a ski trip; or maybe Christmas is not a holiday to like to spend at home. It's possible that you're simply tired of doing the same old thing every year for Christmas, and you are looking for an exciting new adventure. Maybe you're looking for a simple and easy place to get married this winter. You might even just be tired of the dreary winter weather where you live. No matter what your reason for going, Las Vegas Nevada is a thrilling spot to enjoy your winter holidays.Plan Ahead for Your Las Vegas Vacation
Vegas has become a very popular destination from mid-December until early January. As a result, it is important to plan ahead. There are plenty of fabulous hotels to choose from, in a variety of price ranges, so you may be able to find a bargain, as long as you plan ahead. In addition, if you are flying, you should make your airline reservations well in advance. Seats sell out fast during this time of year.
Las Vegas Glitters at Christmas
Do you enjoy looking at Christmas decorations and glittery holiday lights? If so, Vegas will dazzle you. All the hotels and casinos along the strip and on Fremont Street in downtown will go out of their way to out-do each other with holiday decorations. Even under normal circumstance, the lights of the Vegas strip are almost overwhelming. During the holidays, everything seems to shimmer.Have an Exciting Christmas Day in Las Vegas
While your city may shut down on Christmas Day, nothing could be further from the truth in Vegas. Absolutely everything will be open, including the shops, bars, restaurants, casinos, buffets and shows. Instead of a quiet, tranquil day at home watching football games or old movies on television, you can gamble, eat at an elaborate buffet and enjoy a spectacular show. Remember, however, that other people have the same idea. If there is a particular restaurant you are hoping to enjoy, you will want to make reservations early.
Top Las Vegas Holiday Attractions
Since many of the hotels and casinos go all out for the holidays, you may want a list of some of the top attractions that you will want to be certain you see during your stay. Listed below are a few that may interest you.
The Bellagio Fountains: These dancing fountains are always a delight. During the holidays, they are certain to get you in the Christmas spirit. Among the musical pieces that could be played to accompany the dancing fountains are "Hallelujah Chorus" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "O Holy Night" by Placido Domingo, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Johnny Mathis and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Johnny Mathis. Other Christmas songs will be on the Ballagio play list, as well.
Bellagio Atrium: While you are enjoying the fountains, you may want to step into the Bellagio and enjoy the Atrium. They go completely overboard in decorating it for the holidays.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: These gardens are a lovely and restful place to stroll at any time of the year when visiting Las Vegas. During the holidays, however, they put up a 42 foot Shasta Fir tree with thousands of holiday lights, and decorate the Conservatory with flying reindeer, a polar bear family, and a custom rocking horse.
Other Casinos: Paris Las Vegas, New York-New York, Caesars and the Venetian all have lavish holiday decorations. While visiting the Venetian, you may want to take a gondola ride through the center of their Grand Canal Shoppes. It's a truly unique way to enjoy a shopping center. In addition, the Venetian installs a 35 by 85 foot ice skating rink in the Grand Canal area during the holiday season. If you miss the ice and snow back home, you don't have to lose out on the chance to go ice skating during Las Vegas Christmas vacation!
Palazzo Las Vegas Hotel: The Palazzo Hotel and Casino fill their lobby and the waterfall area near their shops with snow-covered trees that are up to 20 feet tall. In addition to the lights and decorations, the area is surrounded by thousands of fresh poinsettias.
Do Your Christmas Shopping in Las Vegas
Speaking of shopping, Vegas is a fun place to purchase your holiday gifts. There are a wide assortment of malls, and they will all be decked out for the holidays. Some of the shopping areas you may want to visit are the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Boulevard Mall, Fashion Show Mall, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, Via Bellagio, the Crystals Shopping Center at City Center and the Las Vegas Outlet Center. With so many different stores open on Christmas Day, you'll have no problem finding that last minute gift for someone you love ... or picking up a gift for yourself!
See a Show in Las Vegas
No trip to Vegas would be complete without taking in a show. The Cirque du Soleil always has a nice variety of shows that are running simultaneously in the different casinos. In addition, you might see a traveling Broadway show, like Phantom of the Opera or Jersey Boys. There are always plenty of other shows to choose from, as well. If you haven't planned in advance, speak to the concierge at your hotel about buying discount Las Vegas show tickets on the day of the show you want to see. They are often available.
Get Married in Las Vegas
Hoping to have a winter wedding? It is quick, easy and inexpensive in Vegas. All the bride and groom need to do is take a cab to the Marriage License Bureau, show that they are over age 18 by producing their drivers licenses, pick up a marriage license, and then head to one of the many chapels that are open year around in Vegas. At the Little White Chapel, you can even go through the drive-in window to get married! What could be easier than that? Other great Vegas chapels include the Mandalay Bay Wedding Chapels and Graceland Wedding Chapel.
If you are seriously thinking about getting married in Vegas, the handy little book, "Your Guide to a Fabulous Las Vegas Wedding," will give you all the details you need to know. It even suggests restaurants for your wedding night dinner and how to get half-price show tickets, so it is a good book to have on hand whether you are getting married or not:
Las Vegas Weather during Winter
Before you arrive, you may want to check to see what the weather is predicted to be during your stay. Winter weather in Vegas can range from sunny and pleasant during the day and chilly at night, to heavy rain or even an occasional snowfall. If you are going to be out after dark, you will want to have a sweater or coat with you, since even in the best weather it gets cold at night in the desert. If you are taking cabs around town, you may be standing in long cab lines at night, so dress accordingly.
Vegas is a lot of fun any time of year. However, it is especially glittery and exciting during the Christmas and New Years Eve holidays.
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