What to Know When Planning a Trip to Vegas in Winter

Woman Enjoying Winter in Vegas

As the months get colder, Vegas gets a little quieter without all of our pool day clubs and warm weather activities – but there is still plenty to do! Luckily, our city is still pretty action-packed even in the “off-season” months thanks to our incredible casinos, restaurants, bars, shows, and more. Read on to find packing tips, activities, and more to make the most of your winter trip to Vegas.


Check the Weather


While the city might be warmer than most parts of the country, it can still get a bit chilly (at least to our standards). Vegas cools down significantly during the winter months so make sure you check the weather forecast before you head out! December’s typical high is 60 degrees and low is 27 degrees, January is definitely the coldest with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 28 degrees and it begins to warm up again in February with a high of 66 degrees and a low of 33 degrees. Rain happens more frequently in the winter months, but even then it’s an average of 5 rainy days over the course of the three months. Be sure to check the forecast for your travel dates just in case!


Pack Appropriately


On word for packing for the winter in Vegas: Layers. Layering is the most effective way to dress in the city, as daily temperatures tend to be warmer while the desert nights can pack quite the chill. You can pack your night-out dresses and swimsuit (yes, you can swim here in winter!), but be sure to pack items like stylish jackets, hats, and scarves for those temperature drops. Shoes are also an important thing to consider. Closed-toed shoes are recommended to keep your toes warm whether you’re walking around outside at a rooftop bar. You’ll also want to pack comfortable clothes, as Vegas has more to offer than just going out!



Alt Text: Friends Enjoying Casino in Las Vegas in Winter


Research Indoor Activities


While it may be cold outside, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy and warm during your trip! Unlike the summer months where A/C is blasting everywhere you go, indoor activities will have the heat on so you can feel comfortable.



One great place to warm up is inside the casino. This classic Las Vegas pastime is one of the most exciting ways to spend a day or night indoors. Not only is the casino kept at a perfect temperature, but you also get to indulge in free casino cocktails as you play. It doesn’t hurt, either, that the Dancing Dealers at Golden Gate Casino know how to heat things up, especially in the winter. If sports betting is more your speed, be sure to visit the Circa | Sports sportsbook at Circa Las Vegas – the biggest sportsbook in the world.


Bars and Restaurants

Bars and restaurants are also a great way to get out of the cold and warm up with a great meal or drink. If you’re looking for a hearty meal, make a reservation at Andiamo Steakhouse or Barry’s Downtown Prime. For something more casual, a burger at Victory Burger or some barbecue from the Project BBQ food truck will surely warm you up. For those looking to just have a drink, Bar Prohibition! offers a list of craft cocktails that are perfect for warming up with. You can also relax by the fire pits at Legacy Club rooftop bar for coziness with an incredible view.


Shows and Museums

Looking for a bit of art and culture? Shows and museums are great places to be inside if you’re looking for some entertainment. It’s no secret that Las Vegas is home to some of the best entertainment in the world. The winter months are great times to see Las Vegas residency shows, cool art exhibits, and interesting museums.


People Exploring Outdoors Near Las Vegas in Winter


Plan to Be Outdoors


Because the temperatures are cooler, it makes it the perfect weather to explore outdoor spaces that might be too hot to explore during the hotter spring and summer months. Hiking in Red Rock Canyon, enjoying Lake Mead, and taking a day trip to Mt Charleston are just a few examples of outdoor adventures you can do in the surrounding area. Even in the city, walking around outside is much easier to do without melting in the sun!

And while outdoor activities like swimming may not sound ideal with the weather, you know Las Vegas has found a way to keep pool party season going all year. Stadium Swim has you covered with their six heated pools that make for a truly fun winter pool experience. Relax in the warm pools while watching the latest game on the giant TV by the pool or warm up in a Cabana with friends.


As you’re getting ready for your Las Vegas winter trip, keep these tips in mind. Though many associate Vegas with the desert heat in the spring and summer, visiting Vegas in winter is one of the most enjoyable times to take a vacation. Be sure to book your room at Golden Gate Hotel to have access to many of the things Vegas has to offer this season!