Spring and summer might seem like the best times to visit Vegas because everyone is here around that time, but coming to town in the colder months of winter can make for one of the best vacations ever. Winter is a great time to be in Las Vegas, as crowds are a little smaller and temperatures are much cooler. See how to make the most of your Las Vegas winter vacation and try out some amazing activities in and out of the city, from trying delicious food to having a winter swim experience!
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 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, brunch at Bacon Nation, a burger at Victory Burger, or 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 will warm you up, or you can relax by the fire pits at Legacy Club rooftop bar for coziness with an incredible view.
If your winter trip to Vegas includes New Year’s Eve, you won’t want to miss three of the greatest parties in the city. Watch the fireworks from above at Legacy Club’s lavish Light Up the Night Party or dance the night away at the Jackpot NYE Festival. Either way, you’ll have the time of your life!
Because the temperatures are cooler, it makes it the perfect weather to explore outdoor spaces that might be too hot to explore during the warmer spring and summer months. Hiking in Red Rock Canyon, enjoying Lake Mead, and taking a day trip to Mount 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! But be warned, just because it isn’t hot doesn’t mean you can’t skimp on the sunscreen and hydration.
Outdoor activities like swimming may not sound ideal with the winter weather, you know Las Vegas has found a way to keep pool party season going all year. Circa Stadium Swim® has you covered with six heated pools that make for a truly fun winter pool experience that only Circa has to offer. 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. In winter, the pools have a new vibe with things like shotskis, plush robes, seasonal cocktails, and exciting events.
Stop by January 6 for the world’s largest hot tub party, the ’80s Heat Hot Tub Party, where you’ll catch sets from local DJs, a silent disco, and a ski-lodge experience with spirit tastings from Skyy Vodka. And on February 4, Winter Swim’s Inaugural Bikini Contest takes place where fifty bikini contest competitors will strut the stage in their best bikini for a chance to win a share of $10,000 – $5,000 first place, $3,000 second place, and $2,000 third place.
Las Vegas has a lot of shops, which are some of the best places to bundle up – literally! Not only are the Vegas shops heated during the winter, but they’re also perfect for getting any cozy items you might have forgotten at home. While it’s recommended to check the weather and pack appropriately before your trip, having a little shopping spree to get new gloves, a new scarf, or a new jacket is definitely not frowned upon if you want to treat yourself. Even if you’re just enjoying window shopping, you’ll have a lot to see and admire while walking around.
Looking for a bit of art and culture this winter? 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 to enjoy the heated spaces indoors while taking in some pretty cool pieces of culture around town. These are especially nice things to do if you’re caught in a rare rainy day in the Las Vegas winter months.
If you’ll be in town this winter, there are plenty of Las Vegas winter activities that will help keep you both warm and entertained. From shopping to swimming, you’ll be wondering why you aren’t here every winter when the temperatures start to drop at home! Book your room at Golden Gate Hotel to have a place to cozy up every night after a long day of activities.