Return of Las Vegas Entertainment: Things to Do This Winter

Group Performing Live Show in Las Vegas

Entertainment and Las Vegas go together like cookies & milk, gin & tonic, salt & pepper, Siegfried & Roy. From the lounge acts of the 1950s to the Rat Pack of the 1960s to nightclub residencies of today’s top DJs, Vegas has always brought in the biggest names in show business. The entertainers dig the vibe, the audiences love the top-quality shows, and everyone has a smile as big as the Strip itself.

After a long drought due to the worldwide pandemic that started in 2020, there’s good news in the City of Lights. Vegas is once again buzzing and sparkling, more shows are taking the stage, and there’s plenty to see. If you’re looking for things to do in Vegas this winter, read on.


Downtown Las Vegas Events Center


Leave the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, walk east on Fremont, make a right, and go one block on South Casino Center Boulevard. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, one of the top entertainment venues in the city. What’s coming up this winter? We’re glad you asked…


NFR X Bucking Ball

Running from December 2 to December 11, the free NFR watch parties will give you the best seat in the house for rodeo events. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights will feature live music from top local artists like Wolf Creek, Steve Sturgis, and The Rifleman, Dez Hoston, and the Longwood Band, and the Randy Anderson Band. Specialty food and drinks will be available, too. It’s the best ride in Vegas!


Biggest Game Bash 2022

If you’re a football fan, you’ll want to catch every play and replay of the Big Game at this awesome event. Watch all the action on a massive stadium screen with pounding sound. Live odds will be provided by Circa Sports. Tailgate all day at the biggest Big Game party in Vegas! You already know the date – February 13.


Rock’ N’ Roll Marathon

This is a musical event like none you’ve ever seen. Classic rock anthems from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen, Pink Floyd, and more will be played by a smoking hot band and 25 orchestral musicians. It’s a super-cool fusion of rock and classical music. Come on February 26 for this amazing and unique concert.


Crowd Enjoying Live Las Vegas Entertainment in Winter


Live Music


You say you’ve got some 21st-century hippie coursing through your veins? Could you spend your life just traveling from one concert to the next? Well, buckle up because among the things to do in Vegas this winter are some great concerts and Las Vegas residencies by the top folks in the business…


Bruno Mars

He’s a singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and dancer, and he definitely knows how to light up a stage. Bruno Mars, the singer of such hits as “Nothin’ on You,” “The Lazy Song,” and “When I Was Your Man,” will bring his magic to the Dolby Live at the Park MGM on December 17, 18, 30, and 31.


Usher – The Vegas Residency

If you’ve never been to an Usher show, you owe it to yourself to see one. And if you have, you already know there’s nothing else like it. The talented singer-songwriter will be performing six shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The dates are December 23, 24, 28, 29, 31, and January 1.


Maroon 5

The band from California burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, and by 2005 their debut album had gone quadruple platinum. With hits like “Makes Me Wonder” and “Moves Like Jagger,” it’s hard to stay in your seat! They’re playing at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on December 30 and 31. Ring in the New Year with Maroon 5!


Shania Twain – Let’s Go!

Country music darling Shania Twain has been entertaining audiences for well over two decades with megahits like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Any Man of Mine.” She’s still going strong, and you can catch her at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood on February 23.


People Attending Fremont Street Entertainment in Winter


Fremont Street Experience


Those who know Las Vegas well aren’t helplessly mesmerized and hypnotized by the sparkle and dazzle of the Strip. Sure, the Strip is fantastic, but it’s not the only thing in Vegas. The downtown area also has some great entertainment options, and the biggest and best is the Fremont Street Experience.

Besides the Strip itself, Fremont Street is the most famous street in Las Vegas. It used to be shown in virtually every TV show and movie about Las Vegas as the quintessential “neon jungle” of the glittery city. For years the street had the nickname “Glitter Gulch.”

Today, the westernmost five blocks of Fremont Street make up the Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian mall and entertainment venue that is second to none. Catch free concerts on three different stages. Watch the Viva Vision light and sound show on a gigantic overhead canopy. Steel your nerves for SlotZilla, a 12-story, slot machine-themed zip line attraction. Of course, there is no shortage of casinos, restaurants, and bars in Downtown Las Vegas for when it’s time to eat, drink, or do a little gaming.


Las Vegas entertainment is back, and there is a slew of things to do in Vegas in December, January, and February. The city is welcoming its entertainers back with open arms – and lots and lots of neon. The only thing needed is you! Be sure to book a room at Golden Gate Hotel to be in the heart of the action and catch all the winter Las Vegas entertainment.