10+ Things to Do in Las Vegas in Winter 2018 – December & January Activities & More

We put together a list of our favorite events and activities going on in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas in the winter, from seasonal attractions to day trips worth checking out, so you’ll have no problem keeping busy.

Check out our list of some of the best holiday activities, attractions, and things to do in Las Vegas in the Winter 2018-2019.

Save on Winter Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go Las Vegas® Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

See all available Las Vegas passes, attractions & prices.

Please note, some of these special Winter events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Explorer Pass.

Holiday Magic at the LINQ Promenade

December 1-30, 2018

Image credit: The LINQ Facebook page.

Image credit: The LINQ Facebook page.

See the LINQ Promenade totally transformed for the holiday season. There will be a plethora of magnificent Christmas decorations (and you just know they’ll be grand – like everything in Vegas), plus carolers and festive holiday music.

You can also enjoy a holiday magic show and holiday carolers, on select dates and times.

It could also be really fun to view the lights from above with a ride on the High Roller!

Get 30-minutes of Las Vegas views from the world’s tallest observation wheel (taller than the London Eye!) at 550-feet above ground.

You’ll be able to see the Strip, downtown, iconic landmarks, and more.

Getting in: High Roller Observation Wheel daytime tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

REAL BODIES at Bally’s


Examine the human anatomy and get up close to over 20 real human bodies that have been dissected, preserved, and displayed in thought-provoking and educational ways at Real Bodies at Bally’s Las Vegas.

This exhibit examines the deeper meaning of life through 11 galleries that explore the inner workings of the human body; from the literal meaning of what it means to be alive, to the emotional and cultural associations derived from the way the body works.

Getting in: REAL BODIES at Bally’s tickets are available on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Las Vegas Tour

The Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown is the most convenient way to see all the sights of Sin City.

One of the best ways to get around Las Vegas and explore the sights on the Strip while learning about all things Las Vegas is on the Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

Your knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides will point out highlights on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, including the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, the Golden Nugget hotel and casino at the Fremont Street entertainment destination, Miracle Mile, the malls, museums, monuments, and more.

Check out our guide for more info on one of the best ways to get around while in Vegas.

Getting in: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Las Vegas tickets are available on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Tour the Hoover Dam

Go on a guided bus tour of the Hoover Dam

Check out the Hoover Dam, the number one sightseeing attraction people visiting Las Vegas go to see. You’ll see why this engineering marvel, is often referred to as the “greatest dam ever built.”

Along the way, your guides will provide entertaining and informative narration and then you’ll have a couple of hours to explore at your own pace and walk across the dam to the Arizona side, check out locally crafted works of art, see the informational video in the theater, exhibit halls, power plant, observation deck, and visitor’s center.

Insider tip: Walk the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for the best views of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River.

Getting in: Hoover Dam tour tickets are available with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Day Trip to the Grand Canyon

Go on a full day guided bus tour of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon

Get away from the Las Vegas strip and go on a full-day guided bus tour to the west or south rim of the Grand Canyon.

You’ll see lots of sights along the way, including the Hoover Dam, the Bypass Bridge, Lake Mead, the big horn sheep habitat, Black Canyon, the 900 year old Joshua Tree Forest, and the Grand Canyon.

You’ll get a chance to explore the rustic wilderness of the area and walk along the rim to check out the views and take pictures at your leisure once you arrive.

Getting in: Guided Grand Canyon tour tickets are available when you build your own Las Vegas attractions pass.

Stratosphere Observation Deck


Get the best views of Las Vegas from the iconic Stratosphere Observation Deck, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States.

At 1,149 feet above ground, you’ll get unbelievable 360-degree views of the Strip, downtown, and beyond.

For an adrenaline rush, test your fear of heights on the thrill rides at the top of the tower–The Big Shot, X Scream, and Insanity.

Getting in: Stratosphere Observation Deck Las Vegas tickets are included on the Go Las Vegas Card.  Additional attractions incur additional fees which are not included with the pass.

Check out The Mob Museum

LAS Vegas Mob Museum (7)

Did you know that Las Vegas was essentially built by notorious mobsters like Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, and Meyer Lansky?

The history of Sin City is full of jaw-dropping, sinister facts and folklore and nobody tells it better than The Mob Museum.

Getting in: The Mob Museum tickets are included on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Solve a case at CSI: The Experience

Sharpen up your investigative forensic science skills and put them to the test at CSI: The Experience at the MGM Grand.

Work your way through three simulated crime scenes, evaluate the evidence and do your best David Caruso squint (sunglasses not included) to solve the case.

There’s more than 12,000-square-feet of forensic fun, including props, recreations, and even crime labs.

Getting in: CSI: The Experience tickets are included on the Go Las Vegas Card.

Gene Woods Racing Experience

Things to Do in Las Vegas in the Winter

Get behind the wheel of an extremely fast, high-performance kart for a day full of action, excitement, and competition on the tracks at the Gene Woods Racing Experience.

You’ll learn everything you need to know about maneuvering the tracks safely at top speeds, including tips for edging out the competition like a pro.

Then, you can take your turn battling it out side-by-side with family and friends with a little friendly competition on the tracks over 15-18 laps on a challenging half-mile track.

Lucky visitors might even get the chance to meet three-time champion, racing legend Gene Woods himself. He’s often spotted at the tracks most days giving tips and telling stories about his experiences behind the wheel.

Getting in: Gene Woods Racing Experience tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Richard Petty Driving Experience: Ride-Along

Things to Do in Las Vegas in the Winter

Prefer to leave the high-speed racing to the pros? Gear up for a front seat ride around three expertly handled race track laps from the safety of the passenger seat alongside a professional driving instructor at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

You’ll  ride shotgun and reach extreme speeds of up to 165 mph in a 600 horsepower, 2-seat NASCAR race car.

Getting in: Richard Petty Driving Experience tickets are available when you build your own Las Vegas attractions pass.

Go Ice Skating at the Cosmopolitan

When: November 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (light snow showers every 30 minutes during select times!) The Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan turns into The Ice Rink where visitors can partake in the most quintessential of seasonal activities–ice skating #IceOverLV.

After you take a spin on the rink, you can enjoy sitting down by a fireplace, getting refreshments, and you might even get to see a little snowfall

This is truly a delightful, festive atmosphere where you can enjoy winter in the middle of the desert in a unique way. Insider tip: Try one of the yummy s’more martinis available after you skate and check online for information about skate rentals and reserving a fire pit.

Enjoy the Winter Outdoors at Lee Canyon


A photo posted by Lee Canyon (@leecanyonlv) on

It’s hard to believe that just one hour from downtown Las Vegas there’s real snow.

Head to Lee Canyon for lots of winter fun, including skiing, snowboarding, lessons, tubing, and more. Go for the skiing and stay a while for the aprés ski fun.

Check Out Downtown Container Park

A look at Container Park in the evening

Photo Credit: Cameron Grant (whose gallery, The High Points, is located in Container Park at 707 East Fremont Street Suite 2240)

Downtown Container Park is a new urban concept in Las Vegas that features lots of shops, restaurants, and hosts a variety of fun regular and seasonal events each week.

Check their events calendar in advance to see what’s going on.

Go Shopping

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (8276294113)

By Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There’s no shortage of shops to choose from in Las Vegas.

Whether you’re looking for high-end boutiques, souvenir shops for the kids, or more affordable alternatives, be sure to check out our list of top places to shop in Las Vegas.

Free Entertainment at Circus Circus

Hotel/casino by night, Circus Circus by day is home to the world’s largest permanent circus.

You can catch family-friendly entertainment at this Cirque de Soleil-style attraction including, jugglers, unicyclists, trapeze artists, acrobats, contortionists, and more.

Each act lasts about 10 minutes and they take place every half hour (on most days) starting at 11 a.m. Best of all, watching a show is absolutely free.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

See the famous Bellagio Fountains right outside the Bellagio Hotel and then head inside to see their spectacular Conservatory and Botanical Gardens decked-out for the holidays.

Their “Majestic Holiday Magic” exhibit featuring nostalgic icons and over-the-top decor is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

Insider tip: Head there at night, the fountains are prettier to watch when lit up.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there you have it. Our list of a few things to do in Las Vegas in the winter, including holiday events, other seasonal activities in December, January, and more.

Remember, many of these options are available on the Las Vegas Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Winter events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Explorer Pass.

We hope you plan to add a few of these fun options to your winter vacation itinerary.

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