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Christmas ....in Vegas

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Cohiba, Sep 21, 2014.

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  1. Cohiba

    Cohiba Tourist

    Mar 12, 2012
    North Oklahoma City
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Hey All...

    My wife and I will be spending the week of the 21st--27th of December at the Golden Nugget, and we can't wait to try Christmas in Vegas.

    Several Questions...(I may post some of these in the Restaurant section also).

    1. On Christmas Eve, Day, and Night...how crazy are the buffets? Screaming children, over crowded, chaos??
    Even the Strip buffets....Bellagio, Wynn, Paris buffets....crazy, special Christmas food?

    2. Nice restaurants downtown or the Strip....sit down...crazy and chaotic? They are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (night)...correct??

    3. Any restaurants in the downtown casino's ....nice and sit down....you'd recommend on the Eve and Night of Christmas?

    4. Vic and Anthony's... any reviews good or bad.........even in general? Hugo's Cellar and other downtown steak houses.

    5. There is a Mexican restaurant South of the Plaza casino( I can't remember the name)..I think Casa Don Juan. Will they be open during Christmas and have any "Christmas specialty" food?


    P.S. Throw in any and all ...to do-vs-to stay away from ideas, recommendations, and suggestions!!!
  2. LolaDoggie

    LolaDoggie VIP Whale

    Jul 6, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I don't have any current Xmas info. But, we spent Xmas of 2004 in Vegas and it was the best Xmas of my life. Just awesome. Loved it. Wish I could do it every year but my husband is a butcher so it's a busy time for him at work.
  3. UTE

    UTE Plastics

    Sep 27, 2011
    Salt Lake/Las Vegas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    My wife and I have spent Christmas in Las Vegas for the last several years. It's not that busy - nothing like New Year's or Labor Day. But, it's busy enough that reservations for the good Strip restaurants are advised. Most all the major eateries on The Strip are open, though some have earlier closings. Special menu selections are often offered and are usually a good choice.

  4. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Nov 28, 1999
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I love Christmas in Vegas. It can get crowded if you're on a weekend.

    Many of the shows will be dark/closed and some of the restaurants will have odd schedules, but many things are open and operating as usual. Many restaurants will have special menus and reservations are advised at the popular places.

    I like to see the Christmas displays at Bellagio, Sam's Town, Fremont Street, etc. I also enjoy hearing the holiday music in the casinos. One night I was at Rio, drunk out of my brain, playing VP at like 3am and I hears "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and thought "I am totally going to hell for this." :wink2:
  5. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

    Apr 26, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Couldn't help but chuckle at this. I would be thinking the same thing if the same situation presented itself.

    I went to Vegas back in 2012 from Christmas Day (arrived in the afternoon) till the 30th. On the 25th it was actually very quiet. the casinos were empty. (This was Downtown Boyd properties, btw.) But as we got closer to NYE the places got busier and busier. And the famous Boyd properties 5 dollar minimum tables started to go up to 10 dollars and more ( not all of them, just a couple here and there.)

    I remember the Cal had 3 craps tables running. Two were packed and one had only a few people on it. In my haste to play I didn't realize it was a 10 dollar table. After buying in for a measly 200 dollars they informed me when I tried to place a 5 dollar passline bet. I guess the boxman felt sorry for me after looking at how disappointed I looked, it must have showed on my face. After a few bets he went and brought the table back down to 5 dollars again.

    I still lost.:thumbsdown::beer:
  6. vegasbound

    vegasbound Moderator

    Mar 3, 2002
    Las Vegas
    The buffets typically charge a couple bucks more than their nightly dinner to accommodate the special Christmas dinner selections.

    The casinos operate 24/7, but most local restaurants close Christmas day to be with their families. Expect restaurants outside casinos, like Casa Don Juan to be closed. They will likely have limited hours Christmas eve. Call to confirm, before heading there.
  7. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

    Feb 18, 2011
    Somewhere in Middle America
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Since we are not of the persuasion that celebrates Christmas as a high holy day, we usually are in LV during or ending with Christmas day. We often fly back on the 25th, since availability is good and fare sometimes, but not always, drops for a return on that day.

    You oughta make this one a sticky, since I know I've answered this several times.

    Crowds are down and lines are short during the days leading up to Christmas. Some (not all) shows are dark.

    Yes, some (but not all) buffets gouge for a "Special Christmas Brunch" on the 25th.

    Yes, some (but not all) local restaurants will be closed on the 25.

    Also, some (but not all) shops will be closed on the 25th. There will be many sales on the 26th.

    Some (but not all) casinos will play endless-loop Jingle Bell Rock and such on the sound system. Many have backed off on this in recent years, most likely due to complaints. Sams Town will usually do their usual pop/rock for a while, then holiday, then back.

    Timeshare dweebs will wish you Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays but otherwise they are just as obnoxious.
  8. johnvic

    johnvic VIP Whale

    Nov 13, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    The Wynn Buffet and Bachanal buffet were both packed with long lines on Christmas Eve and Day. I had no trouble getting into Rao's on Christmas Eve and Cut on Christmas Day.
  9. 2tweetz

    2tweetz Low-Roller

    Jul 17, 2005
    Bellevue, WA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    if you want to hear amazing Christmas music, go to the Catholic Cathedral near the Encore for Christmas Eve mass. Amazing vocalist, (probably show performers) and a full orchestra in tuxes and black gowns. You need to get there an hour early to get a good seat and costs you whatever you want to donate. We always go when there for Christmas. Also do not miss the Venetian parade, Bellagio gardens, etc. Get a reservation on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or Evening. They fill up. Some restaurants offer fixed price menus and many include a turkey dinner.
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