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Christmas in Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Rooster0620, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Rooster0620

    Rooster0620 Low-Roller

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    Ok...so I'm alone at Christmas (don't judge) and am looking to go someplace other than sitting in my house reminding myself I'm alone. I'll arrive in Vegas Christmas Eve (Sat) and stay through the 26th (Mon).

    Figured I'd treat myself and get a room at the Cosmo, and the grab a nice Christmas dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Steak, or the equivalent, hit the craps tables and maybe a club.

    Obviously, my reason for choosing Vegas over other locales is....well...it's open. So what I'm wondering is:

    What is closed in Vegas on Christmas Eve/Day? What is the atmosphere like? I realize it's slow, but is it a ghost town? What are some recommendations for things to do? I've been to Vegas in January, but never Christmas Day. Is there anything I haven't thought of that I should know?
     
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  2. willywilkes

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    Can't speak to most of your questions but I was there the 26th-29th last year and it was MUCH busier than mid December (I've gone right after NFR wrapped up and that was quiet). Lots of international visitors and waaaaay more young kids than I expected.
     
  3. Retrobabble

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    I used to go every year for Xmas and I remember it being really busy. Didn't see anything closed. Bellagio in particular seemed to be packed non-stop.

    One year I didn't book my Christmas dinner reservation and couldn't get a meal anywhere, so make sure you have your reservations. I'm thinking of going this year and won't make that same mistake again.
     
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  4. Onmyown32

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    Spent last Christmas in Vegas with husband and kids. It was CRAZY busy!!! We have been to Vegas lots of times throughout the year but over Christmas was the busiest I've ever seen!!! Longest lines I've ever seen at buffets.... And it was just plain crazy getting around!

    We stayed at Paris for 7 days around Christmas. Christmas Eve we went downtown and did the Fremont experience. Saw Santa!!!!

    Christmas dinner we had mon ami at Paris and then went to see penn & teller at Rio (kids loved that show)

    Nothing we wanted to see or do was closed for that week, just very crowded. From what we were told is that Some parts of the world that don't celebrate Christmas that is their summer holiday time so very busy.
     
  5. Onmyown32

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    Yes!! Make reservations early to be sure you eat!!!

    Bellagio was packed, we tried to go see the holiday display and gave up... The wall of people going to and from it was crazy.
     
  6. Sonya

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    Some shows will be dark that week and some restaurants may be closed, but that seems to be happening less.

    I agree you should make reservations for any important meals early.

    I haven't been for Christmas in several years. We used to go the week before Christmas when rooms were super cheap. I was always surprised how many families came in as we leaving on Christmas Day or Eve.
     
  7. johnvic

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    First of all, no reason to judge anyone being alone on Christmas. I went to Vegas a few years ago because being alone was better than being with family.

    It was quiet, but far from dead. I had dinner, at Rao's, on Christmas Eve with a local friend and had no trouble making a reservation the day before. On Christmas I had dinner, at Cut, with a VMBer that I met at a meetup and we had no trouble making reservations.

    Here is a couple of things that I did:

    Bellagio Conservatory ( I do this every trip anyway ), Venetian/Palazzo were nicely decorated, Wynn was, of course, beautiful, Sam's Town for the animatronic show ( cheesy but great ), treat yourself to nice dining. I eat at the bar if alone and the bartenders were very nice about keeping the conservation going.

    Lastly, look for a VMB meetup, or try to put one together.
     
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    It used to be that many shops were closed on the 25th., but opened bright and early on the 26th. for after-Christmas sales. Last few years more and more have been open.

    Caesars has lately been mega-crowded on Christmas (lotsa dogs, for some reason) but last year, Christmas eve, Rio was DEAD, particularly on the far (east) side of the casino.
     
  9. Rooster0620

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    Thanks everyone!

    Looks like I'm going to be there Sat-Tues. I'm going to spend 2 nights on the Strip, and Mon night downtown (thinking maybe the Golden Gate).

    I dig Freemont Street's fun atmosphere, and figured I'd stay downtown for the first time and see how it goes.
     
  10. bignig135

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    Be prepared to hear every Christmas song you've ever heard played until your ears bleed!!!! Kind of strange to observe all the additional lighting with the christmas tree lights on top of all the normal neon
     
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  11. Sonya

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    I kind of love that part of it. I was playing VP at around 3am in Rio on Xmas Eve and heard "We Three Kings" (or Quest of the Magi) and thought to myself, "Well, it's official. I'm a degenerate." :haha:
     
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  12. FYMYAWF

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    I LOVE Xmas in Vegas, have gone the last 3 years and will be there in a month, but you're right about Bellagio. That place is usually on my "avoid" list anyway (just not my style) but it becomes a madhouse over Xmas for some reason. TONS of foreign tourists. The rest of the strip though, I find, is pretty mellow and the crowds are noticeably easier to get through. To answer your question most everything on the strip is open, but I spent a couple nights at Palms last year and literally nothing but the buffet and the food court was open - none of the high end places. Wanted to spend my money there but ended up having to do Xmas dinner on the strip.
     
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    For many years they would majorly OD on this, and they would seem to concentrate on the secular tunes rather than the sacred ones. Thus stuff like Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin Around the Christmas Tree were played seemingly non-stop on endless loop!

    Then for a while they seemed to back off quite a bit, maybe in years like 2010-2013 or so, and places seemed to play more regular mixes with an occasional holiday tune thrown in. Now for the past couple of years they seem to have gone in the reverse direction, with Sams Town, for example, doing one set of a regular mix and another with Jingle Bell Rock in heavy rotation. Last year we spent one evening at Rio and it was all holiday music IIRC.
     
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    The week before xmas is the slowest of the year. Several shows are dark. It's nice if you like it less crowded. But xmas week it gets really busy. And xmas is crazy busy like others have said.
     
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    Whenever I think of Christmas in Vegas, I think of the original Oceans 11...yes I know the heist was NYE....
     
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  16. FYMYAWF

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    Yeah at least where I've stayed in the past over the holiday (mostly MGM resorts) I haven't noticed it being overwhelmingly "Christmas-y" on the piped in music, but frankly I wouldn't mind it; it's far better than the same 10 crappy dance-pop songs they play over and over the rest of the year.
     
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    The one Xmas we spent in Vegas was the best of my life.
     
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    I find anything played repetitively to be annoying! I seldom notice that happening other than the holiday season. Most casinos, both local and LV, seem to always have a good and varied mix.
     
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    Hope you have a great time. I usually go solo & stay downtown (mainly MSS or Cal) but the Gate is the most fun. I've been solo on the strip, for me, nowhere as much fun as downtown. Besides, I've made so many friends at DT casinos, it feels like home. My friend Valeria will be bartending (& Spyder, but he's not nearly as pretty) Monday night, she's a sweetheart. Love that casino, probably because it's so small. Always a great time there & great comfort food at DuPar's.
     
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    I think I speak for all of us when I say you should neither seem apologetic or forlorn when it comes to going to Vegas at Xmas by yourself! Book it an own it! If circumstances are such this year that you have an opportunity to do this you absolutely make the most of it. It will be much busier than you think and it is a fabulous present to give to yourself. I say you don't avoid the Bellagio atrium and get in there for some Christmas ambience even if it is packed.

    I am an advocate of the Golden Gate but in all fairness it is the only place I have stayed at downtown and I have only stayed in their suites. It feels though like Freemont may not be as festive as the strip. As a frequent solo traveler to Vegas I might stay on the strip for all four days during Christmas.

    Enjoy.