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Slowest week of the year, what to expect?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Tammy58, Sep 24, 2012.

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  1. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

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    DH has decided he wants to do a trip the week of Dec 16th. Historically the slowest/cheapest week of the year. I understand many shows will be dark. I assume the hotels will be low in the occupancy department. Who has been that week and besides smaller crowds what can we expect. Buffets? Closed or thinking cold food due to less people. We like it quiet and are not partiers so this may be the best trip we ever took. Staying at PH since it is one of the few CET props we have not stayed at. They never comp me there, but are that week due to low visitor turnout.

    Anything I should know that I haven't already thought of? Been and played many times...just not during that slow week.
     
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    The week before Christmas is when we usually go.

    We have actually been able to get comp rooms at Caesars of all places during that week!

    In general, crowds will be down and lines will be short. Yes, some shows will be dark, but not all of them.

    The only buffet I ever remember being closed on Christmas day was at the Riviera some years back. Most of them have their "Special Christmas Brunch" where they jack up the price.

    One minor annoyance, which they seem to have backed off on the last few years is the non-stop endless-loop Jingle Bell Rock and such on the sound systems. Several places now seem to have their usual mix. Last year Sam's Town (we met another couple down there) seemed to alternate between a holiday mix and a pop/rock mix.
     
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    I would suggest hitting the buffets at the prime dining hours to get the best presentation and food quality. I particularly recall going to Cravings for breakfast right at opening time during that week and having a memorable breakfast. The few major shows that are open seemed to be quite busy, as the choices were fewer. Mystere comes to mind, and the line stretches all the way down the corridor and winds throughout the casino, so you'll want to get tickets in advance. Excellent picture-taking opportunities at the holiday displays at Bellagio and Palazzo. I usually get that done early in the morning when nobody is around, and use those photos for next year's Christmas cards.
     
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    I loved my trip on that week a few years ago!
    There might be a few restaurants that are closed during that week, we encounter that, but the restaurants that were open were slow and no need for a reservation.

    The week before Christmas is like have your own private Vegas! It's a nice relaxed week to visit and all the folks who work that week seem to enjoy their jobs more. Make sure to get out and see some of the Christmas stuff off the strip like Ethel M's.
     
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    The Paradise Buffet in the Fremont is closed for two weeks before Xmas and some shows are dark, but otherwise it's typical Vegas, just less crowded. We're usually there in mid-December and plan on going again this year.
     
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    When I lived in Vegas, my mom and dad would always come during that time and stay through Christmas and it was always my favorite time of year. IDK why, I just love Vegas during that time. You'll love it, I think you guys are making a great decision. Like Sam said, I'd go to buffets at prime hours :)
     
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    I went last year on the 11th for four days. I thought it was just fine, except the weather. Rainy and cold the first three days, only nice on the day we were leaving. I like to Casino hop and it was too cold and nasty for that.

    I think if you are a LV regular you will be fine and have fun!!
     
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    I encourage you to look in to the weekend of the 8th. In my experience, the prices are basically the same and there will be places things dark.
     
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    We went last year the week of Dec 18-23, Stayed at Planet Hollywood, in our first EVER comped room for 5 nights. There were a few late nights that there did seem to be a huge 'winter break' crowd. I know on Monday night that the night club at The Cosmo, was packed, as we were walking by to get our Secret Pizza.

    This years, Christmas trip was going to be going to Key West. Yep, comped rooms popped up last night. So we are going to do a couple days in Death Valley and then a few in Vegas. Funny thing is, again this year, I can get 5 nights comped at Planet Hollywood, but only 2 at Paris (and Paris is the last CET property for us to stay at).

    Anyway, last year, we did NOT notice MUCH closed at all. As a matter of fact, I cant remember anything stood out being closed.

    Unlike Captainron, we got pretty decent weather (we lucked out) no rain and just a chill in the air, but being from Northern Ohio, anything over 35 I was pleased with!

    Kelli

    PS. I'm thinking they are going to start raising the prices on this week, if we all keep up going this week, because of the prices and lack of crowds!
     
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    We've been hitting Vegas either the week before or the week after Christmas for a decade now, and love the time of year and the deals. You can get in and out of hotels quicker because of the lighter foot traffic, and dinner reservations are a breeze.
     
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