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Vegas around Christmas time?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Treehunter, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. Treehunter

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    I'm planning on surprising the wife with a trip to Vegas and have been debating on dates. We both have been to Vegas a few times but never in the winter. Christmas is both of our favorite time of the year and I am wondering if it's worth going there around that time or not. Will we be seeing a lot of Christmas decorations, lights, wreaths, etc in all of the casinos?? Which casinos do you recommend that we stay on the strip that have, well, the Christmas spirit that we both are looking for?
     
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    I can't help you with the Strip, but I can tell you the downtown casinos do very little Christmas decorations.

    On Fremont St. they put up a very large tree with ornaments about the size of bowling balls, but the morning of the 26th, they are taking that tree and any other decorations down. New Year's Eve is the biggie in Vegas, although maybe Belliagio does something in the Conservatory at Xmas?
     
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    Bellagio always has a holiday theme display. Most casinos do not, however, do extensive holiday decorations.

    IIRC, there's a neighborhood east of the airport that's famous for decorations, also the Ethel M Cactus Garden does a holiday theme.

    We almost always go to Las Vegas right around Christmas. Crowds are down, lines are short. Some shows are dark, however.
     
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    Bellagio does a big holiday theme for Christmas in the conservatory.

    The Venetian has a big LED tree out front with color-changing lights, but I don't know what they had inside.

    That is seriously all I remember seeing that was Christmasy when I was there last December.
     
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    Bellagio, Venetian/Pallazo, Wynn, Caesars all do nice holiday displays and most of the rest do something, don't waste time in NYNY, Monte Carlo and MGM though. Four Seasons as well does a really nice smaller setup. DW and I have spent the last 5 Christmas in Vegas and have already booked #6 for this year, always a great trip.
     
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    I think any time in Vegas would be "worth it" :) :) :)

    But as said: don't expect much for decorations or special things going on. Almost all the hotels will have at least one decorated christmas tree in the lobby, some bigger and fancier than others, and Bellagio will have their conservatory display and Monte Carlo will probably haul out the gigantic ornaments for their lobby and some extra lights set up around Palazzo... but beyond that maybe one or two other properties will do a little extra.
     
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    As mentioned, Bellagio does a pretty decent Christmas thing, as does Venetian/Palazzo.

    One thing to bear in mind is timing. You mentioned "around Christmas". If you're talking about before Christmas, then I think it's great; I've done that many times, and not only are the Christmas decorations great, but the town is generally pretty sedate. But right after Christmas things start ramping up for New Years Eve, and Vegas quickly becomes a madhouse.
     
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    We were out mid-December last year and it was nice but needed a light jacket later at night and too cool for pools. The deceorations were really fairly minimal but there were no lines and a slower pace. We jsut got all our home Christmas stuff done by Thanksgiving and did a 4 day trip to reward oursleves. Flights and rooms were cheap (but not at rodeo time early in December). The big tree near Palazzo and the Bellagio conservatory are neat but otherwise less decoration that you woudl see at a typical mall.
     
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    It's my favorite time of year to go. Decorations are over the top. Smaller crowds except for NYE.
    If you can do so, you should stay for NYE if you've never been... You'll have a great time!
     
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    If you have a car I would recommend you go out to Ethel M's in Henderson at night during Christmas time!
    The decorate the cactus garden with tons of Christmas lights and they also sprinkle in M & M Christmas figures there as well.

    The Four Seasons usually has a ginger bread house display in their lobby. People bit on them for charity.

    I loved going to Vegas the week before Christmas, it less busy and all the service people are in a good mood.
     
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    Inside Venetian/Palazzo they have some nice decorations by Cut and the Illy cafe.

    Sam's Town has an ultra cheesy show in Mystic Fall's Park. It was cheesy but I got a kick out of it.
     
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    We were there last year Dec 19-22. It was great - much less crowded, cool pleasant weather. As others have said, a couple places do big displays, but most just throw up a few wreaths/trees/bows. They did have the Bellagio fountains set to Christmas Carols, which was nice. I'd go again right before Christmas for sure; there is not enough money in the world to get me to go close to NYE though. I don't handle huge crowds well.
     
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    There is barely any Christmas spirit in Vegas. I've been at least 5 times for Chrsistmas and most of the places have a tree or something, but nobody goes all out. Maybe Palazzo and Bellagio would have the best decorations. People go to Vegas for Christmas to avoid Christmas or because they don't celebrate it.

    Go because it's the most reasonable time of the year, the week before Christmas you can stay anywhere under $100. People start POURING in on Christmas eve. I missed going last year but my family went. They said it was so busy it was almost unenjoyable. The earlier in December the better I would say.
     
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    One thing they used to do, but have backed off quite a bit for the past few years, was the tight-playlist endless-loop Jingle Bell Rock and the like on the sound systems. Last year Sams Town would alternate between that and their usual mix and some places just had their usual mix on with very little holiday stuff.

    For quite a few years the repetitive tunes got to be somewhat annoying.

    (Yeah I know, b*tch b*tch b*tch!) :)
     
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    I'm not big on crowds either. Just the thought of going through a TSA line at the airport gets me stressed. However with NYE I found the secret is
    to do the things you would normally do then just walk outside your resort into the middle of LVB. It's only for a short amount of time so it's worth it.
    Once the fireworks are over just go back to doing what you would normally do. It's no different than being at a Theme Park or Airport really.
     
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