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Christmas in Vegas?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by mgugs46, Oct 7, 2020.

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  1. mgugs46

    mgugs46 Tourist

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    We were supposed to go to Rome for a few days this year over Christmas [12.22 - 12.28], which of course is a no go.

    We were thinking of heading to Vegas instead - crazy? Would be myself, wife and 12 year old daughter.

    My assumption is no pools, but so long as the restaurants are open, and we can do some gambling that works for me. We would also rent a car so we could take a day and check out Death Valley Park or other areas to do some hiking.

    I have been to Vegas several times, but each time stayed at Wynn or Venetian. I would like to try something else - the MGM properties all have a lot of comp day offers - though not sure which are worth staying in? Aria looked nice. Cosmo as well.

    Thoughts/suggestions?
     
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    I can't speak for any other hotels, but we're staying at The Mirage over Thanksgiving weekend and they told me on the phone that they always have at least one pool open all year.
     
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    Rome is so incredible (but beware the dragon ladies in the public privies). My condolences. Done Vegas many times during the week before Christmas (slowest week of the year). It can be quite cold, especially at night, so plan to dress accordingly. In my opinion, Bellagio is far superior, but I'm old and remember it as the ultimate Vegas experience when it opened—I even exchanged words with Steve Wynn in his museum while viewing a Jackson Pollock back in the 90's.

    During that time of year I always check out the decorations in each hotel and definitely walk by the Venetian—they have that big courtyard which they decorate. Also, you might take a trip up to Mt. Charleston (about 45 minutes) to hang it in the snow. I usually do a college basketball game, either at Thomas Mack or Orleans, but, obviously doubtful they will be allowing crowds. Still, a great time to visit and mellow time to introduce a kid to the city.
     
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  4. smerrian

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    In your 30-40s I'd recommend Cosmo for the younger vibe. In your 50-60s I'd recommend Aria for being a bit more polished and upscale.
    I don't think any property in LV matches Wynn but your opinion may differ.
     
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  5. mgugs46

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    Sorry, should have added that. We are 45, 43 and 12
     
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    Aria. Although I don't think Vegas is really a kids place, I really don't think Cosmo is a kids place.
     
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    Things are nutty this year, but Cosmo has been doing this ice rink thing around the holidays that people like. I think our @irishdave has had the experience. It's always on my list but I always am too late. Maybe call and see if it's running this year.
     
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    Search previous threads for examples. Vegas at Christmas is awesome! Normally pretty quiet, mellow. Plus all the holiday menus at restaurants!!!
     
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    I went out last Xmas, and loved it for all the reasons, luck.ofthe.draw mentions.
     
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  10. mgugs46

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    Are the restaurants for the most part currently open?

    Anyone else have any knowledge on pools? Or hotel recommendations?
     
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    I’ve been to Vegas a few times during Christmas (my brother lives there). Many shows and a good number of casino restaurants are closed, as after the rodeo the town is dead. Some reopen for special Christmas menus (and upcharge holiday pricing). Things generally reopen within a few days leading up to New Years Eve.

    National Parks are generally slow also, which makes it a great time to visit. The only drawback is being at winter solstice with less than ten hours of sunlight (though the night sky should be crystal clear if you are planning to stay overnight and star gaze).

    I recommend Las Vegas at Christmas, and will return in future years. There was a thread last year dedicated to Vegas at Christmas which should provide more information, here is a link to my post in the thread.
     
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    One of the best times to go, up until Christmas day when the new years crowd starts to fill in, and its one of the best weeks of the year for comp offers and cheap rooms. Plus the decorations are awesome all over. Most pools are closed but there are some exceptions here and there. I have a pocture from my room last year on the 25th with the live temp on the TV, and the temperature was 42F, and it was raining off and on the entire 4 or 5 days I was there, so not a real good time for an outdoor pool, open or not. I definitely wouldnt count on pool time. But it's worth going for gambling and food and being in Vegas.
     
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    We have been at Christmas several times and it’s been great. Gaming and attractions are not that crowded, however we have found that restaurants can be very packed and reservations are a good thing.

    The unknown this year would be how Covid affects everything. In the past we found buffets to be a nightmare wait on and around Christmas. With the buffets being closed, I have no idea how it will affect restaurants.
     
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    We go a lot immediately after Xmas but before NYE. Very slow which suits us & chilly, in the 40s at night. My kids are teenagers now but when they were younger we would take them to the NYNY & Excalibur arcades which are closer to Luxor, Park MGM & MGM Grand. But Bellagio & Aria would be solid choices.

    You could try Rail Explorers (pedal powered train cars on old rail road tracks) but again it’s a little chilly if you do it in the evening. We’d also go outlet shopping.

    I had a chance to get a comp room at Cosmo but I couldn’t get a non suite moderately sized room with 2 beds & I felt Cosmo wasn’t kid friendly from a pool standpoint. We skipped Cosmo & FWIW I’ve never stayed there.
     
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    I've been to Vegas the week before Christmas many, many times... this sums it up...

     
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    We spent our first Christmas of what we hoped would be our new tradition last year and loved it. Keeping hope alive we may be able to spend Christmas in Vegas again this year.
     
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    We have taken both of our daughters (now ages 9 and 12) to LV for Christmas two years in a row. And both times stayed at Luxor in a Tower connecting suite. We bring a pop-up Christmas tree, and an extra suitcase with a few disposable gifts (so we don't have to bring home). Christmas morning is spent around the Christmas Tree with room service breakfast. Girls love the Luxor theme, and the arcades at Excalibur and NYNY are close (not sure if they are open during covid however). Momma packs beautiful dresses for Girls and we have a nice dinner with the girls every night. Truly special memories for our family.
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    Last year was the first time we missed a before Christmas trip in five years. I love Vegas in December but it does get cold when the sun goes down. I love the displays at the Wynn and Crystals Mall.

    Mark
     
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    Spent last Xmas in Vegas. We stayed @ the Cosmo and one pool was open and the other was turned into the skating rink it was pretty neat. I will say we saw a couple places closed for the holiday but not many. Bazar Meats at the SLS\Sahara took a week off i know that. Christmas is a really nice time to be there

    Some shameless self promotion, here's a link to my trip report from last year @ Xmas time:
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    Are any of the MGM properties offering 3 and 4 nights comped worth staying at?
     
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