Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by jhpa, Jun 21, 2017.
How busy is this week? Might be looking at a trip from dec 26 to dec 29
Shortly after Xmas it's still pretty quiet on the strip, but the closer you get to NYE the busier it gets. It will be ramping up heavily by your fly out day. The last 4 years I've been in town over Xmas - absolutely love it, great time of year and it's a nice, relaxed vibe but I usually am out by the 27th latest...I have little patience for the NYE dudebro invasion.
It's dead until the 2-3 days leading up to NYE
You can stay at the Cosmo for the low $100's the week before xmas
Do hotels decorate for Christmas? Would imagine some of the decorations / trees would be pretty at the nicer hotels.
The two weeks before Christmas used to be the last 'dead' time in Vegas, but the shopping craze has done away with that. Maybe arrive on Christmas Eve and leave before the 29th?
I was looking to go this week but flights the week before 26 to 30 were insane. 2.5x as normal. So I think I will come in after new years day
Before I retired, we would usually work in a LV trip while my school was out for Christmas. We really enjoyed those trips as things seemed to be a little more relaxed. We usually headed home a couple of days before NYE. The only thing on the down side that I remember was that some of the shows were dark at that time. I hope that we take that tradition back up this December.
that time of year is still dead relative to other times based on the room rates and downtimes for some shows and restaurants. It's also a terrible time for conventions.
Its a fun time to go. I've gone solo a few times, and going again this year, and I enjoy the slower paced atmosphere. It can be cold in LV in December, definitely bring a good jacket. Some of the shows are dark but overall the value is great the week surrounding Christmas. Have a great trip!!!
If you want Vegas during its slowest time go the week leading up to Christmas. I did two years ago. Literally every staff member from any resort/restaurant said it was the slowest time of the year when I asked - and it showed. I got there the 20th and left Christmas morning on the first flight out. Really not busy at all.
This is our pattern for a holiday trip. Room comps are easy, lines are short, crowds are down (but not as down as they were maybe 10 years ago).
You'll often (but not always) save $$$ by flying back on Christmas day. The crowds at McCarran are most definitely down and the chance of getting a row with a free center seat approaches 1.
Some shows are dark this time, but not as many as in years gone by.
One annoyance, and I know this is petty but it does get to you after being bathed in it for 4-5 days straight ... casino music. In many places it's non-stop endless-loop Jingle Bell Rock and the like. It gets OLD after a couple of days. Sams Town does, to their credit, seem to alternate between usual mixes and holiday mixes during the day, but at night it's a tight mix of the usual suspect holiday tunes over and over and over and over and over! Maybe 2010 or so the CET places seemed to back off on non-stop holiday tunes, but lately they seem to have endless loop holiday stuff. I've gotten in the habit of doing earbuds and the smart phone when it starts getting to me.
Most hotels now do a "Special Christmas Brunch" or something like that at their buffet, which means the usual fare with maybe some house champagne at a jacked-up price.
I got a kick out of some obviously-repurposed signage that was all over Sams Town last year. (Sorry for the crummy cell phone photo.)
There are touches of Xmas around (the big tree by Venetian, the holiday display at Bellagio, etc), but inside the resorts they don't hit you over the head with it. It's one of the reasons I love going to Vegas over that week, it's festive and there's a great energy in the air but it's not "XMAS XMAS XMAS" like the rest of the country. I think the resorts also try to be respectful of the large number travelers from other cultures/beliefs who are in town during that period, and who maybe don't want to be assaulted with Santas and pine trees and ornaments everywhere.
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