If you’re thinking about going to Las Vegas in December, we’ve got you covered. We provide you with everything you need to know about
- The weather in December
- What to wear in December
- Which events and activities are worth it
- When it’s busy or crowded
- The winter holiday displays you must see
Weather in December
December in Las Vegas brings more refreshing weather than the scorching summers, but it never gets cold or freezing. The nights in this entertainment capital, on the other hand, can get relatively cool.
Good to know: December feels like pleasant spring weather in Vegas to visitors from the northern states.
During December, the average high temperature in Las Vegas is 58-60°F (14-16°C) degrees, It’s about 15°F degrees colder in the morning and late evening. The climate is dry and typical of a desert area, with little chance of rain. Daylight lasts for 9 hours 45 minutes on average.
As the month progresses, temperatures start to drop a bit. As a result, if you visit in early December, the temperatures are usually a little more pleasant.
- Early December: 61°F (16°C) average high
- Mid-December: 58°F (14°C) average high
- Late December: 56°F (14) average high
Does it snow in December? While you might see a few snow flurries, snowfall is very rare and uncommon in Las Vegas. This means you won’t have to worry about snowfall in December. However, there could be snow in the nearby mountains (about 45 minutes to drive).
December Quick Facts and Tips
Attractions/Shows: Every attraction is open in December, and all the shows are running.
Pools: In December, only a few hotels have heated pools. Make sure to check with your hotel first.
Accommodation: Hotel prices are moderate in early December, but they begin to rise before Christmas.
Clothing: Dress in layers, and carry a sweater, a light jacket, a medium jacket, and a pair of comfy long pants. Bring t-shirts for sunny afternoons.
What to Wear
Because of Las Vegas’s predictable weather during any month, a packing list for December is relatively easy to create.
In December, the majority of visitors to Las Vegas will want to dress warmly both during the day and at night. While you may feel more comfortable in a short-sleeved t-shirt on warmer and sunny afternoons during your vacation, a long-sleeved shirt is likely to be the ideal option for a December trip. Pack pants and jeans for both the day and night
- A light sweater or jacket
- A medium jacket
- Jeans or khakis
- Swimsuit (for hotels with heated pools)
- Shorts or skirts
- T-shirts and tank tops
- Long-sleeved t-shirt
- A collared shirt or a dressy blouse
Take note of the strict dress codes for restaurants and clubs if you’re traveling for Christmas and New Year’s. Many special events will have dress standards, so be prepared for this ahead of time.
Shows and Events in December (2021)
Find a list of shows, concerts, stand-up comedy, and other special events at the most popular hotels and casinos for December below:
- 1-31 December- Absinthe
- 1-15 December – Reba, Brooks & Dunn
- 9 December – Jeff Dunham
- 18 December – Journey
- 28-31 December- Usher
MGM Grand: 1-31 December
- David Copperfield [Ticket reservation here]
- The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
- Jabbawockeez [Ticket reservation here]
- 1-31 December – Shin Lim [Ticket reservation here]
- 1-31 December – The Beatles LOVE
- 3, 4, 10, 11 December – Ron White
- 9 December – Steve Trevino
- 17, 18 December – Ray
Cirque Du Soleil: 1-31 December
- Michael Jackson: ONE
- O Bu Cirque Du Soleil
- The Beatles LOVE
- 1-31 December – Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson: ONE
- 1 – 31 December – Shark Reef Aquarium [Ticket reservation here]
- 1-12 December – Santana
- 4 December – LIT AF Tour
- 1-11 December – Carrie Underwood
- 29, 31 December – Katy Perry
- 1-31 December – Atomic Saloon
- 1-31 December – Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
- 31 December – The Go-Go’s
- 4 December – Josh Turner
- 8 December – Jim Gaffigan
- 9 December – Nate Bargatze
- 15 December -Pink Martini & China Forbes
- 17-18 December -Chris Isaak
Planet Hollywood: 1 – 31 December
- The Jets 80s 90s Experience [Ticket reservation here]
- All Shook Up – Tribute to the King [Ticket reservation here]
- Criss Angel
- V – The Ultimate Variety [Ticket reservation here]
- Zombie Burlesque [Ticket reservation here]
- Vegas! The Show
- 2-12 – Shania Twain
- 16-23 Backstreet Boys
- 29-31 – Kiss
Crowds and Rates
The beginning of December is an excellent time to visit Las Vegas, while Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest two weeks of the year. Hotel rates reflect this since they steadily climb during the month.
Tip: If possible, book your Christmas and New Year’s Eve getaway to Las Vegas months in advance. Otherwise, try to find deals via the deals finder from booking.com (see above), or via this link: Las Vegas Hotel Deals (sort by start rating and price).
We suggest choosing your hotel based on its facilities (its restaurants, pool, and entertainment, etc.) This can save you money and time.
12 Things to Do in December in Vegas
With many activities and things to do in Vegas, choosing which to pursue can be difficult. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Vegas in December, starting with the special events around Christmas or New Year’s Eve:
1. New Year’s Eve Fireworks at The Plaza
Every year, The Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas offers a splendid New Year’s Eve firework show. The fireworks begin at midnight and can be viewed free from the sidewalk/street area under the hotel.
Adults can purchase tickets to the entire New Year’s Eve event at The Plaza, which features dinner, champagne at midnight to accompany the fireworks, and entertainment. This event begins at 6:30 pm and is reserved for only those above 21 years old. Details are found here: Plaza Hotel New Year’s Eve.
2. Holiday Lights at the LINQ
The LINQ is a hotel in Vegas with a promenade (known as The LINQ Promenade) that offers rides, shops, and restaurants. During December, the whole promenade is lit up in celebration of the holidays. Some years The High Roller Observation Wheel (a giant Ferris wheel) is decorated with holiday-colored lights.
A large Christmas tree is erected every year, and The Lights At The LINQ Show plays holiday music with lights that correspond to the music. The light show occurs every thirty minutes from 5:30 pm until 11:30 pm during the holiday season. Check The LINQ’s website for additional activities to do at the promenade here: The LINQ Promenade.
3. Glittering Lights
This event is perfect for families and features a holiday-themed drive-thru holiday light show. You can choose to ride on the Santa Tram, which allows you to experience this event quicker than the drive-thru lanes.
- The show opens at dusk and closes at 9 PM or 10 PM
- From November 12 to January 10 (subject to change)
Tickets can be purchased for the whole season or a single night here: Glittering Lights Las Vegas.
4. Bellagio Conservatory Winter Display
If you’re in Vegas in December, the 14,000-square-foot Bellagio Conservatory’s winter holiday exhibit is a must-see. It’s an absolutely spectacular festive winter sight.
Every year, the garden is decorated with thousands of sparkling lights, over 28,000 poinsettias, and a magnificently decorated 40-foot-tall Christmas tree.
The opening dates change slightly every season. The Winter exhibit is usually open from early December until early January. This year (2021), it was even available until January 9. Check details here: Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
5. NFR Wrangler
This event is held each year for about 1.5 weeks at the beginning of December, changing dates every year. NFR Wrangler is one of the most famous rodeo events in the US and has been occurring each year since 1959. Due to the popularity of this event, hotel rates and crowds rise significantly at this time.
Tickets can be purchased directly through the NFR Wrangler website or Stubhub.
6. Ice Skating at the Cosmo or at The Park
In the winter, you can head to the infamous Cosmopolitan Hotel for a wintery ice-skating experience to get you in the holiday spirit. Their pool turns into a winter wonderland with an ice skating rink, curated drinks and food, a bonfire, and even smores. Stunning views are also part of this activity as the rink sits above The Las Vegas Strip.
Alternative Ice Rink: At The Park between Monte Carlo Resort and New York – New York.
7. Shin Lim Magic Show
Shin Lim won America’s Got Talent and now provides his up-close magic at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Shin Lim’s magic show is a family-friendly show full of fun magic tricks. Find more information and tickets here: Shin Lim Magic Show.
8. Hike at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
December is the perfect time to hike at this location as you’ll avoid the higher temperatures that Las Vegas is known for. If the weather is rainy, there is also a scenic drive available which requires reservations in December. For those who arrive on a day with pleasant weather, a picnic area is open, along with multiple hiking trails.
During December, you can attend multiple events at Red Rock Canyon. Educational talks, as well as guided hikes, are available. Most of the events listed are free and don’t require reservations. However, it’s best to check the website in case reservations or a fee is required. See more details and tickets: Red Rock Canyon.
9. Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand
This hip-hop dance group was also on America’s Got Talent and won America’s Best Dance Crew. When viewing this show, you’ll be able to see exciting, choreographed dances that will leave you and your family impressed. Jabbawockeez is the perfect activity when wondering what to do in Las Vegas in December.
Additional details and tickets: Jabbawockeez At MGM.
10. Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam Tour
For those seeking a break from the busyness of downtown Las Vegas, you can take a tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam in December. This is a full-day tour (11-12 hours) featuring sights of the West Rim along. Your tour guide will drive you through Joshua Tree Forest and lead you on a hike to Guano Point, among other natural attractions. Purchase tickets here: Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Tour.
Area15, an indoor attraction just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, provides larger-than-life art installations, virtual reality experiences, unusual and intriguing experiences, and events. It’s similar to a shopping mall, except instead of typical stores, you’ll find artists and unique things to interact with. This is a must-see in January if you appreciate interactive art.
12. Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in the vintage Las Vegas hotels and casinos. The iconic neon signs from prominent Las Vegas establishments such as the Sahara, Golden Nugget, and Stardust are skillfully and lovingly refurbished here. The attraction was built in the 1930s, and there are now over 200 neon signs on the spacious property.
The Neon Museum is ideal for a December visit because everything is outside and it often gets far too hot in the months from spring to fall.