There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas, and even a trip in December is sure to be memorable in a lot of ways. This post provides ten fun things to do throughout the month, including family-friendly, free and nighttime activities.
This post has been updated for 2021. The pandemic has not caused many significant alterations to worry about!
If you’re looking for even more ideas or trying to save some money, make sure to consider some of the following options:
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO
The following list covers ten of the most popular and interesting things to do in Las Vegas during the month of December.
We include a variety of attractions, events, festive activities and more.
1) Go to a Concert
It probably won’t come as a shock, but there will be some great concerts to attend in Las Vegas throughout December.
Whether you’re a fan of classic rock, country music, hip hop or pop music, chances are you’ll find a show to watch.
Here are a few of the best musical performances to see in Vegas this month:
- Journey | Dec 1st - 18th
- Santana | Dec 1st - 12th
- Carrie Underwood | Dec 1st - 11th
- Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn | Dec 1st - 15th
- Shania Twain | Dec 2nd - 12th
- Barry Manilow | Dec 2nd - 4th
- George Strait | Dec 3rd & 4th
- Sevendust, Daughtry, Tremonti | Dec 5th
- Ronnie Milsap | Dec 6th
- Backstreet Boys | Dec 16th - 23rd
- Usher | Dec 28th - 31st
- Katy Perry | Dec 29th - 31st
- Kiss | Dec 29th - 31st
- Blue Oyster Cult | Dec 31st
Due to the pandemic, some concerts might be postponed or canceled and you may be required to wear a mask or observe social distancing guidelines.
2) Enjoy Live Stand-up Comedy
A lot of famous comedians like to perform in Las Vegas, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to discover that there will be several notable stand-up shows to see in December.
- Jon Lovitz | Dec 1st - 29th
- Jeff Dunham | Dec 3rd, 9th
- Martin Lawrence | Dec 4th
- Carrot Top | Dec 7th - 30th
- Jim Gaffigan | Dec 8th
- Ray Romano, David Spade | Dec 17th, 18th
- Rob Schneider | Dec 30th, 31st
- Doug Stanhope | Dec 31st
Due to the pandemic, you may be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines at these comedy shows.
3) See a Musical or Ballet
You can find a number of great theatre productions this month!
There aren't really any new musicals or theatrical performances for December 2021, but there are several great shows which are hosted in Las Vegas throughout the year, and they are going to be available throughout the month.
These shows include the Cirque Du Soleil performances, Thunder From Down Under, Menopause: The Musical and others.
One thing we should note is that you may be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing requirements due to the pandemic.
- Cirque Du Soleil - O
- Cirque Du Soleil - Mystere
- Cirque Du Soleil - The Beatles: LOVE
- Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson: ONE
- Thunder From Down Under
- Menopause: The Musical
- Blue Man Group
You can find all of the theatrical performances this month here.
4) Experience a Magic Show
No matter when you come to Las Vegas, chances are you’ll be able to catch a great magic show.
December 2021 will be more or less back to usual with familiar faces returning to dazzle audiences with their tricks of the trade.
- Penn and Teller | Dec 1st
- David Copperfield |Dec 1st - 31st
- Murray the Magician | Dec 2nd - 31st
- Shin Lim | Dec 2nd - 31st
Keep in mind that you may need to wear a mask and observe social distancing to attend these shows.
5) Go Ice Skating
Believe it or not, you can actually enjoy the festive activity of ice skating in Las Vegas. During the winter, the Cosmopolitan opens up an ice rink where you can go skating with your family or loved ones.
Aside from the skating rink, there will also be snow showers every 30 minutes, fire pits to sit by, and plenty of great holiday treats to purchase.
In years past, this attraction has been available throughout the entire month of December, and it is usually open until midnight each evening.
The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink will likely be open once again in 2021, but you might be required to wear a mask and the rink capacity will probably be limited.
While entry into the area is free, admission for ice skating will cost about $20 per person. That said, if you just want to enjoy the atmosphere, it won’t cost a thing to visit this location!
6) Celebrate the Holidays at The LINQ Promenade
If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, a trip to the LINQ Promenade is definitely in order.
This public area turns into a winter wonderland every December, with plenty of fun activities to enjoy.
Visitors can expect a variety of festive decorations, carolers and holiday music, as well as a holiday show featuring singing and dancing every night.
These performances are entirely free to enjoy!
In addition to the holiday shows, the decorations, the music and everything else, the High Roller ferris wheel ride will be decorated for the season.
The LINQ Promenade is open as of September 2021, so they will more than likely be hosting holiday events this year, but it should be noted that changes to the schedule might take place.
It's also worth noting that you may be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing rules if you choose to visit.
TIP: Admission to the High Roller ferris wheel is included with the Go Las Vegas Card at no extra cost.
7) Attend the Great Santa Run
On December 4th, Opportunity Village will be hosting a holiday-themed race and every contestant will be dressed as Santa Claus.
In addition to the race itself, there will also be live entertainment, festive music and other fun activities to enjoy, as well as an after-party at the finish of the race.
The Great Santa Run will be taking place at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The event will begin at around 8 am and run until at least 1:30 pm.
This event will be both in-person and virtual in 2021. What this means is you can still enjoy and partake in the festivities even if you don't physically attend the race.
NOTE: There is a walking tour of Fremont Street included with most major Las Vegas tourist passes.
8) Take the Kids to Bellagio Conservatory
During the holiday season, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens gets decked out with festive decorations – often made with flowers and plants.
In years past, they’ve had displays with the Coca-Cola polar bears, and you can usually expect to see at least a few Christmas trees while you’re here.
This is one of the few areas of the Bellagio where children are actually welcome, and it’s entirely free for all families to enjoy.
The Bellagio Conservatory will be open for the holidays throughout the month of December.
There are currently no plans to cancel this event in 2021, but you should probably expect them to observe social distancing rules and it might be required to wear a mask.
9) Attend a Sporting Event
There are typically several great games to attend in Las Vegas this month.
For example, fans of college football will be happy to hear that the Las Vegas Bowl is still scheduled to take place this year.
The Vegas Golden Knights also have several games scheduled for this month, giving hockey fans something to get excited about.
The Las Vegas Raiders will also have two home games this month against the Washington Football Team on December 5th and the Denver Broncos on December 26th.
10) Save Money With a Tourist Pass
No matter what types of activities you have planned while visiting Las Vegas, a tourist pass could help you save a lot of money.
The easiest option is to build-your-own-pass, which allows you to save 20% off two or more different attractions.
One of the best things about this service is that you don’t have to plan out too many activities.
All-inclusive passes are another option, and they provide access to dozens of different tours, shows, and museums for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days).
The only problem with this pass is that you have to use it for as many activities as possible while you have it in order to save a lot of money.
Flex passes allow you to pay one flat price for a set number of attractions (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7).
While this type of pass can be useful for expensive activities, you might not save as much if you use it at locations that are already affordable.
If you’re looking for a pass that will save you a few bucks on tickets that are already cheap, consider a build-your-own-pass instead.
Here are some of the most popular attractions included with various Las Vegas tourist passes:
- Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Tour
- Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
- LINQ High Roller Ferris Wheel
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Las Vegas Segway Tour
- Eiffel Tower Las Vegas
- Criss Angel Mindfreak
- Grand Canyon Tour
- Madame Tussauds
- Hoover Dam Tour
- Planet Hollywood
- Cirque du Soleil
- The Mentalist
- And more!
Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you can easily save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission prices.
For more information about these services and how they work, please read our post covering Las Vegas tourist passes.
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