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.
If you’re looking for even more ideas or trying to save some money, make sure to consider some of the following options:
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.
It probably won’t come as a shock, but there will be quite a few 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:
Sports fans will have several great games to attend in Las Vegas this month, including no less than 3 major events.
The CBS Sports Classic for NCAA Basketball will take place on December 21st, featuring both UNC vs UCLA and Kentucky vs Ohio State.
Fans of college football will be happy to hear that the Las Vegas Bowl will be taking place on the same day!
If you’re looking for a different kind of sporting event to attend, it’ll be hard to beat the National Finals Rodeo.
Visitors can expect the best rodeo performers around to be on hand for roping, steer wrestling, and bronc riding from December 5th – 14th.
Hockey fans are also in luck, as the Golden Knights will be playing several home games in Vegas this month.
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You can find a number of great theatre productions this month!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas will be making its way to a Las Vegas theater in December, giving families a wonderful opportunity to experience the festive Dr. Seuss story in an entirely new way.
With all the beloved songs included in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you might actually have a hard time stopping yourself from singing along!
It’s also worth noting that the Nevada Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker this month. If you’re looking for a classic holiday tale, there are few as beloved as this one!
TIP: While there won’t be any other holiday-themed musicals in Vegas this month, you can enjoy some classic holiday tunes from a live symphony orchestra thanks to the Las Vegas Philharmonic!
You can find all of the theatrical performances this month here.
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.
No matter when you come to Las Vegas, chances are you’ll be able to catch a great magic show.
December will be no different than usual, as some of the most famous magicians in the world will be performing this month.
TIP: Tickets to Criss Angel are also included with the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass. If you’re interested in seeing this magician perform live, consider using this service to save some money.
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.
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!
On December 7th, 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.
Even if you don’t feel like taking part in the race, you can always come and cheer on all the Santas who are participating for free!
NOTE: There is a walking tour of Fremont Street included with most major Las Vegas tourist passes.
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 from December 7th – January 4th.
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.
TIP: Admission to the High Roller ferris wheel is included with the Go Las Vegas Card at no extra cost.
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:
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.