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, and is updated for 2022.
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:
- Barry Manilow | December 1st
- Tanya Tucker | December 2nd
- George Strait | December 2nd, 3rd
- Luke Bryan | December 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th
- Aerosmith | December 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th
- Andrea Bocelli | December 3rd
- Miranda Lambert | December 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th
- ZZ Top | December 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th
- Ronnie Milsap | December 5th
- Social Distortion | December 15th, 16th, 17th
- David Foster/Katherine McPhee | December 16th, 17th
- Night Ranger | December 30th
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.
Stand Up Comics
- Jeff Dunham | December 2nd
- Ron White | December 2nd, 3rd, 9th. 10th
- Eddie Griffin | December 5th - 28th
- Jim Gaffigan | December 7th, 9th, 10th
- Ray Romano/David Spade | December 16th, 17th
- Gabriel Iglesias | December 27th, 29th, 29th, 30th
If you’re looking for an alternative to these performances, you can also go to comedy clubs such as the Laugh Factory or the Comedy Cellar for additional laughs.
3. See a Musical or Ballet
There are several great shows which are hosted in Las Vegas throughout the year, and you can find a number of great theatre productions this month!
Just some of the shows on offer in December are:
- Menopause - the Musical | December 1st - 29th
- Bat Out of Hell - the Musical | December 13th - 30th
- Piff the Magic Dragon | December 22nd - 30th
- Soul of Motown | December 1st - 30th
Cirque Du Soleil
- KA | December 14th - 30th
- Mystere | December 2nd - 30th
- The Beatles: LOVE | December 1st - 30th
- Michael Jackson: ONE | December 1st - 30th
There is a show for everyone!
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.
- Penn and Teller | December 6th, 8th, 10th
- David Copperfield | December 1st - 30th
- Murray the Magician | various dates in December
- Shin Lim | December 15th - 30th
- Criss Angel | December 16th - 30th
If you're willing to suspend disbelief and let yourself enjoy the skill, suspense, and showmanship of these talented magicians, you will surely have an entertaining time.
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.
While entry into the area is free, admission for ice skating has cost about $20 per person in previous years.
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.
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 3rd, 2022 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.
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.
9. Attend a Sporting Event
There are typically several great games to attend in Las Vegas this month.
- Las Vegas Golden Knights | December 7th, 9th, 11th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd
- Henderson Silver Knights | December 2nd, 3rd, 14th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 30th
- Las Vegas Raiders | December 4th, 18th
Other Sporting Events
- In College football, the PAC-12 Championship comes to Allegiant Stadium on December 2nd, 2022.
- The 2022 National Rodeo Finals are December 1st - 10th at Thomas and Mack Center.
- The 2022 Mosconi Cup, a nine-ball pool tournament, is at Balleys from December 1st - 3rd.
- The Bullring: Open Comp takes place at Las Vegas Speedway on December 1st and 2nd.
- Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, a finess industry showcase, takes place December 15th - 18th at Planet Hollywood.
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.