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 2023.
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
Las Vegas is known for its entertainment, so isn't surprising that there are so many big-name artists coming through the city year-round.
And what better way to spend a night in Las Vegas than seeing your favorite artist perform in person?
- Depeche Mode | December 1st
- Usher | December 1st, 2nd
- Garth Brooks | December 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th
- Barry Manilow | December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th
- Carrie Underwood | December 1st, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th
- U2 | December 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th
- Kylie Minogue | December 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th
- Bruno Mars | December 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 30th
- Luke Bryan | December 29th, 30th
- Forever Midnight | December 30th | LV FestPark | feat: Deeper Purpose, Green Velvet, and more
Check out this list of even more concerts taking place in Vegas in December.
Note that there are also several musicians who perform in Vegas all year, and some of those shows are included with various Las Vegas tourist passes.
2. Enjoy Live Stand-up Comedy
Many famous comedians stop in Las Vegas throughout the year. There are also some comics in residence that audiences greatly enjoy.
Below are just some folks with shows in December.
Stand Up Shows
- Jeff Dunham | December 8th
- Nimesh Patel | December 9th
- Jeff Foxworthy | December 15th
- Jim Gaffigan | December 8th, 9th
- Jim Jefferies | December 8th, 9th
- John Waters Christmas | December 6th
Note that some clubs actually offer discounted admission with Las Vegas tourist passes.
Click here for even more comedy shows in Vegas in December.
3. See a Theatrical Performance
If you want a theatrical experience, Las Vegas has something to meet everyone's interest.
Shows taking place in December include:
Cirque Du Soleil
Other Stage Shows
You can find even more theatrical performances in December in Las Vegas here.
NOTE: Permanent theatrical productions such as Blue Man Group, Vegas: The Show, and even some Cirque Du Soleil shows are included with at least one Las Vegas tourist pass.
4. Enjoy a Magic Show
Several of the most famous magicians in the world call Las Vegas their home, and they frequently perform in this city throughout the year.
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.
- David Copperfield
- Piff the Magic Dragon
- Shin Lim
- Jen Kramer
- Criss Angel
- Penn and Teller
- Murray the Magician
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 2nd, 2023, Opportunity Village will be hosting its holiday-themed race, one where every runner 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 run will take place in downtown Las Vegas.
For more information, visit the Great Santa Run website.
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 get decked out with festive decorations.
100 workers toil to create a winter wonderland each year, with Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, polar bears, and more.
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.
Other hotels that have had holiday events or displays have included:
- Enchant on the Strip at Resorts World
- Holiday Cactus Garden at Ehtel M Chocolate Factory
- Holiday Display at ARIA Resort & Casino
- Enchant Christmas Village Las Vegas Ballpark
- Scuba Santa at the Silverton Aquarium
- Wynn's Winter Wonderland
- Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
- Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland Display at Sam's Town
9. Attend a Sporting Event
There are typically several great games to attend in Las Vegas this month.
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.
Visit the Sphere at the Venetian Resort
The $1.2 billion MSG Sphere, which, when completed, will be the world's largest spherical structure, is expected to open at the end of September 2023.
Concerts, sporting events, films, and award shows will take place at the venue, which will have enough room for up to 25,000 people!
What's impressive at first glance are the millions of LEDs covering the outside of the building.
These can be programmed to advertise upcoming shows, send holiday messages, or just light up the Vegas sky with an interesting design.
The sphere will also have the world's highest resolution LED screen on the inside, larger than the area of 3 football fields.
This will add a stunning backdrop to the performers taking the stage there.
Guests won't have to worry about sound as there will be over 150,000 speakers inside.
Audiences will be able to feel vibrations along with the sound.
Visit the Sphere website for a list of shows and more information.