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What to Do in Las Vegas in January

Updated: May 11, 2024

This post provides ten fun things to do in Las Vegas in January.

We include free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities, all updated for 2024. We also have a post on the weather in January.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY

This list covers ten fun, notable, and entertaining things to do in Las Vegas during the month of January.

We include a variety of attractions, events, festive activities, and more.


1. Go to 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.

Magicians

Magic Acts

Tip: Every now and then, some Las Vegas tourist passes include admission to the Criss Angel magic show.

If you’re planning to do a lot while you’re here, this could be a great way to save some money!


2. See a Theatrical Performance

If you want a theatrical experience, Las Vegas has something to meet everyone's interest.

Variety Acts

Theatre

NOTE: Not all January shows have been posted yet, but they should be appearing online in the coming months.

Tickets are typically over $100, but you might be able to save some money using a Las Vegas Tourist Pass!

If you're already planning to buy a travel pass, you can purchase one here: All-Inclusive GoCity Pass | The Explorer GoCity Pass | Flex Pass Las Vegas Sightseeing | Day Pass Las Vegas Sightseeing.


3. Enjoy the Very Talented

If you enjoy circus acts and stunning acrobatics, you will enjoy Cirque du Soleil. There's nothing quite like it.

See below for these and other shows you might enjoy this January.

Cirque du Soleil

Other Shows

Find other Las Vegas January performances here.

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4. See RuPaul's Drag Race

This popular reality television competition will be heading to Las Vegas January, and audiences will have many opportunities to see the next drag superstar.

Whether you're a fan of RuPaul or you just want to see some of the most creative performance artists in the world, this show is sure to please.

The shows run throughout the month, and tickets can be purchased here.


5. Go to a Live 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?

Concerts

If you still can’t find a show you want to see, check this list of concerts in Las Vegas for even more great opportunities.


6. See a Stand-Up Comedy Show

Las Vegas attracts a lot of the most famous comedians in the world, and there will be several great performers coming to Sin City this January.

Stand up Shows

Comedy Shows

Prop Comics

Comedy Clubs

Check out this list of comedy shows in Las Vegas to see who else is performing this month.


7. Attend a Sporting Event

Although there won’t be a lot of sports played this month, the T-Mobile Arena will be hosting a handful of home games for the Vegas Golden Knights in January.

Basketball

Football

Hockey

If you're a football fan, this is an excellent opportunity to see one of the last regular season NFL games of the year.

Find even more January sporting events in Vegas here.


8. See the Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The holidays might be over, but you’ll still have one last opportunity to see the wonderful lighting displays at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

This event will run until January 7th, 2024, so if you’re planning an early visit to the city, you may want to consider taking the family to this activity.

Learn more about Glittering Lights here.


9. Visit America's First Permanent Punk Rock Museum

The Punk Rock Museum, what some are calling a "Love Letter to Punk".

This 12,000-foot museum celebrates the music that first appeared 45 years ago, bringing with it not just a new sound, but fashion and pop culture.

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You'll find such items as Devo's energy dome helmets, Debbie Harry's Vultures shirt, and interactive exhibits that include musical instruments.

It will also share the story of punk, and explain how it's impacted future generations of musicans.

All of this can be found at 1422 Western Avenue, not far from The Strip.

For tickets and additional information, visit their website.


10. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

Anyone planning to enjoy as many activities as possible may want to think about getting a tourist pass to save money on some of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas.

Another advantage of this type of pass is that it’s much easier to use when trying to save money on attractions that are already pretty affordable.

One of the alternatives is a flex pass, which allows you to pay one flat price for a set number of activities (3, 4, 5, or 7). 

The only problem with this service is that you’ll essentially be paying a certain amount per activity, so it will be important to choose attractions that are as expensive as possible in order to save the most money.

Finally, an all-inclusive pass includes admission to dozens of different tours, museums, live theatrical performances, and more for a specific amount of time (2, 3, 4, or 5 days).

The more you use the pass, the more money you’ll save. Here are a few of the more popular attractions and activities included:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • Grand Canyon Day Trip
  • Las Vegas Helicopter Tour
  • Blue Man Group Ticket
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak
  • Cirque du Soleil Shows
  • Hoover Dam Tour
  • Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
  • Las Vegas Live Comedy Club
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The Mentalist
  • And more!

No matter which service you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% - 60% off general admission prices.

For more details, please read our post about Las Vegas tourist passes.

Or, if you'd already decided that one of the passes works for you, you can purchase one directly here: All Inclusive GoCity Pass | The Explorer GoCity Pass | Flex Pass Las Vegas Sightseeing | Day Pass Las Vegas Sightseeing.


Honorable Mention: Visit the Sphere at the Venetian Resort

The recently opened $1.2 billion MSG Sphere is the world's largest spherical structure.

Concerts, sporting events, films, and award shows will take place at the venue, which has 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.

Inside, it's just as impressive, with a stunning and even changing backdrop to the performers on the stage.

Note that visitors to the Sphere have discussed the steepness of the seating but have said that those who are afraid of heights will soon feel comfortable.

Visit the Sphere website for a list of shows and more information.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: May 11th, 2024
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