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What to Do in Las Vegas in January

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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 2023. We also have a post on the weather in January.

For additional ideas, make sure to consider some of the following options:


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

There are several great magicians who perform in Las Vegas throughout the year, and a few of the biggest names will be in town this month.

Here are some of the best magic shows to see in January:

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. Go to a Vegas Variety Show

Even when everything else is canceled or postponed, it seems like you just can't keep a good Las Vegas variety show down!

There are two great shows in particular that you might want to consider seeing this January.

WOW - The Vegas Spectacular is arguably one of the most popular options, and it includes several great musical acts, dancing, and more.

Alternatively, you may also enjoy V: The Ultimate Variety Show, which provides several different performances including aerialists, jugglers, and musicians.

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. Go See a Musical or Cirque Show

There are usually at least a few good musicals to see in Las Vegas.

Although there won’t be many hit shows available, there are a few interesting options you might like.

One of the most popular options will be Absinthe, which is somewhat like a burlesque show, but with more of a vaudevillian approach.

Alternatively, you may also enjoy Potted Potter, an unauthorized take on the story of Harry Potter.

This is a humorous take on the story, and it attempts to tell the entire tale within 70 minutes!

Here are a few other options you might want to consider:

Find all the Las Vegas theatre and musical performances here.

Note that some travel passes include shows. If you're interested in seeing what they offer, you can find them here: All Inclusive GoCity Pass | The Explorer GoCity Pass | Flex Pass Las Vegas Sightseeing | Day Pass Las Vegas Sightseeing.

4. See RuPaul's Drag Race

This popular reality television competition will be heading to Las Vegas later in January, and audiences will have multiple 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.

Due to the pandemic, you may be required to wear a face mask and/or practice social distancing.

  • Date: January 1st and 2nd
  • Location: Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Price: $135 and up
  • Purchase Tickets Here

5. Go to a Live Concert

Vegas attracts some of the most popular musicians in the world each month, and January is no different.

If you’re looking for a great concert to see, consider one of the following options:

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 tends to attract a lot of the most famous comedians in the world throughout the year, and there will be several great performers coming to Sin City this January.

Here are some of the best stand-up comedy shows to see in Las Vegas this month:

Even if you can't make it to one of these shows, there will be nightly shows at the Comedy Cellar.

Alternatively, check this list of stand-up comedy shows in Las Vegas to see who else is performing this month.

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

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.

If you’re a fan of NCAA Basketball, you may also want to check and see if the UNLV Rebels will be playing this month!

The Las Vegas Raiders will also have a few home game this month against the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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 all the 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 8th, 2023, so if you’re planning an early visit to the city, you may want to consider taking the family to this activity.

  • Tickets: $29-$39 per vehicle
  • Sunday through Thursday hours: 4:45 pm - 9 pm
  • Friday, Saturday & Holiday hours: 4:45 pm - 10 pm
  • Learn more about this event

9. Visit America's First Permanant Punk Rock Museum

Opening on January 13th, 2023, is 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.

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.


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,, and more.
Updated: March 30th, 2023
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