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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, including free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities, updated for 2021.

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, but there is only one notable act slated for the month of January: Criss Angel.



Luckily, Criss has a long history of performing some of the most impressive magic tricks and incredible feats the world has ever seen!

Some Las Vegas tourist passes include admission to this 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.



Vegas: The Show 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!

3. Go See a Musical

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.



The most popular option 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!

Find all the Las Vegas theatre and musical performances here.

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.

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. 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.

Of course, even if you don’t want to see everything, you can always choose the build-your-own-pass which will allow you to save 20% off tickets when you choose 2 or more activities.



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.

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!

Due to the pandemic, some games may be canceled or postponed, and if they end up selling tickets, you'll more than likely be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

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 10th, so if you’re planning an early visit to the city, you may want to consider taking the family to this activity.

9. Go Ice Skating

Much like the Glittering Lights event, you will also have one last opportunity to enjoy some ice skating right in the heart of Las Vegas!



The Cosmopolitan will be transforming their Boulevard Pool into an ice rink for the holidays, and visitors will be able to skate around the pool until January 3rd.

This event space will also feature falling snow, fire pits, and plenty of festive treats to enjoy.

10. Check Out the Las Vegas Arts District

On the first Friday of January, the Las Vegas Arts District will be hosting a block party to give the community an opportunity to celebrate creators in the area.



In addition to seeing the work of hundreds of artists, you’ll also have an opportunity to enjoy discounts at local restaurants and shops, as well as live entertainment outside on the streets!

This event might be canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus, but if it's still on, you should probably wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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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,, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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