Planning a Christmas holiday, Las Vegas-style


Las Vegas is known across the world as a holiday destination that promises excitement, glamour and – potentially – riches. However, it’s also a wonderfully festive location for a unique Christmas getaway, where comfy holiday traditions are replaced with the bright lights of casinos and glitzy evening entertainment. Even if you don’t want to gamble, there are so many Christmas activities in Las Vegas for adults and children that you’ll soon be convinced it’s the ideal destination for a festive family holiday.

To start with, everything is open in Las Vegas on Christmas Day, including casinos, shops, restaurants and bars, so you definitely won’t be spending the 25th of December cooped up in your hotel room. However, remember that the city is busy at this time of year so if you have your heart set on dining at a particular restaurant, book your table several weeks (or months, if you can) in advance. Apply the same logic to booking tickets for shows too. Great Christmas performances in Las Vegas in 2010 come from the veteran singer Barry Manilow, magician David Copperfield, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Vegas favourites the Blue Man Group.

If you’re visiting the city before the 25th, rest assured that it’s the perfect place to buy all your Christmas gifts. Every store in Las Vegas puts on an amazing Christmas display to really get shoppers into the spirit of the holidays. Popular shopping destinations include the shops at Caesar’s Palace, the Venetian, Le Boulevard at Paris and the Las Vegas Outlet Mall, while Via Bellagio caters to customers on the luxury end of the retail market. So however much money you’re planning to spend on your loved ones this Christmas, Las Vegas’ array of shops are sure to help you find perfect gifts within a budget.

Of course, a central part of Christmas holidays in Las Vegas is taking the time to appreciate its awe-striking lights, Christmas trees and decorations. The famous dancing fountains at the Bellagio, for example, are modified to the tune of Christmas music, while the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens recreate a traditional wintry scene that’s delightfully at odds with the surrounding desert landscape. What’s more, the annual Winter Lights Festival at Springs Preserve is a local favourite and this year will see half a million solar-powered LED lights illuminate its eight-acre garden.

Finally, be sure to stray away from the Las Vegas Strip to Freemont Street, especially if your holiday vacation in Las Vegas extends over the New Year Period. Each year, Freemont Street hosts a huge New Years Eve party with music and fireworks, offering a truly unforgettable way to say hello to the first day of the New Year. So however you plan to spend your festive getaway in Las Vegas, you can be sure that you’ll have great Christmas memories for years to come.

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