Unique December Events in Las Vegas: What To Do


Welcome to winter in Las Vegas! Sin City may not get the snow that defines the holiday season throughout most of the United States, but that doesn’t make Las Vegas any less festive when it comes to yuletide cheer. If you’ll be traveling to the city during the month of December, take advantage of one of these many events:

Miss Rodeo America Pageant – Held November 29-December 5 in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo (more information below), the Miss Rodeo America Pageant is the culminating contest for the reigning state rodeo queens to compete in the areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality. There are many events tied to the competition, and several are open to the public, including the horsemanship event and a fashion show.

National Finals Rodeo – Considered one of the most prestigious rodeos in the world, the National Finals Rodeo will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center December 2-11. For ten days, competitors will take to the arena with bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and barrel racing. Though tickets for this popular event have already sold out, there will be a select number of tickets available at the National Finals Rodeo Ticket Exchange at the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, which will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon – Drawing thousands of runners from around the United States and beyond, the Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon only recently became one of the famed Rock ‘n’ Roll races. The name change has also created a more positive vibe for the foot race, which travels up Las Vegas Boulevard and past several places along the course where bands will be providing live entertainment. This year the race is being held on December 5. It starts in the Mandalay Bay parking lot.

Christmas in Las Vegas – Unlike many cities that shut down on Christmas Day, Las Vegas is alive and bustling. You’ll have no problem finding a place to eat or things to do. Embrace the holiday spirit by checking out the winter-themed Conservatory and Botanical Gardens inside the Bellagio, and catch a performance by the dancing fountains outside. Stop by the Fashion Show Mall for a runway appearance by Santa Claus himself. Regardless of where you go, you’ll find the resorts on the Las Vegas Strip outfitted with holiday lights and cheer.

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas – If you want to spend your New Year’s Eve partying in Las Vegas, book a room now. Las Vegas is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. All of the nightclubs will be packed with celebrities, and there is always a huge party held on Fremont Street. This year there will be fireworks set off from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, ARIA, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Venetian and Stratosphere.

Author’s Bio: JoAnna Haugen is the travel writer behind WhyGo Las Vegas, an online guide with information about cheap airfare, Las Vegas hotels and things to do in Sin City.

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