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Winter Break in Las Vegas

Looking for great activities this week during the winter break in Las Vegas? We've got plenty of suggestions!

Las Vegas is an incredibly entertaining and exciting city to visit at any time of year, but it’s especially delightful during the winter months. The unique attractions this city has to offer are plentiful and diverse, ranging from the amazing nightlife on the Strip to a variety of winter activities that will make your trip unforgettable.

Not only do you get the chance to try your luck in some of the world’s best casinos, but you can also experience breathtaking shows and concerts from top performers around the world. There’s a plethora of dining options for every taste and budget, plus endless shopping opportunities in many of the incredible malls and boutiques this vibrant city has to offer. There’s something for everyone here in Las Vegas during wintertime! Here are five great things to do during the winter break. 

Five Winter Vegas Activities


There’s no shortage of activities at AREA15, and it’s certainly not possible to get bored. If you haven’t visited for the holidays, try and make a visit this season. We recently attended a media event that took us all over the massive property. We began the evening at the Liftoff Bar (even if you don’t go up, there’s a fun winter photo opp that’ll make you feel like you’re definitely not in Vegas anymore), headed over to the multicolored tree at Oddwood to sample the festive holiday cocktails (try and find one of the leaves to scan so you can also check out the secret menu which includes fun offerings with each secret drink), sat down at The Beast by Todd English for a fun dinner (great eats and fun Instagrammable foods), and then made our way over to The Portal for an immersive viewing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” AREA15 is a fun destination for visitors of all ages, and it’s the perfect destination for those who can’t quite decide what they want to do or where they want to go. 

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AREA15 Entry Las Vegas (©Melanie Lee)

Restaurant Festa

Restaurant Festa at Eataly is a fantastic opportunity to experience some of the finest Italian cuisines in the city. From December 19-23, guests can savor an exquisite menu featuring Manzo E Tartufo, Caviale E Burrata, Angnolotti E Tartufo, Bruschetta Al Tartufo, and Ravioli Di Zucca. With dishes ranging from decadent and luxurious to comforting and homey, there is something suitable for every palate. What’s more, diners can expect generous portions that won’t break the bank—starting at just $29 per person for a two-course meal with plenty of customizable options available! We got to sample some of the menu items during a recent media tasting and were pleasantly surprised by the portion size and the quality/price. The experienced team of chefs at Restaurant Festa uses only the freshest ingredients in their creations to ensure that each dish is perfectly balanced and full of flavor. The exclusive dining event is a fantastic way to try out some of the great offerings at Eataly. 

Bruschetta Al Tartufo at Eataly Las Vegas | WHERE Traveler®
Bruschetta Al Tartufo at Eataly Las Vegas (©Melanie Lee)

Glittering Lights

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a festive holiday drive-thru extravaganza with over three million dazzling lights. From glowing snowflakes to majestic palaces, this winter wonderland features something for everyone. The seasonal attraction runs daily from 4:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tickets are available online or through various locations across the city—from Terrible’s to La Bonita Supermarkets. Prices range from $29 for weekday value tickets, $39 for car or truckload any-day tickets, $129 for a season pass, and $64 for a fast pass powered by Diamondback Land Surveying. In addition to spectacular lights, guests can enjoy Santa Tram rides at an additional cost of just $20 per person. So don’t miss out on this fantastic event that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit! 

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Las Vegas Sign (Courtesy Glittering Lights)

Flight Club

The newest hotspot in Las Vegas is perfect for groups of all sizes. We attended the highly-anticipated opening at the Grand Canal Shoppes this week and loved every minute of our media visit (you can read more about the Flight Club concept here). While many might associate darts with a smoky bar and pub grub, Flight Club presents the group activity in a completely different light. Entering the space, you’ll find yourself transported to a Victorian fairground (which is where darts originated). The food combines some of the best global flavors, and the cocktails are colorful creations of their own. Pricing is per person/per hour, and oches come in all different sizes to accommodate groups. 

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Carousel Bar (Courtesy Flight Club) 

Visit Mount Charleston

If you’re in the mood to find some winter wonderland vibes, prep your vehicle and make your way to Mount Charleston. We have a fun winter visit guide here, and it’s the closest spot to Las Vegas to enjoy a snowy atmosphere. Make sure to pack warm clothing and emergency items, as the weather can change at any moment.

Las Vegas

If you’re looking for even more fun and festive times, check out “The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle,” these three exciting pop-up barsNightmare Before X-Màs, ENCHANT at the Las Vegas Ballpark and Resorts World Las Vegasplenty of family-friendly activities, and some of the most dazzling free attractions

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Mount Charleston (©Kevin Ortiz)