For the traditionalist, the post-modern neon-lit fleshpot that is Las Vegas might not stand out as the natural choice for a seasonal break. But while a white Christmas may be a stretch, spending the festive period in Vegas can be an unforgettable experience.
Here’s our pick of things to do during the yuletide period.
The Ice Rink at Boulevarde Pool
This is an understandably popular attraction, offering a pleasingly wintery vibe, with regular ‘snowfalls’. It’s free to come here if you just want to hang out, though you’ll need to pay if you want to skate. Open until midnight, on certain days you can even catch Christmas-themed movies if you’re not in the mood to skate.
The Bunkhouse Saloon
Want a taste of home, even as you’re living it up in Vegas? In the build-up to Christmas Day, head to the Bunkhouse; on Saturday the 23rd of December, the theme is ‘A Very Britpop Christmas’, with local bands providing their own interpretations of classic British indie tunes from the late 1980s and ‘90s. Pulp, Blur, Oasis – but maybe there will be some more offbeat fare too? Listening to a cover of Mersey Paradise while boozing it up for Christmas? Sure, we guess you could do that in Hartlepool too, but there’s something about Vegas that makes this seem infinitely more glamourous…
Mystic Falls Park
If you’re looking for something a little more family friendly, Mystic Falls Park could be worth a visit. Head to Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and amongst the laser light shows, you’ll also find Santa himself, plus a glimpse of his Workshop, complete with elves. Hey, it’s good for the kids (or, you know, if you’re on some kind of mind-altering substance)…
Visit the Strip
Head to Vegas’ central hub and despite the decorations, in some ways, you wouldn’t actually know it’s Christmas; from bars to restaurants, shops to casinos, many of these places stay open, even on the big day itself. A word of caution – if you are planning to eat out, you’ll pay for the privilege, with many restaurants generally doubling their prices for the 25th.
If you’re in the mood for a superior experience in gluttony, all December long this establishment in Caesar’s Palace will make your disgusting dreams come true. Book a reserved table for $98 (using the OpenTable reservation service) and you’ll get a seafood tower and an all-you-can-drink package, as well as access to a deliciously fine buffet experience. How good can a buffet be, you might be thinking, but this place has a staggering variety of dishes, from Asian food to Mexican munchies, with all points in between covered too. Foodies will love it.
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