12 Reasons to Do Christmas in Downtown Las Vegas

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a tough year. Everyone has experienced some kind of major change in their lives due to the pandemic. Instead of spending the rest of the year dwelling on all of these changes, why not treat yourself and your family to a Christmas vacation?

Las Vegas might not be the first place you think of when planning out the holiday season, but it’s actually a great destination to spend Christmas with your family. Christmas in Las Vegas offers several festive activities, family-friendly attractions, affordable room rates, and tons of restaurants, shops, shows, bars, and casinos that are open even on Christmas day. If you’re considering a holiday away from home, here are 12 reasons to do Christmas in Downtown Las Vegas.

1. The Downtown Area Is Centrally Located

When looking for the best place to stay in Las Vegas, it’s time to take another look at downtown. The Downtown Las Vegas area now offers more luxury amenities, new dining options, and unique attractions than ever before. Also, you’ll be right in the middle of all the Las Vegas action when it comes to Christmas activities. You can quickly get to any area in Las Vegas to partake in some of the best holiday festivities.

Christmas at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

2. Christmas Dinner in Downtown Las Vegas

If you can’t imagine anything better than sinking your teeth into the most amazing steak in Las Vegas for your Christmas dinner, we’ve got good news. Triple George Grill will be serving a special Christmas menu featuring some of its favorites. Also, take in the vintage Vegas vibes at this award-winning steakhouse with a signature cocktail.

Freedom Beat will also feature a fantastic Christmas dinner with multiple comfort food courses. After enjoying this delicious meal, you’ll wonder why you ever cooked at home for the holidays! Just be sure to call ahead to make a reservation.

3. Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Speedway

Holidays would not be the same in Downtown Las Vegas without a trip to the Las Vegas Speedway to see the Glittering Lights. The Glittering Lights is a drive-thru attraction that happens during the holidays each year. You can enjoy the beautiful Christmas light displays created just for this event. As an additional benefit, nearly all of the money raised by the Glittering Lights attraction is donated to children’s charities.

4. Christmas Lights Shows on Fremont Street

You must take the time to experience the light shows on Fremont Street during the holiday season. The Viva Vision canopy is the world’s largest video screen and features some amazing holiday-themed light shows you can enjoy for free. If you don’t do anything else, you have to experience the Christmas light shows on the Viva Vision screen.

5. Last-Minute Shopping at Container Park

Container Park is a unique shopping area that has been constructed from repurposed shipping containers. Many of these containers house a boutique store offering items that are perfect for last-minute Christmas gifts. This environmentally friendly place to shop also has some fun spots to grab a drink or bite to eat right in the heart of downtown.

Downtown Container Park Mantis

6. Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M. Chocolate Factory

Every year, the Ethel M. Chocolate factory decorates their three-acre cactus farm with incredible holiday lights. The lighting of the cactus garden has become a holiday tradition in Las Vegas and is just a short drive away from downtown. The garden is open for visitors to walk through the area and enjoy the lights through January 3rd.

7. Enjoy Some Laughs

If the holidays have you overwhelmed, stop by the Delirious Comedy Club at Downtown Grand for some laughs. It will be great to sit back, relax, and not have to think about anything other than what drink to order. Comics hit the stage Thursday through Sunday with several performance times to choose from. Check out the holiday lineup.

8. Go Swimming – Seriously

Take a break from all of the festivities and go to Downtown Grand and indulge yourself in a wintertime swim in their Citrus Grand Pool Deck. The rooftop pool is kept at 83 degrees year-round so that you can enjoy a swim under the stars even during winter. Relax by the poolside for a while and have a holiday-themed cocktail as a Christmas treat!

Citrus Grand Pool

9. Ice Skating in the Desert

Not far from Downtown Las Vegas is The Ice Rink at Cosmopolitan. Every year, the hotel converts its rooftop pool into an oversized skating rink. Make s’mores, drink hot chocolate, and soak up all the holiday fun with the family.

10. Holiday Fountains at the Bellagio

Be sure to swing by the Bellagio before heading back to Downtown Las Vegas to watch the iconic fountains perform their holiday show. If you’ve never seen the dancing fountains before, you are in for a treat.

11. Make a Bet at the Sports Book

Although sporting events may not look the way they used to right now, you can still place your bets while in Downtown Las Vegas for the holidays. Make a wager, grab a drink, and enjoy the game all in one place at the William Hill Sports Book on the Downtown Grand casino floor.

Williams Hill Sportsbook in Downtown Las Vegas

12. Admire Unique Artwork in Downtown

Something you may not know about Downtown Las Vegas is that it’s home to some of the best murals and unique artwork in the city. If you’re trying to save money this holiday season and are looking for things to do in Las Vegas, checking out street art in downtown should be first on your list. Also, be sure to stop by the Downtown Grand’s Gallery Tower, which features artists and photographers from around the globe.

Book Your Christmas Vacation Now

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you should treat yourself and your loved ones to an unforgettable holiday in Downtown Las Vegas this year. The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is featuring hotel packages and deals for the holidays! Make sure to tell us if you are a veteran or active duty military member for a special rate. We offer discounts for AAA and AARP members as well.

Front desk of the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino at Christmastime

We also want to reassure everyone that Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino takes COVID-19 very seriously. We comply with all the rules and guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, the City of Las Vegas, and the State of Nevada to ensure our guests are safe while having fun. Contact our team with any questions or to learn more.

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