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If we've heard it once, we've heard it a million times. Everyone advises you to go to Vegas during the off-season to get the best prices, the shortest lines and avoid the utter chaos.
But why would we want that every time? Some of us like Vegas for the chaos, and when the parties are worth it and the booze is flowing to the theme of the season, well that's just even better. So we'll just go ahead and admit that not every holiday is a good reason to go to Vegas. (In fact, more than not, a lot of them are not fun!)
These are the best holidays to be in Vegas for, and what to do while you're there. Yes, most of them are for partying, just what everyone does during almost every holiday. Sorry for partying, bro!
Halloween in Las Vegas
As if everyone in Vegas didn't already send a little shiver down your spine, just with their actions alone. Imagine them dressed up (as if the first thing you thought about wasn't the outfits of every woman that works in Vegas! Come on.) The decorations, the costumes, the themed parties and the all around vibe of Halloween in Vegas does Sin City justice. Either way, don't come to Vegas without your best costumes or you'll feel seriously out of place here.
- The nightclubs all have great themes - TAO, Tryst, Surrender and XS - so pretty much if you like a Vegas nightclub without a theme, you'll love their Halloween festivities.
- Fetish and Fantasy Ball at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. They've even got a countdown on their website, so you can tell already this is a pretty big deal.
- Las Vegas family friendly fun? The haunted Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is something like you've never experienced, and this may be the best time to visit the Adventuredome (Frightdome) at Circus Circus.
- Madame Tussauds After Dark - Wax figures, in the dark, with very little light. You tell us if that sounds scary...
- Many of the restaurants even join in on the Halloween theme with their drinks and special dishes for one day only. Spooky!
- And can we talk about the ladies? As if we didn't like the way women in Vegas dressed already, let's just say if this is your only reason for coming to Vegas for Halloween, nobody would blame you one bit.
New Year's in Vegas
Not that we're wishing our lives away or anything, but who can't wait to celebrate New Year's?! What better way to reign in a new year than popping champagne in a Vegas club and kissing a stranger at midnight? We hear that those kisses bring better luck to the year than kissing your sweetheart, so hopefully he's an understanding guy when this happens. New Year's parties, fireworks and the nonstop corking of bottles makes this holiday one of the loudest in Vegas. If you don't like crowds, glitter and sparkles, you should probably venture somewhere else for the holiday. If you're as into those things as we are, we salute you!
- Almost every hotel on the Vegas Strip sets off the Las Vegas fireworks from the rooftops of their hotels. If you can get into a rooftop bar by midnight, you're in for a real treat. If not, pick a club with the best Vegas views or stumble back out to the street. You're not going to want to be the only one not covered in confetti with the crackle of the last firework.
- Every fancy restaurant in Vegas has a special running that weekend. 'Special' meaning they planned it just for the masses that are visiting, not like you'll be getting a deal. But that's okay. New Years is a time we can justify spending a little extra on a truly great Vegas meal, right? We'll stick to the sandwich shops and diners for every other trip.
- If you're one of the people with your eyes always peeled for celebrity sightings, you're going to get your fill during this time of year! The biggest names will be performing, making club appearances and driving all the gossip girls wild!
St. Patrick's Day in Vegas
Well, while Las Vegas is home to several Irish pubs year-round (McMullan's Irish Pub, Nine Fine Irishmen, and Hennessey's to name a few.), the rest of the city needs a little piece of the Irish action. You know, to be festive because, why not? Every region of Las Vegas outdoes itself with all the the concerts, parties, parades and, of course, more green beer than you can imagine.
- There is usually a bloc party on Fremont Street, so definitely put on your green and use the buddy system to stumble from bar to bar in between shots of Jameson and pints of Guinness.
- Mandalay Bay St. Patrick's Day Festival is generally a few days long, with concerts at the House of Blues, a beer garden and other not-so-Irish but oh-so-fun madness throughout the hotel.
- Since St. Patrick's Day is mainly known as a drinking holiday, and Las Vegas is basically a 365-day drinking holiday in itself, the two form the perfect marriage for many nightclubs to take advantage of.
- Beware of your late night dining. Several Las Vegas restaurants and diners seem to think that green eggs and ham are some kind of St. Patrick's Day meal (it's not) but don't go to any of the 24 hour diners and expect not to see it on the menu. After your day drinking binge, they might even sound appetizing!
Christmas in Las Vegas
And can we just talk about how great Christmas is for a minute? No matter where you are, Christmas is always magical and Las Vegas really isn't an exception to that rule. You'll surely be "walking in a winter wonderland," through a city that's always filled with lights anyways. There are a million ways to spend Christmas in Las Vegas, whether you're with the whole family or just with the grown ups!
- All of the bars, clubs, shopping and restaurants are open throughout the Christmas season. Vegas doesn't sleep, especially when Santa is on the way!
- Definitely make your dinner reservations in advance. Nobody can really get a home-cooked meal when they're in Vegas, so everyone dines out and everyone likes to eat well during the best season of the year.
- The Strip is going to be crowded, and while Vegas is in the dessert and you think it might be hot all the time, it gets pretty chilly. The nights are usually in the 30's and the days in the 50's, so don't pack your swimsuits unless your hotel has a year-round pool.
- Definitely go shopping! All of the stores are open and there's some great shopping deals to be had - Vegas knows about all of you last minute shoppers and many of them will even gift wrap for you!
- See all of the lights. Every hotel has elaborate decorations, so don't hesitate to take a stroll through each and every one of them!
Do's and Don'ts of the Vegas Holidays:
Do Go for Memorial Day. Why not? The start to the summer season! The pools are warming up, people are ready for the nightclubs after tanning all day long. It's a good time!
Do Go for Labor Day. Just the opposite, this one marks the end of pool season and you're going to get your last chance for a great time. So will everyone else.
Definitely Don't let your boyfriend go to Vegas for Thanksgiving. He'll spend the night playing video poker and eating wings at Hooters, then searching longingly for a decent Turkey dinner. Basically, you'll never hear the end of it, so just suck it up and invite him home for Thanksgiving with your family or by him a nice Lean Cuisine before you leave town.
Do Book your hotels far in advance. And the rates will be higher, so take advantage of all the Las Vegas deals that you can find. Generally, you can find them to save big, even on the best Vegas hotels, shows and Las Vegas clubs that you'll be celebrating in anyways.
Do Use Early Vegas to plan your trip. Keep checking back, because we have the best tips and know the best events to make every holiday in Las Vegas one for the books. So follow us on witter, and see what's coming up during the holidays and every day in between. Add us on Facebook and we'll answer any questions to help you plan your next Vegas trip! Let us know what your favorite Las Vegas holiday is in the comments section below!