While Vegas doesn't exactly turn into the Arctic come wintertime, the temperatures still drop, pools close, and we suddenly have to remember what to do with ourselves when it isn't 110 degrees outside. How can the desert-dwellers adjust? We've headed into those colder months, so let's talk about five things you can do in Las Vegas in the winter.
5 Fun Winter Activities in Las Vegas
1. Head Up Into Mt. Charleston
It wouldn't be wintertime without a little snowfall. And while you might not see much of it in the valley (although it does happen), you can drive up into Mt. Charleston and really get into the winter spirit. There's no better way to spend time in Mother Nature in Las Vegas.
How much snow you'll run into will depend on where you go within the mountains, but you can easily find at least a couple of inches — enough to enjoy the frosty cold and build... maybe a third of a snowman. If you're itching for more, though, be sure to head to Lee Canyon. (More on that in a minute.)
Rent a cabin for a few nights and stay cozy by the fire, visit the infamous lodge when you start getting hungry for something delicious. Or, simply drive up for the day, twist and turn through the winding woods, and perhaps explore on foot. You won't even remember that you actually live in the desert. P.S. Dogs Iove Mt. Charleston.
Dress warm! It's colder up there than you think.
2. Visit the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
"Gardens? In Vegas?" Yes!
Okay, so maybe you're inside. And fine! None of it is real. But does it matter? Nope. The Bellagio gardens aren't to be missed, especially if you're looking for something fun to do in Las Vegas in the winter. That's right — the fountains aren't the only magical part of the Bellagio.
Each season, the Bellagio decks out the garden and turns it into a winter wonderland. And don't make the mistake of thinking that this is just for the kids. The Bellagio goes all out, and even adults will be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of it all. We're talking towering floral displays, glittering lights, and all of your favorite friendly winter creatures.
It doesn't matter if you've seen it in previous years. The garden never gets old. Many Las Vegans consider it obligatory once winter hits in Sin City. It's just that dazzling.
Be prepared for endless photo opportunities. Your Instagram has never been so gorgeous.
3. Spend Some Time at Lee Canyon
We know we already talked about going up into the mountains, but this one deserves a special shout-out.
Lee Canyon is another incredible escape, perfect for wintertime in Las Vegas. They offer a number of activities, including winter camping, snow play, and snowshoeing. (Tubing is closed for now.) Be sure to check their website for status updates, as they're playing things by ear this season.
Lee Canyon is Southern Nevada's only ski resort, so if you're looking to strap on your snowboard or skis, this is the place to be. And to think people say that Las Vegas doesn't get a real winter! Lee Canyon is the perfect place for anyone who loves winter sports.
In an effort to help visitors enjoy this season "Safe-Lee" (see what they did there?), you need to make parking reservations on their website so that they can better control traffic and the number of people present. And again, be sure to check ahead of time to see what they currently have available! Proper planning is a must.
4. The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan's ice rink is another must-see.
Every year, the Cosmo turns their Boulevard Pool into an unforgettable winter paradise, high above the Las Vegas Strip, with a view to die for. Skate across 4,200 square feet of ice, roast s'mores fireside, sip on warm cocktails, and enjoy a tasty snack.
It's an incredible twist on a traditional wintertime activity. There's nothing quite like slipping into a pair of ice skates. Now, imagine doing that on the Las Vegas Strip. You won't be disappointed.
It's so much more than skating – you get the whole experience.
Be sure to check out their schedule online and make reservations ahead of time. The rink is open, with modifications to make it safe for all.
5. Go to The Park
No, not that kind of park. This park is situated between New York New York and MGM, and they like to go big for wintertime. We're talking a 16-foot-tall ornament tunnel and a 60-foot holiday tree, decorated with 3,000 ornaments and more than 13,000 lights.
The Park is a pedestrian mall, so wander around by foot and enjoy a number of dining options, like La La Noodle and Eataly, the restaurant/Italian marketplace hybrid; Bliss Dance, the 40-foot-tall sculpture of a dancing woman; and Topgolf.
And with other casinos (like Hard Rock), shops, and restaurants within very close vicinity, you'll never run out of things to do when you go to The Park.
Las Vegas might not be known for its winters, but there's still plenty of exciting things to do here. We didn't get our title as the entertainment capital of the world by being boring, right? Swap your swimsuit for earmuffs and your flip flops for boots, and get busy visiting these five places perfect to spice up your wintertime in Las Vegas.