December in Las Vegas - A Great Time to Visit
See a Vegas Golden Knights Game
One of the main reasons for last year’s trip was to check out an NHL hockey game! The Vegas Golden Knights were only in their second season, but they already had a solid loyal fan base, and a winning first season - so I knew it was time to get some tickets. With an entertaining and theatrical show both before and during the game, and a talented hard working team of players, the experience really lived up to the hype for hockey fans and explorers of entertainment in general! It was extra great because they won the game. It is especially convenient to not have to deal with traffic or transportation hassles, if you stay at Park MGM or NYNY, both located right near T Mobile arena. In case you can't score tickets, you can still watch the pre-game show right outside the arena. It's alot of fun!
Enjoy the Holiday Display at the Bellagio Conservatory
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden with it's exquisite seasonal displays of plants, flowers and trees is a delight at any time of year, but one of my favorites is the whimsical holiday display. This free attraction is a must see for most visitors to Las Vegas. But you will likely have to deal with the crowds too, all looking for photo ops of the incredible and detailed displays. I still have warm memories of strolling around and taking in the atmosphere. The adorable and playful polar bears on display were definitely my favorite.
- Conservatory & Botanical Gardens - Bellagio Hotel & Casino
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio are redesigned each season as well as for the Chinese New Year. See photos from past flower exhibits, watch the team set up the gardens, and learn more about the story behind each season.
Take a Ride on the High Roller
Hanging out at the Linq Promenade is a nice way to pass the time on an early winter day in Vegas. Taking a leisurely stroll having no set agenda, we decided to take a spontaneous ride on the grand and pretty High Roller ferris wheel, which peaks at 550 feet during it's journey. The ride is comfortable and slow, and takes place in giant pods. It really is a cool experience, which I had done once before at night (definitely more dramatic views with the dazzling lights of Las Vegas) The advantage of riding during the day, in the slower season is that you avoid the line ups. If you want to enjoy some drinks, you can add them to your ticket price and enjoy a cocktail or some wine. That part was pretty enjoyable too as we socialized with a lively small group in the pod with us, it felt like a brief but fun private party.
- Las Vegas Observation Wheel - High Roller - The LINQ Hotel
Running parallel to Vegas Boulevard, the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ Hotel & Casino features glass-enclosed cabins with views of The Strip.
Stroll at the Shops at Crystals
This very upscale shopping mall has plenty of space to simply stroll around and take in the scene and architecture. You can window shop, or treat yourself to something luxurious if your wallet can handle it. I find it relaxing to simply wander around here quietly, enjoy a Starbucks in a beautiful open setting and check out some art installations as well. During the holidays there are some very pretty displays here, including this dramatic and majestic tree that I was in awe of during last years visit.
Take a Walk along the Las Vegas Strip by Night
Having been in Vegas just a few months ago and experiencing incredible and uncomfortable late summer heat, it makes me even more nostalgic for last December, when I was walking back to my hotel and took this pretty picture of the majestic Bellagio. It was very late afternoon or early evening on a pleasant winter night. The temperature was easy to handle with a light jacket, and the chill of the night had not taken hold yet. I was just taking it all in, these pretty lights along the strip, after having had a really pleasant day. Be sure to stop and see the Fountains of Bellagio do their beautiful dance as well.
Enjoy a Leisurely Breakfast at a Charming Restaurant
Last year I was grateful to have spent another few days in December in Las Vegas. The holidays can be so hectic, and getting away for a change of scenery during the month can really be a way to relax, even in a city filled with activity 24-7. You can just choose to chill for part of your trip and slow down and take a break. I stayed at Park MGM, and there are plenty of dining options to choose from. I had a wonderful breakfast at Primrose, a charming and relaxing space with French inspired decor. The french style fluffy omelette was delicious, and the strong but wonderful coffee was enjoyable as well. I always like to browse through tourism magazines in Vegas, and this one pictured gives some great advice to go and check out The Park, a pedestrian friendly entertainment district just outside Park MGM. As my few days away were winding down while enjoying this meal, I was left with a good feeling about another great time in Vegas, a pleasant mix of fun and simple relaxation.
- Primrose - Park MGM
Primrose at Park MGM is a French-ish style restaurant and bar, with a unique outdoor patio, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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