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13 things you must do in Las Vegas this winter

Published On 12/16/2014 Published On 12/16/2014
The LINQ/Caesars Entertainment
Erik Kabik

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Dec 20 Sat

Football… and drinking You can make the trek out to Sam Boyd Stadium to watch the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl between Utah and Colorado State… or you can just catch the action on TV inside the Hard Rock, where, if you’re not afraid of the unknown, you should order the Double Blind special: a bagged beer and a mystery shot for just $8.

Culinary Dropout at The Hard Rock

Football… and drinking Culinary Dropout at The Hard Rock You can make the trek out to Sam Boyd Stadium to watch the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl between Utah and Colorado State… or you can just catch the action on TV inside the Hard Rock, where, if you’re not afraid of the unknown, you should order the Double Blind special: a bagged beer and a mystery shot for just $8.

Smashburger

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Dec 23 Tue

Eat at Smashburger Caesars Palace is opening up a new food court and one of the top draws will be the first Smashburger location on the Strip. The chain rivals In-N-Out Burger with fresh, all-natural burgers that are never frozen and Smashfries seasoned with garlic and rosemary.

Caesars Palace

Eat at Smashburger Caesars Palace Caesars Palace is opening up a new food court and one of the top draws will be the first Smashburger location on the Strip. The chain rivals In-N-Out Burger with fresh, all-natural burgers that are never frozen and Smashfries seasoned with garlic and rosemary.

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Dec 24 Wed

Winter PARQ at The LINQ Christmas Eve is here. You can either spend the night with your boring relatives or head out to the Strip where The LINQ had been transformed into Winter PARQ… complete with a tubing hill that will keep you busy in between “holiday spirits” from nearby bars like 3535 and the BLVD. Cocktail Company.

The LINQ

Winter PARQ at The LINQ The LINQ Christmas Eve is here. You can either spend the night with your boring relatives or head out to the Strip where The LINQ had been transformed into Winter PARQ… complete with a tubing hill that will keep you busy in between “holiday spirits” from nearby bars like 3535 and the BLVD. Cocktail Company.

Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub

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Dec 31 Wed

Find the perfect spot on New Year’s Eve As long as you find a way to the Strip, you really can’t go wrong on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. But for the best view of the fireworks, find a bar with a great view, or if you want to spend a few bucks, hitch a ride on the High Roller.

The Strip

Find the perfect spot on New Year’s Eve The Strip As long as you find a way to the Strip, you really can’t go wrong on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. But for the best view of the fireworks, find a bar with a great view, or if you want to spend a few bucks, hitch a ride on the High Roller.

Du-Par’s

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Jan 1 Thu

Celebrate National Hangover Day There’s a reason National Hangover Day falls on January 1st. If you rang in the New Year the right way the night before, you’ll be craving some of the famous pancakes from Du-Par’s, which are among the best hangover breakfasts in Las Vegas.

Golden Gate

Celebrate National Hangover Day Golden Gate There’s a reason National Hangover Day falls on January 1st. If you rang in the New Year the right way the night before, you’ll be craving some of the famous pancakes from Du-Par’s, which are among the best hangover breakfasts in Las Vegas.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

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Jan 1 Thu

The Hangover Experience It’s the perfect day for Madame Tussauds to introduce The Hangover Experience based on the hit movie. You not only get wax figures of Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper, but you also get a full interactive exhibit that recreates the best scenes, including the chaotic hotel room, the wedding chapel, and the destroyed police car. Win a trip to Vegas to check it out for free.

The Venetian

The Hangover Experience The Venetian It’s the perfect day for Madame Tussauds to introduce The Hangover Experience based on the hit movie. You not only get wax figures of Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper, but you also get a full interactive exhibit that recreates the best scenes, including the chaotic hotel room, the wedding chapel, and the destroyed police car. Win a trip to Vegas to check it out for free.

World Series of Beer Pong

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Jan 1-5

World Series of Beer Pong Yes, beer pong is now a competitive sport and hundreds of contestants are flocking to Vegas for this five-day event in the hopes of taking home a $50,000 grand prize.

The Riviera

World Series of Beer Pong The Riviera Yes, beer pong is now a competitive sport and hundreds of contestants are flocking to Vegas for this five-day event in the hopes of taking home a $50,000 grand prize.

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Jan 21 Wed

Attend a trade show that’s “adults-only” Are you up for a porn convention? It’s AVN Week at the Hard Rock with the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and other events leading up to the Oscars of smut: The 2015 AVN Awards Show.

The Hard Rock

Attend a trade show that’s “adults-only” The Hard Rock Are you up for a porn convention? It’s AVN Week at the Hard Rock with the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and other events leading up to the Oscars of smut: The 2015 AVN Awards Show.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

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Jan 31 Sat

The Richard Petty Driving Experience It’s the final day to take a few laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. It’s the rare chance to hop in an authentic IndyCar and drive more than 120mph without getting a speeding ticket.  

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Richard Petty Driving Experience The Las Vegas Motor Speedway It’s the final day to take a few laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. It’s the rare chance to hop in an authentic IndyCar and drive more than 120mph without getting a speeding ticket.  

Red Rock Resort

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Feb 1 Sun

Bet on the big game There’s no shortage of casinos with their own sports books… so check your Super Bowl odds carefully and don’t forget to bet on a few fun prop bets like “Who will score first?”. The Red Rock Resort has large comfortable area to watch every nail-biting moment of the game while burgers, hot dogs, and possibly the best fries in Las Vegas are brought to you by the Weiner Circle next door.

Every major casino. Just look for the sports book

Bet on the big game Every major casino. Just look for the sports book There’s no shortage of casinos with their own sports books… so check your Super Bowl odds carefully and don’t forget to bet on a few fun prop bets like “Who will score first?”. The Red Rock Resort has large comfortable area to watch every nail-biting moment of the game while burgers, hot dogs, and possibly the best fries in Las Vegas are brought to you by the Weiner Circle next door.

MGM Resorts International

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Feb 3 Tue

Yusho After Dark Yusho is drawing a late-night crowd with a once-a-month party featuring guest chefs from other Las Vegas restaurants. This time around, the special guest is Roy Ellamar, the executive chef from Sensi at the Bellagio. Expect a few unique treats along with some of Yusho’s regular appetizers passed around from 11pm-2am. Call ahead for info.

Yusho

Yusho After Dark Yusho Yusho is drawing a late-night crowd with a once-a-month party featuring guest chefs from other Las Vegas restaurants. This time around, the special guest is Roy Ellamar, the executive chef from Sensi at the Bellagio. Expect a few unique treats along with some of Yusho’s regular appetizers passed around from 11pm-2am. Call ahead for info.

Hearthstone

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Feb 5 Thu

Free wine at Hearthstone After quickly establishing itself as one of the best new restaurants of 2014, Hearthstone is now offering its Private Cellar wine tastings for two hours every Thursday night. Now is as good a time as any to check it out. Just make sure you RSVP in advance. Food will be passed around and may even include special off-menu items.  

Hearthstone

Free wine at Hearthstone Hearthstone After quickly establishing itself as one of the best new restaurants of 2014, Hearthstone is now offering its Private Cellar wine tastings for two hours every Thursday night. Now is as good a time as any to check it out. Just make sure you RSVP in advance. Food will be passed around and may even include special off-menu items.  

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Feb 19 Thu

Celebrate Chinese New Year Expect to see more than a few dragon dances at The Venetian and other spots on the Strip during Lunar New Year, but for an authentic experience, head to the heart of Chinatown. From 10am-5pm you can sample a variety of Asian foods and enjoy a cultural celebration at the Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza.

Chinatown (Spring Mountain & Valley View)

Celebrate Chinese New Year Chinatown (Spring Mountain & Valley View) Expect to see more than a few dragon dances at The Venetian and other spots on the Strip during Lunar New Year, but for an authentic experience, head to the heart of Chinatown. From 10am-5pm you can sample a variety of Asian foods and enjoy a cultural celebration at the Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza.