Cold Weather Activities for a Las Vegas Winter Vacation

Couple Checking Las Vegas Winter Travel List

Las Vegas is often thought of as a shining jewel in the middle of a sweltering desert. Thanks to this trope, many don’t realize that winters in Vegas are as good a time as any to explore the city. Similarly, many are unfamiliar with things to do in Vegas outside of the strip. Here are some things to check out during a Vegas winter for visitors eager to take a look beyond the strip.


Warm Up with a Meal and Drinks


Circa Resort houses high-quality cuisine, and sometimes all you need is a great meal and a drink to help warm you up. Barry’s Downtown Prime Steaks & Cocktails is a great place to enjoy steak, seafood, and unique cocktails in a nostalgic setting. For a more casual setting, while your favorite sports games are heating up, fans will want to check out Victory Burger, a sports bar named after its half-pound burger where you can have a perfect view of the action in the sportsbook. Or if you’re feeling cold while exploring Fremont Street, a stop at the Project BBQ food truck will provide you with a hearty serving of real comfort food.

If you’re interested in just drinks, Legacy Club rooftop bar is the best place to be. The chilly weather can’t affect the incredible views atop Circa Las Vegas, where you can see all the lights of the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. Cozy up next to the fire pits while watching the Vegas sunset and have an experience like no other.

If you’re in town for New Year’s Eve, you don’t want to miss the Sky High NYE Celebration at Legacy Club. Enjoy the twinkling lights of the city below as you catch the best views in Vegas for the New Year’s Eve fireworks shows around the city. It’ll be a party you won’t want to miss!


Cozy Up in Your Hotel Room


Circa Resort offers luxury hotel rooms and suites of all sizes. For example, the Single King room is a great size for one or two people. It includes amenities like a clothing steamer, dual vanity, a walk-in shower, and more, and you can get a great view of Las Vegas right from your room. There’s also the Circa Bunk Pad, which features two bunk beds in a 700 square-foot space so you and your crew can plan a trip to Vegas in winter. This suite also comes with the same amenities plus a wet bar in the living room. When staying at Circa, you’ll have easy access to the shops, concierge, Garage Mahal, restaurants and bars, Stadium Swim®, and more for a full winter vacation experience.

When staying at Circa Resort, you can book a massage that comes directly to you. Professional Massage Inc. provides luxurious scalp, neck, back, and hand massages from highly trained therapists recruited from around the world. You’ll be amazed by just how relaxed you can be while getting a luxury massage in the comfort of your room.


Relax by the Pool


Circa’s six Stadium Swim® pools are a great way to have fun in the open air, even during winter. All the pools are heated, reaching temperatures between 94°-103° Fahrenheit. These pools never close – they’re open all year round unlike other pools in the area that are unheated and open for the spring and summer seasons. Guests can watch sports from the pools on a giant screen, or rent 10-person cabanas with large TVs. These cabanas come with VIP-level amenities such as towel service private restrooms. Circa’s entire heated rooftop pool experience is a great complement to Vegas’ relatively comfortable winters.


Friends Betting in Las Vegas in Winter


Place Some Bets


If it’s a bit chilly outside, the Las Vegas casinos are always a great place to be inside and stay warm. The Circa Las Vegas Casino is home to all the games essential to the Las Vegas casino experience. It has a two-level casino with 1350 slot machines and 55 gaming tables. Players can earn comps just by playing. Table games include classics like blackjack, roulette, craps, 3-card poker, and baccarat. Players can also opt for a more private gaming experience with electronic table games.

For sports fans, Circa | Sports offers a massive sports betting experience right inside of Circa Resort – and it is actually the largest sportsbook in the world. The sportsbook has a 1000-person viewing capacity. Circa also features a space for Vegas Stats and Information Network, which broadcasts for around 20 hours a day!


Explore Outdoors


The Hoover Dam is only 40 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas. Cold months are some of the best times to beat the crowds and visit the dam. This massive feat of engineering attracts 1 million people every year. Although official tours are available, you don’t need to pay to explore Hoover Dam. You can park in a free spot and then walk across the dam at your own pace. Road-based tours are also available. 

Gold Strike Hot Springs is a great way to warm up and spend time outdoors, and it is much easier to handle in the winter than in the sweltering summer heat. This trail is challenging, but the payoff is great. It leads to a natural hot spring near Boulder City, Nevada. If you want something a little more leisurely, the colder months are also great for exploring trails and hikes at Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Lake Mead.

While this might not be exploring natural wonders outdoors, the Neon Museum is still a great place to explore some Las Vegas history while being outside. The Neon Museum tells the story of Las Vegas’ signature neon lights. This Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and displaying some of the most iconic developments in Vegas’ neon history. One major attraction at the Neon Museum is the Neon Boneyard, an outdoor area built out of almost untouched antique signs. Unlike other antique signs that have been restored, these signs show their age. Some of them date back to the 1930s.


Couple Enjoying Spa Day During Las Vegas Winter Trip


Have a Spa Day


If it’s too cold outside, make the most of being inside by relaxing with a spa day. A Touch of Las Vegas Spa offers one of the best spa experiences in Downtown Las Vegas. They offer massages, facials, a body wrap, a full body scrub, microdermabrasion. One of the best spa treatments to get here when Las Vegas is cold is, you guessed it, a hot stone massage. Feeling extra fancy? They also offer a bookable Rolls Royce Phantom chauffeur experience that includes a private chauffeur to be picked up and dropped off at the spa for a treatment.

As mentioned above, you can also have a convenient massage come right to your room at Circa Resort. Fun fact: You can also have a soothing massage come right to you when lounging at Stadium Swim or the casino!


Go Shopping


The colder temperatures make for some great outdoor shopping weather. Downtown Container Park is a unique outdoor shopping space made entirely of shipping containers. This location has attractions for everyone. There’s a playground to keep kids occupied, gourmet dining, and a stage that hosts all kinds of entertainment.

For a little bit of everything, and at great prices, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets offer more than 175 luxury outlets. The outlets come together in an outdoor center complete with dining. Standout brands include Versace, Coach, Burberry, and Kate Spade. To keep you warm with a nice meal, along with the food court, dining options include Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, and Shake Shack.

You can take your shopping to the next level this winter at Neonopolis – a shopping location with nightlife. Its 250,000 square feet is divided into distinct sections. The first floor has food options, the second floor has three nightclubs, and the third floor houses entertainment. There are many museums to explore. Two stories of affordable underground parking make Neonopolis a convenient location for adventurous shoppers.


While Vegas is known for its high temps and fun spring and summer activities, it is also the premier place to be during the winter. From restaurants and bars to pools and hikes, the city has plenty to do both inside and outside when the temperatures drop. Be sure to book your room or suite at Circa Resort soon so you can have the best Las Vegas vacation this winter!