The city of Las Vegas, Nevada is famous across the globe for its great party atmosphere. So where better to celebrate the start of a new year than in the entertainment capital of the world? It’s not all flashy casinos and little wedding chapels; there’s plenty to enjoy for everyone from impressive stage shows to hidden gems, to those classic Sin City destinations. We’ve put together this quick, easy guide to the best places to visit during the early months of 2019, where you can relax, be merry, and kick off the year with good cheer.
CATCH A VEGAS SPECTACLE
If you didn’t manage to see the magically festive ballet, The Nutcracker, at the Smith Center this past month there’s still plenty more to look forward to at this great venue. If you’re travelling to Vegas on a last minute trip, you might still be able to catch The Las Vegas Philharmonic performing The Music of John Williams on January 12th. Perhaps Hollywood’s best loved film score composer, Williams, is famous for his work on Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Star Wars. A night of music that’s not to be missed! In February, Broadway in the Hood will be celebrating the “one and only Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson for a three-night run; and Nevada Ballet Theatre will return for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it double of Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird and George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations – a true staple of American ballet – on February 16th and 17th.
Of course, a trip to Vegas wouldn’t be complete without seeing one of the spectacular residency shows available across the city. Celebrated songstress Celine Dion is at Caesar’s Palace performing her phenomenal hit show, or, if you fancy something a little bit different, Criss Angel’s logic-defying magic show is on at the Luxor Hotel & Casino until well into 2019.
DISCOVER HIDDEN DELIGHTS
Of course, if you want to enjoy Vegas without breaking the bank, then you need to know the tips and tricks of the town. Whether you fancy upgrading your hotel room to a suite, or you simply want to save some cash on eating out, there’s all sorts of insider information that will help you manage your budget.
One of the best ways to eat in Vegas is buffet style; it’s definitely a part of the Sin City experience. But which are the best ones to check out? Bacchanal Buffet gets a great review from everyone lucky enough to eat there. Located at Caesar’s Palace, it delivers exactly the quality you’d expect from a Las Vegas institution without leaving you penniless. However, if you fancy something smaller and less grand, then Rampart Buffet offers affordable different themed meals each night, but with no compromise in food quality.
If you’re after first-rate drinks on a strict budget, look no further than Dino’s Lounge on the Strip. A friendly, relaxed neighbourhood hangout, you can find everyone’s favourite tipple here for under $5. Of course, the drinking version of the buffet is the Happy Hour, and Vegas is full to bursting with some of the best. If you share your favourite poison with 007, then head over to Hank’s Fine Steaks for some of the best martinis going; alternatively, check out Golden Tiki for cheap-as-chips mai tais alongside a tasty food buffet too!
INDULGE IN THE OLD CLASSICS
The perfect place to round off your special trip to the desert is the Bellagio Fountains. A time-honoured symbol of Las Vegas, there are special performances throughout the holiday season of all your favourite holiday tunes, completely cost-free. Or if you’re more of a thrill seeker, check out the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you can race your car through miles of fairylight tunnels; a truly spectacular experience that must be seen to be believed.
Wherever you decide to spend your off-season getaway this year, we hope that you have a fabulous time and get chance to check out a few of the unmissable events on this list. Go big, go bold, go to Las Vegas!