Averages for Las Vegas in December
What's the Weather like in Las Vegas in December
December is one of the coldest months of the year in Las Vegas, USA, when the winter season is in full swing. The average temperature at the beginning of the month starts off at 10°C (created by highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C) on December 1st, before falling down to 9°C (highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C) by December 11
Daily averages for Las Vegas
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What's the Weather like in Las Vegas in December
December is one of the coldest months of the year in Las Vegas, USA, when the winter season is in full swing. The average temperature at the beginning of the month starts off at 10°C (created by highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C) on December 1st, before falling down to 9°C (highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C) by December 11th and reaching 8°C (highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C) by December 31st.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to fall below 0°C and rise above 19°C during December in Las Vegas. The lowest temperature ever registered in the city during this month is -12°C, whilst the highest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 23°C.
With these cooler average temperatures December makes a good time for those planning on gambling in the casinos and taking in the shows in the theatres – not those who want to work on their tans. Sun worshippers who want to spend their holiday by the pool should consider visiting during the warmer months, such as August or September.
The chance of rainfall making an appearance during your Las Vegas holiday in November steadily rises as the month develops. On December 2nd, there's a 9% chance that precipitation will occur, a figure which rises up to 10% by December 11th, 11% by December 21st and peaks at 12% on December 30th. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to experience during this month are light rain, moderate rain and light snow. Looking at the month as a whole, Las Vegas is subject to 12mm/0 inches of rainfall which is spread over four wet days.
Across December, Las Vegas enjoys an average of seven hours of sunshine each day – that's two hours less than last month. Despite the decrease in sunshine hours, when you pair seven hours of sunshine every day with 0% median cloud coverage, you can be sure of plenty of clear blue skies and sunshine during your holiday, although it might not be warm enough to sunbathe.
Because of its desert location, Las Vegas remains very dry throughout the year. Over the course of December, the relative humidity for the city ranges between 23% (dry) and 65% mildly humid), almost never falling below 13% (very dry) or rising above 91% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around December 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 26% (dry) three days out of every four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around December 22nd, when it rises above 52% (mildly humid) three days out of every four.
Across an average December, typical wind speeds fall between 0 m/s (calm) and 5 m/s (gentle breeze), rarely rising above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around December 1st, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s occurs around December 10th, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s.
Las Vegas Hotels in December
If you can afford it, consider staying at the Bellagio, one of the most luxurious and iconic hotels located on the Las Vegas strip. This hotel provides accommodation in the form of standard rooms, suites and villas, each of which comes with premium strip views and AAA Five Diamond resort amenities. Onsite services and facilities include a spa, salon, fitness centre, eight bars, four casual eateries, five fine dining restaurants and six contemporary restaurants. The highlight of the Bellagio is its casino which features blackjack, roulette and craps, plus five other table games, more than 2,300 reel, video reel and video poker games, poker room with 40 tables and signature poker room.
For something a bit more budget-friendly, take a look at the Hampton Inn Las Vegas/Summerlin. Located within Summerlin, ten miles from the Las Vegas strip and the McCarran International Airport, this hotel is close enough to enjoy the action whilst being far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet. Standard rooms and accessible smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, each of which includes free WiFi access and complimentary breakfast. There are some services and facilities available onsite, such as swimming pool and fitness room, with many restaurants, bars, show venues and entertainment locations just a short drive away on the strip.
When it comes to a hotel with a casino, Tuscany Suites & Casino is a top pick. Situated in a quiet part of Las Vegas off the strip, this hotel offers guests executive double suites, executive king suites and luxury two-bedroom suites. There are two cafes within the hotel, two restaurants (one of which is award-winning), spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, gift shop, lounge and bar. The onsite casino is open 24/7 and boasts more than 800 slot and video poker machines, craps, blackjack, roulette, super fun 21, players lounge and sports book.
For those who want to be in the centre of it all, it's got to be the Jockey Club. Tucked in between the Bellagio and the Cosmopolitan, across the street from Planet Hollywood, this hotel is only a stone's throw away from the best shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities in Las Vegas. Accommodation is provided in the form of studios, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites which can sleep between four and six guests. Each room comes with a well equipped kitchen, so you can save money on dining out and cook your own meals. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access, complimentary popcorn and coffee throughout the day, shuttles to outlet shopping malls, swimming pool, health club and sauna.
Bars and Restaurants
For top quality French cuisine, make a reservation at Picasso. Located inside the Bellagio hotel and open Wednesday to Monday from 5.30pm until 3.30pm, this restaurant specialises in seasonal French cuisine. There are six menus available: pre-theatre, white alba truffle, vegetarian, prix fixe, tasting and dessert, which each feature French classics such as poached oysters, foie gras and roasted pigeon. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
If Picasso is fully booked, try Mon Ami Gabi. Situated next to the Paris hotel and open 7am until 11pm, Sunday to Thursday and 7am until midnight, Friday to Saturday, this restaurant also specialises in French food. There are breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, dessert drinks, gluten-free and children's menus available, as well as wine list with more than 80 selections and some of which can be ordered by the glass. If you're not sure what to order, ask your server what the weekly specials are.
Las Vegas is home to several speakeasy-style bars, Herbs & Rye being one of them. Located on Sahara Avenue and open Monday to Saturday from 5pm until 3am, this bar focuses on quality cocktails made with only the best spirits. There are around 45 different cocktails available – each of which comes with its own story – as well as a comprehensive selection of champagnes, white wines, red wines and bottled beers.
If you're in search of an Irish bar during your holiday in Las Vegas, pop into Rí Rá. Located within the Shoppes at the Mandalay Palace inside Mandalay Bay, this Irish pub-themed venue is broken up into several intimate areas, each of which has been decorated with trinkets brought over from Ireland. Many of the staff are Irish nationals and the drinks menu features cocktails, shots, draught and bottled beers, ciders, red, white and rose wines and spirits.
Things to do in Las Vegas in December
Human Nature: the Motown Show is a must-see for Motown music lovers. This show is held at the Sands Showroom inside the Venetian hotel Monday-Friday at 7pm and is suitable for the whole family. The four male Australian performers have a load of energy which they pass onto the audience, encouraging everyone to sing along and even get up and dance. If you hang around at the end, you'll even have a chance to have you photograph taken with the members of Human Nature.
Lovers getting married or renewing their vows should consider doing so at Scenic Las Vegas Weddings & Photography. Open every day from 9am until 9pm, this wedding company offers 12 different wedding packages, ranging from Lake Mead and Valley of the Fire packages to Neon Sign and Grand Canyon packages. For those who aren't getting married or renewing their vows, there are also ten different photography packages available, each of which takes in an iconic landmark of Las Vegas, such as Red Rock.
O – Cirque du Soleil is said to be one of the very best Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas. Held at the Bellagio Hotel between Wednesday at Sunday at 7.30pm and again at 10pm, the show is suitable for all audiences, except children under five who are not permitted to enter. This water-themed performance is inspired by the concept of infinity and pays tribute to everything beautiful about theatre – a world in which everything is possible. Acrobats, synchronised divers, swimmers and actors join together to perform under, on and above water during this fantastic show.
Each year the Las Vegas Great Santa run attracts many runners and walkers from over the globe. You're registration will include a full Santa suit, a medal and the opportunity to be a part of the largest Santa Gathering in the world. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is an incredibly important fundraiser for Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit that serves adults with intellectual disabilities.
December events in Las Vegas
10th December 2018 to 28th December 2018
In Vegas, you can spend Christmas Day playing poker or blackjack at one of the many casinos in Las Vegas including Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Luxor or the Venetian. The Las Vegas Strip will definitely be full of Christmas spirit with an array of Christmas trees and flourescent lights. Many hotels, restaurants and cafes will be offering special set menus or all you can eat buffets!
New Year's Eve on the Strip
10th December 2018 to 28th December 2018
On New Year's Eve the strip is filled with locals and tourists to experience an array of firework displays, to play in the casinos, and hit the clubs full of A-list celebrities. The Strip in Vegas truly comes alive on New Years Eve.
New Year's Eve Downtown
17th December 2018 to 27th December 2018
For a more organized alternative to the Strip celebration, enjoy popular live bands and a synchronized fireworks display at the Freemont Street arcade.