Is January a Good Time to Go to Las Vegas?

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Many people wonder whether January is a suitable time to travel to Las Vegas. Some worry about the colder weather, while others worry about the number of tourists and travel prices. 

January may be the coldest month to visit Las Vegas, but the temperatures only reach around 37°F. That is certainly not as cold as most other destinations in the United States in January. Remember that Las Vegas is in a Nevada desert, so you’ll never get extremely cold temperatures that go past the point of freezing. 

As for tourism in January, you can expect fewer people than in December because the holidays are now over. The only exception is if you travel to Las Vegas for the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations because then you can expect a lot of people. But a few weeks after, tourism slows down. 

Below are the top six ways to have a good time in Las Vegas in January.

Magic Shows

January is a fabulous time to see magic shows in Las Vegas. The magic and illusion productions are unlike the typical Las Vegas show because many combine comedy and magic. Mike Hammer’s Comedy Magic, Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic Show, and Mac King’s Comedy Magic Show are three great examples of Las Vegas shows with comedy and magic in them. 

Of course, there are other magic shows which have less comedy and more stunning illusions and magic routines. Some of the best magic shows in January are David Copperfield, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Paranormal Mind Reading Magic, and The Magic of Jen Kramer.

Nighttime Tours

Take a nighttime helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street. The tour guide will fly you over all the best sights and explain their significance in the city. Meanwhile, you can observe all the beautiful neon lights and illuminating buildings from almost every direction in the city. 

Would you rather stay on the ground? The Big Bus “Open Top” Night Tour is a fun and exciting way to tour the Las Vegas Strip from the top of a bus. Since it is an open-top bus, no walls or windows will obstruct your view of the surrounding city lights and buildings. You can breathe the cool, fresh winter air on the bus as you tour the city.

Cirque du Soleil Shows

One of the best ways to have a great time in Las Vegas in January is to attend Cirque du Soleil shows. If you have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, you’ll be in for a real treat. Cirque du Soleil is the most renowned production company known for creating shows with original storylines, death-defying acrobatics & stunts, impressive set designs, creative costume designs, and more. 

The six Cirque du Soleil shows performing in January are Mad Apple, Michael Jackson ONE, The Beatles LOVE, Mystere, O, and Ka. Each delivers a unique entertainment experience because no other Las Vegas shows are like them. Some shows offer creative music tributes to legendary singers, while others have original dramatic and action-based performances you won’t want to miss. 

Would you like to learn more about the Cirque du Soleil productions and other shows performing in January in Las Vegas? You can do so by visiting:

Red Rock Canyon Hiking Trails

Take a break from the busy city and head out to the hiking trails of Red Rock Canyon. It is only a 30-minute drive to get to Red Rock Canyon, so it won’t take much time out of your trip to experience this ecological wonder. You can choose to hike the trails alone or go on a 2-hour guided hike with an experienced tour guide. 

The Nevada desert may get slightly chilly, but it is easy to stay warm if you wear a light coat and pants. It is worth the experience because the hiking trails offer pretty views of the natural red rock formations of the canyon and the barren desert landscape surrounding it. 

The Consumer Electronic Show

The Consumer Electronic Show is a yearly event held in Las Vegas in January. Many major tech companies and brands showcase new innovative computers, gadgets, and other technologies and services at the event. Nearly 200,000 people attend the event over three days each January because they want to be the first to see the newest technology in the world.

Some big tech names seen at the event are Google, Tesla, and Meta. The Consumer Electronics Association organizes the event and selects companies with new robotics, computers, home appliances, video games, and other innovations to showcase to an enthusiastic crowd.

The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink

The Cosmopolitan Hotel creates an ice rink for guests on the Las Vegas Strip each year. It is one of the only places in Las Vegas where you can ice skate and possibly see snow flurries fall to the ground. The hotel created this custom attraction for the Christmas holiday season, but it still lasts until January before it is taken down. 

The Ice Rink is on a terrace overlooking some iconic areas of the Las Vegas Strip, including the front of the Bellagio Hotel and the globe of the Paris Hotel. Kids and adults are both allowed to skate on the rink. Also, you don’t have to bring skates because you can rent them at the Ice Rink. 


January is a great time to visit Las Vegas for several reasons. Not only are the travel prices lower after the New Year’s holiday, but you can find it easier to make reservations for spectacular shows and attractions. Ensure you make your reservations in advance to guarantee a seat or vacancy for your attendance.

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