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Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas is the start of the winter tourist season in Las Vegas. Starting with the couple of days before the Thursday of Thanksgiving and through New Year’s Day, Las Vegas becomes alive with activity.

What can you expect if you spend Turkey Day in Sin City? Well, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the focus is on dining. Many restaurants in Las Vegas offer special Thanksgiving dishes, and the buffets beef up their selection with holiday favorites including turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie. If you know where you’d like to eat, make reservations in advance, otherwise expect to stand in line as you’ll find not only tourists but many locals out for dinner.

Las Vegas never sleeps, especially when people are in town, so (for the most part) expect to find all of your favorite attractions open. Malls will begin to unveil their Christmas specials, shows will be running in full performance mode and nightclubs will be hopping with celebrities (after all, why would they spend the holiday with family when they could be partying it up in Las Vegas?).

Like any major holiday, it’s a good idea to book your Las Vegas hotel well in advance. Rooms fill up quickly as people make plans for a short trip away from home. You can look for discounts, but it’s not likely that you’ll find anything specifically for the holiday.

It’s also important to keep in mind that, though Las Vegas is located in the southern United States, it is in a desert. The weather in Las Vegas in November will normally hover between 60F and 70F, but temperatures at night frequently drop to the low 40s. Pack appropriately for the weather and you’ll have a fun Thanksgiving in a city that welcomes visitors regardless of the holiday.

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