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For travelers looking to enjoy Las Vegas without the hectic summer crowds, Thanksgiving might be the best time to visit. As the temperature – and rates – starts to drop, Las Vegas’ offerings change a little bit; however, there are always plenty of things to do on and off the Strip.
Like any day of the year, those with empty stomachs can find buffets at any price range, only most will be turkey- and gravy-based this weekend. For travelers looking for the classics, Holstein’s Shakes and Buns at the Cosmopolitan has a turkey burger topped with cranberry relish, stuffing, and gravy; Tacos & Tequila at Luxor offers a turkey chimichanga with turkey picadillo, brioche stuffing and chipotle aioli, with Mexican rice and cranberry sauce; and Giada’s at The Cromwell serves a turkey breast porchetta and pumpkin tiramisu.
Black Friday Shopping
Las Vegas is not immune to Black Friday deals. The LINQ Promenade has plenty of places to shop, from clothing to shoes to high-end luxury goods. In years past they have sold two tickets for the High Roller Observation Wheel for the price of one on Black Friday.
Harvest Show at the Bellagio Conservatory
The horticulturalists and designers of the Bellagio Conservatory team transform and decorate the “floral playground” with seasonal plants throughout the year. Thanksgiving weekend is the final weekend to see the autumn arrangements of pumpkins, squash, and other seasonal plants, among the 45,000 flowers, 1,950 shrubs, and 30 trees on display.
Enjoy the Music/Club Scene
The crowds will be smaller but the clubs will still be open – and usually with a lower cover price. During Thanksgiving weekend, the clientèle tend to be a little more collected and composed, meaning no fighting to get to the bar for another drink, all with popular DJs still in town. But for an act not usually in Vegas, Carrie Underwood will be performing at the T-Mobile Arena. Tickets are still available but they’re expected to go quickly.
Go off The Strip
With summer season over, and temperatures starting to cool, getting outdoors isn’t a bad idea. Bus tours to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Red Rocks Canyon, among many other day trips, are available all year, allowing travelers to enjoy the outdoors without the hot sun beating down on them.
Get in the Christmas Spirit
For those looking forward to the start of Christmas season, the Cactus Garden Holiday Lights at Ethel M. Botanical Garden in Henderson has 500,000 lights covering three acres of cactuses. They also have a Chocolate Factory and Shoppe that offer tours. And at Opportunity Village, guests can enjoy the Magical Forest, complete with a decorated train, enchanted carousel, and Rudolph’s Raceway.