10 Top Las Vegas Shows To Watch In December

By Elle
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Winter in Las Vegas can be a much quieter experience than you’d get during the high season, but the month of December is still jam-packed with things to do.

You might be visiting for the holiday decorations, you might be visiting for New Year’s Eve festivities, or you might just find yourself there for work. Regardless of what you’re here for, catching a Las Vegas show should be on your list of things to do in December.

After all, the pools are closed and the dayclubs have gone dark for the season. The next best thing? Experiencing one of these high-production value shows throughout the city!

Here is our curated list of the top Las Vegas shows to catch this December.


Las Vegas Shows For Out-Of-This-World Entertainment

Awakening

Awakening at Wynn Las Vegas
Courtesy of Awakening

Starting with the visionary minds of Bernie Yuman, Baz Halpin and Michael Curry, Awakening has captured a massive audience with its combination of dramatic choreography, fantastical creatures, original musical score, and narration by none other than Anthony Hopkins.

At the core of Awakening is a hero’s quest to confront the forces of Light and Darkness. The protagonist, known as IO, encounters a diverse cast of characters, both human and fantastical, as she navigates the challenges that unfold in her mission to reunite opposing forces and save the world.

The show has been called the most technically advanced show on the planet. To help you illustrate why, I’ll just tell you that they spent $120 million to create a massive 360-degree theater just for this show.

Expect everything from amazing dancers, magic, illusions, and puppetry!

  • Type of Show: Top-Seller, Variety
  • Where: Awakening Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
  • Show Length: 80 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

Absinthe

Absinthe Caesars Palace
Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Named “the #1 greatest show in Las Vegas history” by Las Vegas Weekly, Absinthe is a thrilling showcase featuring world-class artists who push the boundaries with amazing feats of strength, balance, danger, and unfathomable flexibility.

Set in an intimate circus tent, this Spiegelworld show is full of raunchy jokes, lingerie-clad acrobats, and adult comedy, so be prepared for an outlandishly good time. It’s a full-fledged institution in Vegas, still one of the most buzzed-about shows on the Strip, and an innovation that has impacted the direction of live entertainment in Las Vegas.

  • Type of Show: Top Seller, Variety
  • Where: Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza, Caesars Palace
  • Show Length: 80 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: Must be 18 years of age or older

Mystère by Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Mystere Show Las Vegas
Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Mystère is Cirque du Soleil’s original must-see production that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Set at Treasure Island, this captivating show is a fusion of high-energy acrobatics, colorful costumes, vivid lighting, and dramatic dance, all underscored by the thunderous rhythms of the Taïko drums.

With an international cast of 67 artists, Mystère invites you to unravel the mystery of life itself. It’s a Cirque du Soleil production, so you will be wowed!

  • Type of Show: Cirque du Soleil, Top Seller
  • Where: Mystere Theatre at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
  • Show Length: 90 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: No age restriction

“O” by Cirque du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil O at Bellagio Las Vegas
Courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil

“O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio is a theatre show like no other. “O”, phonetically speaking, is the French word for water (spelled “eau”). Inspired by the grace of water and the concept of infinity, the show incorporates world-class divers, synchronized swimmers, and acrobats to make up an utterly surreal and romantic show.

The stage is a marvel of engineering, transforming seamlessly from solid ground to water, and back again. The performers, with their immaculate acrobatic skills, will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time!

  • Type of Show: Cirque du Soleil, Top Seller
  • Where: O Theatre at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino
  • Show Length: 90 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Beatles LOVE
Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Experience the magic of The Beatles’ music like never before with “The Beatles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE is a spellbinding tribute that celebrates the enduring musical legacy of The Beatles.

Drawing inspiration from the poetry of The Beatles’ iconic lyrics, LOVE unfolds a series of scenes inhabited by both real and imaginary characters. The international cast of 60 performers injects a raw, youthful energy into the performance, blending aerial ballet, extreme acrobatics, and freestyle dance to create one smashingly good show.

Did we mention that there’s confetti rain during the show? Epic!

  • Type of Show: Cirque du Soleil, Musical
  • Where: LOVE Theater at the Mirage Hotel & Casino
  • Show Length: 90 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 5 years and older

Las Vegas Comedy Shows For Endless Laughs

Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club

Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Club

Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club is the epitome of laughter and entertainment in Las Vegas. This premier venue, curated by the comedic genius himself, brings together the brightest stars in stand-up comedy, alongside emerging talents from across the nation.

So, is Jimmy going to be there every night? Not necessarily. But what you get is a carefully curated lineup of top-tier comedians, both established and rising, that guarantees side-splitting moments. Get ready to laugh till it hurts!

  • Type of Show: Comedy
  • Where: Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, LINQ Hotel + Experience
  • Show Length: 75 to 90 minutes
  • Age Restriction: For audiences 18 years and older

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club

Brad Garrett Comedy Club
Courtesy of Brad Garrett Comedy

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand is a stand-up comedy venue featuring a rotating lineup of comedians delivering live performances in a club setting. To add to the fun factor, every show takes place in a specially designed theater custom-built for comedy.

  • Type of Show: Comedy
  • Where: Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club Lounge at MGM Grand
  • Show Length: 75 to 90 minutes
  • Age Restriction: Guests must be at least 21 years old

Las Vegas Shows: For Family Fun

Shin Lim: LIMITLESS

Shin Lim Las Vegas
Courtesy of Shin Lim Magic

LIMITLESS is the newest and most exciting magic show in the world. Starring Shin Lim, the only person ever to win America’s Got Talent — not once, but TWICE — you will be mesmerized by his incredible sleight of hand and his ability to manipulate objects like a modern-day wizard.

  • Type of Show: Magic
  • Where: The Mirage Theater, The Mirage
  • Show Length: 90 minutes – No intermission
  • Age Restriction: For ages 5 and older

Tournament of Kings at Excalibur

Tournament of Kings Las Vegas
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Tournament of Kings is Las Vegas’ ultimate dinner-and-a-show experience, perfect for families and medieval-era jousting fans. Step back in time to the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and enjoy thrilling jousting matches, galloping horses, special effects, knights, damsels, and a hearty feast fit for royalty.

Oh, regarding dinner? Forget utensils. Guests feast on a hearty meal using their hands, embracing the authenticity of medieval dining! It’s an immersive experience that will delight both children and adults alike.

  • Type of Show: Dinner theater
  • Where: King Arthur’s Arena, Excalibur
  • Show Length: 90 minutes
  • Age Restriction: No age restriction

Penn & Teller

Penn and Teller Rio
Courtesy of Penn & Teller

Penn & Teller, the legendary magical duo, redefines the rules of magic in their multi-award-winning show at the Rio Hotel & Casino. As the longest-running headliners in Vegas history, these “Bad Boys of Magic” offer decades of showmanship with new creative twists.

While some elements nod to classic magic, the majority of their show is marked by creativity and innovation. The whole family will be taken on a journey where laughter intertwines with awe, making it a quintessential Vegas experience.

  • Type of Show: Comedy, Magic
  • Where: Penn & Teller Theater, Rio
  • Show Length: 90 minutes
  • Age Restriction: Must be 5 years of age or older

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About The Author - Elle
About the author

My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in Las Vegas (and around the world too)!