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Xmas/New Year must see/avoid places

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Xmas/New Year must see/avoid places

I'm working on a Grand Circle trip around late December / early January and was wondering if there were places that do anything noteworthy for Christmas and/or New Year. Of equal importance are places to avoid on or around those days.

Although strictly not Utah, Las Vegas and Phoenix/Tuscon would be included in the question.

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1. Re: Xmas/New Year must see/avoid places

Pretty quiet time of year but no reason to avoid anything. Most important point is to be aware that it's winter and anticipate snow and cold temperatures. This is especially the case at higher elevation destinations such as Bryce Canyon. That shouldn't obstruct your trip but just make sure you are dressed for cold and have a vehicle that, at very least, is front-wheel drive and equipped with at least all season tires.

You can use the links on the right to begin planning your trip. Lodging should be reasonably easy to find, but pay particular attention to Monument Valley and Grand Canyon. You will also find significantly lower prices, especially in places like Moab.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Xmas/New Year must see/avoid places

Since you asked about Las Vegas, there are some nice parks nearby like Death Valley, the Mojave Preserve, Joshua Tree and Valley of Fire.At that time of year, temps are good for desert exploration. Vegas is big for New Years celebrating.

Its off season in the Grand Circle, so most hotel rates are rock bottom. The parks are very quiet. Water activities like rafting and boating are over for the season.Snow is certainly a possibility. For hiking, traction devices for your boots like Ice-Trekkers or crampons are a good idea if you want to do any hiking.

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3. Re: Xmas/New Year must see/avoid places

If you wont have children with you, Las Vegas can be a good place for New Years Eve with a large Fireworks show on top of the Hotels, but its not appropriate or safe for children Imo.

In Ivins Utah, there is the Tuachann Ampitheare which is a large outdoor theater has a really good light show for Christmastime, and a live nativity event. Hot Chocolate and a nice firepit are a nice touch as well. Here is that info from a few years ago.


There is nothing showing yet on their Calendar on their website yet as your too far out. Specific info for this year should show up in the later fall sometime. Keep in mind its offered usually in Dec up until a few days before Christmas, and you can just visit the area for the lights for free. There is a cost to go into the Ampitheatre for the live Nativity show. And you will likely need a coat that time of year. Its also a popular event, so you would want to get tickets as soon as they show up on their website.


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4. Re: Xmas/New Year must see/avoid places

North Rim of Grand Canyon is closed but you can visit the South Rim.

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