Christmas is a magical place all over the world, but none quite like Las Vegas. My neighbors are not only competing with themselves but with regular glitter and neon of the Strip. Many of us work over the holidays, so holiday dinners are few and far between. We find our ways to restaurants before or after our shifts, and enjoy not having to clean up dishes afterward. Here are a few suggestions that I have enjoyed over the last few years, many of our favorite places aren’t open this year though because Christmas Day regrettably falls on a Sunday, but there are still some options for those that don’t want the hassle or the danger of cooking Christmas Dinner themselves.
99 Ranch Market
My personal favorite is not a restaurant at all, but take out from the dim sum line at the 99 Ranch Market off Maryland Pkwy and Katie Ave behind the IHOP. There is a multitude of options such as freshly roasted duck, pork belly bao buns, shrimp dumplings, fried shrimp, and whole grilled squid. There are many noodle and rice options to make a complete and satisfying meal. I make my way to the fresh bakery section to pick up green onion scallion rolls or another bread delicacy before heading to the pastry department and arguing over which of the beautiful desserts we will be taking home. Ranch99 is my preferred Christmas dinner and is best when I plan on eating later in the afternoon. There are a few 99 Ranch Markets around town, but this one is the newest and has the best selection. I will be here for sure.
99 Ranch Market
3768 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Close at 9 pm
For a much-to-be-enjoyed Christmas steak dinner, T-Bones Chophouse inside the Red Rock Hotel & Casino offers up a delicious variety of steaks, seafood, and has an extensive wine selection. They carry my favorite wine which is almost impossible to find in Las Vegas. Meyer Cabernet is an exceptional selection is only available here and the Paris’ Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Both of these restaurants have been a Christmas Day and Eve tradition for many years. My favorites here at T-Bones are the Niman Ranch Dry Aged Prime Rib with the Gorgonzola Crust and Fingerling Potatoes cooked with Rosemary and Duck Fat.
T-Bones Chophouse @ Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
11011 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Vegetarian options are becoming more mainstream in Las Vegas, and one nice option available on Christmas Day is in the Commercial Center near Sahara Ave and Maryland Pkwy is Komol. Komol is a Thai restaurant that serves up authentic Thai recipes including an extensive vegetarian selection. My usual choices here are the Goong Hom Sabai (marinated shrimp wrapped in a wonton skin), Tod Mun (Fishcakes), Vegetarian Seaweed Soup, Vegetarian Pineapple Fried Rice, any of their duck selections including House Special Duck and Duck Chili Mint.
Komol @ Commercial Center
953 E Sahara Ave E-10, Las Vegas, NV 89104
For a romantic slow-paced elegant dinner, Hugo’s is the place to celebrate Christmas dinner. As a long standing staple of Las Vegas, the old Vegas charm still exists within these brick walls. Though the rest of the city has modernized and changed around it, Hugo’s stands steadfast in the old feel of Las Vegas service and quality. They offer up some of the best steaks in town and is the perfect location for a date night, Christmas Day or any other day. My regular choices are the Escargot en Croute as an appetizer, Tournedos Hugo (twin filets served with foie gras) with sauce aux poivre, before finishing off with their Kona Coffee Experience for Two.
Hugo’s Cellar @ Four Queens
202 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Via Brasil Steakhouse
For those that crave meat over the holidays, Via Brasil Steakhouse will fulfill that need. Serving up three different options: 21 meats, 14 meats, or the appetizer/salad bar only, Via Brasil Steakhouse will satisfy any meat lover on Christmas. The service in a Brasil style steakhouse is a bit different than traditional dining service. There is an appetizer and salad bar that is open for self-service, and the meats are brought around on spits and served tableside. They can accommodate large parties, so bring that extra-large family here for a Christmas unlike any other. I highly recommend making a reservation.
Via Brasil Steakhouse
1225 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Please note that all of these places do have different hours and reservations are highly recommended. Along with these dining options, there are many events and activities to do around Christmas. Some of these are on Christmas Day, but they are worth checking out: Ethyl M. Chocolates has a gorgeous light display through their cactus gardens, Downtown Summerlin has its ice rink for a bit of an aerobic Christmas glide, and Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. Check out our article, “Top 5 Things for Kids to do at Christmas in Las Vegas,” and please note there is no age limit for these activities, even in my late 20’s I enjoy these as if I was still a Santa-Struck child.