Post # 1
my husband and I are living very far away from our family this year, and it would cost us upwards of 2k to go home for 6 nights…. my husband had the idea that we could instead go to Vegas for 3 nights for a fun vacation (Vegas is way closer and cheaper for us to travel to).
I am a little hesitant because I don’t expect it will feel very Christmas-y, but at the same time… we are planning to start a family in the next year or so, so we think it would be awesome to do something spontaneous and non-traditional like this now while we have few commitments. If we stayed where we are living, it likely would not feel overly Christmasy anyway since we have no family around. I am also a little nervous about what my family would think (although we were just home in September).
What would you do? Do you think it sounds fun or terrible?
Any bees visit Vegas at Christmas?? I would love to hear what you did/your experiences!
Post # 3
That sounds like an AWESOME trip before TTC!
Post # 4
its always cheap to get there, but having fun there costs a small fortune.
Post # 5
I think it would be fun!! I love Vegas. We’re not big gamblers but there is something for everyone.
We were there last December (before Xmas though). It was all decked out in Xmas decorations which was pretty cool. They definitely make it festive!
You could probably do a super nice Xmas dinner at one of the hotels. We stay at the Bellagio and they’re bound to offer something (even if you don’t end up staying there).
Post # 6
I think going on trips for Christmas is fun, but Vegas is not my cup of tea.
Post # 7
It’s actually pretty cheap this time of year…. decent hotels for 40$ a night right on the strip! We would plan to take advantage of a lot of the free entertainent while we are there, but we wouldn’t mind spending a bit on shows, etc. because hotels and flights are so inexpensive!
Post # 8
I think it sounds fun. Maybe you can talk to your family and let them know that you just can’t afford to travel that far to see them again this year. I know it’s costing us more than $3000 to travel to the midwest (visiting two different cities, renting a car and hotel room) for a week. It’s WAY more than what I’m comfortable spending for travel arrangements/holiday visits but we kind of have to since I’ve hogged FI for the last two Christmases.
Plus, this might be your last fun trip together for a little while if you’re going to start a family.
Post # 9
@MissGeeBee: Great idea- so much to do in Vegas!
Post # 10
As I see it you have 3 Choices:
1 – Go home to the folks for Christmas, and spend a lot of money
2 – Spend some money, and go away for Christmas to Vegas… and enjoy a Christmas Holiday BEFORE you consider being TTC
3 – Stay home and have Christmas on your own…
I have personally done all 3 in my lifetime. And YES #1 is going to be expensive & predictable.
Option # 2 can be a ton of fun, if you aren’t uber-Chirstmas people to begin with… don’t need a ton of Decorations, Christmas Tree, Presents, Turkey Dinner etc
Because Christmas on Vacation is NEVER anything like Christmas at home. It just isn’t (even if you opt for a Condo with Cooking facilities)
That doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun… just that for many people it “doesn’t feel” like Christmas so can be a let down.
BUT it can be a ton of fun… discovering a new place on holiday over Christmas… Mr TTR & I have done this several times now
Option # 1 is ideal if you are Christmasy person… nothing wrong with beginning your own traditions… more so if you plan to have Kiddies some day. Having Christmas as a couple… especially in your first year of Marriage can be awesome.
And as it is all NEW to both of you you can honour family traditions from both sides… and create some of your own (borrow a book, or look online for Christmas Traditions… pick & choose the ones you want to try)
In my 50+ years, I’ve had all kinds of Christmases… and enjoy them all for what they each are on an individual basis
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
True, I feel like once we have children we will have even more pressure from our families to go home for Christmas (understandable). I think part of me just feels a little guilty about spending money to go somewhere other then home.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I think you will find plenty of holiday-themed things to do in Vegas. They do tend to go overboard with holidays. My dad said that Halloween was pretty crazy when he went a few years ago.
Post # 13
I love Vegas!!! Would tatally go there for Christmas if I could!! I’m sure they deck it all out in lights and decorations in true Vegas fashion! Go!!
Post # 14
Wow thanks for all the feedback!
For those who have been to Vegas… do you think 3 nights and 4 days is enough? Or should we aim for 4 nights and 5 days?!
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
DH and I just went to Vegas for Thanksgiving…we had a GREAT turkey dinner at the Strip House in Planet Hollywood hotel. You will have so many holiday dinner options! Just call around…and opentable will list a lot of them.
3 nights is enough to tire you out, if you are anything like me.