I love the holiday season! I love Christmas music, the food, and most of all, the all-pervading feeling that it’s finally time to relax and be of good cheer.
Last December we spent a long weekend in Las Vegas. We wanted to see Sin City all done up for the holidays and get away from the Strip to see how everyday Vegas lives. We drove downtown to Fremont Street on a Saturday to see something special: The Great Santa Run.
Every Christmas season, thousands of Las Vegans gather for a charity 5K run/walk around the downtown entertainment district. It’s a casual, fun event in an area full of good places to eat and drink, and all the proceeds benefit Opportunity Village (a charity that helps adults with intellectual disabilities find employment and engage with the community).
This was expected to be the biggest race ever, with almost ten thousand runners in full Santa getup. We parked and joined the happy crowds milling around the Fremont Street stage. After a pep talk from the mayor and a brief concert starring Santa Claus, it was race time!
After the festivities were finished, we stuck around to shop and eat. It was an awesome morning out and a chance to see a different side of Las Vegas. If you’re ever in Vegas the first weekend in December, stop by and check it out!
Even if it’s not Santa Run season, Downtown Las Vegas has a lot to offer. Skip the junk shops and check out the many excellent restaurants and bars. Here are a few places we enjoyed:
- Nacho Daddy
113 N. 4th St.
Nacho Daddy was open for breakfast and all done up for Christmas. Try the chilaquiles or the gravy-smothered Moco Loco Nachos!
- Downtown Container Park
707 Fremont St.
The Container Park is a collection of shops and restaurants built into a stack of shipping containers around a central playground (for kids and adults). It’s a great place to sit with a drink or a bite to eat and watch people.
707 Fremont St, inside Downtown Container Park
ChillSpot sells Mexican style paletas (fruit popsicles) and ice cream inside the Downtown Container Park. I had a pineapple and cream pop, sprinkled with tangy Tajín seasoning from the shaker on the counter.