Expect fun and good fortune on leap day in Vegas

A leap day only comes around once every four years. Because of that, it’s considered to be a “lucky” period of time. Although there’s no guarantee you’ll hit a jackpot in the casinos, just being in Vegas on Feb. 29 already makes you fortunate!

Of course, there are plenty of ways to get lucky in Sin City that don’t involve gambling. If you’re marriage-minded, leap day is an excellent occasion to tie the knot at one of the quickie wedding chapels.

“It is a special day. It also should be pretty easy for the grooms to remember their wedding date,” joked Brian Mills, the general manager and a performer at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. He expects at least 40 ceremonies will be held there during February’s bonus 24 hours. “Any time there are special number days like this – or like 10-10-10, 11-11-11 and 12-12-12 – they’re always very popular.”

Viva Las Vegas Pink Caddy wedding package

The Pink Caddy Wedding Package is among the specially discounted options at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel for leap day. (Photo courtesy of the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel)

In honor of this year’s 366th day, the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel is offering several specially discounted packages. There’s the Leap Day Wedding Package, which includes a two-rose bouquet, a boutonniere, a candlelight ceremony, courtesy limousine service to and from the chapel, the wedding coordinator, the music, the chapel fee and photography (24 poses/proofs). For something quirkier, couples can leap into their new lives together with the ’50s-style Rockabilly Wedding Package held in the Doo Wop Diner with the King. It features almost everything mentioned above, in addition to six free prints and an Elvis impersonator who will sing two songs. Another well-liked option is the Pink Caddy Wedding Package, where the twosome is actually driven down the aisle in the back of a ’64 pink Cadillac convertible.

“Our chapel is where people come to do out-of-the-ordinary weddings. We always have really fun couples who just want to do something different,” said Mills. “Coming to Vegas for a fun themed wedding on a very unique day that only rolls around once every four years is really the perfect marriage of the two – no pun intended.”

Soon-to-be newlyweds can get more information by clicking the chapel’s link on VEGAS.com’s Weddings page. According to Mills, there are still openings available for Feb. 29, but he advises that you book as soon as possible.

Rhumbar at The Mirage

Rhumbar at The Mirage is throwing a leap day party on their lush outdoor patio. (Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

If you’re not getting hitched, there are other fun ways to celebrate leap day in Las Vegas. Head over to Rhumbar in The Mirage. The stylish cocktail lounge reminiscent of a cool Caribbean beach bar is hosting a patio party from 3 – 7 p.m. Along with leap year-inspired drink specials, guests can mingle, dance (the turntables will be manned by DJ Larry Lynx) or just behold the stunning view of the Strip.

Jerry’s Nugget in downtown Las Vegas has been running its “Cash Winning Days” promotion in February – and the month will conclude with a leap year cash giveaway. If you sign up for The MoreClub players card and earn at least 229 base points playing slot, video poker and video keno machines from 4 a.m. – 11:55 p.m. on Feb. 29, you can swipe it and win up to $229. Plus, while you’re in the casino, take advantage of your last chance to indulge in the English Cut Prime Rib Special, which is being offered at Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop. It’s only $9.85 (normally $11.89) through Feb. 29. The mouthwatering meal comes with choices of soup or salad, rice or potato, and garlic toast or French bread. Sides of horseradish and au jus are also served with the juicy slab of meat.

There are some great perks for visitors who are “leaplings” – i.e., born on leap day – as well. For instance, Palace Station, which is located on Sahara Avenue just a few blocks west of the Strip, is hosting a special birthday party on Feb. 29 that will include a big cake and a champagne toast. Guests will also have the opportunity to test their leap year trivia skills and win special prizes. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. in the resort’s Cabo Mexican Restaurant.

If you have a leap year birthday, you can enjoy free admission to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and check out this sexy new wax figure of Fergie. (Photo by Erik Kabik/RETNA)

What’s more, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in The Venetian is boasting a wonderful freebie for leap year babies. Just show your ID (a driver’s license or anything that displays your birthday) at the box office on Feb. 29 to receive a complimentary general admission ticket. You’ll have an amusing time getting close to and taking photographs with the attraction’s more than 200 iconic wax figures from film, TV, music, sports and politics.

There’s another interactive attraction on the Strip recognizing this unique holiday. On Feb. 29, CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand will give free admission to anyone with a leap year birthday, as well as half off the general admission price to Las Vegas locals. If you love the various “CSI” TV series and have always wanted to solve a murder, this is your lucky break. CSI: The Experience involves three true-to-life cases to be solved in a 12,000-square-foot facility that houses two state-of-the-art crime labs. You can even attempt DNA and fingerprint analysis here.

Since leap day so seldom comes around, make this one count and try something new while you’re visiting Las Vegas. And if you’re not in the Entertainment Capital of the World, then celebrate by planning a trip in the near future. You’ll always find great promotions for air and hotel packages on VEGAS.com’s Deals page.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.