Christmas is one of the busiest times of year at the Grand Canyon. If you're thinking about flying, you'll need to get in quick and book your tickets. Both the South Rim and Las Vegas flights will sell out before long, so you will need to book within the next two weeks.
Tours operate all throughout the holiday season, except for Christmas Day. Flights leave from both Nevada and Arizona, and there are air only tours available, as well as landing tours if you're flying from Las Vegas.
Flights Out Of Las Vegas
Vegas flights are some of the most popular, because they offer more options. Leaving Vegas you will fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead next to it, before making it out to the Canyon. Once you're at the Canyon you will perform a flyover of the area, and if you choose a landing flight, there will be even more to see!
The tours that land at the bottom are my favorites. There's one which offers a champagne picnic, and there's even a boat ride along the Colorado River.
You can land at the top, too, and from there, you will have access to plenty of sightseeing areas, walking tracks, and the famous Skywalk viewing platform. The Skywalk isn't any ordinary viewing platform, because it has a glass floor and extends 70 ft. over the edge of the canyon. You will be about 4000 ft. from the river below, making the experience just as exhilarating as the helicopter ride itself.
Basic And Deluxe Vegas Tours
When booking your flights, you will need to choose either basic, or deluxe. Basic tours fly the same routes, with the main difference being that they depart from Boulder City, rather than the Vegas Strip. Deluxe tours provide a limousine shuttle service from your hotel, but that's not the best thing about them. Deluxe helicopters are EcoStar 130 models, which are larger than the basic helicopters. They have a seating arrangement which allows unobstructed views for all on board, and there's a large 180 degree viewing window. This all makes for the best experience available at the Grand Canyon, so if you can get a deluxe ticket on your budget, you will find that it is the best option.
South Rim Tours From Arizona
Although South Rim tours aren't allowed to land inside the Canyon, they do cover an area of the National Park which is arguably more isolated and mystical. Tours from the South Rim fly to the isolated North Rim, and if you choose the longer 50 minute tour, then you will go right out to the eastern boundary of the park, as well. At the South Rim, you will be able to choose from Deluxe and Basic tours, and if you're staying in Vegas there are airplane connecting flights flying directly to Tusayan in AZ.
I highly recommend visiting the South Rim. It shows areas of the park that not many get to see, and on the longer tour, there is the opportunity to see up to 75% of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Dress For The Season
It's getting much colder at this time of year, so make sure you layer up for your flight. Helicopters are climate controlled, so you will want a sweater to remain comfortable. If you will be taking a landing tour then make sure you have a winter jacket and something lighter on underneath, just in case the weather does something unexpected.
The Canyon is great at any time of year, but there's something especially magical about flying during the Christmas season. Book early, and book your tickets online. This is how you will get the best prices, and when you pay with your credit card, you will ensure that your seats are reserved. Vegas or Arizona, there's plenty of wonder to be seen at the Canyon, so don't miss out on the opportunity to fly there during this holiday season.
Grand Canyon expert L. Fallon recommends these South Rim helicopter tours along with these that depart from Las Vegas: http://www.grandcanyonhelicopter.org/grand-canyon-helicopter-tour-coupons.html