For better or for worse, here are seven things to get excited about (really or sarcastically, you take your pick), in no particular order:
1. Celine Dion Returns
Her heart will go on in Vegas, again. Celine will muscle in on Holly Madison's most-adored-female-in-the-city status when she returns to Caesars Palace in March.
Watch out, Holls. She's got a twin kicker this time around (yeah, we stole that from "Modern Family") and we predict her OWN "behind-the-scenes" special on Oprah's new network, too.
Footnote: Start saving that change now. Tickets start at $117, but they're still cheaper than a certain other entertainer down the street.
2. Holly Madison Gets Booked
Speaking of Holls, her new guide to Las Vegas, "The Showgirl Next Door," is expected to hit stores in February on Valentine's Day. We can't lie and say we're not looking forward to reading it. We, in all sincerity, would love a kick-ass book on Vegas. Here's to hoping she delivers.
(p.s., did we miss our invite to Holly's book club? Apparently, she's still working her way through Harry Potter in French since the last post is dated October 2009. Take your time, Holls.)
3. Mob Museum Will (or Will Not) Get Mobbed
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman's dream of a downtown Mob Museum will come to fruition (whether we like it or not) this year, too, with a reported March/May/spring opening.
Try as we might we just can't see it being a ginormous hit. We just hope that it won't be as big a flop as Neonopolis.
Another concern - the Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana. Will visitors really go downtown when they can get a similar experience on The Strip?
4. The Lingerie Bowl Takes Off
Just as watched as the game-which-cannot-be-named is the game that can - the Lingerie Bowl. For the first time, scantily clad girls will grab a ball and gyrate for attention in Vegas. (Ok, maybe not the first time.)
For those who are interested, there will be no
cover charge admission for this February event. Just go online to UNLVTickets.com to snatch up tix of your very own.
5. Getting Toasted at Ri Ra Pub
It sounds like a fun, rolickin' good time in the making so you can bet we'll be lifting a pint there soon.
6. "Dolce" You Remember About This Hotel Opening?
Oh, wait. There is another hotel opening around the corner.
So, there you go. Take it for what you will. Did we leave something off? Let us know in the comments below!