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Vegas Is Beginning To Look A Lot Like Nashville This Christmas

November 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM | by | ()

The Devil went down to Fremont. Fan of country music? Consider moving to Las Vegas for December. It's everywhere.

We were at Caesars pondering the eminent arrival of Shania Twain when we noticed she had already muscled her way into the gift shop alongside Elton John. A move akin to country music's dominance of the city all next month. Sir Elton has yet to announce his return residency dates for performing next year and the Caesars Box Office officially says "To Be Announced." But, listening to local rumors, we say don't hold your breath. Anyway, a quick nose around reveals that Shania is one of a bushel of performers making this a stellar, country-fried Christmas.

Faith Hilll and Tim McGraw are the other superstars to take your mind away from Garth Brook's recent departure. The duo begin their Soul2Soul series of concerts on December 7th and we discovered the pricey tickets are not totally sold out. We were present at the Venetian for their August announcement and show details were spartan and in short supply. We'll all have to wait to see how much of a grand production will fill their very impressive theater.

Cheaper deals do abound and they are tied to the National Finals Rodeo filling the Thomas & Mack Center from December 6th through the 15th. Expect to see lots of cowboys and cowgirls around town. You can't miss them. And, downtown is creating their own mini-festival to rival The Strip. At the Golden Nugget, a series of concerts include old-school legends Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys and Randy Travis. Younger bucks are included in the 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown on December 5th with a day of free gigs on Fremont, including Uncle Kracker and Clay Walker.

Elsewhere, Trace Adkins brings his signature black hat to the Riviera on the 15th. LeAnn Rimes competes for your attention at the Hilton from the 13th through 15th. And, if you just need a boot-scoot, remember that legendary locals spot Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is now open at Town Square. It's a firm favorite of the rodeo crowd.

To top off this over-abundance, you can even indulge in some penny slot country action with The Gambler. Yes, Kenny Rogers has his own slots to join his Roasters empire. You'll have the chance to tell him how you hold 'em or fold 'em when he performs at the Texas Station next March. We'd like to tell him to loosen up his slot machine, but we'd probably have better success in a fiddle match against the devil.

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