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Even More Ways To Get In The Spirit This Holiday

December 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM | by | ()

While readers are busy planning the Ultimate Vegas New Year's Eve, we're here to remind the VC faithful that there's another holiday coming up beforehand. One that is kicked off with 25 days of Will Ferrell and shooting an eye out. Christmas doesn't have to be all about visiting that remote aunt in the mountains, family quarrels and gay apparel. Christmas happens in Vegas, too, and doesn't need to focus on playing reindeer games with a one-armed bandit.

Terry Fator has decked his adult halls with merry puppets, as we detailed last week, while the New York-New York sticks to family oriented fare. The Bellagio's annual horticulture of penguins and polar bears has been gallerized by Mr. Lane for your viewing convenience. And, Palms invites guests to drink their sweater attractive at the Ugly Sweater Party inside Moon on December 18. Just be warned that one contender is already Wynning our vote.

Here are some other ways to fa-ra-ra-ra-ra you way through Vegas this holiday season:

Sam's Town
Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show (shown above)
Now through January 1
15-minute laser light show runs hourly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., complete with faux snowfall
Cowboy Santa greets guests Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23

New York-New York
Christmas in New York, a family friendly production, running now through December 30
Audiences will be serenaded with popular songs ranging from "White Christmas" to "Jingle Bells"
Showtimes are Tuesdays through Sundays at 7 p.m.; select dates will also offer a 4 p.m. matinee
Tickets: start at $49.95, call 866.606.7111

The Barrymore at Royal Resort
Plated Christmas dinner ($48) includes Waldorf Salad, Barrymore Cassoulet, and an Orange Savarin
Add wine pairing for $23 more

Mandalay Bay
Santa in the Shipwreck at Shark Reef Aquarium
With paid admission, children 12 and under will receive complimentary candy cane and photo with Santa
Santa Jaws also to be present
December 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knock back a Peppermint Patty at Sugar Factory.

Paris Las Vegas
Sugar Factory
Specialty holiday cocktails offered throughout December, including the Peppermint Patty Martini ($10) pictured above
Christmas Day menu to include prix fixe $34 offering that will include sliced prime rib, twice-baked potato and brussel sprouts

Wynn / Encore
Society Cafe
Christmas service December 24-25 from 5 p.m. until closing
Prix fixe meal ($54) to include butternut squash soup, grass-fed short rib, and a chocolate and Nutella "Yule Log" for dessert

The Smith Center
Special holiday productions include:
●Clint Holmes for the Holidays -- December 7-9, tickets start at $35
●Las Vegas Philharmonic, Pops II: A Very Vegas Holiday -- December 8, tickets begin at $46
●The Deana Martin Christmas Show -- December 14-16, tickets start at $37
●Nevada Ballet Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker' -- December 15-23, tickets start at $29
●Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012 -- December 18, tickets start at $29
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thesmithcenter.com

Opportunity Village's Magical Forest
Featuring millions of holiday lights, nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, antique carousel, passenger train, more
Now through January 6
Sundays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: ranges from $9 to $17.50 depending on age, inclusion of rides
All proceeds benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village
For more info or to purchase admission, visit opportunityvillage.org

The Cosmopolitan
Ice skating at Boulevard Pool now through January 20
Fire pits, specialty cocktails, s'mores also to be offered
Hours: Now through December 23: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
December 24-January 4: Daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (closed New Year's Eve)
Pricing: $10 for Nevada residents, $15 for tourists; skate rentals: $5

Ethel M's Holiday Cactus Garden
Now through January 1
Lights on nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Christmas Day, check website for special Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve hours)
Performances by local choirs Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Details on photos with Santa here
Complimentary admission
More information at ethelm.com

Rice & Company
Two specialty sushi rolls for the holidays include the 'Peace, Love and Sushi' ($9, available throughout December) and the 'Roll in the New Year' ($18, available Dec. 28-31)

Conservatory & Botanical Gardens' Holiday Display on view through January 1
Features polar bears made of white carnations, trains wired with video cameras, a chocolate village, 45-foot Shasta Fir and more
Open round the clock

Fountains of Bellagio
Holiday songs to be featured through the season, including "Santa Baby" and "Hallelujah Chorus"
The fountains run every 30 minutes 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 7 p.m. on weekends; shows then run every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. until midnight

Jean Philippe Patisserie
Five foot chocolate Santa is 230 pounds of sugary goodness and ready for your camera
Holiday chocolates available for purchase

Planet Hollywood
Strip House
Special Christmas Day menu offered from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Dishes to include Seared Foie Gras ($21), Hatch New Mexico Green Chili Rubbed Prime Rib ($49)

The Orleans
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's 'Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party'
November 30 and December 1
Tickets: start at $19.95
Get yours by calling 702.365.7075 or visit orleanscasino.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 'The Lost Christmas Eve'
December 2 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: begin at $33
Secure yours via phone at 702.365.7075 or online at orleanscasino.com

Venetian / Palazzo
50 days of holiday festivities runs from November 18-January 6
Activities include:
●Outdoor ice skating -- daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; $14.95 per person, includes skate rental
●Mannheim Steamroller Christmas -- November 20-December 30; showtimes: 7 p.m.; Tickets: begin at $70, call 866.641.7469
●Nightly holiday parade and tree lighting -- Nightly at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Venetian's Doge's Palace Plaza
●Festivino, a celebration of Bordeaux -- December 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tickets: $40 general admission; $75 prix fixe Bordeaux pairing menus at Morels, Pinot Brasserie

Public House
Christmas prix fixe menu ($48) includes Braised Rabbit or Crab Cocktail, Prime Rib or Duck Two Ways, and more
Add beer pairings for $14 more

Fiesta Rancho
Sobe Ice Arena offering public skating December 21-January 6, hours vary
Admission: $7 per person; skate rental: $3
Children under three are free

Seasons of Harmony, a Restless Heart holiday show, to be performed December 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. each night
Tickets: start at $15.95, call 702.636.7075

Golden Gate
2012 Miss Santa's Helper competition set for December 22 at 5 p.m.
Sexiest helper wins $5,000; enter by calling 702.388.2411

The Mirage
25 days of Snuggies giveaway, beginning Dec. 1
Play with Rhumbar on Twitter for your chance to win

A Very Terry Christmas by Terry Fator November 20-December 29
Shows are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Tickets: start at $74.93, call 702.792.7777

Say 'cheese' or cheez?

Monte Carlo
Minus 5
Holiday themed ice sculptures for 'cool' photo opps, specialty cocktails all season long

Caesars Palace
Serendipity 3
Holiday menu to include spiced eggnog ($12), roasted chestnut soup ($10), Day After Christmas sandwich ($16)
Will be open from 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Christmas Day

Sushi Roku
Holiday menu offerings include Milk & Cookie Cocktail (Nov. 19-Dec. 25), Tuna Tataki (Nov. 19-25), Blizzard Roll (Nov. 19-Dec. 25)

Legends In Concert holiday performances
November 23-December 25
For reservations, 702.369.5111 or click on harrahslasvegas.com
KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers
Christmas Day menu to include cranberry apple salad ($9), Christmas turkey burger ($16) and eggnog milkshake ($7)
Open Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Three-course Christmas prix fixe menu ($21.99) to include salad or butternut bisque soup, roasted turkey with gravy, stuffing, sweet mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce with either pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert
Open Xmas day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Flavors Buffet
Christmas Day offerings to include honey baked bone-in ham, prime rib, baked yams, dill potato salad, and more
Holiday menu offered from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Price: $24.99 a person

Underwater Santa featured in hotel's aquarium on Saturdays and Sundays in December, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day
Complimentary viewings

Twin Creeks Steakhouse
Three-course Christmas menu ($48) to include seared scallop salad or lobster butternut squash soup, free range turkey with foie gras stuffing, and more
Served from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sundance Grill
Prix fixe Christmas Day menu ($18.95) to include choice of prime rib, oven roasted Tom Turkey, and baked pineapple ham
Served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Seasons Buffet
Christmas feast ($26.99) to include herb-crusted turkey, honey glazed ham, Yukon mashed potatoes, and more
Served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Happy Hollytinis at Trevi.

Caesars Palace
Happy Hollytini ($9) features vanilla vodka, Peppermint schnapps and Bailey's, garnished with crushed peppermint candy
A Eggnog Gelato ($4.50 per scoop) also will be available

Forum Shops
Special holiday shopping hours will be as follows:
Christmas Eve and Day: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Year's Day: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Imperial Palace
Embers Steakhouse
Three-course Christmas prix fixe menu ($41) to include butternut squash bisque or autumn salad, turkey or pork loin, dessert and glass of wine
Service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Treasure Island
Pirate ship made of gingerbread on view in resort's registration lobby
Tasty creation modeled after hotel's own pirate ship in Siren's Cove

Miracle Mile
Free shopping survival bags available at customer service desk December 13-24
Bags to contain coupon book, treat-sized bags of popcorn from Garrett Popcorn Shops, mints, bottle of water, and a snack bar from ABC Stores
A limited number of bags also will contain a $50 Miracle Mile Shops gift card

Center Cut Steakhouse
Four-course Christmas Menu ($57) features glass of wine (21+), salad, butternut squash and orange veloute with Maryland blue crab, roasted Sonoma organic free-range turkey with accompaniments, and dessert
Christmas service will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Paradise Garden Buffet
Christmas Day menu to include prime rib, pork loin, turkey breast, ham
Served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tropical Breeze Cafe
Christmas menu ($19.99) to include salad or chowder, roasted pork loin or turkey and pumpkin or pecan pie
Service from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

M Resort
Elvis Holiday tribute by Steve Connolly to be held on December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: start at $19.50, call 800.745.3000

Armenian singing sensation, Armenchik, to perform special Christmas concert
December 22
Tickets: Start at $54
Purchase by calling 702.944.3200 or visiting ticketmaster.com

Archived Comments:

Is all this current?

Just wondering why this article is dated December 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM?

Never mind

Time Warp/Senior moments. It is 2012, right? Not 2013 until next month? Where am I? Why am I here?, LOL...


You're already in 2013? Tell us what the future is like!!



It's confusing here in 2013, but not as confusing as it was in 2012!

I can tell you this... 12/21 was  not the end of the world, only the restart of the calendar. ;-0