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We made it through another apocalypse, everybody! We're going to celebrate by getting off Facebook... err, we mean, packing it in at work.. hitting a few Fremont Street bars because you know how we love us some drinking, umm, downtown Vegas and then having one amazing four-day holiday weekend.
We hope you have an amazing time as well filled with love and laughter. If you're still trying to figure out what to do in Vegas for the holidays, either Christmas or New Year's Eve, just check out our links below, in handy bullet point format. We'll see you back here on Wednesday!
As soon as Thanksgiving passes, we begin to hear Christmas music in the casinos. Casinos start us off gently by mixing Christmas favorites into about 1 of every 20 songs, but as we close in on December 25th that ratio increases. Depending on the casino, we can expect to hear a Christmas classic mixed in about once every four to eight songs we hear. Right now, may be the perfect balance between holiday music and regular music in the casino.
This writer will be spending the next four days in various casinos and looks forward to some holiday cheer, but there's definitely a limit to how many times anyone can hear Mariah Carey sing "All I Want For Christmas." We prefer more up-tempo Christmas music and we will never tire of Paul McCartney 's "Wonderful Christmas Time." This east coast guy would like to hear "Christmas In Hollis" every now and agai,n but Run DMC isn't very casino friendly.
Just imagine the possibilities for your holiday photo cards. When we spoke with film director and Goretorium mastermind Eli Roth back in August, he promised the year-round haunt at Harmon Corner would conjure up seasonal updates. “Just to keep it fresh,” he said.
Keeping their word, the Santa scares arrived on schedule. From December 14th though the 28th, the thrill attraction's new killer concept revolves around Santa’s evil-twin, Sick Nick. If you've been naughty, Sick Nick will be handing out punishment. And, he has some back-up help from killer elves.
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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:
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
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.
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Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has officially unveiled its winter exhibit, full of polar bears, penguins, trains and a chocolate village. A real chocolate village. It took one thousand pounds of dark chocolate and fifty boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats to help you drift into the holiday spirit. A 45-foot tall Shasta Fir helps, too. We were there to snap a photo at the exact second they turned on the 10,000 LED lights. All the better to see the 2,500 ornaments.
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Nothing says Christmas like jokes about drugs, transvestism and the Manson family. And, from the mouths of puppets to boot.
Terry Fator has flipped around his regular show and turned it into "A Very Terry Christmas." A limited run holiday special that includes as much new scripting as most shows on The Strip include in their regular productions. If you've see Terry before and are a fan, you'll be seeing a serious chunk of new material. If you've never seen him before, like us, you might find it a surprise.
While you're still salivating over that Thanksgiving turkey to come, Vegas casinos have already skipped ahead to Christmas.
Over the weekend, we stopped by the Venetian/Palazzo to find a metal holiday tree on its way up alongside Las Vegas Boulevard. The resorts will kick off Winter in Venice starting this Sunday, November 18. There will be live carolers, holiday decor galore, and hot cocoa by the gallon.
Our favorite part of the celebration will be the return of ice skating. Our visit on Saturday found scaffolding for the rink is already in place. Eee!
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It's that time of year when you'll find Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas displays up in stores so it's no surprise that the holidays are heavily on the mind of VegasChatter readers as well.
Recently, we've received notes from fans wondering what was going on in town for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. If you've just got to know as well, here's how things stand now. Look for our ultimate New Year's Eve guide to drop next week. But, if you're more of a one holiday-at-a-time kind of person, here's a link to our A-to-Z guide on Halloween in Vegas.
First up, turkey time:
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It's been looking a lot like Christmas in Vegas since before Thanksgiving. If you're one of the many who would rather come to Vegas for the holidays than deal with the stresses of the season at home, make sure you continue to keep things as chill as possible by deciding what you're doing for Christmas dinner (or brunch) now.
From a feast of seven fishes at Rao's to a bottomless brunch at Ravella, here are 14 spots that want to gift you with special holiday eats this Christmas: