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The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Roman Catholic-based Italian Christmas Eve tradition of seven (or more) seafood dishes. Rao's at Caesars Palace is perhaps the most well-known location in Las Vegas for serving the annual seafood feast, though this year they've modified the format option for a la-carte delivery. But, the city's newest and peppiest Italian chef is joining the feast-ivities this year.
GIADA, the eponymous dining spot of TV personality/chef Giada De Laurentiis at The Cromwell, is going all-out with an all-inclusive dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that I had the pleasure of previewing. Each course is available with an optional wine pairing selected by the restaurant's wine director, Darius Allyn.
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With the holiday season in full swing, you may want a side of Santa with your Vegas shows. Legends in Concert over at Flamingo gives just a taste of season’s greetings with the holiday version of its show. Each “legend” drops in one or two holiday tunes into his or her performance so you’ll still get the majority of the show’s regular format with a dash of Christmas (and Hanukkah!) cheer.
The lineup changes on any given night but it’s a safe bet you’ll be familiar with the folks the tribute artists are portraying. The rotating cast includes tributes to Rod Stewart, Elton John, Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Madonna and Adele while the lineup we saw featured Elvis, Britney Spears, Bobby Darin, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand.
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If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, get ready for a slew of events and attractions sure to get you out of a Scrooge-y mood. Many casinos are getting festive with holiday displays and shows plus several unexpected surprises like a snow tubing experience right off The Strip. Read on to plan your next few weeks of fun while we try to pretend it’s a snowy winter wonderland in the desert instead of a foggy and wet landscape.
○Winter Wonderland in Downtown Vegas: Get festive downtown with activities like ice skating on a synthetic rink ($5), photos with Santa ($10), a real snow play area ($5 for a half hour) and sledding down a real snow hill ($10 for five sled rides). Local food trucks will be serving up holiday treats for purchase and there will be a tree lot so you can pick your own Christmas tree. There also will be a movie and lights show projected on a 20-foot wall that plays every 15-30 minutes. This attraction will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but is otherwise open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Click here for more.
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In Vegas, the holiday spirit is often coupled with rodeo fever as the National Finals Rodeo is in town. Some venues capitalize on this crossover such as with the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show at the convention center. Several Vegas shows do holiday themed shows. Ventriloquist/impressionist Terry Fator is taking it all the way and fully catering to rodeo fans with “A Country Christmas.”
If you’ve seen his regular show at The Mirage, expect the same cast of puppet characters including country singer Walter T. Airdale. The premise is Walter needs some cheering up for the holiday season so Fator’s other puppets are trying to boost his spirits by singing the beloved country Christmas tunes he is missing. Expect appearances by cool crooner Julius, Elvis impersonator Maynard Thompkins, the big-voiced Emma Taylor, divalicious Berry Fabulous, hippie neighbor Duggie, Vikki the Cougar and Fator’s America’s Got Talent partner, Winston the Talking Turtle.
Well, we indulged our way through Thanksgiving so we suppose it is time to keep the train a rollin' as the holiday season really ramps up. The time to eat, drink, and be merry has officially arrived so let's take a look at what's happening around town this month. As if this city needed another reason to party, right? But, Vegas during the holidays is twice as nice! Be sure to check back as we update our list as new events are announced.
JINGLE BELL BLOCK (Downtown Grand, Downtown Third)
✫A Downtown winter wonderland will be found on 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden
✫Visitors will find holiday beverages for all ages, handcrafted gifts from Downtown 3rd's Farmers' Market, Downtown's only Christmas tree lot, festive food offerings, a bounce house, special guests, and more
✫Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.
✫Admission is free to all
ICE SKATING (Caesars Palace)
✫Now through January 12 on the Bella Luce Terrace
✫Hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
✫Admission is $10, plus another $5 for skate rentals
MORE ICE SKATING (Venetian)
✫Now through January 5
✫Hours are daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
✫Admission is $14.95, discounts offered to players club members, locals
EVEN MORE ICE SKATING (The Cosmopolitan)
✫Now through January 5
✫Hours are daily from 3 p.m. to midnight
✫Admission is $15 for tourists, $10 for residents; skate rentals are an additional $5
HOLIDAY CACTUS GARDEN (Ethel M Chocolates, Henderson)
✫Now through January 1, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily
✫Illuminated cacti pathways free and open to the public to experience, local choirs and Santa on select nights
If there's one thing that gets our attention nearly as quick as Vegas on TV and scaffolding, it's a book on Vegas. So, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that we pushed past a mean one, Mr. Grinch, to get our hands on Santa Is Coming To Las Vegas.
The children's book features Santa flying over The Strip, guided by six not so tiny reindeer (one of which may or may not be guiding that sleigh with a red nose). The 32-page story is written by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Robert Dunn and Stefano Tambellino. The same trio also responsible for the popular holiday classics (?) "Santa is Coming to West Virginia," "Santa is Coming to Michigan," "Santa is Coming to Tulsa," and "Santa is Coming to Austin."
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It's never too early to start planning for holiday cheer in Las Vegas. We've rounded up some Thanksgiving Day menus for you followed by some Christmas and Holiday themed events so you can start making your Vegas list now. No need to check twice.
THANKSGIVING (November 28)
SKINNY FATS (Off Strip)
✫Fully cooked Thanksgiving feasts can be ordered for pick-up on Thanksgiving morning
✫Meals will include one main course, five sides, and one dessert, feeds four
✫Order by November 19 for pricing beginning at $200
✫Tofurkey options available for vegans/vegetarians
✫Mention VegasChatter to receive a complimentary ½ gallon of apple cider
✫Order by calling 702.250.8997
✫Holiday menu offers such selections as a Thanksgiving Roll (Hawaiian Bread, Peking Duck Dressing, rolled with Soy Paper and topped with Turkey Breast and Crispy Shallots) and Plymouth Rock Shrimp
✫Available on the 27th as well
✫ Specialty cocktail “Gone ‘tip November” ($10) offered throughout month
✫Comprised of Stoli Peach Vodka, St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram, egg whites, lemon juice and honey syrup
JERRY'S NUGGET (North Las Vegas)
✫Jerry's Famous Coffee Shop to offer a Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
✫Patrons can enjoy Roast Tom Turkey with stuffing and choice of sides ($14.98), Virginia Baked Ham with choice of sides ($13.98) or Roast Leg of Lamb with choice of sides ($17.89)
✫All meals also will include soup or salad and a slice of pie
D GRILL (The D Hotel)
✫D Grill will offer a traditional turkey feast, featuring herb-roasted turkey, sage bread dressing, garlic rolls, whipped potatoes, green beans almandine and a slice of pie, for $12.99
✫The special menu can also be ordered November 25-December 1 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
✫Roasted prime rib dinner also can be ordered for the same price, minus the pie
DU-PAR'S (Golden Gate)
✫Holiday meal priced at $19.95 per person, $11.95 for children under 10 to offer oven-roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and more as well as a slice of homemade pie
✫Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., no reservations will be accepted
✫A special take-out meal for 8-10 will be available for $175; half-turkey feasts to feed 4-6 can be purchased for $110
✫To place a take-out order, call 702.777.6941
HOFBRAUHAUS (Off Strip)
✫Special holiday fixings to include Butternut Squash Cream Soup, German Potato Pancakes, Roast Turkey and Traditional Pumpkin Pie
LA CAVE (Wynn)
✫Four-course menu ($59) to feature butternut squash soup, dried berry salad, turkey, and pumpkin pie; wine pairings available for additional $35
STRIP HOUSE (Planet Hollywood)
✫Seasonal dishes to include Warm Artichoke Caesar Salad ($18), Butternut Squash Gnocchi ($12) and a traditional turkey dinner ($38)
PALMS (Off Strip)
✫Nove Italiano to offer a la carte menu, ranging from $11-$69, from 6 p.m. to close; choices include bone-in rib eye, farm-raised turkey, and more
✫Simon to offer three-course menu ($49) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; featuring such selections as butternut squash soup and roasted turkey
SPAGO, WOLFGANG PUCK PIZZERIA, TRATTORIA DEL LUPO, POSTRIO, WOLFGANG PUCK BAR & GRILL (Forum Shops, Crystals, Mandalay Bay, Venetian and MGM Grand, respectively)
✫Spago to offer three-course menu ($55) from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
✫Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria to offer three-course menu ($45) from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
✫Trattoria del Lupo to offer a la carte menu
✫Postrio to offer three-course menu ($45) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
✫Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill to offer three-course menu ($45) plus a la carte selections from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
HASH HOUSE A GO GO (The Quad, Plaza and M Resort)
✫Holiday menu, ranging from $5.95 to $21.95, to include Pumpkin Bisque, Roasted Turkey Breast and Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf
✫Turkey Dinner To Go Go available through the Sahara location; priced at $115, the feast feeds 6-8
CENTRAL (Caesars Palace)
✫Three-course meal, priced at $45, to include choice of three appetizers (chestnut soup, Caesar salad or beet salad), three entrees (roasted turkey, prime rib, or Mediterranean sea bass), and three desserts (spiced pumpkin pie, apple tatin, or a banana split)
HONEY SALT (Off Strip, Summerlin)
✫Thanksgivukkah (November 25-December 2, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday)
✫Menu to include potato latkes, red wine braised short ribs, pumpkin cheesecake, and more
✫$45 per person, add wine pairings for $25
ALIANTE (Off Strip, North Las Vegas)
✫Thanksgiving Day menu items at MRKT, Bistro 57, FARM 24-7 and Medley Buffet on November 28
✫MRKT to offer $25 Thanksgiving meal, includes roasted turkey, traditional or oyster stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and pecan pie
✫Bistro 57 to offer $17 meal, Medley Buffet to offer $16 pricing with Players Club card; new FARM 24-7 cafe to offer $15 meal
✫Coronado Café: C$16.95 Traditional Roast Turkey Platter; to include choice of corn chowder or a dinner salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, glazed yams, cranberry sauce, cocktail of guest's choice, and pumpkin pie with coffee or tea (11 a.m.-10 p.m.)
✫Garden Buffet Champagne Buffet: $15.95 with a Casino Club Card; buffet service to include unlimited champagne (11 a.m.-9 p.m.)
✫Baja Miguel’s Mexican: $16.95 roast turkey meal to include complimentary cocktail of guest’s choice (11 a.m.-9 p.m.)
✫Don Vito’s Italian, Silverado Steak House and Primarily Prime Rib to also offer pre-set menus ranging from $29 to $45
COMME CA (The Cosmopolitan)
✫Three-course menu on November 28 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. priced at $55 per person, $85 with wine pairing
✫Offerings to range from Roasted Duck and Chickory Salad or Cinderella Pumpkin Soup to Confit of Goose Leg Pave or Pan Roast of Goose Breast
CARMINE'S (Forum Shops)
✫Thanksgiving to-go meal, feeding up to eight, is priced at $239.95
✫Order at 702.473.9700
HOLSTEINS (The Cosmopolitan)
✫ Stop in for a Billy Burger, a New England Turkey Burger on a bun with cranberry relish, bread stuffing and giblet gravy; and/or a Pumpkin Pie Bamboozled Shake (shown below) made with Pumpkin Pie filling, Crown Royal Maple, Graham Crumble and Pepitas Brittle
✫Drink specials Nov. 27-29 to include $5 cocktails
✫Thanksgiving menu to include $17 holiday meal (turkey leg dinner with potatoes and domestic draft beer)
PBR ROCK BAR (Miracle Mile Shops)
✫Turkey breast with mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, sautéed green beans and a side of cranberry sauce served all day for $19.95 per person
✫Football will be shown on 105 high-def TVs
LA CAVE WINE & FOOD HIDEAWAY (Wynn)
✫Four Course Menu: Butternut Squash Soup; Dried Berry Salad; Turkey; Pumpkin Pie
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.