Tag: HolidaysView All Tags
Memorial Day is a great kickoff to the summer season (if you don't have plans yet, check what's going on here), but nothing can compete with the mid-summer July 4th celebration. It'll be hotter than hell in Vegas, no doubt figuratively and literally, yet we're hard-pressed to think of a cooler long weekend to pop into town. With the Fourth falling on a Thursday this year, you can make a nice little getaway out of our nation's birthday.
The best part is that there is no minimum stay for any of the hotels we checked, so it's a good time to hop around and catch the best value. For example, you could stay at the Luxor for only $55 on July 3rd, then Planet Hollywood on the 4th where it's only $105, and take your pick from there. In general, rates are pretty reasonable, though, so have fun and get creative.
*All rates are of Wednesday, May 15th. But, as always, the can change at a moment's notice based on demand.
With April Fool's Day and Easter now behind us, we're already thinking about the next holiday coming up -- Memorial Day Weekend. Around the country, that means the unofficial kickoff of summer. In Vegas, it's the official kick off of the pool party season (even though many pools open long before that).
Clearly, this is one of the best holidays to celebrate in Vegas. The weather's warm, the bathing suits are small and the pool water is not so dirty (we tell ourselves). But, there are a bunch of other holidays that are made for Vegas visits. We've listed a few of below. Any holidays you particularly love celebrating in Vegas? Let us know in comments below.
Labor Day (one last chance to say goodbye to summer)
Halloween (because slutty outfits are not discriminated against here)
Christmas (sometimes the holidays can be lonely, but how can you feel alone in a crowded casino?)
New Year's Eve (no explanation needed!)
Valentine's Day (everyone should get a little freaky in Vegas at least once)
St. Patrick's Day (beer, beer, beer and more green beer)
(PHOTO: Las Vegas Strip Foursquare)
Events / Holidays / Christmas / Bellagio / Conservatory / → All Tags
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.
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!
VegasChatter Questions / Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's Eve / Holidays / Events / Shows / Music / Concerts / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
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:
Time for another VegasChatter Question! Already? Yes, our amazing readers have great questions! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!
Here at VegasChatter, we're just like you. Dreaming of the spending the next big holiday in Vegas.
VegasChatter fan Alexandra K. can't wait to spend the Fourth in Vegas. She's so excited that she couldn't even wait until Memorial Day had passed before asking us what the 411 was on July 4th in Vegas. Here's the note she sent us on May 14:
This is way too early to ask I know, considering that we haven't hit Memorial Day weekend. But I just thought I would send out a suggested story closer to the time for you guys to do on what July 4th is like in Vegas (as I have never been to Vegas on July 4th, but I will get to this year) so I just wondered if you can see fireworks from anywhere, is it hard to get into places, etc....
Thanks for your hard work on the blog-I love following it!
The Venetian and The Palazzo always deck their halls for the holidays (remember the '09 cranberry bog?) but this year, they are finally doing something cool--putting in an ice rink above The Venetian's outdoor Grand Canal. Yes, ice-skating outdoors in Vegas is now possible!
The ice skating rink is actually a synthetic one made of recyclable polymer that does not require refrigeration or electricity so it's totally environmentally friendly and 100 percent weird, but hey, we'll skate on it! It will be open to guests from 11am to 11pm daily but it will cost ya--$19 for a 30-minute session and $14 for Grazie members.
In addition to the rink, the Venetian and Palazzo will round out their "Winter in Venice" celebration with a 65-foot LED holiday tree atop the Doge’s Palace fountain and 2,000 LED lights and giant snowflakes, ranging from 48 to 72-inches in diameter, strung across the facade of The Venetian.
Cinco De Mayo / Mexican Food / Drinking / Holidays / Restaurants / Eating / Cabo Wabo / Planet Hollywood / Rhumbar / The Mirage / Crazy Horse III / Hussong's Cantina / Mandalay Bay / Rockhouse / Imperial Palace / M Resort / McFaddens / Rio Las Vegas / PBR Rock Bar / → All Tags
Erik Estrada. Midget wrestlers. Real Housewife cougar Tamra Barney and boytoy Eddie Judge. If you're looking to get loco on Cinco de Mayo, how about starting at a place that will make you feel like you've hit Crazy Town before you even begin to drink?
Estrada will preside over the mayhem once again which will include food and booze offers like $5 shots and $5 Dos Equis. The Half Pint Brawlers (made famous on Jackass 3D) will hype of the crowd and also take on guests filled with liquid courage in how-low-can-you-go limbo contests. Get cray-cray starting at 11 a.m. on May 5.
If that's not enough, here are eight other fiestas for Cinco de Mayo:
Sexy Ladies / Snapshot / Christmas in Vegas / Holidays / XS / Encore / → All Tags
Why are they all looking the wrong way?
While we like xmas decor as much as the next person, we’ve spent the past couple of weeks wondering when we’d see a different kind of Christmas baubles than the boring stuff… and now, thanks to a trip to XS on Monday, we have found them.
All the ladies of the club were tricked up as Santa – from the go go dancers to the bartenders to the cocktail girls.
Unfortunately, the gentlemen didn’t follow suit. They were just in suits.
But hey, this is Vegas, we’re used to sexual inequality by now. Although it’d be nice if those Thunder From Down Under boys dressed up as santa and asked us to sit on their knee. Christmas wishes, eh?
Holiday Shopping / Holidays / Christmas in Vegas / Palazzo / Shoppes at the Palazzo / The Hangover / Paris / → All Tags
Las Vegas in December. We know how it works out. You’re amped up about your trip,
blackout have a bit too much fun and before you know it are getting off that horse and checking out from your weekend jaunt to head back to the real world.
Which this time of year involves holiday gifts for loved ones. If you’re not one to get your holiday jollies from battling the mall crowd back home, consider picking up some gifts in Vegas before leaving. And real gifts this time, not the sad looking flowers you grabbed on your way to the plane last trip.
Aria / Palazzo / The Crystals / Bellagio / Holidays / Christmas in Vegas / → All Tags
Get a load of these holiday balls...
Ahhh, there's no place like
home Vegas for the holidays.
We may not have snow, but tucked amidst the slots and tables, you'll find lots of Christmas cheese from an oversized ornament Xmas tree (pictured above) at ARIA to a half-fall/half-holiday display at Palazzo (as seen below, we're told that it's in the middle of a seasonal change).
While we've been preparing to stuff ourselves with turkey and gravy, Las Vegas casinos have been upping their holiday cheer. We spotted Bobby Flay busting out this window display amongst spatulas, whisks, and other cooking utensils we wouldn't know what to do with.