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Where to Celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas

Where to Celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas


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Who doesn’t love the holiday season? Aromas and tastes evoke memories of times gone by. This festive part of the year also offers us a chance to create some new traditions, and why not start right under the neon lights of the culinary mega city of Las Vegas? Explore a variety of gastronomic holiday delights, enjoy and have a fabulous holiday season.

Aureole
Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at the Mandalay Bay Resort is celebrating Christmas with a five-course dinner menu featuring caramelized diver scallop; black winter truffles; or a roasted Cervena rack of venison from New Zealand.

barMASA
barMASA at the Aria Resort will offer something completely different for your holiday celebration. Their prix fixe menu gives us gifts from the sea with plates of wild yellowtail; toro caviar; white miso cod with maitake mushroom; and a nigiri sushi or sushi canapé. For dessert, choose between miso cream brûlée; chocolate black sesame ice cream; or try the yuzu sorbet.

B&B Ristorante
You can’t go wrong with any of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s venues. B&B Ristorante has a delightful four-course dinner that includes choices like fluke crudo, traditional baccala crochetta, octopus, Taylor Bay scallops, and a succulent red snapper.

Buddy V's Ristorante
Stop over at the Palazzo Resort at Cake Boss Buddy V's Ristorante. Sit back and enjoy a baby beet salad; roasted Prime rib; and Panettone bread pudding with a rich eggnog glaze and butter pecan gelato.

db Brasserie
Over at the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts compound, db Brasserie will serve their first Christmas menu, comprising a three-course prix fixe for $69 per person. Guests can enjoy perfectly prepared beef tenderloin and rich, decadent, fresh black truffles, as well as sea bass, and pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin.

Delmonico Steakhouse
Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian-Palazzo will please everyone at the table. Feast on a holiday dinner of seasonal dishes like butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter, candied pecans, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Engage your palate in Delmonico minced meat; braised veal shank with sweet potato späetzle, hazelnut gremolata, wild mushrooms, and a butter roasted apple or currant Beggar’s Purse with calvados double cream for dessert.

Giada
Also celebrating her first holiday season is Giada. Dive into the classic Feast of the Seven Fishes and enjoy an antipasti platter; spaghetti with clams; and lemon prosecco risotto with shrimp. Or how about a salt-crusted branzino for two, or even choose to break into a grilled lobster?

MIX
Celebrate the season at the brand new Delano Hotel with MIX, high above the strip. They will be serving a prix fixe menu featuring King crab salad and seared diver scallops.

New Orleans Fish House
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in the MGM Resort has a four-course prix fixe menu to enjoy. Guests’ choices include blood orange and Belgian endive salad; Nicoise olives and escarole salad; parsnip and leek soup; shrimp and okra gumbo; and pan roasted Washington day boat halibut. You must not forget about Emeril’s barbecued salmon, or pepper seared beef tenderloin as well.

Picasso
Our top pick can be found at the renowned Bellagio Resort and Casino. Picasso has a Christmas Day prix fixe menu that is sure to provide memories for years to come. Feast on Kobe Steak spheres; roasted Maine lobster; a lovely seared filet of halibut; a Prime filet mignon; and even a roasted veal chop. For $150 you really can’t beat it.


How to celebrate the holidays in Las Vegas | 2020

The holidays might be a bit different in 2020, but Las Vegas is still a great place to celebrate. Here is what's happening around town:

AREA15
Wanderland
Nov. 27 to Dec. 27
At the heart of Wanderland is Balanceville, a 30-foot intergalactic art sleigh illuminated in hundreds of holiday lights. Other features include an illuminated tree-lined village filled with extraterrestrial surprises, a festive path of igloos with Insta-worthy holiday vignettes, pop-up retailers Kappa Toys, Wild Muse Boutique, sweets by Emack & Bolio’s, and much more. The experience ends with a holiday photo-op inside Henry Chang’s Mad Max-esque kinetic art car, “Mister Fusion”, decked-out with AREA15’s alien friends.

ARIA HOTEL & CASINO
Winter Wonderland
Now through Jan. 5
ARIA is lighting up the holiday season with its “Winter Wonderland” lobby display. Created by the ARIA Pastry team and on display, this year’s centerpiece is a custom-designed Sugar Palace, made out of edible ingredients and stands 15-feet high. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Mathieu Lavallee, the skilled team spent more than four weeks crafting the Sugar Palace, showcasing seven types of sugar work techniques in the pressed sugar bricks, snowflakes coated in crystal sugar, blown-sugar swans and blown and pulled flowers, among other sweet pieces.

BASS PRO SHOPS
Santa's Wonderland 2020
Nov. 7 to Dec. 24
Enjoy the magic of Christmas with Bass Pro Shops featuring contact-less Santa visits. Reservations can be made online.

BELLAGIO HOTEL
Bellagio Conservatory & Botancial Gardens
Now through Jan. 9, 2021
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens unwrapped its extravagant holiday display this week, inviting visitors to explore the majestic, imaginary world of Her Majesty Queen Bellissima. Decked in holiday-trimmed botanical elements, the Conservatory features a 42-foot-tall silver tip fir tree sparkling with thousands of lights, a beautiful oversized ornamental egg, four majestic horses pulling a lavishly decorated carriage and bustling elves preparing the Queen’s quarters for the season. Guests will discover four scenes set in the wondrous garden beds at Bellagio’s Conservatory, each representing a holiday tradition or magical moment in the Queen’s enchanting wonderland.

BRUCE TRENT PARK
Holiday Breakfast Buzz & Mingle Drive-Thru
Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public. Bring the family to enjoy a holiday drive-thru experience with light refreshments and goodies, while supplies last.

CHIT-CHAT WITH SANTA
Available now through Dec. 24
Keep the magic of the season alive with a video chat from Santa in the comfort of your own home. You can schedule a call with Jolly Old St. Nick to let him know whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

DISCOVERY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
The Nutcracker Extravaganza: Behind the Scenes
Dec. 19 to Jan. 3
DCM have joined forces to present The Nutcracker Extravaganza: Behind the Scenes. In the spirit of NBT’s beloved holiday tradition at The Smith Center, families are invited to celebrate the season and the magic of The Nutcracker with this one-of-a-kind exhibit on display for a limited time only. Museum attendees will receive an exclusive view of original Nutcracker show elements typically only seen from the stage. From the famous “flying rocking horse” to the well-known Cannon in the Battle Scene, these original set and prop pieces will be complemented by a display of over 20 costumes including handmade headpieces, tiaras and wigs worn by NBT’s professional company.

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS
Eat, Drink and Be Merry on The Plaza
Every Friday through Sunday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 from 1 p.m. to. 4 p.m. Guests will be treated to live music from a talented violinist and guitar player, as well as charming performances from nutcracker dancers and sugar plum ballerinas all while dining on The Plaza.

ELLIS ISLAND CASINO
The Front Yard
Get in the Christmas spirit at Ellis Island’s beloved restaurant, The Front Yard, which has been transformed into a Yuletide wonderland. The space, which was decorated over a three day period by the incredible team from KAC3L, now boasts 15 Christmas trees, including a stunning 15-foot tree that is elevated to the second story. The Front Yard is also now hosting Christmas Movie Nights, where diners can enjoy festive films including Elf, A Christmas Story, and claymations, in a holiday-lovers paradise. Movie showings are every Tuesday throughout December at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and reservations can be made online.

ETHEL M CHOCOLATES
Holiday Cactus Garden
November to January (every night)
The three-acre campus is transformed into a holiday wonderland, surrounded by the glowing lights of more than a million florescent bulbs. In addition to strolling through the magical garden, guests can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the chocolate factory, Santa meet & greet, chocolate-dipped treats and hot chocolate, a snow globe selfie station, and a seasonal chocolate tasting. Reservations required.

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS
Holiday Stroll
Witness the unbelievable magic of the holidays at two all-new guided walk-through experiences inside Fashion Show this holiday season, such as Santa’s Workshop, where shoppers will be escorted by Mrs. Claus and her two elves through a candy cane pathway with the sweet smell of cinnamon and holiday music filling the air, and a Winter Wonderland consisting of snow-white trees, enchanting ice sculptures, and snow flurries, all leading up to a giant snow globe spectacle encompassing a beautiful real-life ballerina. Families can utilize the recently debuted Spot Holder line-queuing app to take their own private tour through each experience located on the lower level near Forever 21 every Friday through Sunday, as well as Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests may RSVP online and each ticket will accommodate up to 5 guests to ensure proper social distancing.
In addition, shoppers will be able to enjoy complimentary gift-wrapping services with the help of Fashion Show’s Gift Wrap Girls located near Guest Services from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 through Dec. 23 and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. Reservations for the gift-wrapping services can be made in the Spot Holder app.

FATHOM EVENTS
The Nutcracker
Dec. 18, 19, & 21
The Nutcracker returns to cinemas nationally this December. Attending this timeless holiday classic is a tradition for families, and Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathé Live are pleased to ensure that this treasured ballet is available to audiences in local cinemas coast-to-coast, particularly at a time when gathering for local live stage productions may not be possible.

FERGUSONS DOWNTOWN
The Market Shop
In an effort to continue helping the community shop local, small, and safely during the holidays, The Market Shop at Fergusons Downtown launched virtual personal shopping. With a one-on-one appointment, conducted via Zoom, The Market Shop’s personal shoppers will walk through the available products, giving an up-close-and-personal look at anything of interest. The Market Shop offers delivery as well as curbside, and in-store pickup. The experience is cost free.

FLOYD LAMB PARK
Christmas Fantasy Forest
Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Open-air fun for the entire family! Enjoy the decorated trees and photos/visit with Santa at the Ranch House. Face masks and social distancing will be required.

FREMONT STREET
Grand Menorah Lighting
Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Chabad of Southern Nevada will light a public 20-foot Chanukah Menorah placed at Fremont Street (corner of Las Vegas Blvd.) the 1st night of the eight-day holiday at 4:30 pm. While the scope of the ceremony will be limited amid Las Vegas’ ongoing coronavirus emergency, the lights will shine forth as brightly as ever.

GARY REESE FREEDOM PARK
Navidad en el Barrio
Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to noon.
Free and open to the public. Bring the family to enjoy a fun holiday drive-thru experience. See Santa Claus and enjoy holiday decorations on display. Giveaways and toy distribution for children present ages 2-16 while supplies last. No registration required. Sponsored by the city of Las Vegas and the Mexican Patriotic Committee of Las Vegas.

GOLD SPIKE
Holiday Pop- Up
Throughout the month of December, The Living Room at Gold Spike transforms into a winter wonderland complete with giant snowmen, tinsel and thousands of twinkling lights. It’s not just the décor that’s ‘lit’, Gold Spike’s Saint Nick approved cocktail menu rewards all the naughty girls and boys with $6 Bud Light holiday seltzers and a sack full of limited libations like the Baby It’s Gold Outside (peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, spiced rum, hot cocoa, marshmallows) and All I Want For Christmas is Booze (Cognac, eggnog, whipped cream topping).

INDUSTRIAL EVENT SPACE
Journey to the North Pole
Now through Jan. 3, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The drive-through experience transports guests to a winter wonderland complete with state-of-theart lights, lasers, projections and more, all perfectly programmed to heartwarming holiday hits. Grab the hot cocoa and pack into the car for the ultimate, fun-for-allages joyride to celebrate the spirit of the season. Tickets start at $20 and are now on sale.

JEWISH NEVADA
Downtown Summerlin
Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.
In an annual tradition, Jewish Nevada is hosting a menorah lighting ceremony at Downtown Summerlin for Hanukkah. The Hanukkah celebration will be kicked off with rabbis from across the valley lighting the ceremonial menorah. Jewish Nevada encourages the public to watch virtually as the ceremony will be livestreamed across Jewish Nevada’s social media and on its website.

LAKE LAS VEGAS
Dec. to Jan. 1, 2021
The award-winning Henderson community is hosting Lake LightsVegas, a month-long socially distanced holiday celebration, with light displays, meet-and-greets with Santa and holiday tunes from the comfort of your own vehicle. Click the link above to view the long list of events.

LAS VEGAS BALLPARK
Jingle Jam LV
Dec. 20
Las Vegas Ballpark is pleased to host the sixth annual Jingle Jam LV event to give lasting memories and gifts to local children whose families are in need of additional assistance during the 2020 holiday season. Jingle Jam LV will feature various family-friendly elf stations set throughout the concourse of the Ballpark. Registered guests will visit crafting and clothing stations, enjoy socially distanced photos taken with Santa – and more! Every child will leave with a personally wrapped gift and maybe even a bike donated by Help of Southern Nevada. Registration by invitation only. No walk-ups will be allowed.

LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Nov. 24 to Jan. 9 2021
Vegas Festival of Lights will illuminate a giant section of Craig Ranch Park. With the official park lighting and fireworks spectacular on Nov. 27. The cost is only $15 per guest for general admission. Santa photos are $14 per photo. Rides, games, and food are an additional fee.

LAS VEGAS PREMIUM OUTLETS
Santa Photo Experience
Nov. 27 to Dec. 24
A reservation is required. For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for guests Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit. Guests are required to wear masks.

LETTERS TO THE NORTH POLE
Dec. 1 to Dec.11
Celebrate the magical holidays with a letter from Santa. Stop in and “mail” your child’s letter using our decorative mailbox or mail it to Valley View Recreation Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 500 Harris St., Henderson, NV 89015, and receive a special letter from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Find out if your child has been naughty or nice. Be sure to include information on your child so Santa can check his list twice! Ages 1-5.

MASONIC MEMORIAL TEMPLE
Secret Santa Drive-Thru
Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor Pro Tem Stavros S. Anthony, Ward 1 Councilman Brian Knudsen and Ward 5 Councilmen Cedric Crear, along with many community partners, are sponsoring this year’s Secret Santa Project. Children ages 1-11 present at the event will receive a free toy. This will be a drive-thru, no-contact, toy giveaway targeted at under-privileged children. Volunteers will wear masks, gloves and staff T-shirts. Call 702-900-7550 or email [email protected] for questions.

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE
Las Vegas Great Santa Run
Dec. 5 to Dec. 26
For this year’s virtual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is welcoming Santa runners, elves and just your average Joes from all across the Las Vegas Valley and beyond to compete in its final social media campaign of the season: the Scavenger Hunt Contest.
Race registration is not required to enter, and the number of entries depends on how many locations each participant visits and posts about on social media. One sponsor visit – or photo – equals a single entry, whereas 10 entries will be given to the competitors that take photos at all locations. Participants are asked to post their picture(s) publicly on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using #LVSantaRun and tagging the Santa Run pages.

RED ROCK RESORT & CASINO
Merry Crimson Pop-Up Holiday Bar
Merry Crimson is giving you yet another reason to drink this winter at the seasonally-inspired pop-up holiday bar. They've created a specialty menu of whimsical delights that taste like Christmas in a cup spiked with the perfect amount of joy. These are the most Instagram-worthy cocktails outside of the north pole. With two sections to choose from Naughty or Nice, guests will definitely feel the holiday buzz.

THE NUTCRACKER: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
An exciting and one-of-a-kind broadcast produced in partnership with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and scheduled to air on the Cox YurView platform, Channel 14/1014 HD.
On Dec. 1, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15 with two additional broadcasts each week including online streaming at Las Vegas Review Journal website and NevadaBallet.org following each airing. A special marathon broadcast of all three episodes will air Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

SAM'S TOWN
Mystic Falls Park
Now through Jan. 1, 2021
The holiday-themed attraction at Mystic Falls Park is a time-honored tradition that goes back to 1994. This year, families can experience the indoor atrium’s new theme, featuring animated teddy bears that have come to life and can be seen playing, dancing and decorating the park. The plush, animatronic bears were handmade this year by a family in Italy, and have traveled from Italy to Spain, Portugal, and across the United States to make it to Mystic Falls Park.

THE SAND DOLLAR LOUNGE
Miracle On Spring Mountain holiday pop-up bar
Nov. 23 to Jan. 10
The bar will feature live music, craft cocktail and pizza bar and will also become Miracle On Spring Mountain, the exclusive Las Vegas location of the renowned Miracle Bar Pop-up.

SHARK REEF AQUARIUM
Mandalay Bay Resort
Shark Reef Aquarium’s Old Saint Nick – better known as “Diving Santa” – can be seen making his list and checking it twice while underwater in the popular Shipwreck exhibit, filled with sharks, sea turtles and Bowmouth Guitarfish, among other species. “Diving Santa” will appear at miscellaneous times from December 21 to 24. Additionally, guests visiting Shark Reef Aquarium December 19 to 24 will have the opportunity to take home a special photo memory with “Diving Santa.” Upon entry, a photo in front of a green screen will be captured and after a little holiday magic, the final image can be picked up at the conclusion of the aquarium visit. Children 12 and under will receive one complimentary 4”x6” image per admission purchased.

SILVER SPRINGS RECREATION CENTER
Reindeer Dash 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk
Dec. 12 at 9 a.m.
Ring in the season with a holiday fun run for the entire family. Don your best holiday apparel and jingle all the way down a 3.1-mile course along Pittman Wash Trail. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 300 registered participants 5K participants will receive a finisher’s medal. All fitness levels are welcome. For social distancing purposes, small groups will start at staggered times with the first wave leading off at 9 a.m. New this year is a virtual fun run/walk you can do on your own or with friends or family. Register online. Ages 5 years and up.

SIEGFRIED & ROY'S SECRET GARDEN AND DOLPHIN HABITAT
Now through Dec. 31
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate this holiday season by purchasing an Annual Pass to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. For a limited time only, guests will receive a special holiday price on every Annual Pass purchase. Annual Passes will be discounted 20% off regular prices during the holiday season. Annual Passes are valid for one full year from the date of purchase and allow guests unlimited entry, 20% off Cashman Photos and complimentary admission for a guest during the last weekend of every month. Annual Pass holders also will receive $5 off general admission for up to four additional guests. Adult Annual Pass is $48 with the holiday special Child Annual Pass is $36 with the holiday special. General admission is $25 for adults $19 for children (4 – 12) Children 3 and younger are complimentary.

THE SMITH CENTER
"Comfort & Joy at Home" by Jim Brickman, "The Greatest Hits of Christmas" by Dave Koz
On Dec. 4 (at 7:30 p.m. PST) & Dec. 12 (at 5 p.m. PST)
Tickets are $40-$125, tickets are $35

TROPICANA LAS VEGAS
Holiday in Paradise
Now through Jan. 3
Tropicana's Holiday in Paradise will showcase a festival of lights featuring more than 25,000 lights covering the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard. Guests will step foot through a lighted archway welcoming them to a 20-foot Christmas Tree flanked by large lighted gift boxes and surrounded by a tropical forest of 25 palm trees and Christmas trees, all adorned with lights. The all ages free holiday experience includes a 10-foot tall live poinsettia photo wall for Instagram-worthy family photos, holiday music playing throughout the plaza and on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 3 p.m., the iconic hotel will offer a holiday pop up bar inside the outdoor Tropicana kiosk serving winter-themed and traditional cocktails, beers, as well as hot cocoa.

VALLEY VIEW RECREATION CENTER
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Story Time & Craft
On Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
The Grinch will make a very special appearance and read his biography aloud. Participants will make a Grinch ornament to display on the tree at home. All ages.

WINTERFEST
Henderson's special winter holiday presentation includes activities throughout December. Some activities will be presented virtually, such as the annual tree lighting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and Sights and Sounds of the City, Holiday Edition. Some activities will require registration in advance. Other activities include the Holiday Light Display (Dec. 3 to Jan. 5), Pop-up Holiday Entertainment, Cookie Crawl, and Letters to Santa.

Winter Break Kids Camp (grades K-8)
Monday-Thursday, Dec. 21-31, starting at 7 a.m. daily.
Camp ends at 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
Camp activities will include arts and crafts, sports, games, music, life skills, physical fitness and fun, all with trained adult supervision. For more information, call 702-229-PLAY (7529). Available locations and related fees include:
- East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., $60 / 4 days
- Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., $100 / 4 days
- Veterans Memorial Community Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, $100 / 4 days.

WYNN LAS VEGAS
Families can embrace the festive spirit with the variety of holiday Master Classes Wynn offers throughout December. Holiday dining specials are also available on Dec. 25 at participating Wynn restaurants.
- Mastering Holiday Wreaths and Décor: Wynn’s floral designer, Evelyn Herrera, will show guests how to decorate like a professional this holiday season. In this hands-on class, guests will create their own gorgeous holiday wreath while enjoying delicious refreshments. Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. $125 per person, plus tax.
- Annual Holiday Cookie & Ornament Decorating: Now in its fifth year, this fan-favorite workshop led by pastry chef Patrice Caillot teaches tips and techniques for decorating holiday delights, from sugar cookies to hand-decorated ornaments. Perfect for the whole family, children five years and older are welcome. Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. $125 per person, plus tax.
- Decorating the Ultimate Gingerbread House: In this demo and workshop class, Wynn pastry chef Patrice Caillot will walk guests through decorating a gingerbread house that even Hansel and Gretel would be proud of. Children five years and older are welcome to enjoy this exciting holiday activity. Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. $95 per person, plus tax.

AMERICANA AT DESERT SHOES
Dec. 24
Americana at Desert Shoes will offer their Christmas Eve menu from noon until 8 p.m. with several seating times available by reservation. The meal is priced at $75/pp plus tax and gratuity. Wine, beer & cocktails available at additional cost. Children under the age of eight eat free. Reservations can be made. Call (702) 331-5565 to book your table or place your order to go.

ARIZONA CHARLIES CASINO
Ron's Steakhouse and Sourdough Cafe
Dec. 25
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., will welcome guests to celebrate the holidays with festive cuisine at Ron’s Steakhouse and Sourdough Café. Ron’s Steakhouse, located at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, will offer a holiday special from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., priced at $44. The dinner will include the choice of soup or salad to start and coffee-rubbed beef tenderloin served with potatoes dauphinoise and brown butter spaghetti squash as the entrée. Sourdough Café, located at both Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Boulder, will offer a holiday special from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., priced at $18. The meal will include the choice of soup or salad to start and 12-ounce prime rib served with baked sweet potato and sage butternut squash for the entrée.

BAZAAR MEAT BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS
SAHARA Las Vegas
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés presents La Noche Buena Menu
Enjoy a variety of small plates at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, including Croquetas de Pollo (creamy béchamel chicken fritters), Jamón Ibérico de Bellota hand-cut from the famous black-footed Spanish pig and many more. The Christmas Eve feast at Bazaar Meat is $95 per person. The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day.

BENIHANA
Participating locations will be open on Christmas Eve an Christmas Day.

BUCA DI BEPPO
On Christmas Day, at 11 a.m., the Buca di Beppo restaurants will be serving delicious Italian dishes. Plus, they’ll also be putting together a Holiday Cake Boss Package that serves five for $95 (retail value is $170) and can be picked up or delivered. Be sure to make reservations.

CAESARS PALACE HOTEL
Rao’s at Caesars Palace, will offer a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes menu on Dec. 24 with a variety of à la carte seafood specials from Chef de Cuisine Fatimah Madyun. Prices for dishes on Feast of Seven Fishes menu range from $25.99 to $42.99 per dish. Rao’s will also offer Christmas day specials including Italian wedding soup, priced at $17.99 tagliolini with peas and ham, priced at $32.99 ossobuco with polenta, priced at $55.99 and panettone bread pudding, priced at $14.99.Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will serve a specialty prix-fixe menu this Christmas, priced at $89.99 per person.Old Homestead Steakhouse will feature a prix-fixe menu, priced at $120 per person.Beijing Noodle No. 9 will offer a variety of holiday additions on its menu from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Selections include stir fried mussels with ginger scallion sauce, priced at $26.99 steam scallops on vermicelli with garlic sauce, priced at $39.99 Peking duck, priced at $39.99 stir fried lobster with E-Fu noodles, priced at $48.99, and more.

CANALETTO
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 25
Guests are welcome to dine-in at Canaletto inside Grand Canal Shoppes and experience an intimate holiday gathering when booking one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. For those seeking a convenient way to celebrate the holiday, to-go orders can also be placed ahead of time by calling (702) 733-0070.

CARVE PRIME RIB
On Dec. 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.Carve Prime Rib at Cannery Casino Hotel will serve a three-course holiday dinner for $29.99 per person. Diners will begin their meal with the choice of lobster bisque or a winter greens salad tossed with toasted pecans, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and cranberry vinaigrette. The main entrée options include a slow-roasted prime rib with creamed horseradish, au jus, butter whipped potatoes and green beans amandine, or the choice of grilled Chilean sea bass served with saffron couscous, sautéed baby spinach, and lemon butter sauce. Both entrees will be served with holiday bread and butter. For dessert, guests will be served a warm molten chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream, raspberry sauce, and Chantilly whipped cream. They will also be offering an unforgettable New Year’s Eve dining experience for $45 on Dec. 31.

CHINA POBLANO
Beginning Dec. 25 through Jan. 3, China Poblano will also offer a holiday feast for four ($60). An optional cocktail add-on for two, with choices between prickly pear margarita ($22), classic margaritas ($20) or 5-spice old fashioned ($22). Guests looking to pick up their holiday feast on Dec. 25 to 26 should preorder by Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. otherwise, 48 hours advance notice is requested for Dec. 27 to Jan. 3.

BOTTIGLIA
Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino
The holiday to-go menu is now available for pre-order till supplies last starting at $195 and serves up to 8 guests total. Pick up will be on Dec. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Dec. 25 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. For those opting to dine-in, Bottiglia will offer dine-in specials including a 3-course prix-fixe menu in tandem with the regular menu for $55 per guest. The fancy feast will be available on Dec. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 25 from 2 to 9 p.m. This holiday menu will include a lobster minestrone or beef carpaccio to start followed with your choice of chicken cacciatore, veal osso buco or lobster tagliatelle for the main course. For dessert, guests can enjoy the delicious cannoli with Italian meringue, lemon ricotta creme and blackberry to end the evening.

BUDDY V'S RISTORANTE
4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 25 Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
At Buddy V’s Ristorante, guests can enjoy a delicious prix fixe menu this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that includes roasted butternut squash soup with apple-squash compote, spiced pepitas panna dolce ($12) slow roasted prime rib served with whipped parmesan potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and smoked bacon horseradish crema ($38) and a gingerbread trifle with cranberry and phyllo cup for dessert ($12). Buddy V’s has also debuted its winter seasonal cocktail, Sicilian Sunset, made with Tito’s Vodka, POM Juice, Alchemist Apply Spice, San Pellegrino Blood Orange, blackberries, and rosemary leaves ($12). Add on a crisp bottle of prosecco for an additional $20 and wine pairing is available for $20 per person. Buddy V’s will also be welcoming in the New Year with a specialty prix fixe menu available at $65 per person.

CORNER BAR MANAGEMENT
Holly Jolly on Fremont
Starting Nov. 25
Corner Bar will spread holiday cheer with its multi-venue experience, featuring holiday-themed drinks, over-the-top decorations, live music and more. Holly Jolly on Fremont will be an invitation for guests to experience a winter wonderland in multiple businesses: Park on Fremont and Commonwealth, which is home to one of Las Vegas’ best-kept secret cocktail bars, The Laundry Room.

COPPER WHISK CAFÉ
On Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Copper Whisk Café will be serving a flavorful “Land & Sea” holiday special for $21.99. Guests begin their meal with the choice of tortellini and spinach soup or a house salad. For the main entrée, guests will enjoy the featured “Land & Sea” dish that includes petite filet mignon and seafood Newburg nestled in a puff pastry served with croquette potatoes and the chef’s fresh vegetables. The special also includes a holiday Yule log for dessert.

CORNERSTONE
On Dec. 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.Cornerstone at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino will offer several delectable options on its holiday menu. For starters, guests can choose from a house salad or butternut squash bisque. As the main entrée, guests can choose the traditional tom turkey dinner for $33 served with cornbread stuffing, green beans, glazed yams, mashed Yukon potatoes, giblet gravy and cranberry relish. Diners can also choose the roast duck dish for $32, served with wild mushrooms, ancient grains and cranberry syrup. Another entrée option is the pan-seared salmon served with tri-color roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta bacon for $34. Guests can end their meal with a warm fruit cobbler topped with whiskey cream sauce.

LAWRY'S THE PRIME RIB
Enjoy Lawry’s signature cuisine while you journey back to Yuletide in Victorian England at the Cratchet home with a live performance of Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. Due to COVID-19, this year’s performance will be a one-man show. There will be five shows available, one matinee at 1 p.m. on Dec. 6 and four other dinner shows at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 8, and 9. Tickets start at $59 for children and $89 for adults and can be booked by calling (702) 893-2223.

DEL FRISCO'S STEAKHOUSE
Open on Christmas Day, Del Frisco’s is also offering a Christmas dinner to go that serves two to four people, starting at $200

.DELMONICO STEAKHOUSE
Delmonico Steakhouse has you covered with a full course meal on Christmas night. Enjoy an array of delicious specials a la carte or pair them all together for a true feast, including vichyssoise with shaved black truffles and herb oil ($18), butternut squash ravioli made with sage brown butter and roasted chestnuts ($20), roasted vegetable Panzanella with a toasted chia seed lemon thyme vinaigrette ($16) and many more.

DU-PAR'S RESTAURANT & BAKERY
On Dec. 25Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery at Suncoast will serve a classic, three-course holiday meal for $18.99. The special features the choice of roasted turkey or honey-glazed ham. Each entrée will be served with savory stuffing, buttery whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, candied yams, cranberry sauce and winter vegetables. The meal also includes a side salad and choice of pie. Du-par’s regular menu will also be available. For reservations, call (702) 636-7111.

EL SEGUNDO SOL
Dec. 24: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Celebrate Christmas Eve at El Segundo Sol. Enjoy authentic Mexican favorites like Fresh-Made Guacamole and Nachos Piled High or entrées like the Chicken & Steak Taco Platters, sizzling hot Fajitas, along with select juicy burgers and hand-cut fries from Stripburger & Chicken next door. Enjoy some of best margaritas and happy hour specials on The Strip during our “Loco Hour” from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM featuring $3-4 draft beers, $4 you-call-it well drinks, and $5.50 Margaritas! El Segundo Sol is also available for pickup* and delivery. Pick-up orders will be available at Stripburger & Chicken at the valet stand next to Forever 21.

EMERIL'S NEW ORLEANS FISH HOUSE
Dec. 24 & Dec. 25Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House is offering a limited holiday menu, including seared Maine scallop salad, featuring shaved Hudson Valley foie gras, purple sweet potato, radicchio, endive and garlic sherry dressing ($25), mesquite smoked Creekstone Farms prime rib, served with three-cheese potato gratin and black truffle jus ($55), and many more.

FARM
Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to closeAliante’s FARM will serve a delicious holiday special for $16.99. The special includes the choice of a house salad or cup of soup, and spiced glazed ham served with carrots, candied sweet potatoes and a dinner roll. A scrumptious pecan pie will be served for dessert.

FOGO DE CHÁO
Available starting Nov. 30, Fogo’s new Holiday To-Go package serves up to six people starting at $130 and can be ordered for pickup or delivery from all Fogo locations while supplies last*. This limited-time package includes a choice of any fire-roasted meat – from Roasted Turkey, Prime Lamb Steak, Picanha and more – plus Brazilian takes on classic holiday sides, including Sweet Potato Casserole, Brazilian Sausage & Apple Dressing, Sautéed Asparagus, Cranberry Relish and Candy Cane Fudge Brownies for dessert.

GILLEY'S SALOON, DANCE HALL, & BAR-B-QUE
Gilleys at Treasure Island will be offering holiday menu for $30 per person. Beverages are not included.

GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT
Green Valley Ranch will be offering a festive Christmas To Go Dinner that serves 8 guests. The to-go menu is available for $250 and will cost $250.

GRAND CAFES AT BOULDER STATION, SUSNET STATION, SANTA FE STATION AND THE BRASS FORK AT PALACE STATION
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25
The Grand Cafés at Boulder Station, Sunset Station, and Santa Fe Station and The Brass Fork at Palace Station will be offering a holiday dinner special consisting of a two-course meal with your choice of herb crusted prime rib with au jus, green beans almondine and mashed potatoes, or slow-roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, maple glazed yams, broccoli, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, enjoy a candy cane cheesecake with Oreo crust. Herb crusted prime rib two-course meal for $17.99 slow-roasted turkey two-course meal for $15.99

GRAND CAFES AT RED ROCK RESORT AND GREEN VALLEY RANCH
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25
The Grand Cafés at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa and Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino will be offering a holiday dinner special consisting of a two-course meal with your choice of smoked prime rib with crispy onion straws, au jus, green bean almondine, butter roasted Yukon gold potatoes, or apple-bourbon brined turkey breast with crisp apple and cranberry chutney, herb roasted butternut squash, brioche stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. For dessert, enjoy a chocolate candy cane torte. Smoked prime rib two-course meal for $22.99 apple-bourbon brined turkey breast for $18.99

HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS
To celebrate the Christmas holiday, Oyster Bar & Grill will serve an array of options including Christmas oysters with cranberry puree and panko stuffing with crispy bacon, priced at $20.99 for a half dozen and $40.99 for a full dozen. Additional offerings include fried whole branzino, blistered nightshades and romesco sauce, priced at $43.99, as well as pan seared salmon with maple brandy glaze, roasted Brussels sprouts and marinated apple and bacon lardons, priced at $37.99. For dessert, the restaurant will serve pomegranate panna cotta, priced at $8.99. Guests looking for a quick Christmas meal can head to Fulton Street Food Hall, the chef-driven marketplace with various selections made fresh throughout the day. On Christmas Day, Fulton Street will offer gingerbread French toast made with candied pecans and topped with cinnamon ice cream, priced at $16.99.Enjoy a holiday dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with floor-to-ceiling windows. On Christmas Day, enjoy a starter, entrée, side dish and dessert paired with a glass of house white or red wine for $97.95 per person.

HASH HOUSE A GO GO
Dec. 23 & Dec. 24
Hash House A Go Go’s offering 150 Turkey To Go Go complete holiday meals for pick up at their West Sahara location, 6800 W. Sahara. Turkey To Go Go features a full holiday feast for six featuring house roasted turkey served with cornbread stuffing and rich turkey gravy garlic mashed potatoes candied yams green beans cranberry sauce, and homemade buttermilk biscuits with jam, plus pumpkin pie and whipped cream for dessert ($139.99). Orders are being accepted now on a first come, first served basis. Call 702-804-4646 or order online.

HEARTHSTONE KITCHEN AND CELLAR AT RED ROCK
2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25 Christmas to-go pick up times are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 and from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25
Enjoy a Christmas Feast at Hearthstone while dining in restaurant or to-go that serves 4-6 people and includes prime rib served with au jus and horseradish cream, truffle mac and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted winter vegetables, green beans with roasted tomato, dinner rolls, and butter rum cake and assorted Christmas cookies for dessert. Guests can book their reservations by calling (702) 797-7344 and to-go orders can be made online at hearthstonelv.com. $175

JALEO BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS
Now till Dec. 30
Jaleo is offering a Holiday Chef’s Tasting Menu for $110 per person.

JOE'S SEAFOOD, PRIME STEAK & STONE CRAB
Dec. 24: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Joe’s Seafood. Joe’s will be serving the regular menu in addition to offering carryout. Look forward to seasonal specialties – like Beef Wellington – fresh fish, our signature Florida Stone Crab Claws, and homemade pies. Joe's will also be offering a Christmas Dinner for two, available for carryout only, on Dec. 23 and 24.

LA STREGA
Chef Gina Marinelli is implementing her coastal Italian influences into her menu offerings at La Strega this holiday season. On Dec. 11, guests can enjoy Latkes paired with Canterbury Cure Premium Sturgeon Italian Caviar ($40) as the restaurant’s way of paying homage to the ongoing Hanukkah festivities. Chef Marinelli will be featuring a traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve dinner at La Strega on Dec. 24, also known as the Feast of The Seven Fishes. Marinelli has teamed up with Samuels and Sons Seafood to bring the freshest selections to the Summerlin area.

MON AMI GABI
Dec. 24: Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Lunch: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Prix Fixe Menu: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Dine-in & Carryout)
Executive Chef Vincent Pouessel will serve a special holiday prix fixe feast on Christmas Eve. Dine-in and indulge in our French take on the traditional Christmas spread including Roasted Butternut Squash Cappuccino Soup, Petite Filet & Garlic Shrimp served with truffle pommes purée and more. The holiday prix fixe menu is $49.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). The prix fixe is also available for carryout for $49.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, guests can choose from French bottle wine pairings and signature menu favorites, available a la carte for additional cost. Preorder on Tock and to select your preferred pick-up time.

MERCATO DELLA PESCHERIA
Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mercato Della Pescheria will be offering a specialty seafood stew this holiday season consisting of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, cippolini onions, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, and fennel all in a white wine and lobster broth ($45).

MRKT SEA & LAND
Dec. 25
MRKT Sea & Land will offer a memorable, three-course holiday dinner for two for $125. For the appetizer, guests will be served halibut crudo, sashimi-grade halibut flavored with chives and lemon. The main entrée features chateaubriand served with asparagus and potatoes. Diners can delight in crème brûlée with raspberry macaroons for dessert. They will also serve a New Year’s Eve four-course special on Dec. 31 for $85.

NORTHSIDE CAFÉ
SAHARA Las VegasFrom 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve
Begin the three-course feast with a choice of French Onion Soup with gruyére, crostini and chives or a Christmas Spiced Poached Pear Salad with baby lettuces, candied walnuts and champagne vinaigrette. Then, for the main entrée, select either a Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef with haricots verts, watercress, crisp onions, creamy horseradish and au jus, or Grilled Salmon Filet with parsnips, broccolini, almonds, shallots, brown butter, capers and currants. For dessert, choose from an apple tart with caramel sauce or molten chocolate cake with raspberry and whipped cream. The Christmas Dinner is $35 per person.

OSTERIA FIORELLA AT RED ROCK
4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 25
On Christmas Day, Osteria Fiorella at Red Rock Resort will be offering a holiday specials that include Hamachi crudo ($21), lobster tagliolini served with osetra caviar and chives ($36), RR ranch ribeye with mitake mushroom butter and charred bitter greens ($65), and a piccolo plate consisting of a snickerdoodle bar, opera cake and mixed berry regalo ($10). Reservations are required and can be made by calling (702) 797-7777.

PARIS HOTEL LAS VEGAS
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Dec. 24: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a luxurious meal at Eiffel Tower Restaurant this Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. Join us for a festive menu full of classic dishes like Whole Boneless Dover Sole, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Prime Aged New York Steak and a special holiday White Chocolate Peppermint Soufflé. Eiffel Tower Restaurant’s Christmas Eve menu is available for dine-in only.

THE SALTED LIME
On Dec. 25
The Salted Lime at Aliante is serving up an authentic Mexican holiday special for $19.99. As the starter, guests will be served a field greens salad with roasted beets, pumpkin, corn and cilantro dressing. The main entrée features traditional chicken tamales with guajillo chili sauce, black beans and pasilla rice. Dulce de leche cheesecake will be served for dessert. They will also serve a three-course New Year’s Eve special for $24.99.

RED ROCK RESORT
Pick-up is available on Friday, Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick-up instructions and location will be provided with order confirmation.
Red Rock Resort will be offering Christmas dinners to-go that serves up to 8 guests for families wanting to enjoy the holiday at home and without the stress of cooking. The to-go menu includes soup and salad choices winter pear salad tossed with spinach, walnuts, goat cheese, pear, and raspberry vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash bisque with candied pecans, western reserve herb roasted prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish, potato puree, mac and cheese, charred brussels sprouts, roasted baby carrots, and chocolate hazel yule log for dessert. Guests can place their to-go orders by calling (702) 7979-7500 or emailing [email protected], and orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Delivery is also available for an additional $25 within a 10-mile radius of the resort. Cost: $300 per dinner

ROOSTER BOY CAFE
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Rooster Boy Cafe’s to-go menu, curated by Chef Sonia El-Nawal. With staples like Latkes, Kugel, and Brisket, as well as unique dishes including Caviar Dip and Homemade Potato Chips, this to-go menu will make Hanukkah both delicious and easy. Customers can view the menu on the restaurant’s website and place their order in the shop or by calling (702) 560-2453. Orders can be placed now throughout Hanukkah, with a 48-hour notice.

SMITH & WOLLENSKY LAS VEGAS
Open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Smith & Wollensky for a gourmet holiday feast in restaurant, inside one of our private dining rooms, or to serve at home. Alternatively, holiday roasts alone or full-fledged feasts with all of the trimmings and accompanying bottles of wine that pair perfectly with each dish are now available through the New Year to enjoy at home. Pre-order a USDA Prime Rib Roast or a Tenderloin Roast online for in-restaurant pick up through ChowNow or call the restaurant directly for last minute orders (allow 24 hours advance notice). Smith & Wollensky does all of the work so that all you have to do is simply turn on the oven.

SIENA ITALIAN TRATTORIA & DELI
Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Siena Italian Trattoria & Deli offers a modern take on the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes with a special Christmas Eve menu. Offered exclusively on Dec. 24, Siena’s holiday menu features classic seafood and homemade seafood pasta dishes inspired by the Italian tradition. Siena is currently offering a 20% discount on all gift card purchases valued at $200 or more. They are closed on Christmas Day. For reservations or more information, call 702-360-3358.

THE STRAT HOTEL
Top of The World
Daily from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Located more than 800 feet above Las Vegas in the SkyPod, the award-winning Top of the World restaurant offers an American menu of steaks and seafood complemented by fresh, seasonal ingredients. The elegant dining room, which recently unveiled a remodel, offers panoramic views of the city as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes. More information is available by calling 702-380-7711. Their holiday menu from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, will offer a festive four-course Christmas meal. Their New Year’s Eve menu will offer a five-course celebratory menu on Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve celebrations at Top of the World after 9:45 p.m. will include a champagne toast at midnight and party favors.

THE X POT
5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Dec. 25
The X Pot, one of Grand Canal Shoppes’ newest dining offerings, will be offering an all-you-can-eat dinner consisting of refillable soup, handmade noodles, a variety of protein selections, and vegetables available from $32 per person on Christmas Day. Guests are invited on New Years Eve to experience an immersive spectrum dining room supreme feast tasting menu available at $398 per person (minimum of four guests per party).

T-BONES CHOP HOUSE AT GREEN VALLEY RESORT
2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25
Guests can indulge in a holiday specials a la carte menu including Hudson Valley foie gras served with cranberry red wine gastrique brioche and poached pear ($24), braised beef short rib with truffled duchess potato and wood-fired heirloom carrots ($48), seafood bouillabaisse prepared with saffron tomato broth and grilled bread ($56), and eggnog cremeux consisting of gingerbread cake and eggnog anglaise ($14). Reservations are required and can be made by calling (702) 797-7576.

VICTORY'S CAFÉ
On Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cannery’s Victory’s Café will offer a tasty, three-course holiday dinner for $16.99. Begin the holiday meal with the choice of either a winter greens salad or New England clam chowder. For the main entrée, guests can choose from grilled ribeye steak or brown sugar and pineapple-glazed ham, both served with butter whipped potatoes and vegetable medley. A chocolate and vanilla cream Yule log with peppermint ice cream will be served for dessert. They will also serve a New Year’s Day (January 1, 2021) special for $14.99, featuring smoked ham hocks served with collard greens, stewed black-eyed peas and cornbread.

YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE AND BAR
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 25
This Christmas, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar will be offering a special a la carte holiday dinner menu consisting of twice baked cheese soufflés made with blood orange, sweet pear puree, and verjus glaze ($18) smoked gnocchi with guanciale and ricotta ragu ($22) crawfish pot pie served with porcini mushroom, baby potatoes, and English peas ($33) seared duck breast with sweet braised cipollinis, parsnip puree, savory cabbage, and Thumbelina carrots ($36) and red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, coconut, and pistachio anglaise ($13) for dessert.

90 NINETY BAR + GRILL
On Dec. 25
Suncoast Hotel and Casino’s 90 NINETY Bar + Grill will offer a special à la carte holiday menu. The menu includes a rainbow salad for $4.99 with cucumber, heirloom and sundried tomatoes, mandarin segments, red onion, peppers, bleu cheese and red wine vinaigrette turkey loaf roulade, a baked ground turkey loaf seasoned with fresh Italian herbs and served with potato pave and freshly grilled marinated vegetables for $19.99 New York steak served with garden vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes and Madeira sauce for $26.99 and an apple strudel served a la mode with caramel sauce for $4.99. 90 NINETY will also serve its regular menu.


Many ways to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes in Las Vegas

Several local chefs take on this Italian-American tradition, offering special menus on Christmas Eve, other dates.

Mark LoRusso clearly remembers celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes when he was young.

“For people who grew up back East, in Italian-American families, Christmas Eve was always like no meat, lots of fish and pastas,” said LoRusso, executive chef of Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas.

LoRusso’s is one of a number of Las Vegas restaurants, large and small, on and off the Strip, that are celebrating the tradition this year — some with prix-fixe menus, some a la carte, on only one night or for an extended period.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition, but Giancarlo Bomparola, Milan-raised executive chef and managing partner of Siena Italian Deli &Authentic Trattoria at 9500 W. Sahara Ave., remembers a slimmer version of it from his childhood in Italy. He was born in Calabria, which has a rich seafood tradition and where the observance, called The Vigil, is common. It all stems from the Catholic practice of not consuming meat on days before feast days such as Christmas.

“In the first (wave of) immigration, around 1900, they preserved it and enlarged it,” Bomparola said of Italian immigrants to America. And while it’s called feast, it precedes the real feast.

“The feast was supposed to take over when Jesus was born,” Bomparola said. “It’s supposed to be a little bit later, like midnight. They used to stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning.”

“It’s about waiting until midnight, that day of recognition,” said Vic Casanova, an Italian-American who grew up in the Bronx and who’s now executive chef of Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand. “That day, until midnight, you just eat seafood. Especially us, my own family, we ate a lot of meat. So a day like that was significantly different than what we considered to be normal. In response to that, you want to go all out and make it as festive and fun as possible, and there goes the tradition. Something you look forward to.”

One thing the local menus have in common is baccala, or dried salt cod.

“For me, nostalgia is sort of my guiding light,” Casanova said. “Baccala is important, really important. If you look at Italian-American communities like the one I grew up in, we didn’t have too much money. Baccala you can hold and store you activate it when it’s ready. But with the rewards comes the responsibility just to make baccala is a three-day process.”

He soaks it in milk for two days to take most of the salt out, then slowly cooks it in water that’s changed a few times. It’s then cooked with potatoes and “a fair amount of garlic” and whipped in a stand mixer. The whipped baccala can be served in various ways at Ambra, they’ll roll it into balls and quickly fry them.

“Which is very delicious,” Casanova said. “It’s Italian umami.”

At the other end of the spectrum is spaghetti with lobster “for a kid from the Bronx, that was a really big deal,” Casanova said.

At Ambra, the baccala and spaghetti with lobster will be part of a prix fixe dinner available on Christmas Eve and priced at $125. Baccala fritters will be among the dishes on Costa di Mare’s seven-course prix fixe menu, $130, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Among the numerous dishes on Siena’s a la carte menu is fried baccala with fried rapini, $17.75.

At Locale Italian Kitchen, 7995 Blue Diamond Road, chef/owner Nicole Brisson made her own salt cod and reconstituted it.

“That’s like a five-, six-day process,” she said. “The baccala fritters came out so well.” They’re part of a seven-course feast — some of the dishes served family-style — being served during the two weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, for $75.

“This gives people some time to schedule it and really enjoy it when their family’s in town,” Brisson said.

At La Strega at 3555 S. Town Center Drive, chef/owner Gina Marinelli is doing twists on the traditional dishes.

“You have to still have stuff that people want to eat,” Marinelli said. “So we have a really cool fritto misto pizza.”

Her dinner on Christmas Eve is $150 through secretburger.com. Marinelli has planned an interactive event, with a crudo cart making the circuit, and a 15-pound tilefish sliced on the bar.

“There’s so many ways you can do it,” Marinelli said. “You can do a tasting, you can do a platter. I thought ‘fun.’ It’s Christmas Eve.”

The Feast of the Seven Fishes also will be served at Giada at The Cromwell as a prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for $120, and as a la carte dishes at Rao’s at Caesars Palace on Christmas Eve. Vetri at the Palms will serve a four-course menu of seven dishes for $130 on Dec. 23.

Ambra’s Casanova said he views his position as chef of an Italian restaurant as an ambassador of sorts.

“Part of it is food and part of it is culture,” he said. He’s spotlighting the culture with his celebration.

“People understand tomato, mozzarella they understand meatballs,” he said. “Baccala is a little more ethnic, it’s a little more honest, and it’s a surprise for many people. People don’t understand how things like that could exist and they haven’t tasted it.”


Best Christmas events in Las Vegas

1. Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan

For the fifth consecutive year, the Cosmopolitan is transforming its fourth-floor outdoor pool into a skating rink for the holidays, with help from an ice-making machine that turns out 4,200 square feet of frosty skating surface. The wintery spectacle is enhanced by regular snow flurries, Monday date-skate with holiday movie double headers, a menu of seasonal cocktails and snacks, and s&rsquomores kits for roasting over open fire pits. Don&rsquot even try to resist the holiday spirit. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S at W Harmon Ave. Nov 19&ndashJan 1, Mon&ndashFri, 2pm&ndashmidnight Sat&ndashSun, noon&ndashmidnight Dec 19&ndashJan 1, noon&ndashmidnight daily $20 skating, $10 locals & hotel guests, admission for non-skaters free.

2. Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden

Christmas trees are so overrated&mdashespecially when you&rsquore in the desert. For a Southwest take on the holidays, head to the festive cactus garden at Ethel M Chocolates Factory, which features some three acres and 300 species of cacti festooned with half a million lights. Santa visits on weekend evenings when local choirs also perform. While you&rsquore there, pop into the newly renovated factory store and tasting room to pick up some stocking stuffers for the sweet tooth in your life. 2 Cactus Garden Dr at Sunset Way, Henderson. Through Jan 1, 5&ndash10pm (Santa Claus visits, Fri&ndashSun, 5pm&ndash9pm until Christmas performances by local choirs, Fri&ndashSun, 6pm&ndash8pm) free.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Roxanne Ready

3. Home for the Holidays with Rita Moreno

Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning (yes, that&rsquos a full EGOT) actress Rita Moreno joins the Las Vegas Philharmonic to narrate classic Christmas tale Peter and the Wolf at this holiday show, which also includes selections from The Nutcracker and a family-friendly sing-along of holiday favorites backed by the orchestra. It&rsquos like caroling upgraded. Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave between S City Pkwy and Promenade Pl. Dec 3, 2pm & 7:30pm Dec 4, 2pm. $30-$109.

4. Cowboy Christmas

Nothing says &ldquoChristmas is coming&rdquo in Vegas like the National Finals Rodeo. The 10-day event, which has been running for more than 30 years, is the annual crown jewel for rodeo fans and reminds visitors that Las Vegas is an Old West town at heart. If you&rsquore not properly outfitted for the event or want to put some Western flavor under your Christmas tree, head to Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where more than 300 vendors are eager to supply all your cowboy&mdashand -girl&mdashgear. 3150 Paradise Rd at Convention Center Dr. Dec 1&ndash10, 9am&ndash5pm free

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ryan Taylor

5. Holiday Havoc at the Palms

If you prefer your holiday music light on the reindeer games and roasting chestnuts, this annual rockfest sponsored by local radio station X107.5 is the perfect way to welcome the Christmas season. This year the party moves to the Pearl at the Palms where 10 bands will play over two nights, including Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World and Pierce the Veil on December 8, and Weezer and Grouplove on December 9. 4321 W Flamingo Rd, between S Valley View Blvd and Arville St. Dec 8-9, 6pm $70&ndash$140.

6. The Nutcracker

Some traditions really are worth keeping&mdashlike The Nutcracker, performed by the Nevada Ballet Theatre at the stunning Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center. No matter how many times you've seen it, the full orchestra production is still magical. Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave between S City Pkwy and Promenade Pl. Dec 10&ndash24, times and dates vary. No children under 3 $29&ndash$179.

7. Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is one the most recognized charitable organizations in the Vegas Valley and its Magical Forest is a beloved holiday tradition now in its 25th year. The popular annual attraction features trees decked with millions of lights and interactive entertainment like an enchanted carousel, avalanche slide, mini-golf, Santa mugging for photos in his workshop and the Forest Express passenger train from which to view it all. Proceeds benefit local adults with intellectual disabilities, so go ahead and spring for the unlimited ride pass. 6300 W Oakey Blvd between S Torrey Pines Dr and Community College Dr. Through Jan 1, 5:30pm nightly $12 adults, $10 children, ride tickets $3.

8. Las Vegas Great Santa Run

It&rsquos time for the running of the Santas! Join more than 9,000 sprinting Santas at this annual 5k fun run and one-mile walk where registration comes with a five-piece red suit and proceeds go to local organization Opportunity Village. Vegas is still aiming to top 10,000 jogging Clauses and claim the world record, so sign up, suit up and run off those holiday cookies. Third Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St between S Main St and S Casino Center Blvd. Dec 3, 8am advanced registration $15-$45, free for spectators.</em

9. December to Remember at the Neon Museum

You don&rsquot have to wait for the holidays to appreciate the Neon Museum&rsquos amazing collection of vintage Vegas signage, but everything&rsquos brighter with some extra holiday cheer (and live caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir). Start with ornament-making and Santa snapshots, then at 5pm head into the Boneyard for hot cocoa and an after-dark stroll past the city&rsquos illuminated history. 770 Las Vegas Blvd N between E Bonanza Rd and E Washington Ave. Dec 17, 2&ndash6pm free.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Paul Gorbould

10. LeAnn Rimes’s “Today is Christmas” at the Orleans

Country star LeAnn Rimes brings her vocal talents to bear on Christmas standards and her pop-country hits during back-to-back performances at the Orleans Showroom. But don&rsquot let the name of the tour fool you: The shows are actually a full week before Christmas. 4500 W Tropicana Ave at Arville St. Dec 17 & 18, 8pm $40-$220.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Orleans Hotel & Casino

11. I’m Dreaming of a Wine Christmas at Downtown Container Park

Soothe your holiday stress the old-fashioned way at this drink-around inside Downtown&rsquos shipping container shopping center. Your admission includes unlimited booze from the wine and cocktail stations, live entertainment from Zowie Bowie and the chance to win the undying admiration of all who know you in an ugly Christmas sweater. Tickets are $25 in advance. 707 Fremont St at S 7th St. Dec 10, 3&ndash6pm $25-$30.

12. Bellagio Fountains

Watch the dancing waters set in time to such seasonal tunes as &ldquoThe Most Wonderful Time of the Year,&rdquo &ldquoIt&rsquos Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas&rdquo and &ldquoO Holy Night.&rdquo If this doesn&rsquot make you feel all Christmas-y inside, nothing will. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S at W Flamingo Rd. Ongoing, times vary. Free.

13. Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town

The indoor park at Sam&rsquos Town is at its very best over Christmas, when the trees sparkle with lights, the fixtures get a coat of faux snow and the laser-light show is set to a familiar holiday soundtrack. This year, the nine-minute Winter Wonderland show has been refreshed with updates to the sound, lighting and water effects, and all new seasonal decorations will transport you to Santa&rsquos workshop. The big man himself, appropriately themed as Cowboy Santa, stops by Thursday to Sunday. 5111 Boulder Highway, at E Flamingo Rd. Through Dec 23, daily laser show hourly 5pm&ndash10pm Santa, Thu & Fri, 4&ndash8:30pm Sat & Sun, noon&ndash8:30pm. Free.

14. Santa Shipwreck at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef

Treat little ones to a different kind of Santa visit. Here, a shipwrecked Kris Kringle greets kids and takes orders from his stranded vessel, with help from his assistant (cue the soundtrack): dun, dun, dun, duuuun&hellipSanta Jaws! Stop by just before close to see Santa strap on a scuba tank and spread some holiday cheer among the aquarium&rsquos shark population. 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S at W Hacienda Ave. Dec 3&ndash4, 10&ndash11, 17&ndash24, 10am&ndash4pm Sun&ndashThu 10am&ndash8pm (last admission 7pm) Fri&ndashSat 10am&ndash10pm (last admission 9pm). $20, children 4&ndash12 $14, children under 3 free.

15. Santa at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor

The sinking of the unsinkable ship takes a festive turn this December when St. Nick visits to pose for photos on the replica of the Titanic&rsquos grand staircase. Got someone naughty at home? You can even take home an authentic artifact from the famed vessel that&rsquos perfectly suited to the holiday season: a lump of commemorative coal. 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S at W Reno Ave. Dec 10 & 17, 1&ndash3pm. Free with exhibit admission.

16. Jerry Seinfeld at Caesars Palace

If you&rsquore looking to inject a little levity into the season, you can&rsquot go wrong with Jerry Seinfeld&rsquos show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Laughter is the best medicine any time of the year, but most of us need it right about now. Happy Festivus. 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S at W Flamingo Rd. Dec 26, 27, 7:30pm. $82.50&ndash$165.

17. Terry Fator’s A Very Terry Christmas at the Mirage

With his blend of original country songs, classic tracks and ventriloquism, the former America&rsquos Got Talent winner has made a successful transition from TV to the Strip. Every year he performs a seasonal show complete with holiday tunes, and this year&rsquos Very Terry Christmas includes a duet between puppet Bing Crosby and puppet David Bowie that you probably need to hear to believe. 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S between Spring Mountain and W Flamingo Rds. Nov 28&ndashDec 22, 7:30pm $60&ndash$150.

18. Adventure to Santa at Fashion Show Mall

Join the cast of Kung Fu Panda on an interactive adventure to find Mr. Claus in the North Pole at this DreamWorks DreamPlace pop-up. Along the way, you&rsquoll play games, take a sleigh ride and meet the bearded toy trafficker (who apparently likes his dumplings as much as Po). 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S, at Spring Mountain Rd. Through Dec 24, Mon&ndashThu, 11am&ndash8pm Fri & Sat, 10am&ndash8pm Sun, 11am&ndash7pm $40&ndash$75.

19. Holiday at the Park

Vegas takes its Christmasification seriously, never missing an opportunity to light up an oversized tree or wrap something in garland. Of course, the Park between Monte Carlo and New-York is no exception, and it&rsquos getting the full holiday treatment for its first year on the Strip: 60-foot fir decked with 3,000 ornaments, a skating rink with seasonal refreshments, strolling carolers, Santa photos and enough twinkle lights and fake icicles to make you actually feel a little chilly. 3784 Las Vegas Blvd S, at Park Ave. Through Jan 16, dates and times vary $15 skating.


Many ways to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes in Las Vegas

Several local chefs take on this Italian-American tradition, offering special menus on Christmas Eve, other dates.

Mark LoRusso clearly remembers celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes when he was young.

“For people who grew up back East, in Italian-American families, Christmas Eve was always like no meat, lots of fish and pastas,” said LoRusso, executive chef of Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas.

LoRusso’s is one of a number of Las Vegas restaurants, large and small, on and off the Strip, that are celebrating the tradition this year — some with prix-fixe menus, some a la carte, on only one night or for an extended period.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition, but Giancarlo Bomparola, Milan-raised executive chef and managing partner of Siena Italian Deli &Authentic Trattoria at 9500 W. Sahara Ave., remembers a slimmer version of it from his childhood in Italy. He was born in Calabria, which has a rich seafood tradition and where the observance, called The Vigil, is common. It all stems from the Catholic practice of not consuming meat on days before feast days such as Christmas.

“In the first (wave of) immigration, around 1900, they preserved it and enlarged it,” Bomparola said of Italian immigrants to America. And while it’s called feast, it precedes the real feast.

“The feast was supposed to take over when Jesus was born,” Bomparola said. “It’s supposed to be a little bit later, like midnight. They used to stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning.”

“It’s about waiting until midnight, that day of recognition,” said Vic Casanova, an Italian-American who grew up in the Bronx and who’s now executive chef of Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand. “That day, until midnight, you just eat seafood. Especially us, my own family, we ate a lot of meat. So a day like that was significantly different than what we considered to be normal. In response to that, you want to go all out and make it as festive and fun as possible, and there goes the tradition. Something you look forward to.”

One thing the local menus have in common is baccala, or dried salt cod.

“For me, nostalgia is sort of my guiding light,” Casanova said. “Baccala is important, really important. If you look at Italian-American communities like the one I grew up in, we didn’t have too much money. Baccala you can hold and store you activate it when it’s ready. But with the rewards comes the responsibility just to make baccala is a three-day process.”

He soaks it in milk for two days to take most of the salt out, then slowly cooks it in water that’s changed a few times. It’s then cooked with potatoes and “a fair amount of garlic” and whipped in a stand mixer. The whipped baccala can be served in various ways at Ambra, they’ll roll it into balls and quickly fry them.

“Which is very delicious,” Casanova said. “It’s Italian umami.”

At the other end of the spectrum is spaghetti with lobster “for a kid from the Bronx, that was a really big deal,” Casanova said.

At Ambra, the baccala and spaghetti with lobster will be part of a prix fixe dinner available on Christmas Eve and priced at $125. Baccala fritters will be among the dishes on Costa di Mare’s seven-course prix fixe menu, $130, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Among the numerous dishes on Siena’s a la carte menu is fried baccala with fried rapini, $17.75.

At Locale Italian Kitchen, 7995 Blue Diamond Road, chef/owner Nicole Brisson made her own salt cod and reconstituted it.

“That’s like a five-, six-day process,” she said. “The baccala fritters came out so well.” They’re part of a seven-course feast — some of the dishes served family-style — being served during the two weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, for $75.

“This gives people some time to schedule it and really enjoy it when their family’s in town,” Brisson said.

At La Strega at 3555 S. Town Center Drive, chef/owner Gina Marinelli is doing twists on the traditional dishes.

“You have to still have stuff that people want to eat,” Marinelli said. “So we have a really cool fritto misto pizza.”

Her dinner on Christmas Eve is $150 through secretburger.com. Marinelli has planned an interactive event, with a crudo cart making the circuit, and a 15-pound tilefish sliced on the bar.

“There’s so many ways you can do it,” Marinelli said. “You can do a tasting, you can do a platter. I thought ‘fun.’ It’s Christmas Eve.”

The Feast of the Seven Fishes also will be served at Giada at The Cromwell as a prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for $120, and as a la carte dishes at Rao’s at Caesars Palace on Christmas Eve. Vetri at the Palms will serve a four-course menu of seven dishes for $130 on Dec. 23.

Ambra’s Casanova said he views his position as chef of an Italian restaurant as an ambassador of sorts.

“Part of it is food and part of it is culture,” he said. He’s spotlighting the culture with his celebration.

“People understand tomato, mozzarella they understand meatballs,” he said. “Baccala is a little more ethnic, it’s a little more honest, and it’s a surprise for many people. People don’t understand how things like that could exist and they haven’t tasted it.”


Christmas in Las Vegas

When it comes to Christmas, do you think of Las Vegas? Ha ha . me neither. But I was just there, and I have to say that Las Vegas at Christmastime is actually pretty darn festive!

My favorite part of any trip to Vegas in December, or at anytime of year, is walking around and taking it all in. And that's just what I did when I tagged along on my husband's business trip last week!

I didn't spend a dime in the casinos, but I had so much fun checking out all the holiday attractions and Christmas decorations in the different casinos on the strip. Whether you're a fan of gambling or not, Christmas in Las Vegas can be pretty magical. If you know where to go, that is!

Keep reading for all my fave things to do during Christmas in Vegas, from the best casino decorations to tips on where to stay and eat, what to wear, and more!

The famous Las Vegas welcome sign is located in the median at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Expect a line if you'd like to take a picture in front of the sign.

What You'll See this December in Las Vegas

I've been to Las Vegas a few times, and it's always a fun trip. There really is no place like it, and whether you're a gambler or not, there is so much to see and do.

That's especially true at Christmastime!

I spent a little over 24 hours in Vegas on my last trip. In that short amount of time, I checked out the Christmas decorations at as many Las Vegas casinos on the strip as possible. I didn't hit them all (and skipped downtown all together), but I managed to visit quite a few.

If you visit Las Vegas at Christmastime, you'll notice that most of the decorations are inside the casinos. There was nary of sign of Christmas on the strip from most viewpoints!

The best place to see Christmas decorations in Las Vegas is in the casino lobbies, scattered around the casino floors, and in the many shopping areas.

If there was any one decorating theme to be found, it was gold . lots of gold. Not surprising, I guess! I also saw tons of poinsettias at pretty much every casino.

Since I took so many pictures, I'm going to share my favorite casino decorations below. Make sure to read all the way to the end of the post, because that's where I've rounded up all my tips on how to spend Christmas in Las Vegas . everything from things to do to places to eat.

We are going to start at New York-New York casino and head north toward the Wynn. Here's a map of the Las Vegas strip casinos to help you get oriented. And keep in mind that decorations may change year to year . this is just a taste!

New York-New York

New York-New York is one of the more distinctive casinos on the strip. With its replica of the Statue of Liberty, mini Brooklyn Bridge, and Big Apple Roller Coaster, it's hard to miss!

Make sure to get a photo by the Christmas tree on the Brooklyn Bridge. All the twinkling lights in this area will also put you in the holiday spirit.

And it's impossible to miss the giant wreath hanging over the casino floor!

The Park Las Vegas

In between New York-New York, T-Mobile Arena, and the Monte Carlo, you'll find The Park Las Vegas, a fun dining and entertainment district.

While you're in Las Vegas for Christmas, make sure to explore the winter wonderland at The Park! You'll find a beautiful tree, Instagram-worthy backdrops, live entertainment, delicious bites including mulled wine and waffles on a stick, and more.

ARIA

When I was in Las Vegas last, the ARIA was still being built. I couldn't wait to check it out!

The ARIA is set back from the strip a little bit, in between the Monte Carlo and The Shops at Crystals.

Stop by the lobby to see the beautiful red and white decorations and take a photo in front of the Joy Love Peace sign.

After visiting ARIA's lobby, head to Jean Philippe Patisserie.

There's you'll find life-size polar bears and other fun decorations created from "chocolate, sugar, passion, and an immeasurable amount of love."

They were so cool, and I didn't see anything else like it on my trip!

The Shops at Crystals

Next door to ARIA, you'll find The Shops at Crystals.

This upscale mall is home to 50 luxury stores. It's fun to window shop here and imagine how you'd spend a gambling windfall. Fendi or Hermès? Hmm .

Even if the only thing you can afford at The Shops at Crystals is Starbucks, stop in to see the pretty holiday decorations!

You'll find traditional red, white, and green decorations throughout the mall, as well as a few smaller, sparkling white Christmas trees with piles of luxe gift boxes beneath their branches.

The highlight is a towering tree festooned with Swarovski crystal ornaments. It's so sparkly!

And it had its own security guard, too . ha!

Paris

After leaving The Shops at Crystals, we're going to cross the street and head into Paris Hotel & Casino.

I've always loved Paris . they do a theme well here! It's very romantic and actually does have a pretty good Parisian vibe.

There weren't too many holiday decorations to be found at Paris, but the lobby was so pretty with it classic tree and chandeliers sparkling in the background.

Bellagio

Next, we are crossing back over Las Vegas Boulevard to the Bellagio.

The Christmas decorations at the Bellagio were gorgeous and some of my favorites!

In the lobby, you'll find a Samurai warrior statue surrounded by poinsettias. Don't forget to look up, or you'll miss the colorful Chihully ceiling (a permanent installation).

Just off the lobby, you'll see a balcony draped with classic holiday greenery.

The showstopper at the Bellagio is definitely the Conservatory and Botanical Garden though.

This area is beautiful all year, but especially so at the holidays.

Enter between the giant toy soldiers to experience a winter wonderland!

The main attraction is a 42&rsquo white fur tree that weighs 9500 lbs!

Can you spot the elves scaling its sides below?

In the flowerbed below the tree, you'll see the &ldquoQueen Bellisima&rdquo.

She stands 18&rsquo tall and her dress is adorned with 1800 stems of white hydrangea and 600 stems of Phalaenopsis orchids.

I spoke to a gardener while I was there, and she told me that they use real (preserved) flowers. You can see the buckets of flowers below.

They have to continually touch up the exhibit, because people pull out the flowers. Can you imagine?

The exhibit also features cheery elves, giant ornaments, stacks of presents, and more.

As you can probably picture, the Conservatory and Garden is thronged with people! Try to get there in the morning during the week if you can for smaller crowds.

Right off the conservatory, you'll find a garden shop filled with fun Christmas decorations.

Make sure to stop in before you leave for a holiday souvenir!

That polar bear theme was carried through to the Bellagio Shops.

And don't forget to check out the Bellagio's fountains before you leave. There's a show every half hour featuring holiday music!

Caesars Palace

After leaving the Bellagio, we're heading next door to Caesars Palace.

If you're looking for an over-the-top photo opp, you've found it!

The Christmas decorations at Caesars Palace are all about red and gold!

You'll find lots of decorations near the taxi stands, in the lobby, and surrounding the casino floors at Caesars.

It's all very fun and festive . with a dash of Roman thrown in!

The Forum Shops at Caesars are decorated for the holidays, too, with impressive evergreen swags.

This is what Christmas in Las Vegas is all about!

Grand Canal Shoppes

The Grand Canal Shoppes are fun to walk around anytime of year, but especially at the holidays.

You'll need to cross the street from Caesars to the get the Venetian and the Grand Canal Shoppes.

The Christmas decorations at the Grand Canal Shoppes are simple, but elegant.

Most of the decor surrounds the canal, so the best way to see it would be on a gondola ride.

Wouldn't that be fun and festive?

Menorah at the Venetian

I didn't spot many Hanukah decorations in Las Vegas, but there is a large menorah outside of the Venetian in front of the canal.

It would be the perfect place to get a photo with a pretty backdrop!

Palazzo

The Palazzo is located right new door to the Venetian.

Make sure to stop by to check out the beautiful, soaring atrium in the lobby all decked out for the holidays!

Fashion Show Mall

After stopping by the Palazzo, you can either stay on the same side of the road and go to the Wynn, or cross over to Fashion Show Mall.

This mall had some of my favorite Christmas decorations in Las Vegas. And of course, it would be the perfect place to visit Santa!

He was looking pretty lonely while I was there.

Fashion Show Mall was decorated with huge Christmas manequins topping ornaments, in wreaths, and more.

They were pretty cool and definitely something different and unique!

If you haven't completed your Christmas shopping when you get to Vegas, then Fashion Show Mall would be the perfect place to finish that list.

You'll find 8 department stores here, 250 stores, and lots of places to catch a bite to eat.

There's a store for every budget here, too!

Wynn

After leaving Fashion Show Mall, you'll need to cross back over Las Vegas Boulevard to get to the Wynn.

The Christmas decorations at the Wynn get the award for most magical!

You'll find these beautiful decorations just off the casino floor in The Atrium.

The Winter Wonderland-themed atrium is filled with six wintery villages inspired by Gulliver's Travels.

It's so pretty and sparkly!

There's also a colorful balloon overflowing with luxury gifts!

I wonder how I can hop a ride on that?

Peppermill

Of course, it wouldn't be Christmas in Las Vegas without popping into a classic spot or two!

So for my last spot, we are stopping at the Peppermill. It's located up the road from the Wynn.

The Peppermill is one of my husband's Las Vegas favorites, so we never leave without having a cocktail or two in the lounge (there's a restaurant, too). Grab a few cocktails and a seat around the fire pit, then make a toast to Santa!

Things to Do in Las Vegas in December

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Christmas decorations in Las Vegas. It really is kind of magical!

There is so much to do in Las Vegas at Christmastime. Start by checking your hotel's website or ask your concierge about what's going on where you're staying. And make sure to check out all my tips for everything from things to do to where to stay in December in Las Vegas below:

  • Shopping: Las Vegas is shopping central, and there is a store for any budget. You'll find shops in every hotel, ranging from cheesy to high end, depending on where you're staying. And then there are the malls! Stop by The Shops at Crystals, The Forum Shops at Caesars, or the Bellagio Shops if you don't have a budget. Stroll around the Grand Canal Shoppes and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. Need to finish that shopping list? Fashion Show Mall has a store for everything you could need!
  • Spas: Don't like gambling? Hit the spa instead! Pretty much every hotel has one, so find out what services are on offer at yours and make a reservation. Don't forget to check your hotel's website for special packages, too.
  • Shows: You can't visit Las Vegas without seeing a show or two. From Cirque to Celine, there is literally something for everyone. Be sure to make reservations as far in advance for popular shows as possible, or you may miss out. Why not check out A Very Terry Christmas (with ventriloquist Terry Fator), featuring "special appearances" by Elvis, Michael Jackson, Elton John and more? You can also check sites like Best of Vegas or stop by Tix4Tonight booths for discount tickets.
  • Events: There are tons of events going on in Las Vegas over the holidays. You'll find everything from the Nutcracker to ice skating and Christmas markets. One fun event this year is Santa in the Shipwreck at the Mandalay Bay Aquarium. Visit TimeOut for more ideas.
  • Gambling: Of course, you can't mention Las Vegas without talking about its casinos. You probably won't earn any perks unless you spend a ton of money, but make sure to sign up for a rewards card before you start gambling anyway. Many of the hotels/casinos are connected to MGM Resorts or Caesars Entertainment, so even if you hop between them, you can continue earning points with your card.

Where to Stay in Las Vegas for Christmas

There are so many places to stay in Las Vegas that it can be hard to narrow it down. Of course, lots of options means lots of competition between hotels. You can often find great rates at even the nicest places, so shop around.

If you want something a little quieter, stay on the north or south end of the strip. It will take you a little longer to get around, but the peace and quiet may make up for it. If you're traveling with family and want to stay near (but off) the strip, check out Staybridge Suites . it's affordable and perfect for families.

Looking for somewhere romantic? The atmosphere at Paris is lovely. Or book a room at the Venetian and take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal.

Want something luxurious? There are many 5 star options, from the Waldorf Astoria to Aria to the Palazzo and more.

Where to Eat in Las Vegas at Christmastime

There are almost too many dining options to choose from in Las Vegas, and the holidays are no exception. Check with your hotel to see which of their restaurants have special holiday menus. Make reservations as far in advance as possible.

Want to enjoy a buffet with your family instead of a sit down restaurant? Again, it can be hard to choose with so many options. My favorite is the Wynn's buffet, and I also really like Planet Hollywood's.

Of course, some of the fun in traveling to Vegas is trying restaurants from other cities that you might not get to otherwise. On my recent trip, I discovered there was a Di Fara Pizza in Caesars. You'll wait for hours at the Brooklyn location, but you can walk right up to a counter and get a slice in Caesars! You'll also find lots of other NYC favorites, like Shake Shack, Milk Bar, Rao's, and even Halal Guys. If only they had a X'ian Famous Foods . although then I might never leave!

What to Wear in December in Las Vegas

You can wear whatever you want in Las Vegas for the most part. In almost any casino you go to, you'll see someone dressed the nines standing next to someone in jeans and a grungy t-shirt.

If you're planning to eat out anywhere other than the hotel coffee shop or food court though, you may want to dress up a bit for dinner. Plus, it's Christmas . don't you want to look a little festive?

Keep in mind too, that December is one of the coolest months in Las Vegas, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Although you'll probably be spending most of your time inside where it is warm. A light coat and perhaps a scarf will keep you warm enough as you dash between casinos.

Getting Around in Las Vegas

Unless you are planning to venture off the strip, you really don't need a car in Las Vegas. Get a taxi, Uber, or car service from the airport to your hotel.

It's easy to walk around the strip, although everything is much more spread out than it seems. You can take an Uber or taxi, if you're going a long way or don't want to walk. There's a taxi stand in front of most hotels, but Uber is more affordable.

There's also a free tram that runs between the Excalibur, the Luxor, and Mandalay Bay hotels, and also between Monte Carlo, Crystal, and Bellagio. Then, there's a monorail which has 7 stops in between MGM Grand and SLS Las Vegas. You'll find buses and even a bike share program, too.

Finally, check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle. Most do.

Best Christmas Decorations on the Las Vegas Strip

Most hotels and casinos do a little decorating, but there are a few places that can't be missed!

Make sure to stop by the Bellagio and the Wynn for the most magical Las Vegas Christmas decorations.

And I'm giving the award for most Vegas-y decorations to Caesars Palace!

Have you ever been to Las Vegas at Christmas? What was you favorite part?


Celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas in Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower Prime Filet Mignon

Celebrating Christmas Eve in Las Vegas? Many restaurants are open on Thursday, December 24 to make your holiday extra special. Select restaurants are also offering special carryout and delivery holiday offerings.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant
WHERE: Paris Hotel, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
WHEN: Thursday, December 24: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHAT: Enjoy a luxurious meal at Eiffel Tower Restaurant this Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. Join us for a festive three course menu full of classic dishes like Casco Bay Sea Scallops, Roast Chicken, Beef Tenderloin and a special holiday White Chocolate Peppermint Soufflé. Eiffel Tower Restaurant’s Christmas Eve menu is available for dine-in only.
CONTACT: 702 948-6937 | Make a reservation at Eiffel Tower Restaurant

El Segundo Sol
WHERE: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV
WHEN: Thursday, December 24: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
WHAT: Celebrate Christmas Eve at El Segundo Sol. Enjoy authentic Mexican favorites like Fresh-Made Guacamole and Nachos Piled High or entrées like the Chicken & Steak Taco Platters, sizzling hot Fajitas, along with select juicy burgers and hand-cut fries from Stripburger & Chicken next door. Enjoy some of best margaritas and happy hour specials on The Strip during our “Loco Hour” from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM featuring $3-4 draft beers, $4 you-call-it well drinks, and $5.50 Margaritas! El Segundo Sol is also available for pickup* and delivery. Pick-up orders will be available at Stripburger & Chicken at the valet stand next to Forever 21. View the El Segundo Sol – Las Vegas menu.
CONTACT:
702-258-1211 | Make a reservation at El Segundo Sol – Las Vegas | Order carryout and delivery from El Segundo Sol – Las Vegas

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
WHERE: 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
WHEN: Thursday, December 24: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
WHAT: Celebrate Christmas Eve on Thursday, December 24 from 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM at Joe’s Seafood. Joe’s will be serving the regular menu in addition to offering carryout. Look forward to seasonal specialties – like Beef Wellington – fresh fish, our signature Florida Stone Crab Claws, and homemade pies. Joe’s will also be offering a Christmas Dinner for two, available for carryout only, on December 23rd and 24th. View the Joe’s Seafood menu.
CONTACT: 702-792-9222 | Make a reservation at Joe’s Seafood |Order carryout and delivery from Joe’s Seafood

Mon Ami Gabi
WHERE: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV
WHEN: Thursday, December 24: Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Lunch: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Prix Fixe Menu: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Dine-in & Carryout)
WHAT: Executive Chef Vincent Pouessel will serve a special holiday prix fixe feast from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Dine-in and indulge in our French take on the traditional Christmas spread including Roasted Butternut Squash Cappuccino Soup, Petite Filet & Garlic Shrimp served with truffle pommes purée and more. The holiday prix fixe menu is $49.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). The prix fixe is also available for carryout for $49.95 per person from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Regular menus will also be available from 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Plus, guests can choose from French bottle wine pairings and signature menu favorites, available a la carte for additional cost. Preorder on Tock and to select your preferred pick-up time. View the Mon Ami Gabi menu.
CONTACT: 702-944-4224 |Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi | Order Mon Ami Gabi’s Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Package for Pick-up

For additional details on December 25th, Here’s who is open on Christmas Day!


Celebrate the holiday season with winter festivities in Las Vegas

If you&rsquore looking to celebrate the spirit of the season with winter festivities and holiday cheer, Las Vegas is the place to be this year, offering many outdoor events and activities complete with plenty of sparkling lights sure to put you into the holiday spirit!

At the ARIA Resort & Casino, you can check out its &ldquoWinter Wonderland&rdquo lobby display from now until Tuesday, Jan 5. This year&rsquos centerpiece is a custom, 15-foot-tall Sugar Palace made entirely out of edible ingredients by the ARIA pastry team. It showcases seven types of sugar work techniques through its 1,000 pressed sugar bricks, crystal sugar snowflakes, blown-sugar swans, blown and pulled flowers, and more! In addition, oversized hand-carved ornaments&mdashincluding carousel horses, ballerinas, snowflakes, swans, trains, and more&mdashhang from the ceiling.

The Bellagio horticulture team at the Bellagio&rsquos Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the season with its glamorous winter holiday installation, &ldquoHopefully Holidays,&rdquo featuring thousands of plants and flowers. See the beautiful Snow Queen in her carriage pulled by four majestic white horses, a fireplace setting with elves getting ready for the holidays, a family of polar bears, and, of course, a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree. A short walk away is the Bellagio Fountains, set to beloved holiday tunes including &ldquoSleigh Ride&rdquo and &ldquoCarol of the Bells&rdquo for the holidays.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomed back The Ice Rink for the ninth year in a row, as Boulevard Pool transforms for the holiday season high above The Strip. Visitors can enjoy rooftop ice skating on over 4,200 square feet of actual ice, roasting s&rsquomores at socially-distanced fire pits, adult versions of seasonal cocktails, beloved holiday films and breathtaking views surrounded by vibrant city lights.

Join The LINQ Promenade as it transforms into a modern-day winter wonderland of festive decor, family fun and a dazzling holiday light show on High Roller, one of the world&rsquos tallest observation wheels. Enjoy an array of dining, socially distant activities and retail throughout the open-air district. For Nevada residents seeking a festive place to enjoy the ambience of the holiday season in an open-air environment, complimentary parking and discounted tickets for High Roller and FLY LINQ Zipline are available.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, from now through Monday, Jan. 3, at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa with Merry Crimson, a festive indoor and outdoor poolside terrace and lounge with an extravagant display of over-the-top holiday decor, including a fireplace and a candy cane swing. This pop-up holiday bar is perfect if you&rsquore looking to socialize in a comfortable and spacious indoor lounge setting, outdoors at private cabanas, or roasting s&rsquomores by the fireside. Plus, you won&rsquot want to miss the nearly 5-foot-tall by 9-foot-long replica of the resort in gingerbread in the middle of the casino floor!

From now through Friday, Jan. 1, Sam&rsquos Town Hotel and Gambling Hall lights up its festive winter display at Mystic Falls Park once again a time-honored tradition dating back to 1994. The indoor atrium features seasonal decor including plush, animated teddy bears that can be seen playing, dancing and decorating the park. Also filling the atrium are a 18-foot Christmas tree adorned in red and gold, lampposts wrapped in garland, streamers, and wreaths embellished with hundreds of lights, ornaments, and red holiday bows. Families can drop off their letters for Santa in Santa&rsquos mailbox located under the gazebo. If you can&rsquot make it out this year, you can experience the park&rsquos new holiday decor and over 26,000 points of light from home via the attraction&rsquos live webcam.

For the first time ever, Tropicana Las Vegas is celebrating a Holiday in Paradise from now through Jan. 3 by showcasing a festival of more than 25,000 lights outside in the plaza and covering the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard. Guests will step foot through a lit archway and be greeted by a 20-foot Christmas tree surrounded by large, iridescent gift boxes and a tropical forest of 25 luminescent palm and Christmas trees. This free experience also features a 10-foot tall live poinsettia photo wall, holiday music playing throughout the plaza and starting at 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the iconic hotel will offer a holiday pop-up bar with winter-themed cocktails, traditional cocktails, beers, and hot cocoa in the outdoor Tropicana kiosk.

Wynn Las Vegas is ringing in the holidays with a number of festive offerings throughout the resort. This year&rsquos showpiece in the main atrium includes six mini winter villages inspired by the novel &ldquoGulliver&rsquos Travels.&rdquo On display around the resort are over 8,000 seasonal poinsettias, dozens of bedecked holiday trees, and oversized wreaths. Guests can also sign up for popular events including the edible decor workshop for all ages. On Friday, Dec. 18, decorate the ultimate gingerbread house with the Wynn pastry team. And don&rsquot miss the annual &lsquoFeast of the Seven Fishes&rsquo at Costa di Mare on Dec. 24 and 25.

Las Vegas&rsquo new immersive entertainment, event and art complex, AREA15, promises weird, wonderful surprises for the holidays by transforming their outdoor space, A-Lot, into Wanderland. Step inside the lighted tree-lined village full of extraterrestrial surprises, including a festive path of igloos with holiday vignettes worthy of your Instagram feed, pop-up retailers at the heart of Wanderland&mdashBalanceville&mdasha 30-foot intergalactic art sleigh lit up with hundreds of twinkling lights. Through Sunday, Jan. 3, you can purchase tickets to step into the Portal, a 360-degree projection-mapped room, for Holiday 360: The Dream Before, a 30-minute light and sound exhibition. The experience includes access to the igloo stroll, a printed and digital photo from the art car sleigh and a cup of hot chocolate.

Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Summerlin with the arrival of Santa&rsquos Chalet Mailbox, available through Dec. 22 for kids of all ages to drop their letter to Saint Nick. Through Monday, Jan. 18, you can also take a spin around the Rock Rink, set to the backdrop of joyful holiday music and a remarkable 40-foot holiday tree overlooking the rink.

Ethel M&rsquos Chocolate Factory never ceases to dazzle locals and visitors with its annual three acres of cacti covered in more than one million holiday lights. Through Sunday, Jan. 3, guests can stroll through the garden and view the holiday display, however, due to limited capacity, please note that there is a timed entry process.

Enjoy holiday-themed activities and complimentary entertainment at Fashion Show Las Vegas. Reserve a spot for a guided Holiday Stroll through Santa&rsquos Workshop led by Mrs. Claus, or a Winter Wonderland ending at a giant snowglobe, every weekend, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Thursday, Dec. 24. Also on the aforementioned dates, any guests dining on The Plaza will be treated to live music from a talented violinist and guitar player, as well as performances from nutcracker dancers and sugar plum ballerinas. Every Thursday through Sunday, and Dec. 23 and 24, enjoy sounds from 20 golden bells ringing to the tune of holiday music above the Great Hall. Reserve a spot through Thursday, Dec. 24 to take socially distanced Holly Jolly Photos with the big man himself.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is dressed up with show-stopping decor throughout the center. Anchored by the 40-foot feature tree shimmering with 42,000 gold and white LED lights and ornaments, new decorations also include four 8-foot-tall Roman Centurion toy soldiers, holiday sets for that perfect Instagram selfie and other photo backdrops. Strike a pose in front of the massive laurel wreath and Roman pediment and column setting with decorative trimmed trees.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Fremont Street Experience kicks off the holidays with its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Downtown Las Vegas. The majestic, 50-foot tree will be wrapped in garland, decked out in beautiful ornaments, and shine brightly below the 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lights comprising the Viva Vision canopy. The celebration continues the following day with the lighting of the 20-foot Grand Menorah for the first night of Hanukkah, which will remain on display throughout the eight-day Festival of Lights.

Through Sunday, Jan. 10, Glittering Lights at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway returns to celebrate its 20th year. The dazzling array of festive lights feature over five million LED lights intertwining a 2.5 mile course around the track. Named one of the &ldquoBest places to see Christmas lights in the U.S.&rdquo by CNN Travel, Glittering Lights is one of Vegas&rsquo most festive holiday traditions.

Rail Explorers is an outdoor-adventure attraction featuring pedal-powered rail bikes in Boulder City and they are celebrating the season with Holiday-themed tours. Book through Thursday, Dec. 31 to be greeted by the Rail Explorer Elves and receive cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider. Day and evening tour times are available and schedules vary by day check their website for times.

Between Dec. 21 and 24, catch a glimpse of Diving Santa in the Shipwreck waters at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino as he bids farewell to his underwater friends before heading back to the North Pole.

To celebrate the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus, Town Square Las Vegas has &ldquoSnow in the Square&rdquo set to classic holiday hits. Make a reservation now until Wednesday, Dec. 23 to see the magical snow flurries and have a contactless or virtual visit with Santa.


Here’s a list of must-dos during the Las Vegas Christmas season

There’s something for everyone happening around the Las Vegas Valley during the holiday season. Looking for a festive activity for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? The View staff offers top picks for getting you in the spirit.

There’s something for everyone happening around the Las Vegas Valley during the holiday season. Looking for a festive activity for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? The View staff offers top picks for getting you in the spirit.

ROCK RINK AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN

Outdoor ice skating? In the desert? That’s right, and Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, has it. The outdoor shopping center’s Rock Rink, located in Winter Wonderland near the Pavilion, returns with fun for the entire family. You can enjoy the outdoor skating rink through Jan. 18, and it’s open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve (closed Christmas Day).

Don’t be surprised to see your favorite characters take to the ice alongside you: Rock Rink offers Skate with Characters from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, with a Chipmunks theme set for Dec. 26, a Superhero theme for Jan. 2, a Princess theme for Jan. 9 and characters from “Frozen” Jan. 16.

Themed nights also are planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays: Superhero for Dec. 19 Princess for Jan. 5 Jack Sparrow for Jan. 12 and “Frozen” for Jan. 18. In addition to themed nights, Friday and Saturday nights are slated to have a disc jockey from 6 to 10 p.m.

A few facts about the rink: It measures 120 feet by 60 feet, and the ice is approximately 3 inches thick. It’s kept frozen by a 200-ton chiller that constantly pumps propylene glycol through several miles of PVC tubing. The system keeps things at a temperature between 9 and 14 degrees. The ice is initially built up by spraying thin layers of water over the tubes, a process that takes repeated passes over a period of several days, and it’s maintained by an ice resurfacing machine that shaves off a thin layer, then lays down a fresh layer of water, which freezes to give a fresh, smooth surface.

If the chill hits you, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is slated to have a truck there serving refreshments.

The cost to skate is $15 and includes skate rental. If you buy nine skate sessions, you get the 10th one free. Groups of 35 or more can get a 15 percent discount. For group rates, email [email protected]events.com.

Rock Rink is scheduled to be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Hours during school holidays are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All times are subject to change and weather permitting. Call 702-832-1055 or visit downtownsummerlin.com.

MAGICAL FOREST AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE

Not ready for Christmas to end yet? Extend the season with a trip to Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Opportunity Village representative Marty Wood said one of the best ways to skip the crowds is to come after Christmas.

“We are still open through Jan. 3, and traffic does slow down a little bit,” he said. “It’s actually a great time to visit. There aren’t quite as many people here, but everything is still up and running at full speed.”

The attraction is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and is set to host a New Year’s Eve countdown to the East Coast’s midnight at 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

On slow nights at the beginning of the holiday season, the forest averages around 2,000 visitors a night. Wood said capacity crowds are close to 5,000.

“It’s also a lot of fun to be here on those nights because you can just imagine the energy and the excitement that’s happening,” he said. “You might have to stand in line a little longer for the train, but we actually have three trains, so we can run two trains at a time. We try to accommodate the crowd regardless of the size.”

Visitors can stroll through the forest walkthrough, a pathway packed with trees, wreaths and holiday cottages decorated by area residents and businesses. Santa poses for photos, and live entertainment is offered nightly.

In addition to the train that winds its way through the forest, attractions include Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, the Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway and Rod’s Mini-Golf.

While the forest does have a staff, Wood said for the most part, it’s run by volunteers. About 100 volunteers are needed to operate the park every night. Many sign up together and come as school or work groups. But Wood said everyone is welcome.

“You don’t have to sign up in advance,” he said. “You can just walk up, and we’ll find something for you to do.”

Improvements to the forest — set to celebrate its 25th season next year — are on the drawing board as part of a $150 million capital campaign to increase Opportunity Village’s capacity at all of its campuses to serve more of the 500 people on a waiting list for services for the developmentally disabled. Wood said Magical Forest visitors can expect new shade structures and additional rides and attractions.

“Nothing has been finalized yet, but we are doing our research right now,” he said.

Admission is $11.99 for adults and $9.99 for children 3 to 12. Passports that include admission and unlimited rides are $21.99 for adults and $18.99 for children. Visit magicalforest.org or call 702-225-9627.

ETHEL M’S CACTUS GARDEN

The Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates, 2 Cactus Garden Drive in Henderson, has decked out its 300 species of plants with colorful holiday lights.

The decoration effort was led by Ethel M botanical garden custodian Steve Bowdoin and lasted from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from Oct. 1 through early November. It involved stringing more than 600,000 lights. Plants include cactuses, succulents and desert trees and shrubs.

The 4-acre garden is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, except for Christmas Eve, when hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, when the garden is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, Ethel M is closed Christmas Day. Visit tinyurl.com/h3h8w6z.

HOMES FROM HENDERSON’S HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST

Residents who want to be out and about on Christmas Eve or bolster their holiday spirit have a few options to do so in the Henderson area.

Those who want to view decorated properties in area neighborhoods can check out the 19 single-family homes that competed in the Henderson Commemorative Beautification Commission’s annual outdoor decorating contest.

Debra Jacobson was one of the commission members who judged the homes.

“One house, they had a snow machine on the roof,” Jacobson said. “Everything was covered with decorations. At another, there was a Santa we think was a hologram we couldn’t tell. Just really creative things that I can’t believe that people have room to store all this stuff.”

David and Carol Ruegge won first place for their home at 240 Fairway Road in the Griswold category, inspired by the film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and the second-place winners were Ricardo and Miranda Ramos, 2511 Vegas Vic St.

In the Most Innovative category, the winners included Jim Payne, 2246 Maple Shade St., first place and the Hall family, 1054 Desert Olive Court, second place. Tied for third place were Ken and Judy Moorhead, 742 Triple Crown St. and Jason Gacek, 2494 Sedona Cedar Ave.

In the Best Holiday category, the winners were Dave and Laurie Christian, 541 Junebug Place, first place Juan Torres, 2718 Lochleven Way, second place and Bob and Debi Thomas, 3018 Scenic Valley Way, third place.

The Children’s category had one winner, Victor and June Leoncavallo, 801 Seclusion Circle.

“It was hard to pick a first, second and third because everybody was so good this year,” Jacobson said.

A list of the winners and their addresses and a link to a map is available at tinyurl.com/henderson2015winners.

RESIDENTIAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN NORTH LAS VEGAS AND THE NORTHWEST

Northwest Las Vegas may not have extravagant holiday events like other parts of the valley, but there’s still plenty of holiday cheer gleaming from its surrounding neighborhoods.

Christmas Eve is the perfect time to pack the family in the car, put on some festive music and check out neighborhoods draped in holiday lights. To make the hunt easier, View has compiled a list of some of the top private displays in the northwest area. (Editor’s note: View has decided to feature cross streets rather than individual home addresses for these private light displays.)

McLennan Avenue and Letini Falls Court

This North Las Vegas home includes a decked-out roof with holiday laser lights.

Conterra Park Avenue and Pasito Canyon Street

This North Las Vegas home is known for its classic Christmas light displays set to music featured on 94.9-FM. On a recent visit, it seemed the owners were still working on the displays, which are said to get more elaborate with each passing year.

Pacesetter Street between Country Dancer and Little Crimson avenues

This North Las Vegas home brings the holidays to life with a penguin- and snow bear-themed lawn and glimmering lights.

Cheyenne Avenue between Torrey Pines Drive and Jones Boulevard

This Centennial Hills-area home has been decorated every holiday season for the last 40 years. The elaborate Christmas decorations this year include an animated Santa Claus with his sleigh riding high above, a manger and a lit-up roof.

Wavering Pine Drive and Timber Pine Avenue

This northwest home features popular cartoon character displays, and on a recent visit, the owners were just getting everything set up, but characters from “The Simpsons” could be spotted.

Chestnut Hollow Avenue and Pandur Street

This North Las Vegas home features shimmering lights that dance to music from a hip-hop station. Various lawn ornaments, including a blow-up Yoda from “Star Wars” and the infamous leg lamp from “A Christmas Story,” can be seen. Of course, Santa and a manger are included to bring the spirit of Christmas to life.

GLITTERING LIGHTS

It might seem redundant to drive out to see lights in Las Vegas, but Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North, never fails to impress. The long-running, 2.5-mile, drive-through collection of animated light displays is a charity event benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities and is set to run through Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday and holidays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission is $ 20 per vehicle, and tickets can be purchased on site, in advance at any Walgreens location or at glitteringlightslasvegas.com.

MYSTIC FALLS WINTER WONDERLAND

Winter Wonderland at Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, is the holiday event to check out if you’re looking for a pioneer-themed aesthetic. Mystic Falls is a year-round attraction with regular sound and light shows in the evenings. During the holiday season, it transforms into a snow-covered indoor park with holiday music and a snowstorm augmenting the laser lights and animatronic animals. The animals participate in the Christmas songs by singing along, and each is decked out in an appropriately sized Santa hat, from the looming cliff-top bear to the squirrel hiding in the branches of the park’s live trees.

The 15-minute laser light show is scheduled every hour from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1 in the Mystic Falls Atrium at Sam’s Town. Visit samstownlv.com or call 702-456-7777.

IF YOU GO TO THE STRIP

Most of the Strip’s resort corridor properties are decked out for the season and worth a stroll, but three holiday events really stand out: the Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South Winter Parq at the Linq, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South and the Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

At The Ice Rink — open from noon to midnight daily through Jan. 3 — you can see “snow” showers every half hour from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and enjoy holiday movie screenings, festive culinary offerings and curated cocktails, as well as s’mores over a fire pit. Admission is free, and all-day skating access is $15 or $10 for Nevada residents. Skates can be rented for $5, and skating aids can be rented for $10. Visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or call 702-698-7000.

Winter Parq at the Linq features entertainers for all ages and nightly “snowfalls.” The annual holiday show is scheduled through Jan. 1, with live entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. Holiday performers are scheduled at the top of each hour through 9 p.m., and the mock-snow is set to fall nightly across the promenade every half hour from 5 p.m. to midnight. Elf Takeover Day is planned for Dec. 25, when elves are set to take over the High Roller observation wheel one last time and surprise guests with special giveaways. Visit tinyurl.com/linqparq or call 702-322-0560.

The iconic Fountains of Bellagio is set to mix holiday music into the usual fountain routine, with shows scheduled every half hour from noon to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight on holidays. The Bellagio Conservatory is decorated for the holidays, with giant snowflakes, a Christmas tree, nutcrackers and more. Visit bellagio.com or call 888-987-6667.

— Compiled by View staff writers Jan Hogan, F. Andrew Taylor, Sandy Lopez, Cassandra Keenan and special to View writer Ginger Meurer


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Bottigila Enoteca at Green Valley Ranch has a $55 prix fixe for Christmas with choices such as black angus beef carpaccio or lobster minestrone. Entree choices include shrimp tagliatelle with chanterelle mushrooms, asparagus, abd lemon creme chicken cacciatore with olives, garlic, and tomatoes or veal osso bucco with Parmesan polenta, roasted rainbow carrots, herb red wine jus. Dessert features dark chocolate budino with raspberries and graham cracker crumble.


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