Christmas holiday generates millions of dollars for Las Vegas
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- December used to be the slowest time of year for tourism in Las Vegas. Now, thanks to huge events that include NASCAR Fanfest, the National Finals Rodeo and the Zappos Las Vegas Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, it's a cash crescendo with hundreds of thousands of visitors spending millions of dollars.
For many, Christmas in Las Vegas is becoming a new tradition.
On Monday night, the Las Vegas Strip was packed with cars; modern day versions of reindeer sleighs kids dressed up like Eskimos and shopping bags packed with presents.
It looked like a traditional Christmas Eve, until visitors ran into Catwoman.
Sexy street performers, shopping and dining are among the many reasons visitors say Las Vegas' glittering lights sure beat tinsel-covered trees back home.
Jane Loomis says she prefers Christmas in Las Vegas to her hometown in Florida. She says, "It's closed and you're open."
Lucy Yang says, "I bring my son, so I don't think I'm gonna gamble. But still there's a show. There's lots of other activities."
Nellie Bogar has a request for Santa in Las Vegas. She says, "I came to win enough money to buy the house on the water. And so far they've taken all my money so I'm walking back home."
For some, Christmas Eve in Las Vegas kicks off next week's party on New Year's Eve.
Annabel Macias says, "I'm gonna buy a bottle of Patron tonight, so that's my gift for myself."
For many more, a Las Vegas Christmas isn't about location.
It's about being with people you love.
Nathaniel Pointer lives in Las Vegas. He says, "I just haven't seen my family in about two years so I had family come in to cheer it up for me."