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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
EVENTS AND OTHER
Nov. 27 to Jan. 5
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, and local First Friday artists, 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.
A pop-up village of private igloos will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis offering winter cocktails and al-fresco dining with a special holiday menu from The Beast by Todd English. Open fire pits will be scattered throughout the 32,000 square-foot space to keep guests warm.
ARIA HOTEL & CASINO
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.
ARIZONA CHARLIES CASINO
Ron's Steakhouse and Sourdough Cafe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EMERIL'S NEW ORLEANS FISH HOUSE
Dec. 24 & Dec. 25
Emeril’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.
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
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.
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.
Don’t worry about cooking this holiday season as Kona Grill is offering kravable holiday dishes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day such as surf & turf which features prime rib with a 6 oz. lobster tail ($36) and homemade macadamia nut pie with Kahlua, roasted macadamia nuts, and coconut flakes served with vanilla ice cream ($12).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feast upon a Christmas classic, roasted “linz” prime rib at STK Steakhouse. Available for $69 per person on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this dish is served with confit fingerling potatoes and port wine shallots with black truffle Madera sauce. Choose to add foie gras butter for $10 or shaved truffles for $15. Starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 30 (excluding Dec. 24 and Dec. 25), STK is serving a wagyu selection from all over the world as a part of their holiday offerings.
Make your holidays extra sweet with limited edition milkshakes and goblets from Sugar Factory American Brasserie. Limited edition offerings include shakes and fancy drinks.
THE SAND DOLLAR LOUNGE
Miracle On Spring Mountain holiday pop-up bar
Nov. 23 to Dec. 31
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.
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.
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