The holidays. That special time of year spent with loved ones, colleagues and those of whom you still can’t believe share the same gene pool. For all the great things that come during the holidays in Las Vegas, our one complaint is the weather. Being cooped up with all of these “loved ones” is enough to drive anyone to the loony bin. And while we’re a big fan of curing cabin fever with a glass (or 12) of Uncle Kenny’s spiked nog, getting out-and-about is the best remedy (or at least the most socially acceptable). So we’ve gathered a few holiday events in Las Vegas to keep you out of a straightjacket.
A Very Terry Christmas
Can’t stand your family’s constant babbling? You should swap ’em out with some puppets instead. Running through Christmas day, Terry Fator’s “A Very Terry Christmas” isn’t your usual impression/puppet show. Ever heard of “America’s Got Talent?” The long-running NBC show has a solid track record of finding great talent, and Terry won. Clearly, the dude is something special. While his non-holiday show at the Mirage is always worthwhile (he does spot-on impersonations and the banter amongst his sidekicks will have you falling out of your seat), this special Christmas edition is next level. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, **gasp** you might even bond with your family. We know it’s a reach, but Terry Fator, his puppets and the holidays have worked greater miracles.
Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight
OMG, we haven’t been this excited about a knight since the finale of that show about games and thrones. Something about armor and mythical beasts just gets us all hot and bothered. We digress, because from November 22 – December 28, Tournament of Kings Dinner & Show at Excalibur turns into a medieval winter wonderland. Their popular three-course meal is still intact, the journey of a young knight will be rad and there’s rumor of an appearance by that guy in the red suit, but the chance to unleash our repressed heathenistic emotion is the icing on our apple strudel. Think about it, how many times in your life have you been able to yell “rip his head off!” while jeweled yams dribble down your chin? Wait, don’t answer that.
‘Tis the Season at Crazy Horse III
Each Christmas, all we ever ask for is to be an extra in the “Big Pimpin’” music video. Since that hasn’t happened yet (HOV, where you at?!), our trips to Crazy Horse III are the next best thing. Makin’ it rain at “The Horse” has become a bit of a holiday tradition for us. There are plenty of strip clubs in Las Vegas, what separates Crazy Horse III from the pack is that they have t-and-a and heart. Specifically, December 1 – 9, when they will be collecting toy donations for community youth. If doing a good deed doesn’t motivate you, Scrooge McDuck, maybe knowing that your donation of an unwrapped toy (priced $15+) will get you a free drink. Let’s be honest, it’s always better to give than it is to receive.
Legends in Concert Annual Holiday Show
New York City has the Rockettes, Los Angeles has –actually, we don’t know what they do, but Vegas has the Legends in Concert Annual Holiday Show at the Flamingo. Everyone knows that shows in Las Vegas are top-notch, but maybe none are more –wait for it- legendary (funny, right?) than this. Through December 30, you’ll catch tributes to icons like George Michael, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley all under one roof. We don’t know about you, but these guys and gals are the soundtrack to our holiday. Maybe we can snatch one of these tribute artists and keep them in our house for the season. There’s nothing creepy or illegal about that, right?
Merry & Bright
Of all the things to do in Las Vegas, staring at the lights is our favorite (well, that and Wednesday night benders). Nowhere in town can you dip into luminosity like you can at the Neon Museum. The roughly 120 vintage signs are amazing in-and-of themselves, but sprinkle in a little holiday magic and we’re happier than Santa in a cookie shop. The event takes place December 12 and is going to bring families together like a Hallmark holiday movie marathon (or collectively hating your sister’s new boyfriend. Your call). There will be ornament-making, caroling, hot chocolate and a visit by the “Big Guy.” You know, all the things you like to do without your sister’s new boyfriend. The best part about this? It’s free. And it’ll be lit.
Ok, so technically this isn’t a “holiday event in Las Vegas,” but a trip to Freed’s Bakery is guaranteed to earn you some brownie points (ba-dum-tss). This family-owned bakery has been warming the hearts of valley residents for more than 55 years. Whatever your sweet tooth desires, they got it. Cakes, uh, duh. Cupcakes, cha brah. Cookies, oh so gooey. Macaroons, the best. They even have rugelach! Chances are, you don’t even know what rugelach is, so look it up and know that Freed’s has the best. FYI, Freed’s is a bit off the beaten path of the Strip (9815 S Eastern Ave.), but let’s be honest, haven’t we all gone a little out of our way for some goodies? But if you ain’t got no whip (or are just being lazy), they do deliver.
Now you have no excuse for being bunkered down all winter. If anything, getting out and doing something this holiday season should keep you from making a fool of yourself at the company party (we’re lookin’ at you, Cheryl). And if you’re lookin’ for more deets about other things to do this holiday season, you already know where to go.