Celebrate the season with Vegas holiday shows

Vegas loves to get decked out for the holidays. You’ll find ice rinks on the Strip, beautiful decorations in hotels and special holiday dinners in the restaurants. Even our shows reflect the seasonal spirit. During December you’ll find lots of productions in Vegas that add a little something to make things merrier. Check out these special holiday shows in Vegas.

Terry Fator and his cast of characters put on “A Very Terry Christmas” at The Mirage, photo courtesy of Terry Fator

Terry Fator and his cast of characters put on “A Very Terry Christmas” at The Mirage, photo courtesy of Terry Fator.

Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment presents A Very Terry Christmas
Where: The Mirage
When: Now through Thursday, Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday with select Saturday shows Dec. 5 and 12.

Resident Mirage headliner Terry Fator puts on “A Very Terry Christmas” show each year during the holidays. Fator and his cast celebrate with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classics like “Winter Wonderland” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” We’re not sure what it is, but the audience will also learn all about “Juana,” a new holiday guaranteed to make them laugh.

The show features all of Fator’s lovable characters like Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki “The Cougar,” country legend Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius, Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins, Bing Crosby and Berry Fabulous.

Tournament of Kings presents 'Twas the Knight for the holidays, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

“Tournament of Kings” presents “‘Twas the Knight!” for the holidays, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

Tournament of Kings
Where: Excalibur
When: Now through Dec. 28, Wednesday – Thursday and Saturday – Sunday: 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Monday & Friday: 5:30 p.m. There are additional performances at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 25.

Tournament of Kings at Excalibur debuts its first holiday show, “‘Twas the Knight!,” this year. The Tournament of Kings Arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland as guests are greeted by carolers singing seasonal tunes.

During the show, guests will enjoy a three-course holiday-inspired meal, sans utensils of course, complete with a festive dessert and egg nog as they cheer on their king. Seasonal touches will be added throughout the show including Tournament of Kings’ version of the “‘Twas the Knight” holiday poem, seasonal decorations, new flags, banners and holiday-inspired costumes for Merlin, Jester and the maidens.

The holiday revelry will be accentuated with additional choreography, including a holiday ribbon dance, and a snowfall conjured by the magical Merlin.

Human Nature's holiday show features Christmas classics and Motown favorites, photo courtesy of Human Nature

Human Nature’s holiday show features Christmas classics and Motown favorites, photo courtesy of Human Nature.

Human Nature “Christmas, Motown and More!”
Where: The Venetian
When:
December 13-16, 18-22, 2015; all shows are at 7 p.m. except December 22 which is at 1 p.m.

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by listening to holiday music and Human Nature is here to help. The award-winning Australian vocal sensations and Las Vegas headliners are performing their seasonal show, “Christmas, Motown and More!,” for a limited engagement. This year’s holiday celebration also features special guest star, Ruby Lewis, direct from her critically-acclaimed performance in “BAZ.”

The group sings holiday favorites including “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Human Nature also performs classic Motown hits that will have audiences on their feet dancing by the end of the show.

Piff the Magic Dragon spreads holiday cheer with “Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular.” Photo courtesy of Piff the Magic Dragon

Piff the Magic Dragon spreads holiday cheer with “Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular.” Photo courtesy of Piff the Magic Dragon.

Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular
Where: The Flamingo
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 21 – 30

“America’s Got Talent” star Piff the Magic Dragon has been performing his solo gig at the Flamingo and during the holidays he’ll have a special show, “Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular.” We don’t really know what sort of holiday things will happen but Piff promises to “spread festive joy and good cheer like a particularly irritating rash.”

In the show, Piff and Mr. Piffles, the World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua, perform their unique twist on the traditional magic show. Piff the Magic Dragon became the breakout star of the 10th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” gaining more than 250,000 new followers on social media. Howard Stern and Howie Mandel were huge fans and singled Piff out as one of the funniest and most unique acts in the history of the show.

The Nutcracker is always a holiday favorite. Photo courtesy of Nevada Ballet Theater

The Nutcracker is always a holiday favorite. Photo courtesy of Nevada Ballet Theatre.

Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Where: The Smith Center
When: Dec. 12 – 13, Dec. 18 – 20, performance times vary

The Nutcracker ballet is a holiday tradition and audiences can catch the beautiful production at The Smith Center.

For more than a century, audiences have enjoyed the enchanting story of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King accompanied by music written by Tchaikovsky.

In his interpretation of the beloved seasonal classic, James Canfield, artistic director for the Nevada Ballet Theatre, will work magic, which will include transforming the theater into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers accompanied by a live orchestra.

Taylor Swift, portrayed by Elizabeth Scarborough, will rock the house with “All I Want for Christmas is You" during Legends in Concert's holiday show. Photo courtesy of Legends in Concert

Taylor Swift, portrayed by Elizabeth Scarborough, will rock the house with “All I Want for Christmas is You” during Legends in Concert’s holiday show. Photo courtesy of Legends in Concert.

Legends in Concert
Where: Flamingo
When: Now through Dec. 24, performance times vary

Legends in Concert will spread cheer with its annual holiday show. Fan favorite, Taylor Swift, portrayed by Elizabeth Scarborough, will rock the house with “All I Want for Christmas is You;” Madonna, portrayed by Coty Alexander, will sing “Santa Baby;” Frank Sinatra, portrayed by Brian Duprey, will wow the crowd with “Marshmallow World;” and Michael Jackson, portrayed by Damian Brantley, will perform “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

In addition to the seasonal songs, fans will also enjoy the biggest hits of each music legend.

For a very merry finale, the entire cast will perform “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the Legends band will perform Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”).

Marriage Can Be Murder brings some humor to the holidays, photo courtesy of Marriage Can Be Murder

Marriage Can Be Murder brings some humor to the holidays, photo courtesy of Marriage Can Be Murder.

Marriage Can Be Murder
Where: the D Las Vegas
When: Now through Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m. nightly

Marriage Can Be Murder features a wacky cast of characters who serve up murder and mystery along with a three-course meal. At this time of the year they also perform holiday shows. The showroom is decorated with things like Christmas trees with caution tape. The tunes mix in some Christmas music favorites. The plot is Christmas based with Christmas humor.

The dinner starts with a “pre-killing” course of mixed greens and rolls. The “main corpse, um…course” is a choice of beef or chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables or a pasta marinara. “Death by Sugar” is the final course and includes cheesecake with strawberry sauce.

Ronnie Spector will sing Christmas classics in her holiday show, photo courtesy of Vegas.com

Ronnie Spector will sing Christmas classics in her holiday show, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever
Where
: Orleans
When: Dec. 19 – 20, 8 p.m.

Singing sensation Ronnie Spector is spreading the holiday cheer in Vegas this winter. Performing a collection of her greatest hits as well as Christmas favorites, Spector’s concert engagement will be like an early holiday gift for her fans.

She’ll be performing holiday tunes off of her Christmas EP, “Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever,” which was released in 2010 and features five original Christmas songs.

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