Have a holly, jolly Christmas in Las Vegas this holiday season. We all know Las Vegas is THE place for great shows, and the holiday 2013 season is no exception. Whether you are seeking a traditional Christmas show for the whole family, or something a bit more modern, Vegas has something for everyone.
Global singing sensation Celtic Woman kicks off the holiday season with four concerts Nov. 22 – 23 and Nov. 27 – 28 at the Venetian Theatre. The performances are part of the Venetian’s Winter in Venice celebration. Christmas bells will ring as the Celtic violinist and singers perform holiday favorites with a full symphony orchestra.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $55.90.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is offering an encore performance of its multiplatinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve,” Nov. 30 at the Orleans. The rock opera is a journey through an enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City and includes a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral and all their inhabitants.
Performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets start at $35.
Legends in Concert: Holiday shows
Legends in Concert is once again bringing holiday cheer to its show Dec. 2 – 30 at the Flamingo. The show will feature superstar tribute artists Madonna, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, singing their celebrities’ chart-topping hits. Holiday favorites to be performed include “Blue Christmas,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Santa Baby.” The tribute concludes with a tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”). Local choirs and performing arts troupes have been invited to perform and finalists from the first-ever Legends-sponsored Santa Claus lookalike contest will kick off the night.
Performances at 4 p.m. Saturday – Thursday and additional shows at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Tickets start at $56.45.
Strip headliner Terry Fator is offering a holiday-themed performance Dec. 2 – 31 at the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage. Set in the Fator family’s living room, Fator, his wife Taylor Makakoa and the show’s endearing puppets celebrate the holidays with country flair, and audiences can expect to hear such Christmas classics as “Winter Wonderland,” “O Holy Night” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Audiences will also be introduced to Kani Kapila, a puppet straight from the Islands.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. every Monday — Thursday. Tickets start at $59.99.
Clint Holmes for the Holidays
Join longtime Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes and his wife, Kelly Clinton, for an evening of holiday music ranging from contemporary to jazz to Broadway Dec. 6 and 7 at The Smith Center. The couple will be joined by special guests to make the evening even more spectacular. On Dec. 8, the Holmes will gather with their friends in Symphony Park to perform Christmas music as the Christmas tree is lit.
Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 – 7 at The Smith Center. Tickets start at $35. For the Symphony Park performance, the show starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets start at $15.
Las Vegas Philharmonic – We Love the Holidays!
Trumpets, handbells and voices will ring in celebration of the holidays Dec. 7 with the Las Vegas Philharmonic at The Smith Center. More than 65 orchestra musicians, 100 choral singers from the Las Vegas Master Singers and the Clark County Children’s Choir and 15 members of the Faith Lutheran Middle and High Schools Handbell Choir are scheduled to perform such holiday favorites as “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The concert ends with an audience singalong and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
Performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets start at $25.
Andrea Bocelli in Concert
Classical tenor Andrea Bocelli comes to Las Vegas for one night only for a performance Dec. 7 at the MGM Grand Arena that will include holiday music. Bocelli is widely regarded as one of the most popular operatic singers performing today, breathing new life into such classics as “Ave Maria,” and releasing operatic pop songs as “Con te partirò” (“Time to Say Goodbye”) and “Vivo per lei” (“I Live for Her”).
Performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets start at $78.
Enjoy Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 14 – 22 at The Smith Center. Step into a world of Sugar Plum Fairies, the Mouse King and toy soldiers as the Nevada Ballet Theatre tells the story of Clara and her fascination of a wooden nutcracker, a Christmas gift from her grandfather. As the clock strikes midnight, the toys come to life and she travels to the Land of Sweets with her prince. The whimsical and endearing story has become a holiday tradition over the past several decades.
Performance times vary. Check with venue. Tickets start at $52.
A Very Swingin’ Christmas
Performers from some of Vegas’ hottest shows, including Matt Goss, Human Nature, Million Dollar Quartet and Spazmatics, are forming a 12-piece live band for A Very Swingin’ Christmas performance Dec. 20 – 21 at the South Point. The evening will feature a swingin’ performance with a touch of rockabilly. Christmas hits from the Brian Seltzer Orchestra and other holiday favorites will be performed.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 – 22. Tickets start at $15.