Tis the season: Festive shows for the holidays in Vegas

From glistening garland to twinkling lights and animatronic polar bears, the holidays are in full swing in Vegas. Whether you want to see a beautifully decorated holiday display or  Santa Claus underwater, there are plenty of festive options to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on the Las Vegas Strip. Vegas shows are also joining in on the festivities. This December you’ll find special shows headlining for the holidays and festive renditions of productions that run throughout the year. Here’s a listing of shows to celebrate the season in Vegas.

Terry Fator brings everyone home for the holidays in his Christmas show at the Mirage.

A Very Terry Christmas
Where: Mirage
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
Impressionist, ventriloquist and puppeteer Terry Fator celebrates the season with his holiday spectacular, “A Very Terry Christmas.” The show features Fator’s comical co-stars and puppets singing holiday favorites made famous by entertainers like Elvis and Bing Crosby.  Fator’s holiday revue includes the best elements of a stand-up comedy routine and a musical variety show.

It starts with Fator talking to his friend and co-star Winston the impersonating turtle. Winston is sad because he can’t be home for Christmas. So, Fator decides to host an Andy-Williams-style Christmas spectacular to help Winston feel at home for the holidays in Vegas. The stage transforms into Fator’s living room with festive décor and a fireplace. From there, a series of surprise guests (the puppets) stop by to share their holiday sentiments and a few songs. If it’s joy you’re looking for this holiday season in Vegas, you won’t want to miss “A Very Terry Christmas.”

Christmas in New York
Where: New York-New York
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday -Sunday
You won’t find the Radio City Rockettes or Rockefeller ice skating rink in Vegas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate the holidays with a New York state of mind. This season, the New York-New York Hotel & Casino is giving Vegas visitors a taste of the Big Apple with their new holiday show “Christmas in New York.” The family-friendly revue features statuesque showgirls performing joyous renditions of holiday classics, including “White Christmas,” Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” Glittering costumes, festive décor and even a visit from Santa Claus bring holiday cheer to guests at “Christmas In New York.”

Get a seasonal serenade from the King at "Legends In Concert."

Legends In Concert Holiday Show
Where: Harrah’s
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Friday
“Legends In Concert” features the top celebrity tribute artists in the world portraying some of the biggest names in music from Barry White to Justin Timberlake. With more than 25 years of success, it’s one of the longest running shows in Vegas.

Now through Dec. 25, “Legends In Concert” celebrates the season with their traditional 90-minute holiday spectacular. The holiday show features superstar tribute artists portraying Barry White, Adele, Justin Timberlake, the Blues Brothers, Whitney Houston and Elvis, singing the artists’ chart-topping hits. They also perform some heart-warming holiday favorites, including “White Christmas,” “Oh Holy Night,” “The Grinch” and more. Each night the holiday showcase concludes with a grand cast finale and a festive tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”).

Mannheim Steamroller
Where: Palazzo
When: 7:30 p.m. Now – Dec. 30; plus 9:30 p.m. Dec. 25, 27, 29
Experience sounds of the season in a multimedia music spectacular when Mannheim Steamroller gets on stage. Created by Grammy Award-winning composer/musician Chip Davis, the orchestra is now it its 27th season of holiday tours. The Vegas shows are part of the Winter in Venice holiday celebration taking place at The Palazzo and Venetian. While listening to the stellar soundtrack performed live by the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra, guests are treated to beautiful images projected onto screens located both in front of and behind the musicians. In addition, the show also features a troupe of male and female dancers, gymnasts and aerialists who create a stunning spectacle paired with the festive music.

The Nutcracker
Where: Smith Center
When: 7:30 p.m.Dec. 15; 1 p.m. Dec. 16; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 23
The Nevada Ballet Theatre brings Tchaikovsky’s Christmas masterpiece to life at The Smith Center. For years the NBT has been entertaining audiences in Vegas with their incredible production of the “The Nutcracker.” This year the show has a new venue along with new sets, costumes and other surprise production elements. With choreography by NBT Artistic Director James Canfield, “The Nutcracker” is sure to bring celestial sugar plums and other fantastical festivities to audiences of all ages.

Underwater Santa
Where: Silverton
When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23
This isn’t as much a show as the other listings, but it’s still worth seeing. Silverton celebrates Christmas with a new addition to their 117,000 gallon aquarium: Santa Claus. Every weekend through Dec. 23 the aquarium will be home to underwater Santa, offering visitors a fun and free photo opportunity and show. Underwater Santa will be joined by about 4,000 tropical fish, sharks and stingrays who also call the aquarium home.

Underwater Santa will appear at 10a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Dec. 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23.

Mystic Falls Light and Water Show
Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
When: Now through Jan. 1
This annual holiday attraction includes a light and water show, transporting visitors to a winter wonderland. It’s located at Mystic Falls, a 25,000-square-foot indoor park at the hotel. The park is open year-round and transforms into a seasonal spectacular in December that includes a 15-minute laser light show. The show runs on the hour, every hour from 5 to 10 p.m. now through Jan. 1. Each show concludes with artificial snowfall. Along with the show, Mystic Falls features festive décor, illuminated sculpture polar bears, snow covered trees and Cowboy Santa, who takes up residence in the park’s gazebo. Cowboy Santa will appear Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through December 23.