Shop ’til you drop and much more

We all know going to the mall is a fun trip in itself, but like with everything else, Vegas takes shopping to the extreme.

How many malls in your town have talking statues, weekend fashion shows, personal shoppers and art galleries? In Las Vegas, which features a handful of mega shopping centers along the Strip, shopping and entertainment combine to make a grand experience.

Sightsee and shop


See a fight between water and fire at Forum Shops' Fall of Atlantis show.

If Greek mythology fascinates you, then you don’t want to miss the Fall of Atlantis show at the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace. These lifelike animatronic statues and special effects including fire and water will definitely deliver the wow factor. If you want to see an encore presentation, show times are every hour on the hour. The Fall of Atlantis shows run Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight. Right below the statues, you can witness a 50,000-gallon aquarium with more than 100 species including stingrays, flounders, puffers and more.

If you really love the whole water experience and want a romantic experience during your shopping trip, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian offer outdoor and indoor gondola rides.

“We transport riders to the most romantic city in the world and it’s [also] a nice little getaway from the hustle and bustle from the casino,” said Cristiano Bracali, a gondolier.

The outdoor experience offers a spectacular view at nighttime, while the indoor one is sure to keep you cool during the hot summer months.

Stick around long enough and you can even see a live musical with the Grand Canal Shoppes’ Streetmosphere.


Find your outfit for playtime (or nighttime) at a runway show at Fashion Show mall.

Just across the street from the Venetian, shoppers can catch weekend fashion shows at Fashion Show mall.  If you really want to see how threads look and mannequins just won’t won’t cut it, the models on the catwalk do the clothes a lot more justice. And unlike most fashion shows that showcase clothes that aren’t available for months, the clothes you see can be bought in the mall that same day.

The runway shows do different themes from time to time, including the annual Halloween couture fashion show. Bring your camera and snap away, paparazzi- style from Friday through Sunday every hour on the hour from noon to 6 p.m.

If you’re a big fan of art, Crystals at CityCenter has a couple of art galleries like The Art of Richard Macdonald (known for his Cirque du Soleil-inspired statues) and The Gallery. The Gallery features Dale Chihuly’s sculptures, drawings and hand-blown glass art. One of his popular pieces includes the colorful, 3-D floral glass display on the ceiling of Bellagio’s lobby.  

Shopping made personal


Enjoy the luxury of having a personal shopper pick the perfect threads for you at Barney's New York inside the Shoppes at Palazzo.

While these attractions are all a must-see, you may have a different idea in mind. How fun would it be to have a professional assist you with your shopping like in the popular scene in “Pretty Woman? “Barney’s New York at the Shoppes at Palazzo offers just that.

“Working with a personal shopper is a great way to [have] the support of a professional without breaking your budget,” said Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager of the Shoppes at the Palazzo and the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. “The Barney’s New York at the Palazzo offers a one-of-a-kind experience with a complimentary service, customized for every individual client.”

While the prices in the store may be a bit steep, the luxury of having a personal shopper (for free!) who helps you look your best is worth the splurge. Barney’s offers an in-store concierge team and three different personal shopping suites for a tailored experience fit for the customer. And since you’re in Vegas, you’ll want to look your best since every moment’s a party.

With all the attractions and amenities offered on the Strip, shopping in Vegas is a reason to take a quick vacay.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.

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  1. Marilyn Gregorin at 9:45 am

    I enjoy all the shopping in Las Vegas, but my fav are the Forum Shops at Caesars, then the Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian….I make a trip every year with my girlfriend to do some power shopping. We love the ambiance, the convenience, and all the treasures we get to bring back home.