Vegas Weekender: Cowboys, Santa descend on Vegas

The Great Santa Run

The Great Santa Run

The start of December means more than just cooler weather. The rodeo is in town. Cowboy hats, Wrangler jeans and boots abound as guests roll in for the National Finals Rodeo Dec. 3 – 12 at Thomas & Mack Center. With the NFR comes a jam-packed line-up of entertainment including Brooks and Dunn, Bill Engvall and Willie Nelson.

Cowboys aren’t the only ones flocking to Vegas this weekend. On Dec. 5 the city will host the 5th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run.

Events

Spruce up your spurs for National Finals Rodeo

The world’s premier rodeo kicks up some dirt once again in Las Vegas. The National Finals Rodeo features the cream of the crop in rodeo competitions. This event takes place Dec. 3 – 12 at Thomas & Mack. Event times vary.

Run Santa, Run: Race will help charity

Put on your running shoes for the 5th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Dec. 5 to raise money for Opportunity Village and break the Guinness World Record for largest Santa gathering.

Festivities take place at Town Square with check in at 8 a.m. and the 5k run/walk at 10 a.m. There is also a 1-mile walk around Town Square. Walkers, runners and other guests can sign a book to be counted for the world record attempt.

An all-ages event, people are encouraged to bring children, and strollers are welcome. Registration is $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Day of is $45. Fee includes a five-piece Santa suit, race bib and gifts from various Vegas vendors including a ticket to the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village.

Dining

In Vegas, seven fishes are better than one

Get a taste of Italian culture with the Feast of Seven Fishes at Nove Italiano as Executive Chef Geno Bernardo brings a southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition to guests in Vegas by adding seven new seafood items to the menu. Available only in December, items include baked clams oreganata, stuffed calamari, olive oil poached big eye tuna, marinated fresh sardines and raspberry point oysters.

Nightlife

Andrew Dice Clay shakes things up at the Riviera

Andrew Dice Clay shakes things up at the Riviera

Jazz up your Friday night at Sam’s Town
Unwind from the work week with Free Jazz Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sam’s Town through Jan 29, 2010. Enjoy the smooth sounds of various jazz performers including Paris Red, Velvet Sundae and Bobby C and the Windy City Band.

Frankie’s Tiki Room has a 1st birtday party

Frankie’s Tiki Room, celebrates its first anniversary on Dec. 5 with tiki artists, live music by DJ Rex Dart of the Bargain DJ collective and the unveiling of a new limited-edition High Roller tiki mug. Frankie’s, 1712 W. Charleston Blvd., is open 24 hours a day, every day.

Special country music guests at LAX

Best known for their single “Wild at Heart,”American country music group Gloriana get the party going on Dec. 4 at LAX Nightclub at Luxor. The country music hits keep coming with special guests Love and Theft on Dec. 5. The group made its chart debut in early 2009 with the single “Runaway.”

Penthouse potentials compete for photo shoot

Join Penthouse Pet Taya Parker at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace on Dec. 5 for a chance to win a photo shoot and appearance in “Penthouse” magazine. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Shows

Bill Engvall is performing at Treasure Island

Bill Engvall is performing at Treasure Island

Legends in Concert at Harrah’s puts on a special holiday show through Dec. 30. The show features the usual line-up of impersonators, but each will add a popular holiday song to their performance at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Thu. – Tue. (6:30 p.m. on select days).

A little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll

Blue collar comedy funny man Bill Engvall entertains audiences Dec. 3 – 4 at 9 p.m. at Treasure Island.

Country music group Lonestar performs their hits in their 10 p.m. show at Golden Nugget on Dec. 3.

Country comedian Rodney Carrington leaves audiences in stitches at 10 p.m. at MGM Grand Dec. 3 – 12.

See America’s most controversial comic, Andrew Dice Clay, at the Riviera at 10 p.m. Dec. 3 – 13.

Popular country music duo Brooks and Dunn perform at the Las Vegas Hilton at 10 p.m. Fri.; 9 p.m. Sat. – Sun., Dec. 4 – 6.

Country singer Clay Walker sings his greatest hits in his 10 p.m. show at Golden Nugget Dec. 4 – 5.

Cher dazzles in her show at Caesars Palace at 7:30 p.m. Tue. – Wed., Sat. – Sun. Dec. 5 – 20.

Metallica rocks the house with head-bangin’ hits Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Mandalay Bay.
Celebrate the season with Lee Greenwood’s Tennessee Christmas show Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at Orleans.

All-girl group The LoneStarlets stir up a foot-stomping good time at 10 p.m. Dec. 6 – 9 at Golden Nugget.

See Morrissey perform Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. at Hard Rock Hotel.

Chickenfoot , comprised of legendary rockers Joe Satriani (guitar), former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar (vocals) and Michael Anthony (guitar) and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith, perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hard Rock Hotel.

Watch living legend Willie Nelson perform “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and other greatest hits Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. at Planet Hollywood. Nelson will be joined by special guest Asleep at the Wheel.

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