Vegas Weekender: Find holiday cheer in Vegas

Christmas is just around the corner, so finish up your shopping and head to Vegas!

Start looking out for New Year’s Eve spots atop the Rio at Voodoo Lounge. Then join Terry Fator’s long list of characters for a holiday edition of his show, “A Very Terry Christmas.” Finally, enjoy the beautiful botanical holiday displays at the Bellagio Conservatory.

It doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice – either will be welcomed, as long as you are in Vegas.

Terry Fator performing at the Mirage.

Terry Fator performing at the Mirage.

Shows

Terry Fator wows audiences with his amazing singing impressions. The “America’s Got Talent” winner performs his act of ventriloquism with a special holiday theme featuring your favorite holiday tunes. Fator’s puppets including Vikki “The Cougar,” Winston the Impersonating Turtle and Wrex the Crash Test Dummy all make appearances in the show, playing through Dec. 25. Tickets start at $69.90 and show time is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 – 18.

Brad Garrett’s comedy club features comedians Kivi Rogers and Andrew Norelli Dec. 16 – 19. Rogers is known for performing on television shows including “The West Wing,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Dharma and Greg.” Norelli is best known for his appearances on “Seriously Unusual Television,” “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Live at Gotham.” Show time is 8 p.m. Thursday – Sunday and there is also a 10 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $37.40.

Hang with Mr. Cooper star Mark Curry at the Las Vegas Hilton. The comedian best known for his role on ABC’s “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” will be making audiences laugh Dec. 16 – 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $38.94.

Soulful singers Boyz II Men bring their show to the Flamingo for a limited engagement Dec. 16 – 18, 12/21 – 12/24, 12/26, 12/28 – 12/30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69.47.

Las Vegas singer Clint Holmes and Family will perform a special Christmas show at the Suncoast Dec. 17 – 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 – $55 .

Trapt rocks the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 for general admission standing.

Country superstar duo The Judds bring their many years of hits to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Enjoy some classic rock hits with Eddie Money Dec. 18 -19 at the Orleans. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $33 and up.

Nightlife

Voodoo Lounge is a great place to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but it’s also a great place to party any time of the year. High atop the Rio on the 51st floor, there are indoor and outdoor spaces, so finding your perfect party spot shouldn’t be a problem. There is also a 40,000-pound staircase that leads you to the 50th floor patio, also with a party scene. Step indoors on the 50th floor and you’re in Voodoo steak house.

Voodoo Lounge features Top 40, Hip-Hop and dance music, offers bottle service and VIP areas and is open Thursday at 10 p.m., Friday – Wednesday at 9 p.m. There is a cover charge.

Attractions

If you would like some free entertainment, go see the Bellagio Conservatory’s winter display. A 42-foot-tall Christmas tree and nine types of plants including poinsettias will be on display, 24 hours a day for your viewing pleasure. This is a great photo opportunity either in front of the Christmas tree or in front of the polar bears, made from more than 35,000 carnations.

Treat yourself to a drive – in an Astin Martin. The Exotic Driving Experience is a great way to test drive some of your favorite luxury automobiles on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Car types include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Audi. Tickets start at $199 per person and speed out on Dec. 18 at various times.

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