Vegas Weekender: Sizzling shows, spas and shopping welcome winter

In addition to the cool winter months, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and we all have reasons to be thankful. Perhaps an upcoming weekend trip to Vegas? Start celebrating the holiday season early and check out legendary headliners, a taste of nightlife and winter-inspired spa treatments.



Joe Trammel is one of the comedic acts in "V - The Ultimate Variety Show" at Planet Hollywood.

Enjoy out-of-this-world tricks, comedy and daring moves at V – The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood, playing nightly at 7 and 8:30 p.m. You’ll see everything from juggling and gymnastics to hilarious physical comedy acts and stunts.

For more crazy stunts, you’re in luck: Through Nov. 30, international master illusionist Jan Rouven performs at the Fremont Street Experience for his act, “Jan Rouven Presents Death-Defying Illusions.” Not for the faint at heart, Rouven’s show features some of the world’s most dangerous acts. The show plays nightly at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the 1st Street stage and is free of charge.

Go on a spellbinding adventure of good versus evil with “Triumph It Runs on Steam” at the Las Vegas Hilton. This new show plays nightly (except Fridays and Saturdays) starting Monday, Nov. 22.

Get ready to laugh this weekend with a double dose of comedy: “King of Queens” star Kevin James joins comedian Ray Romano of “Everybody Loves Raymond” at the Mirage inside the Terry Fator Theatre Nov. 19 – 20 at 10 p.m.

The laughter doesn’t have to stop here: Pete Correale performs at Playboy Comedy from Nov. 18 – 20.


Rod Stewart performs his last show this weekend at Caesars Palace.

This weekend will be your last chance to see Rod Stewart perform his decades worth of hits at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum Theater from Nov. 18 – 21. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Frank Sinatra Jr. performs at the Orleans from Nov. 19 – 21 at 8 p.m.

See alternative band Lifehouse (with special guest, American Idol winner Kris Allen) at The Joint inside the Hard Rock this Friday, Nov. 19.

Also scheduled to appear at The Joint is Xtreme Boxing: The Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 20.

At House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay, indie rock bands 3OH3, Hello Goodbye and Down with Webster perform Saturday, Nov. 20, Rock out some more at House of Blues with Black Label Society, Sister Sin, 2Cents and 333 on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Whether you’re driving in to Vegas or driving back home, make a stop at Primm Valley Resort’s Star of the Desert Arena and catch The Beach Boys singing all their chart-topping hits Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.


On Wednesday, Nov. 24 the King of Crunk, Lil Jon takes over the turntables at Surrender nightclub’s weekly event, “Surrender Your Wednesdays.”

If your mustache resembles anything like Ron Burgundy’s in “The Anchorman,” then head over to the Silverton hotel as it launches its inaugural “Mustachio Bashio.” Here you can sport your best ’stash and enjoy beer pong, live band karaoke, a mashed potato eating contest, a mariachi band, $1 beer and much more. Winners have a chance to snag great prizes including an iPad or iPhone.

Inside Planet Hollywood, Cabo Wabo Cantina shows its love for lingerie football. Watch football’s leading ladies take over the big screens for some high-energy, contact football. Enjoy ice cold beers, margaritas and tasty Mexican food while watching these ladies battle it out on the field. This Friday, Nov. 19, Baltimore Charm play against Miami Caliente.

On Friday, Nov. 19, Blush nightclub at Wynn throws a celebration for the Fitness America Competition. Everyone 21 and older is invited.



Enjoy winter-inspired treatments on your next Vegas trip.

After enjoying all the hype the Las Vegas Strip has to offer, you’ll need to take a moment to relax. With the weather cooling down, now is the perfect time to take advantage of winter-inspired spa treatments.

Available through Nov. 30, the spa at Trump offers treatments sure to warm the mind, body and soul. While you’re here, indulge in the 40-minute Jamu Ginger and Spice Warming Body Scrub. The service begins with a full body aromatherapy scrub followed by a warm, soothing Swiss shower rinse, finished with an aromatic moisturizing ginger and spice lotion application.

Inside Caesars Palace, Qua Baths and Spa also offers festive winter treatments. Enjoy the candy-cane inspired Peppermint Pedicure, sure to cool and reinvigorate tired, achy feet. This 50-minute service is $120. The spa also offers the aromatic Pumpkin and Cranberry Facial for $180.


Speaking of winter, it’s never too early to start planning your Christmas shopping or winter wardrobe. If you’re planning to splurge and the sky is the limit, make sure to check out Crystals inside CityCenter. Here you’ll find a two-story Louis Vuitton store, as well as a two-story Tiffany & Co. Other fine retail stores include Gucci, Hermes and Versace.

More of a bargain shopper but still want to rock the hot couture looks? You can also find H&M inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops as well as Town Square, located south of Mandalay Bay on Las Vegas Boulevard.


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. Luxury Hotels Las Vegas at 8:18 pm

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