Vegas Weekender: Time for some holiday cheer!

Of course, Vegas is home to the world’s greatest entertainers – including the leading voice in ventriloquism, Terry Fator. And with the holidays fast approaching, he and several of the Strip’s mainstay productions, like “Legends in Concert,” will be adding a seasonal twist to their shows. If you’re looking for a wonderful turkey feast this Thursday, plenty of restaurants and buffets in Sin City will be dishing up Thanksgiving fare. Plus, there is ice skating, hoops action, Santa’s arrival and much more to enjoy this weekend!

Shows and concerts

Terry Fator at The Mirage

Ventriloquist Terry Fator and his cast of crazy puppets appear at The Mirage.

“America’s Got Talent” champ Terry Fator headlines a show at The Mirage. He appears with a hilarious cast – his collection of puppets. See Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Emma Taylor and Wrex. The newest member of the group is lounge singer Monty Carlo. Each of them allows Fator to demonstrate his uncanny singing abilities. His show runs every Tuesday – Saturday (dark Sundays and Mondays) at 7:30 p.m.

“Legends in Concert” at Harrah’s is getting into the holiday spirit. From Nov. 23 – Dec. 25, the tribute show that features live re-creations of superstars from the past and present will do renditions of heart-warming seasonal favorites including “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and “The Grinch.” “Legends in Concert” can be seen nightly except Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy free performances from the city’s best tribute acts on the Third Street Stage at downtown’s Fremont Street Experience, the five-block entertainment complex under the Viva Vision canopy. On Nov. 23, the ’80s tribute band Loveshack will appear from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. On Nov. 24, Zowie Bowie, made up of Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor, show off their blend of hip-hop, Top 40 and classic Vegas music from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Kellie Pickler, who charmed the country on “American Idol,” brings her Southern twang and country hits to The Orleans on Nov. 23 – 24. Shows are at 8 p.m. nightly.

Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Democracy"

Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Democracy" is the hot ticket at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Last chance! If you want to see Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Democracy,” make tracks for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this weekend. Their final two performances in The Joint are scheduled for Nov. 23 – 24 at 10 p.m. nightly.

The man dubbed “the fourth tenor,” Andrea Bocelli, is coming to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. He’ll perform some of the world’s most beloved songs. Along with conductor Eugene Kohn, Bocelli will be accompanied by world-renowned soprano Maria Aleida and famed British mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.

Master magician David Copperfield is mesmerizing audiences in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand through Dec. 4 and returning Dec. 16 – 31.  Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. nightly, with an added 4 p.m. performance on Saturdays.


Located in The Shoppes at The Palazzo, First Food & Bar is serving their Thanksgiving Extravaganza. Seatings are offered at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. The menu features hot mulled apple cider, roasted pumpkin corn bisque, salads, turkey with giblet gravy, mashed and whipped sweet potatoes, green bean almondine, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a Pie Bar!

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay is crafting butternut squash empañadas with roasted butternut squash, cotija cheese, jalapeños, pumpkin seed mole and cranberry-jalapeño relish.

Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York is boasting Guinness-glazed turkey breast and chicken apple sausage stuffing.

Osteria del Circo at Bellagio will creatively fill their cannelloni with stuffing, cranberries, turkey ragu, butternut squash purée, pecorino Toscano and turkey jus.

For more classic Thanksgiving fare, head to Aureole at Mandalay Bay. It’s featuring roasted turkey, cranberry chestnut stuffing, caramelized yams and garlic mashed potatoes with giblet gravy.

Le Cirque at Bellagio will present a five-course prix fixe menu consisting of stuffed roasted turkey, cranberry relish, sweet potato purée and a pumpkin crêpe drizzled with Grand Marnier sauce.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton is dishing up a delicious three-course Thanksgiving dinner.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton has a delicious three-course menu planned. Guests can savor smoked duck breast salad or roasted butternut squash soup, turkey with a foie gras stuffing, sage giblet gravy, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, haricots verts and cranberry pear relish. Pick pumpkin cheesecake or strawberry trifle for the delicious dessert. The meal will be served from 2 – 9 p.m.

Downtown’s El Cortez has a fabulous dining deal for Thanksgiving. Guests can eat at The Flame Steakhouse for $19.95 and indulge in tossed green salad or roasted butternut squash soup, fresh roasted turkey, giblet gravy, sage dressing, mashed potatoes or candied yams, cranberry sauce and a vegetable medley followed by pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie.

Plus, the MGM Grand Buffet will be packed with holiday favorites including butternut squash bisque, sweet yams with citrus caramel, homemade stuffing and turkey roulade as well as a variety of meats like free-range turkey and turkey legs.

Seasons Buffet at the Silverton will also add roasted turkey, snow crab legs, bourbon sweet candied yams and apple sausage stuffing to its enormous spread.

For a complete list of places to gorge yourself in Vegas on Thanksgiving, click here.

Special events

On Nov. 30, The Cosmopolitan is turning its Boulevard Pool into a winter wonderland – complete with a real ice skating rink. Imagine being at a luxurious ski lodge with amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip! In addition to skating, visitors can enjoy a scene made up of fire pits, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. Winter-themed food and drinks (from s’mores to hot chocolate) will be sold. The ice rink will be open Monday – Friday from 3 – 11 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Christmas at Mystic Falls Park in Sam's Town Hotel & Gamblin' Hall

Enjoy some holiday cheer at Mystic Falls Park in Sam's Town Hotel & Gamblin' Hall.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall recently kicked off the season by lighting its special holiday display at Mystic Falls Park. Stop by and see how the pioneer-themed attraction has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Santa has even taken up residence in the park’s gazebo. The resort’s 15-minute Sunset Stampede laser light show will be shown hourly from 5 – 10 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2013.

Hoop there it is! The 12th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational is returning to The Orleans on Nov. 23 – 24. The University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Florida A&M University, Cornell University, Longwood University and Presbyterian College are rounding out the lineup this year. The two-day college basketball tournament tips off at 11 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.

The South Point Arena is hosting a Division I women’s basketball shootout event Nov. 23 – 25. In a round-robin format, each team will compete in three tournaments. Participating teams come from the University of Northern Iowa, Arizona State University, North Carolina State University and the University of Florida. Two games are played daily at noon and 2:30 p.m.


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