Vegas Weekender: Vegas gets set for the holidays

Thanksgiving’s already here: From stellar performers and savory dinners to fabulous shopping deals and winter-inspired attractions, Las Vegas features plenty of events to get you in the holiday spirit.


If you’ve come to Las Vegas to see a stellar show (or two), this holiday weekend is a perfect time to do just that.

Sting’s “Back to Bass Tour” hits town on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


See superstar Janet Jackson perform her hits this Saturday at Caesars Palace.

They call her Janet — Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. Iconic superstar Janet Jackson also performs at The Colosseum this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 26. Show begins at 9 p.m.
Morrissey checks into The Cosmopolitan hotel with a performance at the Chelsea on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. This all-ages show also features Kristeen Young.

While you’re at The Cosmopolitan, catch a free show at Book & Stage. Soul singer Goapele performs live at this swanky bar/lounge with a 10 p.m. and midnight show on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26.

Legendary Bill Cosby delights fans with his comedy on Friday, Nov. 25 at Treasure Island. Other comedians making a Vegas stop include Jim Gaffigan performing at the Mirage on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. and Hal Sparks at the Las Vegas Hilton through Nov. 27 at 10 p.m.

Country sensation Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses perform at the Silverton on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. inside the Veil Pavilion.
B.B. King sings the blues inside the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more rhythm and blues, see Charlie Wilson (lead singer of the GAP band) at the Las Vegas Hilton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 – 26 at 9 p.m. 

Kris Kristofferson performs at the Orleans on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 – 26 at 8 p.m.

Fans of K-Pop can see Korea’s hottest acts at MGM Grand on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.

The Bled, Decoder, Inherit the Sky and Scream the Lie rock the stages at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip on Sunday, Nov. 27. Show starts at 6 p.m.

A great show anytime of the year, “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” plays at The Venetian Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m., with additional 9:30 p.m. shows on Monday and Saturday.



Steer clear the kitchen and enjoy a traditional turkey fest at one of Las Vegas' many restaurants.

It’s Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24 and if you’re in Vegas to party, we doubt you’ll be anywhere near a kitchen. Vegas has your turkey dinner covered.
Alize at Palms and Andre’s at Monte Carlo both offer free-range turkey dinners, as well as vegetarian options. Simon at Palms Place offers the traditional turkey dinner including side options like roast pumpkin soup, roasted sweet potatoes and corn bread stuffing. Desserts include apple spice cake with mulled apple cider.
For only $49 a person, Comme Ça puts a French spin on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The roasted Tom Turkey comes with foie gras apple stuffing. For dessert, guests can enjoy deep-fried Bourbon pumpkin pie served with huckleberry ice cream.

Venetian and Palazzo celebrate Thanksgiving at 4 p.m. in the Palazzo waterfall atrium garden. The menu includes champagne with cranberry juice and orange liquor; fresh tomato and corn soup with garlic and basil croutons; whole-roasted Vermont turkey with sausage sage dressing; sweet potato soufflés; zucchini cornbread, caramel pumpkin pie and blueberry crumble pie. For $100, you can savor all of this and complimentary cocktails at Laguna Champagne Bar from 3 – 4 p.m. Ticket price includes tax and gratuity.

The Venetian and Palazzo restaurants also offer Thanksgiving menu specials. FIRST Food & Bar inside Palazzo offers the traditional Thanksgiving feast with fun additions like roasted pumpkin corn bisque and chocolate chip cookies with whipped crème anglaise.

At Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar and Grill offers a traditional feast with all the fixings for only $19 a person. Food includes sliced turkey breast, stuffing, fresh green beans, creamy mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner while watching NFL games on the restaurant’s 105 wall-to-wall, flat-screen high-definition televisions.



This Black Friday, save a bundle on all of your favorite brands with early morning shopping hours.

After stuffing yourself with thanksgiving fare, save some energy for Black Friday, Vegas style. Bundle up and drink some coffee because a lot of Vegas malls open early.

Macy’s and Forever 21 inside Fashion Show mall open at midnight on Friday, Nov. 25. Las Vegas Premium Outlets (north and south locations) also open at midnight.  

Urban Outfitters inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops opens at 3 a.m. on Black Friday. Visitors receive 50 percent off all sale items in the store until 10 a.m.

Also at Miracle Mile Shops, Bakers Shoes and Wild Pair offer 50 percent off any item with the purchase of a full-priced item before 11 a.m. or 25 percent off any item with the purchase of a full-priced item from 11:01 a.m. until midnight. Guess and Guess Accessories offer 30 percent off the entire purchase until noon. Steve Madden offers discounts, a free gift with purchase and more savings. True Religion shoppers snag a gift with any purchase (while supplies last).  

Holiday attractions


The Venetian and Palazzo hotels celebrate the holidays with its first annual "Winter in Venice."

The Venetian hotel hosts its first annual “Winter in Venice” spectacular. Through Jan. 8, 2012, visitors can enjoy festive entertainment at the resort’s Doge’s Palace. This includes strolling candy cane stilt walkers, puppets, jugglers, magicians and carolers. “Winter in Venice” also offers the first ice skating rink on the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets are $19 per person (per 30-minute session) and the rink is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily. Every evening, “Winter in Venice” features a tree-lighting ceremony every hour from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The 13th annual Holiday Village and interactive gingerbread decorating class returns to Four Seasons resort. Located in the lobby, the whimsical winter wonderland includes 20 “properties” made entirely of gingerbread and chocolate. Visitors can also see a life-sized working carousel. More than 90 pounds of chocolate, 350 pounds of sugar and 180 pounds of flour went into making the display. It is free and open to the public starting Saturday, Nov. 26. Kids can also attend a decorating class on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Beginning Nov. 25, the Fashion Show mall presents its “Believe in Magic” show. The holiday show includes dancers, artificial snowfall and a display of the mall’s 35-foot Christmas tree. The show is free and open to the public. Located in the Great Hall (near Nordstrom), Fashion Show’s “Believe in Magic” show times are as follows: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25 – Dec. 11 at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The show will be open daily from Dec. 16 – 24 (with no 6 p.m. show on Dec. 24).



Catch Nick Cannon spinning the latest hip-hop and R&B tracks at Paris Las Vegas this weekend.

If you’re looking to get a head start before the night’s festivities (or wind down from them), the Hard Rock Hotel offers Graveyard Happy Hour specials from 8 p.m. – midnight, nightly. All the bars feature 2-for-1 premium cocktails, domestic and imported beers as well as wine specials.

DJ Miss Joy spins at The Cosmopolitan, Thursday Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Bond bar.

Tryst presents Derrick Anthony and Kris Nilsson on Thursday, Nov. 24; DJ Spider and Derrick Anthony on Friday, Nov. 25; and Derrick Anthony and Dave Fogg on Saturday, Nov. 26. 

McFadden’s at the Rio hosts a football game party on Saturday, Nov. 26. Fans can enjoy $5 mimosas, Bloody Marys and Buckeye Bombs. Other specials include $5 25-ounce mugs of Coors Light, Heineken or Dos Equis, $20 beer buckets and $8.95 dinner specials.

Resident DJ Nick Cannon hypes up the crowd at Chateau nightclub at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 26. Spinning a blend of Top 40, hip-hop and R&B tracks, Cannon is scheduled to appear around 1 a.m.

At Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub at Imperial Palace, enjoy $1 beer specials on Monday, Nov. 28.

If you’re here for a long weekend, Fremont Street Experience hosts its 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown on Wednesday, Nov. 30. In celebration of the National Finals Rodeo, the free event begins at 6:10 p.m. Visitors can catch country music entertainment on three different stages. The live shows end at midnight.

Hungry after all the partying? Silverton’s Sundance Grill offers late night specials from midnight to 5 a.m. with biscuits and gravy for 99 cents, all-you-can-eat pancakes for $4.99 or the Wild Card Special, featuring two farm fresh eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, hash browns, toast and jelly for only $3.99.


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.