Vegas Weekender: Very Vegas Christmas weekend

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the city, people enjoyed festive sights and were feeling quite giddy.

Spending the holiday in Vegas will surely be a treat. There are headliners, attractions and even a sundae for your feet.

A line-up of entertainment helps the holiday spirit ring, with headliners including The Fercos Brothers, Jerry Seinfield and B.B. King.

Untamed Illusions at Planet Hollywood

Untamed Illusions at Planet Hollywood

With yard long margaritas and extra large beers there are plenty of spirits to help spread the cheer.

Twinkling lights, festive garland and holiday visitors abound, it’s Christmas in Vegas, and Santa’s coming to town.


Simon says: The brunch with bite at Palms Place

Instead of spending the day in the kitchen, relax and indulge in a holiday feast on Dec. 25 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Simon at Palms Place featuring traditional favorites like roasted turkey, beef Wellington and home-style sides. Upon seating, guests will receive a trio of shared bites including Dungeness crab deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, rosemary roasted nuts and potato croquettes with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. Then guests will visit different stations with soup, salad, hot and cold sides, carved meat and more. The spread is $48 a person and includes either a glass of glass of Chardonnay or pinot noir.


Even Vegas stop lights blink red and green

Throughout Vegas guests can find holiday attractions that range from decorated cacti to a winter wonderland filled with polar bears, flying reindeer and toy soldiers.

This holiday season M Resort is home of the nation’s tallest Christmas tree, a 109-foot white fir. The tree is located in M Resort’s Villaggio Del Sole Outdoor Entertainment and Events Piazza and is on display through the New Year.

Enjoy a dazzling lights and cactus showcase at Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Through Jan. 1, guests can meander through a cactus-lined pathway and admire about 300 different species of cactus adorned with more than half a million lights. The garden is open nightly from sundown to 10 p.m. The chocolate factory is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mystic Falls at Sam’s Town, a 25,000-sqaure-foot indoor park, features various scenes with animated animals and a light and water show choreographed to holiday music. The free 15-minute show takes place at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. daily, but the beautifully decorated trees, animated animals and other features can be enjoyed throughout the day, through Jan. 2, 2010.

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., features an enchanted forest of decorated trees and various holiday themed displays, photos with Santa, nightly entertainment and the Forest Express, a train that winds its way through the two-acre display. This attraction is open daily through Jan. 2, 2010. Hours of operation are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sun. – Thu.; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat.

Fremont Street Experience is home to Las Vegas’ official Christmas tree, a 50-foot tree adorned with festive decorations under the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision screen. Enjoy the display and free live entertainment by Candy & The Canes who perform nightly throughout the month of December at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

This year the waterfall atrium at Palazzo is home to an Arctic-inspired winter wonderland display. It features a 16-foot tall polar bear mother and a six-foot tall polar bear baby made of 10,000 specially-developed “Polar Bear” white poinsettias. This free attraction will be on display through the New Year.

Get lost in a dazzling winter wonderland on display through Jan. 2 at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. It features eight flying reindeer, a 42-foot Shasta fir ornamented with twinkling lights, giant 13-foot-tall peppermint sticks and a 7-foot-tall custom built rocking horse.


How about a holiday sweet treat for your feet?

After all the holiday shopping, treat you can treat your feet to a Pomegranite Granita ice cream pedicure at Canyon Ranch Spa at Venetian, throughout December. The pedicure starts with a moisturizing footbath featuring Gotta Have It Pomegranate Ice Cream. Next your feet are exfoliated and cleansed with Gotta Have It Pomegranate Shower Sherbert before they are treated to a marshmallow foot mask. Vanilla body icing is used to moisturize your feet while you sit back, relax and wait for your nail polish to dry.


Headliners take the stage in Las Vegas

Audiences in Vegas can see David Copperfield’s larger-than-life illusions at MGM Grand 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24, 2009 – Jan. 20, 2010.

Brothers Tony and Ferdinand Fercos have audiences spellbound in “Untamed Illusions” at Planet Hollywood.

Funny man Jerry Seinfeld brings his observational humor to Vegas Dec. 26 – 27 at Caesars Palace at 7:30 p.m.

Clint Holmes gives audiences something to celebrate at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 25 – 27 at Suncoast.

Blues icon B.B. King gets his audiences in the groove at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 at Buffalo Bill’s.

Grammy Award-winning groups Boyz II Men and Salt-N-Pepa treat audiences to a night of hip hop and R&B hits at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at Buffalo Bill’s.

See the Black Eyed Peas at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 – 30 at Mandalay Bay.

Psychobilly trio Reverend Horton Heat bring their country, big band and rockabilly inspired hits to the stage at their 8 p.m. show Dec. 29 at House of Blues.