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Here it comes…another cookie cutter holiday, doing the same things you’ve done year after year. Makes you want to run screaming to the nearest airport to escape it all, huh? We hear you loud and clear. Let us introduce you to Las Vegas. Throw out the mundane. Here, you’re free to create the holiday you want to celebrate. From delectable dining to awe-inspiring entertainment, there’s plenty to choose from in Las Vegas to keep you joyful this season.

 

Dining Done Right

We already know holidays are all about the food (hello elastic waistbands!) and Las Vegas has the most complete collection of world-class restaurants, making it one of the best cities in the world to dine out. And since you’re creating new traditions, the options are endless. Want to try something new? Tuck into the Holiday Dim Sum Brunch at Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas. And you can be sure the Peking Duck at MR CHOW inside Caesars Palace will be succulent (say goodbye to Grandma’s sawdust turkey). Flip the same old boring menu on its head with the seasonal winter menu at Downtown Las Vegas’ Carson Kitchen, which includes Lollipop Frog Legs, Hatch Chile Philly and Beeramisu (made with CraftHaus Belgard coffee stout). Mix it up more with Chinese-Mexican fusion at China Poblano inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where noodles and tacos come together to party. Keep in mind that every buffet, and just about every restaurant in a resort, will be open, so they’ll probably serve something holiday-esque, including prix fixe holiday menus with those nostalgic favorites – ‘tis the season for ALL the carbs. Bonus points: not having to clean up.
 

Mr. Chow


No Re-Gifting Required

Already dreading the “thoughtful” gifts that you’ll receive from the relatives this year (I’m talking to you, 10-pack of socks)? In Vegas you’re free to shop until your heart’s content and get yourself something you truly love. Shopaholics will find longtime favorites and avant-garde shops to iconic anchor stores and luxurious boutiques, all in one stretch of road. The Fashion Show Las Vegas shopping center, located right on the Las Vegas Strip, is a shopper’s dream with eight familiar anchors stores, 250 stores and 250 restaurants, and will have roaming holiday entertainment and festive fashion shows. Hit up the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets for discounted shopping from more than 175 designer and name-brand retailers, such as Lululemon, Tory Burch, John Varvatos and Jimmy Choo. Feeling a little extravagant? The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is host to 160 specialty shops and restaurants − including brands like Versace, Fendi and Gucci. For more luxury shopping, check out the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo – featuring Jimmy Choo and Burberry; as well as The Shops at Crystals, which offers a modern landscape of luxury boutiques among visually captivating architecture. For super upscale retail therapy, hit Via Bellagio at Bellagio Las Vegas; The Shops at Crystals; and Wynn Plaza at Wynn Las Vegas.
 

Ventian Gondola
 

Oh, What Fun 

It is the holidays after all, so while you’re switching things up a bit, don’t be afraid to embrace the spirit a bit, just with some Vegas pizazz. With an abundance of sparkling lights, outdoor events and activities to choose from, Las Vegas shines as the ultimate destination to celebrate and spread the joy. Get outside and behold the beauty of the winter wonderlands created at The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where you can skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice and roast s’mores by the firepits; stroll through three acres of holiday fun at  Ethel M. Chocolates Cactus Garden Holiday Lights from dusk till 10 p.m. nightly; visit the spectacular 50-foot tree at Fremont Street Experience shining brightly under the 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lights of the Viva Vision canopy; and see millions of festive light arrangements on a 2½ mile ride, all without getting out of the car at Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 

The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan


The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brings the outdoors in when it transforms into a winter wonderland, featuring a polar bear family made with thousands of white carnations. Even though it’s the holidays, there are still many options for Vegas-quality entertainment to suit your taste. Some of the hottest shows in town get festive including Mariah Carey’s Christmas concert series “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this November from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30; the Tournament of Kings Holiday Show “’Twas the Knight” at Excalibur Hotel & Casino; the holiday classic The Nutcracker at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, performed by Nevada Ballet Theatre; and ventriloquist Terry Fator and his cast of characters spreads cheer with Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment presents A Very Terry Christmas 2, The Sequel at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Kids of all ages can visit the big man himself (and Santa Jaws) when the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino brings back Santa in the Shipwreck. And have a celebratory Breakfast with Santa at the Downtown Container Park Dec. 7 and 14. 

 

Bellagio Conservatory Holiday Themed

 

Now that you have a list (checked twice, of course) full of reasons why Las Vegas changes the holidays, what’s your excuse not to come? Go on, book that flight – and make your Vegas adventure a jolly one.