From exciting entertainment to decadent dining, there’s plenty to choose from in Las Vegas to keep you thankful all season long.

If the thought of another copy-and-paste Thanksgiving makes your eye start to twitch, we get it. Throw out the ordinary. Here, you’re free to create your own elevated, untraditional tradition. Just book a flight, make that important dinner reservation, and the rest is up to you.

 

Drama-free Dining 

Face it. Thanksgiving is all about the food, which makes Las Vegas an ideal destination for the harvest holiday. With a most impressive collection of world-class restaurants — many from highly esteemed and decorated chefs — Vegas is one of the best cities in the world for dining out. Experiencing the destination’s dining scene on a holiday is even better, as special menus and seasonal items get added into the mix. Go on and indulge!

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse puts his spicy spin on Thanksgiving at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, which serves a fresh and distinctive blend of Cajun and Creole specialties. Speaking of celebrity chefs, José Andrés celebrates all things carnivorous at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SAHARA Las Vegas, where playful cuisine is complemented by cocktails just as fun. For a lively Thanksgiving feast, head to Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas, where your dinner will come with a side of entertainment! How does an international Thanksgiving feast sound? German beer hall Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, a replica of its original namesake in Munich, serves classic Bavarian fare —don’t forget to toast with a stein of beer! While turkey normally isn’t the main star at STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the modern and sophisticated steak house is a perfect place to give some thanks for a delicious meal! If you’re really looking to feast, there also is a number of fabulous Las Vegas buffets open — and several will have special Thanksgiving menu items! From The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas to Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, there are more than enough feasts to choose from!

 

Bazaar Meat
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Wherever you end up making a reservation for next Thanksgiving, it’s a safe bet your festive feast will be delightful and, most importantly, delicious. Bonus points: not having to do the dishes!


No-Judgment Shopping

Start that holiday shopping early, even if it’s all for you. Unlike many cities around the country, most stores on the Strip are open on Thanksgiving Day. Another only-in-Vegas experience, shopaholics will find longtime favorites and avant-garde shops to iconic anchor stores and luxurious boutiques, all on one stretch of road. 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 Kate Spade. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is host to 160 specialty shops and restaurants — including brands such as Versace, Fendi and Gucci. For more luxury shopping, check out the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo — featuring Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Burberry; as well as The Shops at Crystals, which offers a modern landscape of luxury boutiques among visually captivating architecture. The Fashion Show Las Vegas shopping center, located right on the Las Vegas Strip, is a shopper’s dream with six anchor stores, 250 stores and boutiques, and several restaurants and dining options. Located in the heart of the Strip, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino features retail favorites such as H&M, Sephora, GUESS, Drybar, MAC Cosmetics and more. Or do more luxury retail therapy by hitting Via Bellagio at Bellagio Las Vegas and Wynn Plaza at Wynn Las Vegas — fun fact: It has the only permanent Louis Vuitton men’s store in the country. Resorts World Las Vegas also offers a stellar retail lineup, ranging from high-fashion designers like Judith Leiber and Hervé Léger to street-wear brands and unique shops such as the Sneaker Garden premium sneaker boutique.  
 

Caesars Forum Masks
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

 

Sizzling Shows 

You’ve decided to leave the awkwardness of the T-day funfest at home, and now it’s your time to enjoy a show you want to see. Some of the hottest shows in town include the unbelievable acrobatics of The Beatles LOVE  by Cirque du Soleil at The MirageMichael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay and “O” at Bellagio by Cirque du Soleil; the sexy dance moves of the hunks of MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas at SAHARA Las Vegas; the thrilling showcase of Absinthe at Caesars Palace; the wacky world of OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; and the zaniest bunch of outlaws in the Atomic Saloon Show at The Venetian Resort. Need a little magic in your life? David Copperfield at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Mat Franco at The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Criss Angel at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino are here for you. Even though it’s a holiday, there are still many options for world-class entertainment to suit your taste. Everything from residencies like Keith Urban at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas to comedy shows at The Laugh Factory at Tropicana Las Vegas will keep the Thanksgiving party going long after that slice of pumpkin pie. Plus, it’s the official kickoff of the holiday season and there’s always so much to experience this time of year. Enjoy the seasonal decorations and fun pop-up venues like The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Merry Crimson at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa and the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort & Casino.


Atomic Saloon
Atomic Saloon Show at The Venetian Resort

Now that you have a cornucopia of reasons why you should plan a trip to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, go book that flight! A last-minute trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World is just what you need to spice up your Turkey Day this year!