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From exciting entertainment to decadent dining, there was plenty to choose from in Las Vegas to keep you thankful all season long.
We understood that the thought of another copy and paste Thanksgiving made your eye twitch. No one ever said, “You know what would be awesome? Spending a day or more with family (some of whom I’ve never met) being pelted with questions on my relationship status, job and political stance, eating dry turkey, and trying not to cry.” Enter Las Vegas. Here you were able to throw out the ordinary and were free to create your own elevated, untraditional tradition.
Face it, Thanksgiving is all about the food 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 broke out of the (gelatin) mold, the options were endless. Italian sounded delicious? The Cappellacci and curated cocktails at Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino hit the mark; as well as the authentic and seasonal pastas at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano at The Venetian Resort. How about Asian cuisine? You now know firsthand the Peking Duck at MR CHOW inside Caesars Palace was succulent (figure out the turkey timing, Aunt Karen!). And the drunken noodles at Wazuzu at Wynn Las Vegas was a tasty treat. Flip the same old boring menu on its head with Chinese-Mexican fusion at China Poblano inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where noodles and tacos come together to party. Some went for broke, so it was a good thing every buffet, and just about every restaurant in a casino, were open on Thanksgiving Day. They served something for the holiday, including prix fixe holiday menus with those nostalgic favorites – you know you couldn’t say no to mashed potatoes. Bonus points: you didn’t have to clean up the annual feast mess.
Of course you started that holiday shopping early, even if it was 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 find longtime favorites and avant-garde shops to iconic anchor stores and luxurious boutiques, all in one stretch of road. The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is great for discounted shopping from more than 175 designer and name-brand retailers, such as Lululemon, Tory Burch, John Varvatos and Jimmy Choo. 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. The Fashion Show Las Vegas shopping center, located right on the Las Vegas Strip, is a shopper’s dream with eight anchors stores, 250 stores and 250 restaurants. 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. For super upscale retail therapy, hit Via Bellagio at Bellagio Las Vegas; The Shops at Crystals; and Wynn Plaza at Wynn Las Vegas – fun fact: It has the only permanent Louis Vuitton Men’s store in the country.
You left the awkwardness of the T-day fun fest at home, and you took time to enjoy a show you want to see. Some of the hottest shows in town included pop legend Paula Abdul’s residency at Flamingo Las Vegas; the unbelievable acrobatics of The Beatles LOVE; Michael Jackson ONE; “O” and the first live-action thriller, R.U.N, by Cirque du Soleil; 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 Atomic Saloon at The Venetian Resort. You may have added some magic to you life with David Copperfield (MGM Grand Hotel and Casino), Hans Klok (Excalibur Hotel & Casino) and Criss Angel (Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino). Even if it was a holiday, there were still many options for Las Vegas-quality entertainment to suit your taste.
Now that you have a cornucopia of ways Las Vegas changes Thanksgiving, what’s your excuse not to come? Go on, book that flight for next year – it’s all waiting for you.