Festive holiday fun abounds in Las Vegas

Bring a little of that holiday spirit into your week with one of Las Vegas’ fabulous themed shows, events and installations.

There are several holiday-themed productions this week, from Excalibur’s Tournament of Kings special ’Twas the Knight (702.597.7600), where a medieval party features a Christmas wizard and falling snow, to A Very Terry Christmas (866.606.7111) at New York-New York, where ventriloquist Terry Fator’s dummies accompany him in Christmas carols.

At The Venetian, This Is Christmas (702.414.9000) features Broadway and Vegas performers plus American Idol contestants, along with a rocking band, who bust out holiday classics and even originals. The cast includes Diana DeGarmo, dancers Alejandro Domingo and Sarah Le Clear, Lou Gazzara, Randal Keith, Jaclyn McSpadden, Ben Stone, Laura Suzanne Wright, Ace Young and Jasmine Trias. Shows are Dec. 19 and 25 at 3 and 7 p.m., Dec. 22-24 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 26 at 3 p.m.

At numerous venues, just waltz right by to check out gorgeous decor. Aria has created a sweet vista of an enormous snow globe, with a base made of 200 sugar panels, containing a cocoa cup with holiday treats filling it. And a 6-foot gingerbread man is sure to impress (it’s made with 100 pounds of dark chocolate). The display took a pastry team 200 hours to construct. Down the street at Bellagio, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ It’s Time display is equally as elaborate, with floral elements creating incredible vignettes, including a Swiss chalet, a huge sleigh filled with presents and a 42-foot-tall fir tree. 

Over at Area15 (3215 S. Rancho Drive, area15.com), Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas gets a super-cool, projection-mapped treatment to bring the movie to life, with light and sound synced to the now-classic animated film. Showings occur several times daily, with 8 and 10 p.m. reserved for adults 21+.

Several venues focus on other fun, including The Linq Promenade, where you’ll find gorgeous decorations and an enormous tree, plus plenty of food and drink specials at the shops throughout; Enchant (enchantchristmas.com) at the Las Vegas Ballpark, where an Ice Skating Trail, a light maze and a Christmas market are just some of the fun there; Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest (6300 W. Oakey Blvd.), where ornaments adorn the trees, and slides, carousels and warm treats keep you happy; Santa’s Experience (400 S. Rampart Blvd., tivolivillagelv.com), where an interactive visual experience guarantees you’ll have a super selfie to post for the holidays.

Although this one isn’t outdoors, it surely feels that way. At The Venetian & The Palazzo, the Streetmosphere Holiday Spectacular in St. Mark’s Square uses digital mapping to light up the clock tower at 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday in December. Streetmosphere characters will mix up traditional carols, singing them in Italian and using contemporary rhythms as well. Many of the venues throughout the resort are featuring holiday specials, dishes and cocktails, and here’s a way to give back while remembering your experience—the Grand Canal Shoppes and The Venetian Resort have compiled some of the best dishes from the restaurants in the resort into a digital cookbook, whose purchase supports Three Square food bank. The electronic cookbook is $10 and can be found at threesquare.org/ecookbook. 

Pop into one of these festive places and have fun—it’ll make your heart grow, three sizes at least.

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