It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
Well, Happy Holidays…and…we have a new president… Are we happy? It is a president that was elected without a mandate of the people…in a deeply divided and contentious country. But this is what we’ve got. Can we please get rid of the Electoral College now? We advocate democracy throughout the world, but we don’t practice it at home. Instead we rely on a system of government that was established for the Roman Republic in 509 BC, which fell when an Emperor arose…just saying… It does not seem to serve us in our modern age. But Hey! This is Vegas. Can I get odds on an impeachment within the first year?
What does this mean to entertainment in Las Vegas? Probably absolutely nothing.
I will soon be home for Christmas. My work in Dallas is coming to a close. On December 3rd at 10:00 am, the 29th Annual Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade will occur! This year’s parade will have over 4,000 performers, with over 1,500 volunteers supporting the parade, over 400,000 people on the street watching the parade, filmed for TV and then syndicated to over 90 million households in the U.S. and shown in more than 160 countries. It is the largest single day event in North Texas. If you are anywhere near Dallas, you should come and join the fun. As I am writing this, the event is only a few days away, and it is certainly crunch time. Last minute changes and challenges are currently running my life.
Then I’ll be home in Las Vegas, and I’ll be happy to be back. I have a lot of catching up to do. There are so many shows that I have to see, so many friends I want to spend time with, and so many chores I want to do around the house.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
The holidays always bring joys and challenges to all of us. I am looking forward to a simple homebound holiday without the pressure of doing anything… I want to see friends. I want to spend time with family. I’m going to give money to the Salvation Army, and donate clothes to Goodwill. I’ll go see holiday attractions, shows, and events. I’ll do a little decorating, and I’ll buy a couple of things for a couple of people. Mostly, I’m going to appreciate being home.
It’s different when you have little ones around…their excitement fuels your excitement. Seeing their wonder fills your heart with joy; so there is a far greater enthusiasm to get out and find just the right presents for them. Then the little ones grow up, and we find joy in so many other ways.
I do love the holidays, but I now love them for all the other reasons…people seem to appreciate each other more during this time of year; family and friends take the time to get together. This year, my daughter told me that all she wanted for Christmas was to spend time with me…made me choke up just a bit.
‘Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.’
December is AIDS Awareness Month. On a daily basis…December 1 is National Pie Day, Day With(out) Art Day, Rosa Parks Day, and World Aids Day. December 2 is National Mutt Day. December 5 is International Ninja Day. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day, National Gazpacho Day, and St. Nicholas Day. December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. December 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day. December 10 is Dewey Decimal System Day. December 12 is National Ding-a-Ling Day. December 14 is National Bouillabaisse Day and Monkey Day. December 16 is National Chocolate-covered Anything Day. December 17 is National Re-Gifting Day – Thursday before Christmas. December 18 is Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day, Underdog Day, and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. December 22 is the Winter Solstice. December 23 is National Pfeffernusse Day and Festivus. December 24 is when Chanukah Begins. December 25 is Christmas. December 26 is Boxing Day. December 30 is Bacon Day. December 31 is National Champagne Day, Make Up Your Mind Day, and of course, New Year’s Eve.
December is a unique time for the city. The first couple of weeks in the month stay fairly busy, the week just before Christmas is the slowest time of the year, and the week, after Christmas and before New Year’s, the town gets neurotic. During that week prior to Christmas, a lot of the shows take a holiday break and close down. Visitors need to be sure to check the show listings to see the status of their favorite production.
There are several events that make the first part of the month very busy: The Great Santa Run, the NFR, and at the end of the month of course, New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve is huge…so huge, in fact that I’ll deal with New Year’s Eve separately at the end of the column.
The holidays in Las Vegas are just like the holidays everywhere else. The focus is on family and friends. We do all of the same type of holiday/Christmas things that everyone else in the country does. I mention this because so many people have misconceptions about Las Vegas. The week prior to Christmas, Las Vegas is fairly empty of tourists. The shows and events that are still up and running usually give locals deep discounts, and it is great to get out, see a show, and not have to fight crowds.
There are many Christmas attractions, celebrations, and entertainment; and most of these things are geared to the locals and not to the tourists. People forget that the Strip is not the city. The Strip is a fantasyland where people work, but do not live. The city is truly everything else, but the Strip. Yes, Virginia, we do have neighborhoods, schools, grocery stores, and parks just like every other city in the country.
There are a few conventions during the first couple of weeks of the month, but then there are no more conventions booked for the rest of the year…at all. In a city of conventions, it is amazing to have an empty convention calendar for two weeks. Things get going again in January when the International Consumer Electronics Show brings with it a couple of hundred thousand people, and the Adult Entertainment Expo is at the same time.
One of my favorite winter attractions is Opportunity Village’s, "The Magical Forest," running through January 1st. The Enchanted Carousel, the Forest Express Trains, live music, sweet treats, lavishly decorated trees, whimsical displays, millions of lights and visits with Santa Claus provide people of all ages with a winter wonderland each night during the holiday season. You will also have the opportunity to take in Boris the Elf’s 3-D Experience, ride the rails on the Forest Express train, take photos with Santa in his workshop or go for a spin on Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel. Other can’t-miss attractions at the Magical Forest include a gingerbread house display, Rod’s Mini-Golf course and Rudolph’s Raceway. Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities by providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Once thought by society to be unemployable and unimportant in the community, people with severe disabilities are engaged, active residents who contribute to our society. Through Opportunity Village’s programs and services, hundreds of people with disabilities are learning vocational skills and being placed in jobs throughout the community.
Another good holiday attraction is “The Gift of Lights,” at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, running through January 7th. “The Gift of Lights” is a holiday drive-thru spectacular featuring millions of twinkling and animated displays, and part of the proceeds go to charities. And you can also receive a discount on the admission if you bring a bag of stuff for Goodwill. Being at the Speedway is a bit of a drive to get to it, but it will be worth it.
This is the time of year when you cans see beautiful lights and holiday decorations in Mystic Falls Park at Sam's Town's Winter Wonderland. The pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park is transformed into an immersive winter wonderland experience with garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts, and white light and snow-covered trees that fill the atrium. Poinsettias, red garland, ice crystals add to the themed visuals, while the main fountain will host an ice sculpture. Lighted sculpture polar bears and indoor snow create a whimsical magical winter wonderland experience in the heart of the Boulder Strip. Sam’s Town will be hosting the 15-minute laser light spectacular hourly during the holiday season, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through December 23rd.
Other holiday events include the Chocolate Wonderland at the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, which is free; the annual Holiday display at the Four Seasons, which is free. “
The biggest event during the first part of December is the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) that runs December 1st to 10th at the Thomas & Mack Center. This is one of the largest rodeo competitions in the world. It is filled with excitement, and in order to give all of the rodeo enthusiast’s options for entertainment, the city does its best to book all of the top Country and Western singers and entertainers.
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run has become a ‘must' for visitors, a community involvement activity for local businesses and a holiday tradition for families on December 3, 2016. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is not only one of the most important fundraisers for Opportunity Village, but also an internationally recognized holiday tradition that attracts families, businesses, individuals and global tourists to downtown Las Vegas. Last year, over 9,000 runners participated in the event and this year we are hoping to attract over 10,000 Santas! Help us to continue to raise much-needed funds to support our programs and services for individuals with disabilities! Help us break all records again this year by registering today!
Gordie Brown is closing at the Golden Nugget after 10 and a half years. He will be missed.
Mandalay Bay and Disson Skating announced professional dancer Tony Dovolani has been added to the cast of Shall We Dance on Ice coming to Las Vegas Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Dovolani replaces Tristan MacManus who is out with an injury. Shall We Dance on Ice will showcase a journey of dance through the ages with dancing, ice skating and music. The show will also feature a live musical performance by the Goo Goo Dolls, who recently released their new album Boxes. The show will feature top ice dancers and professional dancers who have choreographed numbers to the Goo Goo Dolls’ music.
Boasting one of the hottest entertainment line-ups in the Entertainment Capital of the World, Caesars Entertainment Resorts are the place to be to celebrate New Year’s Eve with some most accomplished artists from across the globe. Sip champagne and indulge with a variety of top-notch acts, including:
Elton John “The Million Dollar Piano New Year’s Celebration” at The Colosseum
World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his critically acclaimed show, “The Million Dollar Piano.” Elton is accompanied by his band, which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.
Lionel Richie – All The Hits at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Multi-platinum-selling artist, four-time Grammy® Award winner and music icon, Lionel Richie, takes the stage for his exclusive headlining residency show at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. In an unforgettable evening featuring his brightest and best anthems which have defined the music icon’s unparalleled career, Lionel takes fans on a spectacular musical journey, performing a variety of his seminal hits, including “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” The spectacular, state-of-the-art production, designed exclusively for The AXIS, gives audiences an intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience.
Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Edgy, provocative and hilarious, Penn & Teller's live show on any given night can involve knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl and a duck. Recently named “Best Magic Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and known as the "Bad Boys of Magic" for supposedly revealing the secrets to their tricks, they may show you how it’s done, but will still manage to leave you startled.
The Righteous Brothers at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Get ready to have “The Time of Your Life” as The Righteous Brothers featuring Bill Medley with Bucky Heard bring the legendary sound of “blue-eyed soul” to the Las Vegas stage. Heard’s reputation as a gutsy rock and roll singer with an incredible vocal range, paired with Medley’s recognizable baritone voice and iconic songwriting talents, make for a one-of-a-kind rock and roll show.
Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade
Following in the footsteps of the original Brooklyn location, noted as “one of the most incredible places on earth,” Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is where locals and tourists go for a nightly eclectic blend of live music, 32 bowling lanes and five bars with an all-house made menu created and executed by brothers' Bruce and Eric Bromberg. With three levels spanning nearly 80,000 square feet, it will be one of the largest music venues in America, and will offer programming throughout the day and late into the night.
Saturday, Dec. 31at 8 p.m. – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Holiday cheer is coming to the kingdoms as "Tournament of Kings: 'Twas the Knight" returns to Excalibur Hotel & Casino for a limited holiday engagement, November 23 - December 26. Guests are invited to eat, drink, and be merry, while watching the legend of Prince Christopher's journey toward knighthood unfold. The Tournament of Kings Arena will be transformed into a medieval winter wonderland, serving as a backdrop for people of all ages to revel in holiday music and merriment. Guests will be served a three-course holiday feast, which, true to the time of Merlin, will be eaten without utensils. The fit-for-kings meal includes Dragon's Blood Soup, Cornish Game Hen, Traditional Seasoned Potatoes, Fresh Broccoli, a Muffin made of Cornbread Stuffing and a Snowflake Cookie. In addition to holiday-inspired music, "Tournament of Kings: 'Twas the Knight" will feature magnificently designed holiday costumes, majestic banners, flags, and new castle lights, which will be illuminated as Merlin conjures snowfall on the kingdoms. New poems and songs will be performed by Merlin, the Jester and the entire cast of knights and maidens. New vignettes created for the holiday show include a specially choreographed ribbon dance along with a skilled rider upon an Andalusian stallion inspired by the spirit of the season.
Serving as the debut performance at The Space, Las Vegas’ new community-driven and charity-based arts complex, beloved Las Vegas entertainer and Broadway veteran Travis Cloer is bringing the joy of the season with a return engagement of his sell-out holiday spectacular, "Christmas At My Place" at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The multi-talented crooner and his gang of special guests will have the whole family swingin' in their seats and feeling the reason for the season with heartwarming renditions of everyone’s favorite holiday classics and original compositions. Tickets prices for “Christmas At My Place” start at $30 plus all applicable fees, and can be purchased at TheSpaceLV.com. For more information on Travis Cloer, please visit TravisCloer.com.
Adventure to Santa - A DreamWorks DreamPlace, an exciting and interactive Santa adventure for the entire family, is now open at Fashion Show. This holiday season, guests are invited to make the journey with the help of a mischievous and hungry panda in the all-new Adventure to Santa featuring the cast from Kung Fu Panda. Featuring a memorable journey to the North Pole with the help of Po and friends, Adventure to Santa is available to guests of all ages throughout the holiday season. The experience includes two new interactive games, exciting animation that brings the house to life and a thrilling cinematic journey to visit Santa Claus. In addition, guests will receive a keepsake family passport and Kung Fu Panda themed greeting card - making this the perfect family holiday outing. Through Saturday, Dec. 24
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET star Marc D. Donovan along with Gary Green Productions, Inc. present the inaugural holiday benefit show, “Christmas Crooner” on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The star-studded, family friendly event will benefit Foster Change, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides support, resources and empowerment for foster, kinship, and adoptive families of Southern Nevada. Starring Donovan, “Christmas Crooner” is his tribute to the classic holiday baritones of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, reminiscent of the sounds of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Johnny Mercer, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and others. Backed by the 13-piece Smokin’ Joe Escriba Big Band, Donovan will perform classic holiday tunes like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “White Christmas,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and many more alongside the Swing City Dolls, and special guests Michelle Johnson, Graham Fenton and Justin Shandor.
Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment presents A Very Terry Christmas, a holiday themed performance by Terry Fator and his amazing cast. A Very Terry Christmas is a holiday tradition in the style of those great family television specials of the past, while mixing in the perfect amount of Las Vegas. Fator and cast will celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classics including “Winter Wonderland,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” plus you'll learn all about “Juana” a new holiday guaranteed to make you laugh. A new addition to A Very Terry Christmas, a duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Fans won’t want to miss this touching moment which features Fator performing with two puppets simultaneously. A Very Terry Christmas features a brilliant cast fronted by Fator and pre-show opener Ben Harris, along with Fator’s lovable characters Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki “The Cougar,” country legend Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius, Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins and Latin heartthrob Fernando V. Francisco.
Cherry Boom Boom’s final performance at Tropicana Las Vegas was Wednesday, October 26. The show, after choosing to depart its current showroom, is weighing their options, exploring new venue opportunities and looking forward to sharing them soon.
After back-to-back sold out shows in February, Adam Sandler, one of the funniest and most successful men in film and television history, returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino December 2 & 3 for two more nights of hilarity for the Here Comes The Funny Tour, presented by Netflix. He will be joined on stage by his famous friends Norm Macdonald, Rob Schneider and Tim Meadows. Tickets are on sale now.
The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas welcomes Frankie Ballard to the stage December 2. The chart-topping country singer brings his hits “Young & Wild” and “Sunshine and Whiskey” to the live music venue during the 2016 National Finals Rodeo.
Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter Jennifer Nettles brings her array of hits to The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas on December 3 during the 2016 National Finals Rodeo.
Station Casinos is proud to partner with X107.5 to bring the annual holiday concert Holiday Havoc, presented by Dollar Loan Center, to the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort for two incredible nights of music on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9. Night one of Holiday Havoc will feature Blink 182 with special guests Jimmy Eat World, Pierce the Veil, Weathers and The Hunna, while night two features Weezer, Grouplove, Saint Motel, The Moth & The Flame and 888.
Superstar Toby Keith will bring his Interstates & Tailgates Tour presented by Ford F-Series to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, Dec. 9. The singer, songwriter and musician will perform a variety of his chart-topping songs including his latest single, “A Few More Cowboys,” “Made In America,” “Red Solo Cup” and his first No. 1 single “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” among others. The concert also will feature country music duo Big & Rich. It is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
Michael Carbonaro has performed more than 500 comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV. Now, the famed comedian and magician is taking his show to the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino Friday, Dec. 23 with “Michael Carbonaro Live!” “Michael Carbonaro Live!” is a show filled with audience interaction, hilarious video clips and a whirlwind of mind-blowing magic performed live on stage. Guests will have the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be on the other side of the charmingly devious Michael Carbonaro as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable.
International comedy sensation Comic/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has performed in front of sold out audiences worldwide showcasing the undeniable power of induced laughter. Dunham along with his cast of hilarious characters are set to embark on the second leg of their hugely successful “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour. The show is packed with new surprises and old favorites. The second leg of the tour will return to Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Sunday, December 11.
Jerry Seinfeld fans can catch the legendary comedian as he returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights of his critically-acclaimed stand-up comedy on December 26 and 27, 2016. The two-night engagement is presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment. Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage) and a children’s book (Halloween). Seinfeld’s latest project is the critically-acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, seen exclusively on Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com, which has garnered over 100 million views, and which the New York Times describes as “impressively complex and artful” and Variety calls “a game changer.” Seinfeld has won a Webby Award for Outstanding Comedic Performance and two Producer Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Digital Series. Seinfeld most recently directed the off-Broadway production of Colin Quinn: The New York Story with a limited engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. Seinfeld resides in New York City with his wife and three children. He remains active as a standup comedy performer and has a residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City through the year, while continuously touring both nationally and internationally. He has headlined The Colosseum since Dec. 2003 and previously headlined the resort’s Circus Maximus Showroom.
The schedule of Headliners this month is fairly impressive:
December 1 – 4
Reba, Brooks & Dunn
Caesars Palace: November 30, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Flamingo: December 1, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Golden Nugget: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
MGM Grand: December 1, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Treasure Island - TI: December 2, 2016
Golden Nugget: December 4, 2016
Golden Nugget: December 1, 2016
2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
Thomas & Mack Center: December 1, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center: December 1, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Stetson Country Christmas
The Pavilions at World Market Center: December 1, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: December 1, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Orleans: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: December 3, 2016
Home For The Holidays with Rita Moreno
The Smith Center: December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016
Brooklyn Bowl: December 1, 2016
Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home For the Holidays
The Smith Center: November 30, 2016 - December 4, 2016
The Smith Center: December 1, 2016
Hymns of Hawai'i
The Smith Center: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Bunker Dance Center Christmas Show
Cashman Center: December 2, 2016
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motorsports Complex: November 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Go Pro Recruiting Mastery
Las Vegas Convention Center: December 1, 2016 - December 4, 2016
Alabama with special guest Levon
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
The Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: November 25, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Kings of Chaos: Rock's Ultimate Supergroup - Live!
House of Blues: December 1, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Treasure Island - TI Hotel & Casino: December 4, 2016 - December 7, 2016
Great American Comic Con
Cashman Center: December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: December 3, 2016
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: October 14, 2016 - December 29, 2016
The Ultimate Fighter Finale
Palms Casino Resort: December 3, 2016
South Point Western Gift Show
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 1, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 2, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 3, 2016
Benny Binion's Bucking Horse and Bull Sale & PRCA Permit Holder of the Year Challenge
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 1, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Emo Night Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bowl: December 1, 2016
NETFLIX Presents Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider & Nick Swardson
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
World Bronc Futurity
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 2, 2016
SLS Las Vegas: December 2, 2016
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles
SLS Las Vegas: December 3, 2016
Urban Dance Competition by World of Dance Tour
Cashman Center: December 3, 2016
Brandon Bennett: A Very Vegas Christmas
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Holiday at The Park
T-Mobile Arena: November 19, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: November 25, 2016 - December 23, 2016
Mirage: December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
December 5 – 11
MGM Grand: December 11, 2016 - December 31, 2016
The Charlie Daniels Band
Golden Nugget: December 6, 2016
Golden Nugget: December 9, 2016
An Evening with Wynonna and The Big Noise
Golden Nugget: December 8, 2016
Golden Nugget: December 5, 2016
Jeff Dunham: "Perfectly Unbalanced"
Caesars Palace: December 11, 2016
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: December 9, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Kelsea Ballerini with very special guest Cam
Orleans: December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Cinch Boyd Gaming Chute-Out
Orleans Hotel and Casino: December 8, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Paragon Pro Wrestling
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: December 9, 2016
Henderson Convention Center: December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: December 10, 2016
The Smith Center: December 11, 2016
Lady Antebellum with special guest Levon
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: December 7, 2016
Dwight Yoakam with special guest Midland
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: December 8, 2016
UNLV vs. Duke
T-Mobile Arena: December 10, 2016
Life in Color: The World's Largest Paint Party produced by SFX-LIC Operating
Cashman Center: December 10, 2016
Maxwell and Mary J. Blige - King and Queen of Hearts Tour
T-Mobile Arena: December 9, 2016
Brooklyn Bowl: December 10, 2016
Shall We Dance On Ice
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: December 11, 2016
Frankie Moreno: With Plenty of Mistletoe
The Smith Center: December 10, 2016
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: December 9, 2016
Benjamin D. Hale and Zach Ryan present Wild, Restless and Blue
The Smith Center: December 9, 2016
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: December 9, 2016
Holiday Havoc 2016 Featuring Blink 182
Palms Casino Resort: December 8, 2016
Holiday Havoc 2016 Featuring Weezer
Palms Casino Resort: December 9, 2016
Mercedes in the Morning's Not So Silent Night featuring OneRepublic
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 11, 2016
World Series of Team Roping
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 5, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Tommy Emmanuel Classics & Christmas Tour
Boulder Station Hotel-Casino: December 10, 2016
Johnny Cash Tribute - American Icon
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 7, 2016
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Debby Boone: Swing This
Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championships
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 7, 2016 - December 10, 2016
The Miss Behave Game Show
Paris Las Vegas: December 11, 2016 - December 13, 2016
December 12 – 18
The Righteous Brothers
Harrah's: December 14, 2016 - December 17, 2016
52 Fridays - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
Golden Nugget: December 16, 2016
Orleans: December 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016
Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Cashman Center: December 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016
Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium: December 17, 2016
WHK presents The Tuesday Blend
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 13, 2016
Deana Martin: Holiday Cheer
The Smith Center: December 16, 2016 - December 17, 2016
Brothers Osborne - The Dirt Rich Tour
House of Blues: December 17, 2016
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
Orleans Hotel and Casino: December 14, 2016
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: December 16, 2016 - December 18, 2016
CBS Sports Classic
T-Mobile Arena: December 17, 2016
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino: December 17, 2016
WWE Presents NXT Live
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: December 17, 2016
Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Euge Groove
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: December 17, 2016
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Incarnate Word
Thomas & Mack Center: December 14, 2016
House of Blues: December 16, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 17, 2016
Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: December 17, 2016
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino: December 18, 2016
Nevada Health Link State of Nevada Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment
Cashman Center: December 15, 2016
David Archuleta Christmas Show produced by Deseret Book Company
Cashman Center: December 16, 2016
Gavin Creel with Seth Rudetsky
The Smith Center: December 12, 2016
Capital Sneaker Boutique presents Lil Yachty
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 16, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 14, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 16, 2016
December 19 – 25
Boyz II Men
Mirage: December 23, 2016 - December 25, 2016
The Smith Center: December 21, 2016 - December 24, 2016
Ebi Jane Javani
Caesars Palace: December 24, 2016
Orleans Hotel and Casino: December 22, 2016 - December 23, 2016
Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic
The Forgotten Carols Presented by Shining Star Entertainment
Cashman Center: December 21, 2016
The Mirage Hotel & Casino: December 23, 2016
Straight from Heaven World S.K.A.T.E. Tour
Cashman Center: December 19, 2016
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Southern Illinois
Thomas & Mack Center: December 19, 2016
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Kansas
Thomas & Mack Center: December 22, 2016
Play4Kay Shootout: Women's Basketball Tournament
T-Mobile Arena: December 19, 2016 - December 21, 2016
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino: December 24, 2016
Mansour & Arash
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino: December 25, 2016
Aria: A Spiritual Christmas
Silverton Hotel and Casino: December 22, 2016
Jade Entertainment Presents Vivian Chow - Journey of Love Concert
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 25, 2016
December 26 – January 2
Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano
Caesars Palace: December 28, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Caesars Palace: December 26, 2016 - December 27, 2016
Lionel Richie: All The Hits
Planet Hollywood: December 27, 2016 - December 30, 2016
New Year’s Eve Bridge Bash 2017
New York - New York: December 31, 2016
2017 Hard Rock Cafe - New Year's Eve
Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip: December 31, 2016
Andrew Dice Clay
Tropicana Las Vegas - A Doubletree by Hilton: December 30, 2016
Gilley's Las Vegas New Year's Eve Party
Treasure Island - TI: December 31, 2016
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Orleans Hotel and Casino: December 29, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: December 30, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Stargaze NYE Party
LAS VEGAS: December 31, 2016
VIP Tower Party
LAS VEGAS: December 31, 2016
Skyline NYE Celebration
Stratosphere: December 31, 2016
Ultimate Patron After Party at the Stratosphere
Stratosphere: December 31, 2016
Puff Puff Pass Tour Part 2 Snoop Dogg
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 30, 2016
DJ Pauly D
Downtown Las Vegas Event Center: December 30, 2016
52 Fridays - Morris Day & The Time
Golden Nugget: December 30, 2016
80's Night with The Spazmatics
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 31, 2016
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 31, 2016
New Year's at Noon - The Alley Cats
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 31, 2016
Rockin' M Town with Gregg Austin
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: December 31, 2016
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: December 31, 2016
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Brooklyn Bowl: December 31, 2016
House of Blues: December 29, 2016
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino: December 30, 2016 - December 31, 2016
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: December 30, 2016
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Wyoming
Thomas & Mack Center: December 31, 2016
Brooklyn Bowl: December 29, 2016
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: December 30, 2016
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: December 31, 2016
Cannery Casino & Hotel: December 31, 2016
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: December 31, 2016
Otherwise - Holiday Throwdown
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: December 30, 2016
Topgolf's New Year's Eve Rooftop Party
Topgolf Las Vegas: December 31, 2016
UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey
T-Mobile Arena: December 30, 2016
New Year's Eve featuring Tyriq and Jamestown
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: December 31, 2016
Mr & Ms Vietnam Continents Pageant
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: December 24, 2016
Vegas Super Band
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: December 31, 2016
NYE Celebration with Cheap Trick
SLS Las Vegas: December 31, 2016
Plaza: December 31, 2016
For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: lvol.com.
Igoshows.com is, of course, the place to read the reviews of all of the shows that are in town so that you can be better informed as to what you should expect from a certain production. The reviews are updated as needed to give you the knowledge you need to spend your entertainment dollars better.
NEW YEARS EVE!!
The “Entertainment Capital of the World” puts on a bigger and brighter show than just about anyone else on the globe. Las Vegas is only second to New York City in being a favorite destination for New Year’s Eve in the United States and our little “Glitter Gulch” continues bring in more and more people every year. Well over a quarter of a million tourists will pack the streets and the city on that night, and the city is always ready for them. The biggest problem for the tourist is trying to decide exactly what they want to do on this night, because just about every option is going to be open to them—big or little, loud or quiet. Choices for the evening can be overwhelming, but there are many ways in which you can quickly narrow down your options.
The first thing to understand is that every hotel, casino, bar and lounge is going to have a New Year’s celebration, in addition to all of the fireworks shows that will be going on all over the city. So the questions that you’ll have to ask yourself about your own celebrating will have to do with size, location, cost, and environment.
Do you want to be indoors or outdoors? A fairly simple way to start, but will certainly define the other parameters. If you choose to be indoors, then the next question that will immediately follow is…how much do you want to spend? Oddly enough, because of the number of celebrations out there, one really gets what they pay for when it comes to the parties. They are actually quite competitive. What amenities do you want or need? The more you spend, the more stuff will be made available to you. It will really all depend on your need for either extravagance or simplicity, and the size of your pocketbook. One note on this, though, many of the nightclubs will have celebrity hosts…usually these are the biggest rip offs of all.
If you choose to be outdoors you also have a lot of options, but the bigger questions for the outdoorsy folks will be, where? There are fireworks all over the city, and if you are outside, you will see fireworks. So, again, what do you want? If you want to be with a lot of people, in the heart of the action, then go down to the Strip. That’s where you and a couple hundred thousand people can all get together to watch one of the best fireworks displays in the world. Not only that, it’s free. Then again, some folks don’t want to be jostled amongst the crowd and would prefer quieter surroundings. Then drive up to the foothills that enclose our valley and find a spot that looks over the city. From there, you will see fireworks displays from all over the city. It is both quiet and can be very romantic, too.
All of the best entertainment will be playing that night as well and will be having midnight shows. If you want to celebrate while watching your favorite band, performer, or show, then make your reservations early.
New Year’s Eve is a great time in Las Vegas, and you can make it whatever you want it to be. You have more choices and options than anywhere else in the world, and that’s one of the reasons that Las Vegas is so great.
Have fun and be safe!!
For the most up-to-date information, go to: New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
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