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This Month's Las Vegas Entertainment Newsletter

December 2022

Sorry that this newsletter is coming out late…life sometimes gets in the way.

I’ll be home for the holidays in Las Vegas. 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.’

I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really is one of my
favorite holidays. It is about friends, family, and food. That’s it. The
holiday makes us just take a moment, stop, and simply be thankful for all that
we have.

It is so interesting how time and age changes our perspective on the holidays.
The holidays always bring both 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 drive around and
look at Christmas lights, and 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. My daughter just asked me what I want to
Christmas…all I could come up with was: “let’s spend time together, play golf,
get a mani/pedi; go out to dinner...” She was unsatisfied with my answer.

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 usually 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.

Hanukkah 2022 begins December 18 at sunset and ends December 26 at nightfall.

Kwanzaa 2022 begins December 26 and ends January 1, 2023

Christmas is December 25, 2022.

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 going to be huge.

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 comes in, 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 December. 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 “Glittering Lights,” at the Las Vegas Motor
Speedway, running into January. “The Glittering 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.

"Tournament of Kings: 'Twas the Knight" will make its return to Excalibur Hotel
& Casino, continuing the popular holiday tradition at The Strip's longest-
running dinner show. The Tournament of Kings Arena will transform into a magical
winter wonderland, guaranteeing all a 'holly jolly' time during this limited

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is making the season merry and bright with
the return of Mystic Falls Park®'s winter wonderland display, featuring festive
décor, more than 26,000 points of light and the return of its holiday laser
light show. The holiday attraction can be enjoyed starting at sundown on
Wednesday, November 24 through Saturday, January 1, 2022.

In celebration of the holiday season, Snow Carnival opened as the newest
holiday attraction in the Las Vegas Valley and sold out much of its opening
weekend. Snow Carnival began welcoming guests of all ages through January 8,
2023. Visitors to the winter wonderland can experience a gentle flurry of
snowflakes in designated areas, multiple snow play spaces and unlimited rides.
For an adrenaline rush, guests can take unlimited runs down the snowy inclines
of the "Mini Matterhorn," a multi-lane snow tubing slide for those over 42
inches tall. The Santa Train transports adults and children through a snowy
forest of lighted trees and a roaring polar bear. Holiday goers can challenge
each other to snowball throwing contests by aiming at a festive target wall.
Finally, no trip to the snow will be complete without building the perfect real
snowman or making a snow angel! Snow Carnival creates a storybook experience of
exploration, wonder, and fun for the entire family with immersive play,
unlimited rides and many Instagram-worthy moments. Pet the "reindeer" in the
Reindeer Barn and check out the polar bears and penguins that add to the
lifelike winter wildlife atmosphere. Commemorate your visit with a professional
photo with the loveable Snow Carnival Yeti who greets everyone and poses for

Palms Casino Resort offers multiple live music, special events and concert
theater performances. Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip where valet and
self-parking are always free you will find a wide range of headline talent, and
performances you can only see at Palms.
Pearl Concert Theater
Santa Jam
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and The Voice season 4 Winner and 2018 ACM
New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Danielle Bradbery—along with up-and-
coming singers/songwriters Matt Stell, Jackson Dean, Ashley Cooke and Shane
Profitt—will perform at Santa Jam 2022. Join us for some classic holiday songs
from these amazing country music artists.
December 4, 2022 at 7 PM
Collective Soul
It's probably (well, definitely) somewhat of an understatement to say Collective
Soul frontman and chief songwriter Ed Roland is unwaveringly driven in his
desire to double down on doing more of what he does best — making music, sweet
music, both in the studio and onstage. See Collective Soul live onstage at Pearl
Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 8 PM

On Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:15 p.m., prior to its live viewing party of the Wrangler
National Finals Rodeo (NFR), the Plaza Hotel & Casino will welcome Montana
cowboy and Yellowstone star, Forrie J. Smith, for a special appearance. Smith
has become a well-established cowboy TV star, playing bunkhouse veteran Lloyd
Wheeler on the hit television series Yellowstone, airing on the Paramount
Network. Now, Smith will host a talk show/television series titled Ramblin’ with
Forrie J., debuting New Year’s Day on Wild Rides TV.
The Downtown Christmas Expo takes over the Plaza’s third floor convention space
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 1-10. The carefully curated shopping event
features a diverse array of apparel and accessory designers, artisans, jewelers,
and Western couture. With dozens of Western industry vendors, including its top
makers and trend setters, the expo showcases exclusive looks and products. The
Downtown Christmas Expo is a marquee part of the memorable Western experience
that takes place in Las Vegas every December. Admission to the expo is free and
parking is validated with a purchase.

In celebration of the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), MGM Resorts
will host numerous rodeo and country music-themed events at MGM Grand, Mandalay
Bay, New York-New York, The Mirage and Excalibur December 1 – 10. Throughout the
10 days, bars, lounges and sportsbooks, will transform into country lovers'
dream destinations featuring live music from well-known artists and bands,
cowboy autograph sessions and viewing parties, among many other activities.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is welcoming back country music superstar Cody
Jinks to The Chelsea for an exclusive two-night engagement December 2 – 3.
Performances are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. nightly.
World-renowned actor, musician and comedic legend Adam Sandler is extending his
sold-out tour with an exclusive, two-night engagement at The Chelsea December 9
– 10. Performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. nightly.
MGM Grand, New York-New York and Excalibur
MGM Grand, New York-New York and Excalibur will become country central as the
three resorts turn into the Gold Buckle Zone Block Party. Scheduled events
include viewing parties, live music and autograph sessions.
MGM Grand, New York-New York and Excalibur will host complimentary Wrangler
National Finals Rodeo viewing parties at various locations beginning at 5:45
p.m. nightly.
Comedian, actor, singer and writer Rodney Carrington returns to the David
Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand for three evenings full of guaranteed laughs.
Carrington will perform December 8 – 10 with shows scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
Fans will have the chance to meet and get autographs from the Tie-Down Roping
contestants in the MGM Grand Main Lobby Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additionally, the Bareback Riding contestants will sign autographs and meet with
rodeo fans at Beerhaus at The Park Thursday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mandalay Bay
Two-step over to Cowboyville at Rhythm & Riffs Lounge and Eyecandy Sound Lounge
& Bar at Mandalay Bay.
Rhythm & Riffs Lounge
One-Hour Instructor-Led Line Dancing Class
Dates & Times: December 3, 7 & 10 at 8:30 p.m.
Bull Horn Ring Toss
Dates & Times: December 2 – 3, 9 – 10 at 8 p.m.
The expansive Roper Cowboy Marketplace will be located in Bayside E & F at the
Mandalay Bay Convention Center December 1 – 10 and will be open from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. daily. This shopping extravaganza features more than 200 Western vendors,
providing guests the opportunity to purchase everything from clothing, home
goods and more. There also will be entertainment featured on the Roper Stage and
meet-and-greet autograph opportunities with rodeo contestants daily. Admission
is complimentary and open to the public.
The Mirage
The Mirage will host complimentary viewing parties at the BetMGM Sportsbook
starting at 5:45 p.m. nightly. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Each night, country's brightest stars will headline "Rodeo Vegas" at the BetMGM
Sportsbook where the party never ends. Live music begins at 8 p.m. nightly and
admission is complimentary. The lineup is:
Thursday, Dec. 1 & Sunday, Dec. 4: Casey Donahew
Friday, Dec. 2: Lainey Wilson
Saturday, Dec. 3: Josh Abbott Band
Monday, Dec. 5: Danielle Bradbery
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Glen Templeton
Wednesday, Dec. 7: Randy Rogers Band
Thursday, Dec. 8: Travis Denning
Friday, Dec. 9: Elvie Shane
Saturday, Dec. 10: Ian Munsick
As part of the Aces of Comedy series, Ron White, best known as the cigar-
smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" tour, will
perform his hilarious stand-up comedy inside The Mirage Theatre December 2 – 3
and December 9 – 10. Performances start at 10 p.m. nightly.
"America's Favorite Husband" Steve Treviño is scheduled to perform at The Mirage
Theatre Thursday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 8. Known for his tongue-in-cheek
humor and relatable stories, Treviño will charm guests with his comedy during
NFR week. Shows is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
T-Mobile Arena
George Strait is returning to Las Vegas December 2 – 3 for his "Strait to Vegas"
series, gracing the stage at his T-Mobile Arena home away from home for the 35th
and 36th times. Joining the King of Country is special guest Caitlyn Smith.
Performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. nightly.
Jingle all the way to Downtown Container Park this holiday season. Downtown Las
Vegas' open-air shopping center & entertainment venue will host a special ho-ho-
holiday breakfast hosted by Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus! Christmas
comes early to Container Park as Santa Claus rides into town to deck the park
for the holidays! On Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., families
and holiday devotees are invited to celebrate Christmas early with 'Breakfast
with Santa'!
Never fear, Container Park has no shortage of holiday cheer! Downtown Container
Park's 'Movies on The Lawn' returns with a clatter featuring family-friendly
holiday favorites including the following:
December 12th – 'The Santa Clause'
December 11th – 'Elf'
December 18th – 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'

Downtown Summerlin® announces a special appearance by the world-renowned
Budweiser Clydesdales who will Grand Marshall the Holiday Parade at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 3. The iconic team features eight horses pulling the famous red,
white, and gold beer wagon carrying two traditionally clad drivers and a
Dalmatian coach dog. Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, guests are welcome
to head to a designated public viewing area in the Northwest parking lot at
Downtown Summerlin to get and up-close look, snap a photo with the iconic
Clydesdales and enjoy an ice-cold Budweiser for purchase until 5:30 p.m.

Santa’s Experience returns to Tivoli Village with an expanded footprint this
year! Take a stroll through a winter wonderland at Santa’s Experience – complete
with a visit with a live Santa at the end of the tour for kids of all ages,
naughty or nice! A fun and festive interactive adventure with plenty of photo-
ops along the way, Santa’s Experience includes everything from a visit to the
North Pole through the reindeer stables, an oversized gingerbread house, Santa’s
workshop, a candy factory, nutcrackers, Whoville and the Grinch, and so much

The holidays are approaching, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is
getting in the spirit with its annual community-created seasonal exhibition, A
December to Remember. Supported in part by Nevada Humanities and the National
Endowment for the Humanities, the six-week event will feature a unique
collection of exhibits, workshops, and performances by notable community groups
and civic organizations showcasing holiday customs from various ethnic and
religious cultures including Hawaiian, Japanese, Scottish, Italian, Mexican,
Filipino, Buddhist, Muslim, and Wiccan.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is thrilled to welcome hometown music icons The
Killers back to The Chelsea for an exclusive, encore New Year’s Eve performance
on Saturday, Dec. 31. On the heels of a massive, worldwide tour and an
unforgettable sold-out performance at the resort earlier this year, the GRAMMY®
nominated group will ring in 2023 with their greatest hits from their seven
best-selling studio albums. Deemed one of the most successful acts to ever
emerge from Las Vegas, The Killers have rocked the world selling more than 25
million albums globally, receiving multiple GRAMMY® nominations, AMA
nominations, MTV VMA’s and NME Awards and performing in more than 50 countries
and six continents.
The Killers’ performance at The Chelsea is one of several exclusive New Year’s
Eve festivities hosted at the resort. Additional programming and events include:
Champagne Toast at The Chandelier
Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Known as ‘The Most Instagrammable Spot in Las Vegas,’ The Chandelier 1.5 will be
reserved for an exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration, inviting guests to toast
to 2023. Imbibe on an unlimited bar package featuring signature craft cocktails
and champagne courtesy of Veuve Clicquot set amongst two million dazzling
crystals while enjoying a live DJ and photo-booth activations. Exclusive
fireworks viewing at the Ice Rink for guests of the event will be open from
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. General admission starts at $200.
The Ice Rink Fireworks Viewing Party
Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Welcome 2023 with a bang and feast your eyes on an exclusive fireworks display
complete with breathtaking views of the Strip at The Cosmopolitan’s very own
rooftop Ice Rink. Toast to a three-hour open bar experience among snow flurries
and the glittering lights of Las Vegas atop the resort, complete with VIP and
reserved seating, a champagne toast at midnight and complimentary ice skate
DJ Pauly D at Marquee Nightclub
Saturday, Dec. 31 | Doors: 8 p.m.
This New Year’s Eve, say goodbye to 2022 at Marquee Nightclub with a live set by
DJ Pauly D. Partygoers can toast to the New Year as Pauly D leads the countdown
to 2023 and continues the celebration all night long.

Multi-Platinum recording artist and global icon Gwen Stefani will celebrate 2023
with two exclusive New Year's Eve weekend performances at The Venetian Theatre
inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. Performances on Friday, Dec. 30, and Sat.
Dec. 31, are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Ballpark® announces the return of Enchant this holiday season! The
whimsical and heartfelt Christmas Light Maze and Village that boasts a walk-
through 100-foot tree, with an all-NEW family-friendly Mischievous Elf theme.
Guests can join in on the brand-new maze experience that features best pals,
Eddie the Elf and Sparky the Reindeer, who help find missing presents for Santa
to deliver— before it’s too late. The full Enchant experience at Las Vegas
Ballpark includes gliding down the ice-skating trail with an improved
streamlined process for checking in; sampling gourmet holiday treats from around
the world with many new vendors including the Build-A-Bear Workshop to make a
special bear to join you on your adventures; the Hallmark® Channel Holiday
House; Polar Roller, where you can create your own snow cone from start to
finish; Merry Lodge for a signature Enchant lightbulb beverage; and for guests
21 and over, a stop at the new Tipsy Tree Tavern. Finish your experience with a
walk through the Christmas Market that takes over the entire 360-degree
concourse and includes an improved, special Santa experience.

Spiritual sounds and heavenly hashbrowns...this is "churrrch on the Strip!" as
emcee Patti Pennington describes it. House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay
Bay Resort & Casino proudly announces the extension of the world-famous House of
Blues Gospel Brunch after sold-out shows during 2022.
Remaining 2022 Performances (all performances at 10 a.m.):
Dec. 4 & 11
2023 Performances (all performances at 10 a.m.):
Jan. 8 & 22 – Just added!
Feb. 19 & 26 – Just added!
March 12 & 26 – Just added!
The all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch is a non-denominational, immersive celebration
of gospel music to help wipe away your troubles and leave you inspired. With a
buffet menu that is ever-evolving, the Gospel Brunch menu includes southern
specialties and morning feast favorites omelet and ham carving stations, red
rose-roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, BBQ chicken, creamy mac & cheese,
cider-braised Brussels sprouts, andouille sausage & chicken jambalaya, chicken &
waffles, and an array of salads, seasonal fruits, desserts and breakfast

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum
is getting in the spirit with its annual community-created exhibition, A
December to Remember. Museum visitors can experience holiday traditions and
celebrations from around the world at the heart of Las Vegas' cultural corridor.
Supported in part by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the
Humanities, A December to Remember features a unique collection of cultural
exhibits, workshops, and performances by notable community groups and civic
organizations. During the six-week event, visitors can learn about holiday
customs from various ethnic and religious cultures including Hawaiian, Japanese,
Scottish, Italian, Mexican, Filipino, Buddhist, Muslim, and Wiccan.

The Giving Machine, the popular “vending machine” that works in reverse by
giving users an opportunity to purchase a variety of much-needed items for local
and global charities via the swipe of a credit or debit card, or Apple and
Google Pay, returns to Downtown Summerlin® where it will remain through Jan. 1,
Local nonprofit beneficiaries this year include Catholic Charities, HELP of
Southern Nevada, Project 150, Three Square and Volunteers in Medicine. Global
beneficiaries include Church World Services and Lifting Hands International.

This holiday season the UNLV Performing Arts Center will present "A Very Merry
Christmas" starring the dynamic ensemble Mariachi Herencia de México at the
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Filled with
music and cheer for the whole family, the Latin GRAMMY®-nominated group will
perform Mexican and American favorites, including their hit "It's the Most
Wonderful Time of the Year," "Los Peces en el Rio," "Sleigh Ride," "Mi Burrito
Sabanero," and many more.
The Mirage Hotel & Casino announced Wayne Brady and Chico Bean will join the
Aces of Comedy Series 2023 lineup at The Mirage Theatre while Jim Jefferies
announced additional performances. All three comedians' shows are scheduled to
begin at 10 p.m.
January 14, 2023
June 10, 2023
Multi-Emmy Award-winning and GRAMMY Award-nominated Wayne Brady has an
impressive resume on stage and screen. Brady has starred in and executive
produced such hits as "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," "Let's Make A Deal," "Game of
Talents" and "Comedy IQ," a series he also co-created. Fueled by his passion for
music, Brady is an accomplished singer and performer, winning the second season
of "The Masked Singer" as well as starring in Broadway shows including
"Chicago," "Kinky Boots" and "Hamilton."
April 8, 2023
Chico Bean stars on MTV's "Wild 'N Out" as a top veteran and one of the show's
most notable faces. Known for his uncanny ability to instantly memorize the
words to an old song or create an on-the-spot quirky jingle, Chico credits
perfecting his craft to appearances on "The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show," an
improv stand-up comedy show in North Carolina, and MTV 2's comedy series "Guy
June 2 – 3, 2023
Jim Jefferies returns to The Mirage Theatre with his "Give 'em What They Want
Tour." Jefferies is one of the most popular and respected comedians of his
generation, entertaining audiences across the globe with his provocative,
belief-challenging and thought-provoking comedy. Jefferies hosts his own podcast
series, "I Don't Know About That with Jim Jefferies," alongside co-hosts Forrest
Shaw and Kelly Blackheart.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton and proud hotel
partner of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) 2022, will be abuzz with
viewing events, live performances, dining specials and more, Dec. 1 – 10.
24 Oxford will play host to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Calcutta (fantasy
rodeo draft) nightly, beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by a live viewing of NFR.
The after party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. each night with live musical performances
from exciting, up-and-coming country stars. The entertainment lineup includes
Easton Corbin (Dec. 1), Dillon Carmichael (Dec. 2), Glen Templeton (Dec. 3), Dan
Smalley (Dec. 4), Will Jones (Dec. 5), Ben Gallaher (Dec. 6), Wyatt McCubbin
(Dec. 7), Joe Nichols (Dec. 9), Heath Sanders (Dec. 10) and more.
The nonstop entertainment continues at The Theater with multi-platinum country
artist Gary Allan with special guest Drake Milligan on Dec. 2 and 3, GRAMMY and
Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Ryan Bingham with The Texas Gentlemen
plus special guest Corb Lund on Dec. 4, genre-bending artist Koe Wetzel and
special guests Bones Owens & Ben Burgess will perform Dec. 6 and legendary
southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring the heat on Dec. 9 and 10. is, of course, the place to read the reviews of all of the shows
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