Thursday, December 12
Downtown shifts into holiday mode with the lighting of a 50-foot tall Christmas tree at the Fremont Street Experience. Mayor Carolyn Goodman will help flip the switch with a ceremony at 5pm. Santa will be around for photos beginning at 4:45pm. The event is a good excuse to get an early look at the newly renovated Viva Vision overhead video-screen canopy, which is shining brighter than ever with more than 12 million LED lights.
Tuesday, December 17
Paris Las Vegas
Ready for the good stuff? G.H. Mumm & Cie hosts a champagne tasting at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant from 4:30-5:30pm. Hors d'oeuvres will be served in between sips of Mumm Brut, Mumm Rose, and Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blancs. Views of the Strip are included at no extra charge.
Light the menorah for Hanukkah
Sunday, December 22 - Monday, December 23
The eight crazy nights of Hanukkah get underway a little later in December this year. The lighting of the 20-foot tall Grand Menorah at the Fremont Street Experience is 4pm on December 22. Downtown Summerlin hosts a Hanukkah celebration from 4-7pm on December 23 with a menorah lighting, entertainment, ice skating, and hot cocoa. And The District at Green Valley Ranch gets in on the fun with "Light up the District" from 5:30-7:30pm on December 23 with live entertainment, dreidels, and doughnuts.
Eat out for Christmas
Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, December 25
Las Vegas is full of great restaurants, so why spend time cooking a holiday meal when you can eat out? Ferraro's has a four-course Buon Natale feast, featuring a main entree of seared scallops or roasted lamb, for $95 per person on December 23-24. Sage at Aria has a three-course meal of chestnut soup, roasted venison loin, and sticky ginger cake for $50 on Christmas Eve. Costa di Mare at Wynn serves a four-course Feast of the Seven Fishes, featuring fresh Mediterranean seafood, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $130 per person. And Momofuku at the Cosmopolitan has a five-course holiday feast, including duck carved tableside on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $148 per person.
Cost: Prices vary
Tuesday, December 24 - Wednesday, January 1
Wynn Las Vegas
A holiday meal doesn't have to be all about sliced turkey and fruitcake. The Holiday Dim Sum Brunch at Wing Lei is an annual tradition at the Wynn -- and you get a lot of food for the price. Make your way through buffet and carving stations while eating all the Cantonese, Shanghai, and Szechuan-style Chinese flavors you can handle.
Cost: $68.88 per person