A few years ago after my mother passed away we decided to skip our traditional Christmas and escape to Las Vegas. It was a big gamble as we were a bit unsure whether this was a good idea or not, being in decadent Sin City on such a religious day. But it turned out a winner. The town was lit up like a Christmas tree, yuletide music filled the air along the famous Strip, lights twinkles and crowds of revelers from all parts of the world gathered everywhere added to th festive spirit. It also helped to suppress the sorrow.
If you’re considering skipping town for the holidays, you might consider a trip to Vegas, where the action is happening at spots such as:
Downtown on Fremont Street where Mayor Goodman and Santa Claus will light Las Vegas’ official Christmas tree on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. The tree will be brilliantly decorated and shine brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision Canopy. The annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place Dec. 16at 4 p.m. The Grand.
The Venetian which is putting up a 65-foot tall Italian-inspired holiday tree, that’s located at Doge’s Palace and trimmed with 50,000 programmable LED lights and 5,000 ornaments. Inside, the Waterfall Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo is decked out with show-stopping winter display while the winter gardens are ablaze in white poinsettias accented with champagne, gold and green. Ice branches and 20-foot frosted birch, pine and glittering trees also complement the picturesque scene. The hotel is also hosting a culinary event called Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, from Dec. 5-7 dishing out lavish feasts an A-team of luxury brands.
Bellagio (where we stayed on our Vegas Christmas holiday) outdoes itself for the season especially at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens bedecked with more than 28,000 fresh poinsettias, a fabulous 42-foot-tall tree decorated with 7,000 warm white LED lights and 2,500 ornaments, and a pair of 12-foot-tall snow globes at its base. Kids will love the animated penguins busy building igloos around a stage where live performances fill the air with sounds of the season nightly. The Fountains of Bellagio l also add eight holiday songs to its daily performances, beginning Nov. 28. Some of the songs include Hallelujah Chorus, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, Santa Baby and Sleigh Ride.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is doing an encore performance of its iconic Ice Rink which this . year will feature a new experience on the Las Vegas Strip, snow showers. Under the blanket of falling snow, guests will experience showers throughout the evening while skating, roasting s’mores and enjoying a holiday cocktail.
Select restaurants at Treasure Island Las Vegas are offering special Christmas Day menus. Guests can dine at Seafood Shack, Phil’s Italian Steakhouse, The Buffet and Gilley’s while creating new holiday memories.
There’s a whole lot more going on during the holidays which you can discover at www.LasVegas.com.