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'Tis the season to get into the holiday spirit in Las Vegas!

'Tis the season for a Vegas getaway! The holidays are a great time to check out special events that you'll only find in Vegas!

Start with a little holiday shopping. With everything from extravagant malls to specialty shops, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list. Bring along our shopping passport for even bigger savings!

Be sure to visit the Fashion Show mall for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience created by Dreamworks Entertainment. It starts with Shrek, and ends with Santa, seamlessly blending storytelling with cutting-edge technology. "Adventure to Santa" involves six different light and sound shows that require sunglasses to view, and ends with a one on one with Santa Claus himself. And the best part -- it's absolutely free!

Bellagio Conversatory

Enjoy a little seasonal spirit at any of Las Vegas' holiday displays, including the Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus Garden, the Conservatory at the Bellagio and the Waterfall, Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo, which feature hand-designed snowflakes suspended midair in the three-floor-high atrium. The Venetian and The Palazzo are home to "Winter in Venice." Every evening, guests can enjoy the Winter in Venice Holiday Spectacular, which unfolds throughout the Doge's Palace plaza, concluding with a rousing finale that will illuminate the plaza including the 65-foot Christmas tree. 

You can even ice skate on the Las Vegas Strip at both The Cosmopolitan and The Venetian for the coolest experience in town!

A trip to Opportunity Village's Magical Forest will certainly instill the holiday spirit. Wind through the holiday tree forest adorned with whimsical decorations featuring nearly three million lights, or hop on the Forest Express passenger train and Enchanted Carousel.

If you're a sports fan, you can catch two of college football's top team at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20 or some spirited college hoops action at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Dec. 22-23 at the Orleans.

This holiday season, Vegas is the place to be jolly!

Vegas Weekend: Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo and more

Some of the biggest names in entertainment are descending on Las Vegas this weekend, so whether it's a concert, comic or celebrity you are looking for, you'll find them in Vegas this weekend. See who's where this weekend, or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Zac Brown Band

Friday, Oct. 17

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Saturday, Oct. 18

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Sunday, Oct. 19

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Vegas Weekend: The Eagles, Seth Meyers, Enrique, Pitbull and more

Whether it's music, production shows, comedy, DJs or celebrities you're looking for, Las Vegas is the place. See who's where this weekend, or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Wicked

Friday, Oct. 10

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Seth Meyers

Saturday, Oct. 11

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Sunday, Oct. 12

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You'll find something for everyone this holiday season when you shop in Vegas

Find something for everyone on your holiday list when you do your holiday shopping in Vegas! You'll discover plenty of great buys in the city's spacious and lavish couture flagships, discount outlet malls, specialty stores, souvenir shops, trendy boutiques and more. 

Plus, with the exclusive Shopping Passport, you'll be rewarded with gifts and discounts just for showing up to shop.

Downtown Summerlin

Start at the brand-new shops at Downtown Summerlin, just a few miles from the Strip. It's home to 125 shops and restaurants in an open-air shopping environment. From the fashions at Chico’s and BCBG Max Azria to the luxury cosmetics at L’Core Paris, you’ll find the latest trendsetting looks and products.

Downtown Container Park

Right in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, you can find some great gifts and spend a day at Downtown Container Park, a family-friendly outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment attraction. Made completely of shipping containers stacked upon each other, this unique venue offers a variety of boutique shops and food outlets. There is a kids play area with 30 foot slide and water area in the middle of this urban destination located just blocks away from Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. Various musical groups are featured on the outdoor amphitheater nightly. 

For more lavish shopping, the world's leading designers, including Gucci, Dior and Chanel, have shops inside the luxurious Via Bellagio. You can also choose from exclusive retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany & Co. and Prada when you shop at Crystals, the 500,000-square-foot retail and dining district at CityCenter.

Miracle Mile Shops

Take a spin through 170 specialty stores, and then treat yourself at one of the 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues you'll find at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Or walk the cobblestone streets and gaze at the Mediterranean sky when you browse through the spacious Forum Shops at Caesars.

International and unique shopping boutiques are abound at the luxurious Wynn Esplanade inside Wynn Las Vegas, or take a memorable gondola ride through a replica of St. Mark's Square and then browse through the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo.

Fashion Show

The Fashion Show Mall has nearly 2 million square feet of holiday shopping heaven, including Neiman
Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Town Square, south of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center including such shops as H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lucky Brand Jeans, bebe and more.

For great deals, head over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North downtown or Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll find stores such as A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. John, Theory, and many more. 

Great buys are in store this holiday season, no matter where you shop in Vegas!

Chinatown filled with flavorful fare

Few people know that Las Vegas is home to the first master planned Chinatown in America.

Chinatown

But along with the unique Tong Dynasty architecture and the the largest collection of Asian businesses in Las Vegas, one thing visitors and Las Vegans alike are very familiar with is the authentic restaurants in the area, which encompasses Spring Mountain Road from the Strip to Rainbow Boulevard. Here's a look at the variety of flavorful fare you'll find:

Chinese

Yunnan Garden has more than 150 menu options, fllled with authentic Chinese dishes, including the spicy Szechuan Style Cold Noodle dish, a great deal for $5.95. 

Cathay House Restaurant is a popular, open-late spot with tasty dim sum and other traditional Chinese dishes, and KJ Kitchen is known for its Peking Duck and outstanding table service for its guests.

Uni in Ponzu Sauce

Japanese

Ichiza features traditional Japanese tapas - about 300, in fact - with a creative flair. From grilled squid to chicken skewers, there's plenty to tantalize your taste buds. Shown above is Ichiza's delicious Uni in Ponzu Sauce. Below, its signature dessert - the honey toast. This delicious dish is a square loaf of bread, crispy on the outside but soft in the middle. It's topped with vanilla ice cream and honey.  

Honey Toast

If you like spicy miso ramen with thick wavy noodles, check out Monta Ramen. For an upscale setting, Raku may be right for you. You'll certainly enjoy the bacon wrapped asparagus and poached egg uni and salmon roe. For some omakase style sushi, head over to Kabuto.

Thai

Chada Thai & Wine has all of the curry delicacies you'd expect in an authentic Thai restaurant, with the perfect wine pairings. Chada also has a gluten-free menu. For amazing Thai lunch specials and classics such as Pad Thai and the Drunken Noodles, visit Krung Siam.

Vietnamese

Pho Kim Long is open 24/7, so no matter when you're hungry for authentic Vietnamese dishes, you'll find them there. Pho Kim Long is perfect for a group outing or an intimate meal with your special someone.

District One Kitchen & Bar includes dishes inspired by Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan, and is open late, and you can choose your fish and have it any way you like it at Raku, even sashami, and accompanied by a Japanese plum soy sauce and a green tea/seaweed/shiitake/sea salt combo.

For a memorable Bahn Mi, visit Dakao Sandwiches. It's a small shop with huge flavors.  

Korean 

Honey Pig Korean BBQ and Sura BBQ Buffet offer an all-you-can-eat experience that's perfect for anyone with an appetite for pork belly, short ribs of beef and other Korean BBQ favorites. 

Dae Jang Keum is another 24/7 restaurant in Chinatown featuring authentic Korean cuisine, with takeout and online ordering available as well. Their lunch and dinner boxes hit the spot every time.

After any of these fulfilling meals, you'll be ready to take part in another Chinatown favorite activity - karaoke! Zizzy and Bazic Bar & Restoyaky are popular spots with happy hour specials and fun environmentals to stretch out your vocal chords.  

Make a trip to Chinatown part of your next visit to Las Vegas and enjoy these Asian-inspired delicacies! 

Head downtown for that speakeasy feeling

Sure, prohibition hasn't been around for nearly a century, but it's still fun to feel like you're in an old-fashioned speakeasy, where what you know isn't nearly as important as who you know.

In Las Vegas, there are several watering holes that will give you that cool, speakeasy feeling. Start downtown in the Fremont East District at the The Laundry Room, the bar within a bar deep inside the Commonwealth at 6th and Fremont. 

You can only get it through a hidden door with a reservation, which you can only make by texting the "secret" number. When you do gain entry, there are a few rules to obey. No pics, for example, so don't plan on any secret selfies. And you can only stay for two hours, so be sure to try any of the variety of concoctions they offer only in the Laundry Room. Specifically, the Ciao Bella (below at left: Italian Amaretto, Amaro Espresso-Coffee Liqueur, Cold-Pressed Coffee, Cream, Aromatic Bitters) and Pennsylvania Pumpkin Pie (below, center: Rye Whiskey, Amaretto, Pumpkin Puree, Fresh Orange Juice, Egg Whites).

Commonwealth drinks

Once your time is up, stick around the cool outdoor patio and enjoy live music on selected nights and other creative beverages, like the Mule In Heat (above right: Premium Vodka, Passion Fruit, Jalapeño, Fresh Lime and Ginger). If you find yourself with a case of the drunchiesLa Comida and Le Thai are right next door to satisfy your appetite. 

Velveteen Rabbit

Another downtown locale with a retro feel is the Velveteen Rabbit on Main Street, where you'll find a casual and unpretentious atmosphere.

It's underground, baby, and only in Vegas. Tell 'em we sent ya.

 

Vegas Weekend: Country cookin': Blake, Miranda, Jason Aldean and more

All roads lead to Las Vegas this weekend as the Route 91 Harvest Festival comes to town, and with it, some of the biggest names in country music. Catch Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more performing at the MGM Resorts Village. The Band Perry is also in town this weekend, along with some of the country's top comedians in Lisa Lampanelli, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari and Lewis Black. It's entertainment only Vegas can deliver, and for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Route 91 Harvest Festival

Friday, Oct. 3

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Aziz Ansari

Saturday, Oct. 4

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Sunday, Oct. 5

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Vegas Weekend: Katy Perry roars into Vegas

What do you get for Wakin' Up in Vegas this weekend? A chance to see Katy Perry at MGM Grand, as well as other top musical acts, comedians, DJs and so much more. It's entertainment only Vegas can deliver, and for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Katy Perry

Friday, Sept. 26

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Kings of Leon

Saturday, Sept. 27

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Sunday, Sept. 28

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Vegas Weekend: There's lots to love with iHeart

Head to Las Vegas for a weekend filled with the biggest names in music! The iHeart Radio Music Festival returns to MGM Grand with a world-class lineup of stars. It's part of the unparalleled entertainment only Vegas can deliver. For a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

iHeart Radio Music Festival

Friday, Sept. 19

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Thirty Seconds to Mars

Saturday, Sept. 20

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Chvrches

Sunday, Sept. 21

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Retail Therapy: Shopping Vegas Like a Pro

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Travel and shopping are a delicious combination. Who doesn’t love returning home with a memento of a memorable trip? Leave extra room in your bags and hit the town ready to buy a new outfit for a special night out, or pick up a keepsake you’ll love forever. Las Vegas shopping options tend to make things easy with free or valet parking and plenty of places to pause, rest your feet and refresh before the next stop.

What’s new

Some big Las Vegas names are going even bigger when it comes to shopping. Bally’s Las Vegas is going big and small at the same time. Construction walls around Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops are expected to come down soon, revealing an entirely new approach to the casino entrance. Inspired by the open-air markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the two-acre outdoor shopping promenade will showcase at least 150 shops beneath colorful, undulating roofs. One of the first tenants to sign on, Swarovski, is creating a giant crystal starburst that will light up at night. Shops will come in a variety of sizes and types ranging from internationally known brands to unique boutiques. 

The completely refurbished Tropicana Las Vegas is set to open a new street-side pavilion at its entrance, including plenty of shopping, in 2015. Treasure Island will be combining shopping and entertainment in a big new multi-story space; it has already announced CVS as one anchor tenant. 

Fashion Show

Fashion Show, the largest shopping destination on the Strip with almost 2 million — yes, that’s million — square feet of retail space, is about to get bigger, with expansion plans looking ahead to next year. That will be on top of anchors like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy’s, and unique stores like the recently opened Lego Store — the only one in Nevada. 

At Town Square Las Vegas, a new 37,000-square-foot GameWorks just opened, complete with a bowling alley and an eSports Arena for multiplayer computer gaming, along with classic games, family restaurants, and a sports bar. Other brand-new additions at Town Square: the barbecue joint Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse) and an Apricot Lane clothing boutique. 

Immersive experiences

Like everything else in the destination, shopping in Las Vegas tends to be an immersive experience. Many casinos have their own promenades, each with a different design and focus. Some, like the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo, bring the outdoors inside with airy atriums, wide walkways and elegant decor. Selections run from luxury brands to unique outlets including Bauman Rare Books Las Vegas. Then there's the sleek, modern Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, with fashionable options including H&M and True Religion Brand Jeans. 

Looking for luxury? Hermès, Cartier and Prada are among the high-end options at The Shops at Crystals in ARIA Resort & Casino, as is America’s largest Louis Vuitton store. New additions include the first freestanding Sisley boutique and the second Richard Mille location in the U.S. (And if your taste in currency is more exotic than most, the city’s first “Robocoin” bitcoin ATM just opened across the street.)

If your travels take you away from the bright lights of the Strip and downtown, head to one of the neighborhood shopping centers around Las Vegas, which include Meadows MallBoulevard MallTivoli Village, and The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Deals galore

Shopping in Las Vegas is not just for high rollers. The more budget-minded among us will find bargains in Las Vegas, too. Two Las Vegas Premium Outlets, one at either end of the Strip, cater to shoppers looking for good deals on their favorite brands. About two miles north of the Stratosphere near downtown, Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North features about 150 stores including such big names as Armani and Tory Burch. At the south end of the Strip, Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South has 140 stores including Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors outlets.

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, with more than 100 stores, is connected to Primm Valley Resort and Casino, 30 minutes south of Las Vegas. 

Gold & Silver Pawn

Another option: Find something unexpected at one of the destination’s pawnshops. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop gained TV fame on "Pawn Stars" and is now a tourist attraction as well as a place to shop, but it’s just one of many.

Something unique

Las Vegas is known for making pretty much every recognizable brand name available, but it’s also easy to buy items in Vegas that you won’t see anywhere else.

Consider timing your visit to hit First Friday, a cultural celebration that draws up to 20,000 people downtown to the Las Vegas Arts District on the first Friday of each month. This is a chance to pick up a unique piece of art from one of 80 local vendors, all while snacking, drinking and watching free shows by performers who come out to entertain art-loving crowds. Choose from fine arts like ceramics and paintings or visit funky antique and vintage shops like the Steampunk Imaginarium. 

If you miss First Friday, you can always check out the Arts District’s shops and galleries during regular business hours. They’re close to other downtown shopping options including Container Park, an innovative shopping and playing space filled with Vegas-focused boutiques displaying carefully curated wares and works by local artists. And if all that shopping has your luggage overflowing, you can probably find a perfect new suitcase in Las Vegas, too.

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