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'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 catch Santa at the Fashion Show mall from Nov. 21-Dec. 24, where kids can dress in festive PJs and where proud pet owners can take pics with St. Nick on selected nights.
Enjoy a little seasonal spirit at any of Las Vegas' holiday displays, including the Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus Garden, Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 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 a 49-day holiday celebration, "Winter in Venice." This year, several weekend events will feature world-class experiences for foodies, including the new La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival Dec. 5-8. 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.
In downtown Las Vegas, the holiday season kicks of with the Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony Nov. 27. The Grand Menorah will be on display throughout the holiday season at the Fremont Street Experience, as will the 50-foot Christmas tree, which will Santa Claus himself will light on Dec. 11. The Neon Museum will also be illuminated this holiday season from Nov. 30-Dec. 31.
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.
You're sure to work up an appetite, so don't miss out on special holiday menus! A special Thanksgiving brunch awaits at Ceres inside JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring everything breakfast pastries, salads, antipastis, omelets, carved meats, hot items including the traditional roast turkey, a children's buffet and desserts! Or sit down and enjoy a full four-course meal featuring butternut squash soup, turkey with dried fruit cornbread stuffing and sweet potato puree, pumping pie and more to go with perfect wine pairings at La Cave inside Wynn Las Vegas.
After a healthy meal, indulge in one of Hyde Bellagio's five autumn-inspired cocktails as you overlook the fabulous Fountains of Bellagio. Excite your palate with the Chai Tini, Honey Rosemary Gin Fizz, Blood Orange Margarita, Bloody Sand or The Royals!
For dessert, keep an eye out for the Grinch! He's overlooking Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio. His once-empty heart is now filled with goodness -- not to mention 50 pounds of chocolate and 112 pounds of sugar-rolling fondant, an icing-like decoration.
If you're a sports fan, you can catch two of college football's top team at the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21 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!