December 2017

I didn’t mean to be gone all of November, but it just happened…I’ll be happy to be back home in Las Vegas for December.  It is so interesting how time and age changes our perspective on the holidays.  The holidays always bring 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.”  She was unsatisfied with my answer.

Chanukah begins Tues. night, Dec. 12, 2017 and continues through Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Kwanzaa 2017 in United States of America will begin on Tuesday, December 26 and ends on Monday, January 1, 2018.

Christmas is December 25, 2017.

December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the month-less period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.

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 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.

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 huge…so huge, in fact that I’ll deal with New Year’s Eve separately at the end of the column.

The holidays in Las Vegas are just like the holidays everywhere else.  The focus is on family and friends. We do all of the same type of holiday/Christmas things that everyone else in the country does. I mention this because so many people have misconceptions about Las Vegas.  The week prior to Christmas, Las Vegas is fairly empty of tourists. The shows and events that are still up and running usually give locals deep discounts, and it is great to get out, see a show, and not have to fight crowds.

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 brings with it a couple of hundred thousand people, 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 “The Gift of Lights,” at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This will be the fifth year that it is being hosted there. “The Gift of 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.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall will light up its celebrated winter display at Mystic Falls Park through Jan. 1. The holiday attraction featuring a Winter Wonderland theme and holiday-inspired laser light show will be available for visitors to enjoy through Jan. 1.  Each year, the Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show transforms just before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. The time-honored tradition goes back to 1994, with decorations beginning in Sam’s Town’s porte-cochere and decorative snowflakes leading guests through the property to Mystic Falls Park. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts and snow-covered trees fill the atrium, and decor offers guests a glimpse inside Santa’s workshop, from elves making toys to loading up Santa’s sleigh with goodies for children.  A nine-minute laser light show is the centerpiece of the display featuring a variety of classic holiday songs, like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let It Snow,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Performances run every hour, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
 Cowboy Santa will also join in the festivities by visiting Mystic Falls Park gazebo beginning Nov. 24 on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. Cowboy Santa will visit Sam’s Town through Friday, Dec. 23.


Other holiday events include the Chocolate Wonderland at the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, which is free; the annual Holiday display at the Four Seasons, which is free.

The biggest event during the first part of December is the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) that runs December 7 to 16 at the Thomas & Mack Center. This is one of the largest rodeo competitions in the world. It is filled with excitement, and in order to give all of the rodeo enthusiast’s options for entertainment, the city does its best to book all of the top Country and Western singers and entertainers.

Santas will take over Downtown Las Vegas for the 13th annual, iconic Las Vegas Great Santa Run benefitting Opportunity Village on Saturday, December 2.  The Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s myriad programs, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to more than 3,000 individuals with intellectual and related disabilities throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Pioneers of the World Santa Alliance, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run is the reigning champion of an annual friendly competition for most Santas gathered for a fun run with Liverpool, Tasmania, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Texas and San Francisco, with plans to maintain the trophy for another year in 2017.

In its continued effort to support the local community, Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas in partnership with Dark Knight Entertainment, will “Make Positive Waves” this holiday season by donating a bulk of tickets to nonprofits that support Southern Nevada for the water park’s first-ever Las Vegas Christmas Town. Each organization can distribute the tickets however they would like to raise funds or give to donors, volunteers and staff as a token of appreciation. Nonprofits are also encouraged to invite children and families that their organization supports for a hassle-free and complimentary holiday experience. Las Vegas Christmas Town offers sensational sights at every turn, daily through Sunday, Dec. 31. The nighttime winter wonderland features one-of-a-kind entertainment and attractions including a skating rink, a 40-foot Christmas tree, 100-foot sledding hill, 40-passenger Polar Express train ride, paintball zone, free photos with Santa Claus, nightly snowfalls, over 3 million glistening lights and much more.

Participating Organizations Include:

  • Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation: Tuesday, Dec. 26

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1993, which offers over 45 programs and services including a variety of educational services, financial support and counseling for critically-ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada. The foundation's mission is to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, renal disorders, blood and immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer. In 2011, NCCF incorporated The Caring Place, (founded by Dr. Mary Ann Allison, a CCCN physician), which provides emotional, mental and physical assistance to adults with cancer, into its breadth of programs. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702.735.8434 or visit them at www.nvccf.org for pediatric services, services for adults touched by cancer, and financial grants for adults in cancer treatment.

 

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada: Wednesday, Dec. 27

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada is a nonprofit organization that operates 14 facilities and two summer outreach programs in Southern Nevada, and serves more than 20,000 youth in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Southern Highlands and Summerlin. These Clubhouses offer children ages K-12th grade a variety of daily creative, fun and educational programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada works to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Keep up with BGCSNV events and news on Facebook and Twitter. For more information visit www.bgcsnv.org or call 702-367-2582.

 

  • Best Buddies Nevada: Thursday, Dec. 28

Best Buddies Nevada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with IDD are so successfully integrated into schools, workplaces and communities that its current efforts and services will be unnecessary. Until that vision becomes a reality, the organization will continue to educate middle school, high school and college students, community members, corporations and employers about the emotional, functional, and natural needs and abilities of people with IDD.

 

Give a toy, enjoy a night of music as local hip hop / rap artist, Mike Xavier, and friends sponsor a holiday toy drive on Thursday, Dec. 7 at The Arts Factory in Downtown Las Vegas (107 E. Charleston Blvd.).  Entry is a toy or gift card donation and guest must RSVP at www.MikeXavierMusic.com to attend as space is very limited to this evening of music and holiday giving (no RSVP needed for children under three). This all-ages event will benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. Other artists scheduled to appear are Xavier’s son Jaylyn Thai, Jessica Manalo, Camden West, Halsey Harkins, Zack Gray, and Sonia Barcelona. Sponsors include The Sinema, 8 Trax Sound, Gina Joy Photo, Poetic Music Group, IMYLG Events, and The Arts Factory.  Mike Xavier is a gifted songwriter and performer who shares the struggles from his past and undying hope for the future with those willing to listen.  His message is widely relatable as he recites rhymes of life, love, and hard times.  Xavier’s purpose is to express life's emotions through music while inspiring others along the way. 

 

Jay Leno and Bryce Harper are joining the force of Las Vegas entertainers and homegrown talent to take the stage Friday, December 1 at T-Mobile Arena for the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert, a special evening of entertainment supporting the victims of the October 1 tragedy.  Leno, a Las Vegas headlining comedian; and Harper, Washington Nationals outfielder and Las Vegas native; will join Boyz II Men, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Imagine Dragons, Penn & Teller, The Killers, and more for an unprecedented fundraising event benefiting the Las Vegas Victims Fund.  Harper said, “I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and my pride for this great city runs deep. In the wake of this terrible event, the world has seen what I’ve always known to be true: how strong our city is and what a tight-knit, supportive community we have. I’m proud to be a part of the Vegas Strong benefit to support and honor those impacted by this tragedy and the city that I love.”

Excalibur Hotel & Casino’s high-tech “Ultimate 4-D Experience®” adds to its exciting family-friendly, blockbuster entertainment mix with the special showcase of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience® for the holidays through Tuesday, Jan. 2.  The immersive nature of the 4-D Experience®  attraction is heightened by incorporating the latest technologies such as in-theater and in-seat effects to create the optimum cinematic experience putting guests right in the middle of the action. The Ultimate 4-D Experience® also features San Andreas 4-D Experience®; Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience®; and The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®.

Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis will bring “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” classics and best-loved hits from his “Fresh Aire” series to Orleans Arena on Friday, Dec. 1.  This year marks the 33rd Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,” an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.  In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour has become one of the longest running tours in the music industry.  Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums with 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.

Comedian, actor and writer, Patton Oswalt, who is scheduled to perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Dec. 2, pledges to donate half of his performance fee to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund organized by Clark County Commission Chairman, Steve Sisolak.  “I love Vegas and to be able to perform there and give back to the Victims’ Fund means a lot to me,” said Oswalt. “Plus, the Hard Rock comps my drinks.”

To donate directly to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund. Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the 1 October tragedy.

 

Local and tourist rodeo enthusiasts are invited to saddle up for Gary Leffew's Bucking Ball event at Tropicana Las Vegas this December 7-16, 2017.  In honor of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), this ten day event will boot scoot into the Trinidad Pavilion and feature a series of nightly activities - for the ultimate Western lifestyle rodeo affair. Guests are invited to kick off the evening with a glimpse of the most prestigious rodeo event in the world with a special closed circuit viewing party, along with a WNFR-inspired pop up shop featuring cowboy inspired apparel and gifts for the rodeo enthusiast with hats, boots, belt buckles and accessories for purchase.

Hyde Bellagio invites revelers to “Countdown by the Lake” on Sunday, Dec. 31 during what is sure to be an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration. Beginning at 9 p.m., Hyde will transform into a secret garden, highlighting the seamless indoor-outdoor space, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive terrace that looks out over the famed Fountains of Bellagio, the perfect backdrop to ring in 2018.  Wrapping up a record year in downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience invites partygoers to forget all inhibitions and ring in 2018 during downtown Vegas’ official New Year’s Eve party, America’s Party Downtown, hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

On Sunday, Dec. 31 beginning at 6 p.m., guests can celebrate the new year in style with non-stop live entertainment from 12 bands on four stages, including a dedicated EDM stage, watch the iconic ball drop in Times Square and enjoy the worldwide premiere of The Killers’ new music video montage featuring famous hit such as "Mr. Brightside," "When We Were Young" and "The Man" all on the world’s largest single video screen, Viva Vision. Throughout the evening, guests will also be treated to stunning onstage pyrotechnics, dazzling visuals, alluring dancers and aerialists, theatrical, roaming entertainment and an unforgettable Viva Vision year-in-review montage, making America’s Party Downtown the ultimate spot to ring in the new year.  Following the highly-anticipated countdown, guests can keep the party going under the 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lights of Viva Vision with complimentary light and sound shows by artists such as Green Day, Imagine Dragons, The Who, Tiësto, and more.  Following the New Year’s Eve countdown, partygoers will toast to a memorable year as DJ Hollywood spins the hottest tracks until the early morning hours and the highly anticipated fireworks show lights up The Strip. Formal attire is encouraged, general admission prices start at $50 and hosted bar opportunities begin at $75.

Top R&B artists will bring their greatest hits to Teddy Riley’s Presents Kings and Queens of R&B Las Vegas Soul Festival at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, Dec. 2. Featured artists include Teddy Riley, Faith Evans, Guy, SWV, Donell Jones, Black Street, Ginuwine and Jon B. The concert will be hosted by legendary producer Jimmy Jay and will also feature Celebrity DJ Larose Royce.

Master impressionist and longtime Las Vegas entertainer Gordie Brown is set to make his hilarious, headlining debut at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas. Known for his eccentric impressions of some of the biggest celebrities in the world today, Brown’s hit show Gordie Brown has debuted inside the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas. Hailed as a “great entertainer” by Celine Dion, Brown has performed in numerous showrooms around Las Vegas since 2004. Produced by Chip Lightman Enterprises, Gordie Brown promises to be a fast-paced high energy show full of hilarious, spot-on impressions of the world’s most famous artists, actors, celebrities and politicians. Along with prominent personalities such as Bruno Mars, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks and Jack Nicholson, Gordie Brown will also feature all-new voices and parodies.  Gordie Brown will perform five days a week, with Tuesdays and Fridays dark.

From our family to yours, celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The Bronx Wanderers this holiday season! The most rockin’ show on The Strip will present its first ever holiday show in Las Vegas at Bally’s Las Vegas through December 30. The Bronx Wanderers Holiday Show is an extravaganza complete with falling snow, a real live action Grinch and a rockin' feel good time! Join Vinny and his two sons - Vinny “The Kid” and Nicky “Stix” - flanked by their top-notch band, to experience a holiday show you'll never forget. Enjoy holiday favorites Rock ‘N’ Roll style, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Run Run Rudolph” and more, as well as many other songs The Bronx Wanderers' fans love. Since opening on September 22, 2016, the most energetic show on the Las Vegas Strip has performed more than 360 shows for over 70,00 fans, and was just voted the Bronze Winner of the “Best New Act/Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Awards 2017.

The legendary cast of Legends in Concert, the longest-running show in Las Vegas at Flamingo Las Vegas, will greet the season with its holiday show through December 30.  Just as the Radio City Rockettes have become synonymous with the holiday season in New York City, the annual holiday show at Legends in Concert has become part of the famous festivities in Las Vegas for both tourists and locals.  For the first time in the production’s history, Legends in Concert will debut a dazzling tribute to the late superstar George Michael, portrayed by Michael Knight.  The musical journey will recreate the greatest hits of George Michael’s solo career and Wham!, along with the holiday classic “Last Christmas.” Guests will enjoy signature hits by the entire legendary cast, as well as, favorite songs of the season.  Whitney Houston, portrayed by Jazmine, will warm hearts with his stunning vocals on “Do You Hear What I Hear;” Frank Sinatra, portrayed by Brian Duprey, will bring holiday cheer with “Marshmallow World;” and Elvis Presley, portrayed by Matt Lewis and Bill Cherry, performing the King’s legendary “Blue Christmas.”  Keeping with the show’s annual holiday tradition, local youth choirs and performing arts groups have also been invited to perform in the holiday production, providing young talent an opportunity to perform on the historic stage in the Donny and Marie Showroom.  An all new blockbuster opening number begins the festivities with Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rendition of “Jingle Bells.”  For the big finale, the entire cast will perform “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the Legends band brings music memories to life with a sensational tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”) that brings the magic of the season to Las Vegas.

In what has quickly become an annual Las Vegas tradition, Piff the Magic Dragon will hit pause on his regular show at Flamingo Las Vegas to present his third Piffmas Piff-Tacular, “Piffmas at Piffany’s,” December 4 – 30, 2017.  “Piffmas at Piffany's” is about three things and three things only: points, prizes and pummeling the opposition into submission. There can only be one winner, and second place is just first loser.  On arrival each member of the audience will be separated from their loved ones and divided into one of four teams all competing for Piff's Prize Potluck. Because what's more traditional than spending the holiday season falling out with your nearest and dearest over some petty game?  The evening culminates in the Sale of a Sandwich, to benefit a local charity (but don’t tell Piff, he’s planning to buy a fancy new castle). During its initial run, Piff raised over $15,000 in less than three months by selling stale pastry treats to minor celebrities. Will he be able to top that this Piffmas for this year’s charity – Feeding America?  

For the second time in its inaugural year, The Space welcomes a Tony Award-winning performer to the stage. John Lloyd Young, star of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” on both Broadway and the Clint Eastwood-directed film, is set to grace the stage for a two-night engagement Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. This very special evening with Broadway Superstar John Lloyd Young will feature a variety of music from Young’s award-winning Broadway career and as a solo artist. Tickets are extremely limited are and available at www.thespacelv.com.  Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young originated the role of ‘Frankie Valli’ in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical and international hit, “Jersey Boys.”  As Valli, Young garnered unprecedented accolades from New York and national media, including one of the most exciting “New York Times” reviews ever written for an actor making a Broadway debut. Young went on to win the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut.  As Frankie Valli, Young sings lead vocals on the Platinum, Grammy Award-winning “Jersey Boys” Original Cast Album. 

Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment Presents A Very Terry Christmas, a holiday-themed performance by Terry Fator and his amazing cast through December 25. A Very Terry Christmas is a holiday tradition in the style of those great family television specials of the past, while mixing in the perfect amount of Las Vegas. Fator and cast will celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classics including “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “White Christmas,” plus fans will learn all about “Juana,” a new holiday guaranteed to make guests laugh.  A Very Terry Christmas features a brilliant cast fronted by Fator and pre-show opener Ben Harris, along with Fator’s lovable characters Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki “The Cougar,” country legend Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius, Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins and Latin heartthrob Fernando V. Francisco, “Elton John,” “Donald Trump,” and a special performance fans won’t want to miss by “Bing Crosby” and “David Bowie.”

Have a hollerin’ good time this holiday season as The Psychic Hillbilly, the rootin’est and tootin’est psychic hillbilly in all of the U. S. of A., invades the Back Space at The Space for a limited four-night engagement that will take place Dec. 7 – 10. Tickets are available now on those interwebs at www.thespacelv.com, the Rest’yall general admission tickets are $25 while the Kinfolk side-stage VIP tickets are $50.  Unearthed from the woods of Appalachia, Hill Bill, The Psychic Hillbilly, is a moonshining, bear wrestling, mind-noodling, rugged yet charming comedy magician. His mind-blowing tricks and off-the-rails comedy combine to make a sure-fire hit. Featuring illusions gifted to him from the greatest minds of magic, along with his back up Billy Dancers, Hill Bill will leave the audience in stitches.

House Seats presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live! featuring an all-star Vegas cast at the intimate House of Blues Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. Fans are in for a raucous good time as the talented casts bring the 1975 cult classic to life in a completely immersive, off-the-stage Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience. Assembled from casts of the top shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the city, the talented actors and singers bring the music of the film to life and will have fans dancing the Time Warp.

Fremont Street Experience, the five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, celebrates the return of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Wednesday, Dec. 6 with free live entertainment during the 31st Annual Downtown Hoedown. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., rodeo fans are invited to saddle up for the official kick-off party featuring full-length performances by some of country music’s most coveted acts including Kip Moore, Neal McCoy, Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Drake White and The Big Fire and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.  Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo. Held annually since 1959 – and since 1985, every December at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas – the Wrangler NFR is ProRodeo’s richest and most prestigious rodeo, and it showcases the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world.  For more information and a full calendar of nightly entertainment at Fremont Street Experience, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

It’s time to deck the halls of the Kingdoms with the return of “Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight” to Excalibur Hotel & Casino for a limited holiday engagement, through December 28. Kings, queens, knights and maidens of all ages are invited to eat, drink and have a holly jolly time, while watching the legend of Prince Christopher’s journey toward knighthood unfold. Guests entering The Tournament of Kings Arena will be magically transported into a medieval winter wonderland, designed to bring holiday joy to all who come!  Guests will be served a three-course holiday feast which, true to the time of Merlin, will be eaten sans utensils. The festive meal includes creamy Dragon’s Blood (tomato) Soup, juicy Cornish Game Hen, delicious stuffing cake, flavorful baked jeweled yams, fresh broccoli trees, and a mouthwatering holiday apple strudel.  Audiences will witness Merlin summon snowfall on the Kingdoms while listening to holiday-inspired music, poems and songs performed by the cast. “Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight” will feature magnificently designed holiday costumes, majestic banners, flags and a castle light that will illuminate the spirit of the holiday season upon the lands! The vignettes created for the holiday show include a specially choreographed ribbon dance along with a skilled rider upon an Andalusian stallion. 

Legendary drummer Travis Barker will ring in the New Year with an explosive performance at Vanity Nightclub at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday, Dec. 31. A premium hosted bar will be available from 9 to 11 p.m. with a ticket purchase.  Partygoers will join the renowned Blink-182 drummer for a massive bash to close out 2017 featuring a highly-anticipated DJ Drum Set, champagne toasts, luxurious VIP tables and boozy cocktails. Tickets start at $50 for females and $75 for males and are on sale now at www.vegaseventsrock.com. Tickets with premium hosted bar start at $100 for females and $125 for males. Doors to Vanity Nightclub open at 9 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification to attend.

Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss will return to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is scheduled to debut inside 1 OAK Nightclub Saturday, Dec. 2 and will be the first of its kind in the venue.  Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents have drawn comparison to the Rat Pack, and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.”

Break out the champagne, raise a glass and toast Las Vegas’ Philanthropic Event of the Year, Mondays Dark, as they celebrate their 4th Anniversary on Monday, Dec. 18 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Mondays Dark begins at 8 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m. $20 reserved seating and $50 VIP tickets are available now online at www.MondaysDark.com.  Guests can enjoy a stellar night of entertainment from Vegas’ top entertainers and bid on luxurious live & silent auction items including art, show and concert tickets, dining packages, spa treatments, jewelry, and more; knowing that 100 percent of the ticket proceeds will be distributed evenly to 2017’s featured charities. The 22 charities include Veterans Village, Carestream, Send Me On Vacation, Foster Kinship, Rockin 4 Rescues, Hearts Alive Village, Create A Change Now, Peoples Autism Foundation, Cupcake Girls, Andson, Social Cirkish, Safe Nest, Variety: The Children’s Charity, Time Travelers, Junior Achievement, Spread The Word, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Goodie Two Shoes, St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch, TIP of Las Vegas, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Operation Fire Heat.

Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson has united with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Marley’s music, with The Original Wailers. The group kicks off New Year’s Eve Weekend at the House of Blues Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

Ring in the New Year punk-style as Pennywise brings their high-energy, melodic hardcore sounds to the House of Blues Las Vegas for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

Murray & Peter proudly present a must see holiday spectacular with fan favorites from RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1), Sasha Velour, Aja, Milk, Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, and Kim Chi – hosted by Trinity Taylor. A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour struts into the House of Blues Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.

Mix94.1 Presents Mercedes in the Morning’s Not So Silent Night featuring Kelly Clarkson and special guest All Time Low with more to be announced soon. The annual concert returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, December 3. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.  Atlantic recording artist Kelly Clarkson has unveiled full details of her hugely anticipated label debut album. “MEANING OF LIFE” arrives everywhere on Friday, October 27th. “MEANING OF LIFE” is available for pre-order now, accompanied by instant grat downloads of “Move You” and the album’s first single, “Love So Soft.” Both tracks are also available at all digital music retailers and streaming services. “MEANING OF LIFE” is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. For her eighth studio album – and follow-up to 2015’s chart-topping “PIECE BY PIECE” – the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter united a stellar team of top songwriters and producers to collaborate on her Atlantic debut, among them past collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and GRAMMY® Award-winning “Producer of the Year” Greg Kurstin as well as first time associates Mick Schultz, The Monarch, and Nick Ruth, among others. As if that weren’t enough, Clarkson is joined by members of the legendary Earth Wind & Fire on one of the album favorites “Whole Lotta Woman”.

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Home for the Holidays - Reynolds Hall

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Traditional Holiday Celebration returns with all the wonder and magic of the season.  This festive, family-friendly concert begins with Leroy Anderson’s nostalgic and popular A Christmas Festival, setting spirits alight.  We continue the merriment with selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker, always an audience favorite.  Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf opens the second half with Clint Holmes narrating the elaborate tale. Johann Strauss’s celebratory Radetzky March invites the audience to clap along. The spirited performance concludes with a traditional audience sing-along of holiday favorites accompanied by our world-class orchestra.

Las Vegas Philharmonic – A Baroque Holiday – Handel’s Messiah: Cabrera Conducts Manfredini, Buxtehude, Corelli & Handel - Reynolds Hall

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Usher in the holiday season with voices raised in harmonious celebration.  The orchestra’s grace will be on full display as they perform music from the Baroque era. This style of music uses motion and clear detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur simultaneously.  Francesco Manfredini’s Christmas Concerto opens the program, setting the seasonal mood. An Italian composer, violinist and church musician, he demonstrated a gift for easy melodic invention. Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist. His organ works are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. Das neugeborne Kindelein (newborn infant child), taken from a collection of sacred poetry circa 1558, celebrates the newborn Jesus and the coming of a new church. Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published posthumously in 1714. The concerto bears the inscription Fatto per la notte di Natale (made for the night of Christmas) and is one of the most often performed pieces of classical music ever composed for the holiday season. We conclude the musical feast with our Chorus-In-Residence, the Las Vegas Master Singers, joining the orchestra for Part One of George Frideric Handel’s uplifting and transcendent Messiah, a hallmark of holiday choral works in Western music.

Symphonic Rockshow - Reynolds Hall

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Combining a classical symphony with a rock band to reimagine timeless classic-rock anthems, Symphonic Rockshow has become a recurring favorite for Las Vegas music lovers. Led by renowned vocalist/producer Brody Dolyniuk, this powerhouse show recreates the music of super groups like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen and many more, enhanced with rich orchestrals and state-of-the-art effects that bring audiences up close and personal with the musicians on stage.

Nevada Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker - Reynolds Hall

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.

Choreographed by James Canfield, NBT’s The Nutcracker fills the stage with glittering holiday cheer as Tchaikovsky’s beloved score fills the theater. Come along on a magical journey with Clara and her handsome Prince, from the warmth of her family home to a land of toy soldiers, mischievous rodents and exotic visitors from faraway lands. This magical tour through the wonder and sparkle of the season features a cast of nearly 100 dancers including NBT’s talented Company Artists and students from NBT’s affiliated Academy. With more performances than ever before it’s easy to find the perfect time to treat your family and friends to a larger than life world filled with waltzing flowers, nimble fairies, and moonlit snow. Simply put, it wouldn’t be the holidays without NBT’s production of The Nutcracker.

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth - Reynolds Hall

Sunday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Returning to The Smith Center stage by overwhelming demand, renowned Emmy and Tony winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth promises an unforgettable evening of standards, popular classics, Broadway tunes and more to ring in a beautiful New Year. An electrifying, high-energy performance featuring Chenoweth’s powerhouse vocals backed by the extraordinary talent of her five-piece band, this special evening will showcase the stage and screen star’s wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling personality.  With her own star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. She has played lead roles in acclaimed TV shows and films including “Glee,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Descendants,” and NBC’s 2016 hit, “Hairspray Live!” Her recent album “The Art of Elegance” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts. She has earned widespread acclaim for her roles on Broadway, including her unrivaled portrayal of Glinda in “Wicked.”

Turning Downtown into Cowboy Town, Golden Nugget Las Vegas will welcome country music icons Dec. 7 - 15 for National Finals Rodeo 2017. The all-star lineup of acclaimed musicians includes John Michael Montgomery (Dec. 7), Brenda Lee (Dec. 8), Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan (December 9), Charlie Daniels Band (Dec. 10), Ronnie Milsap (Dec. 11), Tanya Tucker (Dec. 12), Lonestar (Dec. 13), Clint Black (Dec. 14) and Jamey Johnson (Dec. 15).

John Michael Montgomery - Dec. 7

John Michael Montgomery has had more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts, including seven number-one hits. Two of his chart-topping singles, "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That" were successfully covered by R&B group All-4-One. Several of Montgomery's albums have been certified multi-platinum, platinum, and gold over his three-decade-spanning career.

Brenda Lee - Dec. 8

Little Miss Dynamite Brenda Lee burst onto the music scene at the age of nine with a big voice that has been enjoyed by audiences ever since. Her high-energy performances - which span genres from rock and roll to country to rockabilly, have made her a fan-favorite, who is known for getting guests out of their seats. A member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music, and Rockabilly Halls of Fame, Lee is also the recipient of the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan - Dec. 9

Dos Divas Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan will return to Golden Nugget Las Vegas following their 2017 Grits and Glamour tour. Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, Tillis was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1981 and then went on to release three certified platinum records including "Homeward Looking Angel," "Sweetheart's Dance," and a greatest hits compilation. Lorrie Morgan charted her first single in 1978 and has since then charted more than 25 singles including "Five Minutes," "What Part of No," and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength."

Charlie Daniels Band - Dec. 10

Rock out with The Charlie Daniels Band. The quick-singing country crooners, whose hits include "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Long-Haired Country Boy," have collaborated with diverse artists including Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Mark O'Connor, Leonard Cohen, and Ringo Starr, and have had songs recorded by several artists including Elvis Presley and Tammy Wynette.

Ronnie Milsap - Dec. 11

With 40 number one country music hits and six GRAMMY awards under his belt, Ronnie Milsap is one of country's most influential artists. Known for his genre-bending versatility, the 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is known for timeless hits including "Smoky Mountain Rain," "(There's) No Getting' Over Me," "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," and more.

Tanya Tucker - Dec. 12

Throughout her years as a country music phenomenon, Tanya Tucker has received several accolades including a GRAMMY award, two Country Music Association awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and three Country Music Television awards. Her number one hits include "Blood Red and Goin' Down" and "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)." 

Lonestar - Dec. 13

To date, Lonestar has sold over 10 million albums, with 10 No. 1 country hits as well as nine Top 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts including "I'm Already There," "Come Cryin' To Me" and their smash, "Amazed," which spent eight weeks at the No. 1 spot on the country charts as well as reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The dual win made them the first country act since Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton's "Islands In the Stream" in 1983 to accomplish this career milestone. 

Clint Black - Dec. 14

With more than 30 singles US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, Clint Black has led a four-decade career as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and actor. Known for his country music traditionalism, Black is the winner of several Academy of Country Music awards. In 2015, he released his 12th studio album, "On Purpose."

Jamey Johnson - Dec. 15

Alabama born country artist Jamey Johnson broke into the music scene in 2005. As a multi-nominated artist Johnson has made several hits including "In Color" and "The High Cost of Living" and has written several hits for Trace Adkins, George Straight and many others. Johnson released his most recent album in 2015 and has been touring the country ever since.

Golden Nugget will host world-class country performances starting Thursday, Dec. 7. All concerts will be held in The Showroom following the rodeo at 10 p.m. each night.

Masters of Illusion, the hit CW television series and America’s largest touring magic show, will debut a thrilling live stage show in the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6.  Starring the world’s greatest award-winning magicians, this 21st century magic show is unlike anything audiences will have seen before. Masters of Illusion’s limited engagement is a brand-new production for the whole family, featuring modern illusions and unbelievable arts of deception. The audience will have to watch closely as they experience tricks that can’t possibly be done…or can they?

Eccentric glam metal quartet Steel Panther invites you to go balls out this holiday season and spend it with the rock group because nothing else screams holiday cheer and family time than big hair, leopard print spandex and wildly inappropriate banter. While there will be no holiday songs played whatsoever and in no way is this really a holiday show, the group is prepared to rock your face off during this four-date winter run at House of Blues Las Vegas.  Friday, Dec. 1 & 15.

X107.5’s Holiday Havoc – Night One presented by Dollar Loan Center returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. This year’s lineup features Rise Against with special guests Portugal. The Man, Royal Blood, New Politics and Mondo Cozmo.

X107.5’s Holiday Havoc - Night Two presented by Dollar Loan Center returns to the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s lineup features The Killers with special guests Bleachers and Joywave.  The Killers are a Las Vegas-based four-piece who formed in 2003, featuring the talents of singer/ keyboardist Brandon Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vannucci, guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer. The band has received countless accolades for their artistic achievement, including multiple GRAMMY nominations, American Music Award nominations, MTV Video Music Awards, NME Awards and more. Their first album, Hot Fuss, was released in 2004 to worldwide acclaim. The album contained the singles “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” in addition to the anthemic song “All These Things That I’ve Done,” which has since been referenced by the likes of U2 and Coldplay. The band toured for two years straight behind Hot Fuss, playing more than 400 shows, and eventually returned to Vegas to begin to work on the follow-up album with legendary producers Alan Moulder and Flood. The result, a love letter of sorts to their hometown titled Sam’s Town, was released in 2006 and spent 42 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. A b-sides collection, Sawdust, was released in 2007, followed by their third studio album, Day & Age, which was released to widespread critical praise in 2008, anchored by massive single “Human.” 

In a ‘Record Breaking’ less than 60 seconds of the general public ticketing for The Original Misfits at the Forum on 12/30, every single seat was sold out. Now due to unprecedented demand, The Original Misfits have announced the addition of a New Show on 12/28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  These incredibly highly anticipated shows reunite original singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only, along with Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. This unprecedented reunion and lineup has resulted in the legendary horror-punk trailblazers/modern-metal pioneers being one of the hottest tickets of 2017.  As previously announced at the Forum, filling out the line-up for these monumental shows, fans will find preeminent drummer Dave Lombardo seated behind the kit with The Original Misfits once again. Rooted within the worlds of both thrash-metal and punk-rock, Lombardo, (the original drummer and co-founding member of Slayer), is perfectly suited to the ferociously diverse beat of The Original Misfits. Lombardo will reprise his role on drums from the record breaking 2016 Original Misfits reunion performances, as will Acey Slade (former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) on second rhythm guitar. 

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum band Maroon 5 announce their annual New Year’s Eve shows at Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.  

Get ready to laugh your cowboy boots off with comedian and country music artist Rodney Carrington. He will return to the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino December 7 – 16 during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). The cowboy comedian has been entertaining guests during this festive week for decades. Carrington is a staple on the comedy scene and has recorded eight major record label comedy albums, collectively selling more than three million copies. Morning Wood has been certified Gold and Greatest Hits has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film “Beer for My Horses,” in addition to starring in his own TV sitcom, “Rodney,” which ran for two seasons on ABC. According to Pollstar, Carrington has been one of the Top 10 highest grossing touring comedians for the last 10 years and is on track to be in the Top Five in 2017. Carrington regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and Canada.

Record-breaking, global comedy superstar Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters on the road this fall as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North American with his new “Passively Aggressive” tour including a stop in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Dunham just released his latest standup special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix this month. The special features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster.  Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC. His 2015 standup special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, debuted on NBC Primetime in the fall and ranked as the time period’s top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure.

From Dec. 8 through Dec. 16, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and iHeartRadio present a celebration in honor of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) called Boots on the Boulevard, a multi-day concert series inside The Chelsea. Country music fans will see performances by Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley and more during the weeklong lineup.

Friday, Dec. 8

The Cosmopolitan and iHeartRadio present Cole Swindell

The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Named a Top New Country Artist by Billboard, Cole Swindell was awarded CMA’s “Triple Play Award” in 2015 for having (at least) three No. 1 songs in twelve months, and as the only performer to claim the title that year. In 2015, Swindell was a four-time BMI Award winner for No. 1 hits he wrote for Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, as well as his own No. 1 “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.” He was also nominated for CMA’s “New Artist of the Year” and named Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. Swindell previously toured on successful runs with Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan.

Sunday, Dec. 10

The Cosmopolitan and iHeartRadio present Dustin Lynch

The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Tennessee native country artist Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music. In 2012, he released his self-titled album and two years later he released Where It’s At which features his hit song “Mind Reader.” His latest single, “Small Town Boy” reached number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

The Cosmopolitan and iHeartRadio present Dwight Yoakam

The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

American country artist Dwight Yoakam is most famous for paving the way for country artists everywhere. Since his career took off in the 1980’s, Yoakam has recorded more than 21 albums and compilations, charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and sold more than 25 million records. Some of his most memorable songs include “Guitars, Cadillacs” released in 1986, “Fast as You” released in 1993 and “Same Old Train” in 1998. His newest bluegrass sounding album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…, as released in September 2016.

Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16

The Cosmopolitan and iHeartRadio present Dierks Bentley

The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Country artist Dierks Bentley grew up in a non-musical family in Phoenix, Arizona, but as an avid fan of country music, Bentley moved to Nashville at the ripe age of 19. After playing various gigs around the city, Capitol Records signed him, and he released his self-titled debut, Dierks Bentley, in 2003, which included “What Was I Thinkin’?” a song that put him on the map as a country musician. From then on, Bentley released album after album, hit song after hit song, and racked up numerous amounts of Grammy, American Country Music, and Country Music Association award nominations. Bentley also has songs with various country music artists, including Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, and Kacey Musgraves. Bentley’s album Riser, released in 2014, debuted at number one on Billboard’s country charts and generated three major hit songs: “I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane,” and “Say You Do.” His latest album Black features hit songs “Somewhere on a Beach” and “Black.”

 

The Cosmopolitan is an official hotel sponsor of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and will host live viewing parties at the Race & Sports Book powered by CG Technology Dec. 7-16. The resort will also host an official Team Ropers autograph signing event on Dec. 11 from noon to 2 p.m

 

Lindsey Stirling – Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour has been added to the entertainment lineup at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 22.  American violinist, dancer, performing artist and composer Lindsey Stirling is most well known for her YouTube videos and for competing on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2010. The talented violinist began studying classical violin at the young age of five and later went on to play in a rock band called Stomp on Melvin in her teens. In May of this year, Stirling was awarded the Top Dance/Electronic Album for Brave Enough at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Her single “Love’s Just a Feeling” appeared at the same time and featured gust vocals from Irish singer/songwriter Rooty.

 

Multi-platinum superstar, Mariah Carey, will return to The Colosseum this December with her acclaimed Christmas concert series “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Dec. 14, 16, 17, 20 and 22. Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold.  As a singer, songwriter and producer, Carey has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards among a myriad of other accolades. Among Mariah’s additional upcoming projects is the all-new animated movie Mariah Carey’s “All I Want Christmas is You”, produced and narrated by Mariah Carey herself. Based on one of the best-selling and most beloved Christmas songs of all time and the children’s book it inspired, the heartwarming story about family will be available this holiday season from Universal 1440 Entertainment.  In the over twenty years since Mariah released her first Christmas single, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” her collection of holiday music has become more than just a fan favorite, but a classic catalogue and a true holiday staple. The iconic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is not only Mariah Carey’s biggest selling song, but with over 14 million copies sold and counting, it is one of the bestselling songs of all time—Christmas or otherwise.

 

After four unforgettable and incredibly successful performances in 2015 and 2016, country music star Gary Allan returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for two shows on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9. The performances coincide with the annual National Finals Rodeo (NFR) week and Hard Rock Hotel has once again been selected as an NFR host property.  With the allure of a modern day outlaw, Allan has won over fans, peers and critics with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. While becoming a force on the country music scene, he has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way.

 

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay invites your family to see Santa Claus and friend Santa Jaws before swimming to the North Pole! Come have your family get a free photo with Santa and Santa Jaws with paid child admission. Santa in the Shipwreck is available from 10 am - 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve.  Scuba diving Santa will also make an appearance every afternoon at 4 p.m. 

Don’t miss the 31st Annual Downtown Hoedown on Dec. 6, 2017! The Downtown Hoedown is an official kick-off to Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).  Rodeo fans are invited to enjoy free performances by some of country music’s most coveted acts including Kip Moore, Neal McCoy, Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Drake White and The Big Fire and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.

The 31st Annual Downtown Hoedown lineup includes:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Main Street Stage
  • 5:40 p.m. – Drake White and The Big Fire on 1st Street Stage
  • 6:35 p.m. – Carly Pearce on 3rd Street Stage
  • 7:30 p.m. – Michael Ray on Main Street Stage
  • 8:40 p.m. – Neal McCoy on 1st Street Stage
  • 9:50 p.m. – Kip Moore White on 3rd Street Stage

The schedule of Headliners this month is fairly impressive:

   

December 2017

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

December 1, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Finale

December 1, 2017

Harry Connick, Jr.

December 1, 2017

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

December 1, 2017

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 1, 2017

A Neil Diamond Tribute

December 1, 2017

The Grass Roots

December 1, 2017

Olivia Lane

December 1, 2017

Steel Panther

December 2, 2017

A Carpenters Christmas

December 2, 2017

The Fab - A Very Beatles Christmas

December 2, 2017

Robert Cray Band

December 2, 2017

A Neil Diamond Tribute

December 2, 2017

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

December 2, 2017

Harry Connick, Jr.

December 2, 2017

Matt Goss

December 2, 2017

Las Vegas Soul Festival

December 3, 2017

Shaggy

December 3, 2017

Matt Goss

December 5, 2017

Miss Rodeo America Pageant Breakfast

December 5, 2017

Gregg Austin

December 5, 2017

Matt Goss

December 5, 2017

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

December 6, 2017

Miss Rodeo America Pageant Speeches

December 6, 2017

Lionel Richie - All The Hits

December 6, 2017

Jeff Dunham

December 7, 2017

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

December 7, 2017

Miss Rodeo America Pageant  Luncheon

December 7, 2017

Cinch Boyd Gaming Chute-Out

December 7, 2017

Matt Goss

December 7, 2017

John Michael Montgomery

December 7, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 7, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 8, 2017

Miss Rodeo America Pageant Fashion Show

December 8, 2017

Cinch Boyd Gaming Chute-Out

December 8, 2017

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

December 8, 2017

Brenda Lee

December 8, 2017

The Official Hooey Party Cody Jinks

December 8, 2017

El Chacal

December 8, 2017

Matt Goss

December 8, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 8, 2017

Ron White

December 8, 2017

Lionel Richie - All The Hits

December 8, 2017

Brodie Stewart

December 8, 2017

Cole Swindell

December 8, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 9, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 9, 2017

Matt Goss

December 9, 2017

Cinch Boyd Gaming Chute-Out

December 9, 2017

Corey Smith

December 9, 2017

Intocable

December 9, 2017

Lionel Richie - All The Hits

December 9, 2017

Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis

December 9, 2017

CJ Solar with Morgan Wallen

December 9, 2017

Mario Batali Host Carnevino 10th Anniversary

December 9, 2017

Frankie Moreno

December 9, 2017

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

December 9, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 10, 2017

Dustin Lynch: The Ride or Die Tour

December 10, 2017

Miss Rodeo America Pageant Coronation

December 10, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 10, 2017

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas

December 10, 2017

The Charlie Daniels Band

December 10, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 10, 2017

The Creepshow

December 11, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 11, 2017

Holiday Havoc 2017

December 11, 2017

Ronnie Milsap

December 11, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 12, 2017

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 12, 2017

Tanya Tucker

December 12, 2017

Gregg Austin

December 12, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 13, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 13, 2017

Lonestar

December 13, 2017

Alabama

December 13, 2017

Lionel Richie - All The Hits

December 13, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 13, 2017

Dwight Yoakam

December 14, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 14, 2017

Clint Black

December 14, 2017

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas

December 14, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 15, 2017

All-4-One

December 15, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 15, 2017

Lionel Richie - All The Hits

December 15, 2017

Alabama

December 15, 2017

The Spin Stops Here Tour: Bill O’Reilly

December 15, 2017

Jamey Johnson

December 15, 2017

Steel Panther

December 15, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 15, 2017

Dierks Bentley

December 16, 2017

Las Vegas Bowl

December 16, 2017

National Finals Rodeo

December 16, 2017

Lady Gaga

December 16, 2017

Lionel Richie - All The Hits

December 16, 2017

Alabama

December 16, 2017

Descendents

December 16, 2017

Lady Gaga

December 16, 2017

All-4-One

December 16, 2017

Brian Newman "After Hours"

December 16, 2017

Tiding Of Jazz And Joy With Keiko Matsui

December 16, 2017

Darryl Worley

December 16, 2017

Dierks Bentley

December 16, 2017

Martin Nievera

December 16, 2017

Sinatra "Home For The Holidays"

December 16, 2017

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas

December 16, 2017

Rodney Carrington

December 17, 2017

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas

December 17, 2017

Martin Nievera

December 17, 2017

Rocky Horror Live!

December 19, 2017

Gregg Austin

December 19, 2017

Dj Quik & Scarface

December 20, 2017

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas

December 21, 2017

Paul Shaffer & The Shaf-Shifters

December 21, 2017

Tony Orlando

December 22, 2017

A Drag Queen Christmas

December 22, 2017

Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas

December 22, 2017

Under the Streetlamp

December 22, 2017

Christmas with the Celts

December 22, 2017

Paul Shaffer & The Shaf-Shifters

December 22, 2017

Tony Orlando

December 22, 2017

Lindsey Stirling

December 23, 2017

Paul Shaffer & The Shaf-Shifters

December 23, 2017

98° At Christmas

December 23, 2017

Under the Streetlamp

December 23, 2017

Sasy, Behzad Leito, Eddie Attar

December 23, 2017

Armenchik  & Nor Seround

December 23, 2017

Aref, Omid, Hengameh, Bijan Mortazavi

December 23, 2017

Tony Orlando

December 24, 2017

Siavash Ghomayshi & Arash

December 24, 2017

Arman Hovhannisyan

December 24, 2017

Louis Yan

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

December 26, 2017

Gregg Austin

December 28, 2017

Paul Shaffer & The Shaf-Shifters

December 28, 2017

Frankie Moreno

December 28, 2017

Matt Goss

December 28, 2017

Led Zepagain - Tribute To Led Zeppelin

December 28, 2017

Frankie Moreno

December 28, 2017

The Original Misfits

December 29, 2017

Collective Zoo Presents Us

December 29, 2017

Zac Brown Band

December 29, 2017

Matt Goss

December 29, 2017

Joe Rogan

December 29, 2017

Paul Shaffer & The Shaf-Shifters

December 29, 2017

Sir Rosevelt

December 29, 2017

Trey Songz

December 30, 2017

UFC 219: Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm

December 30, 2017

Paul Shaffer & The Shaf-Shifters

December 30, 2017

Celine Dion

December 30, 2017

The Dan Band

December 30, 2017

Britney Spears

December 30, 2017

Maroon 5

December 30, 2017

Celine Dion

December 30, 2017

Bruno Mars

December 30, 2017

Duran Duran

December 30, 2017

Matt Goss

December 30, 2017

Collective Zoo Presents Us

December 30, 2017

Jay Leno

December 30, 2017

Future

December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve 2018

December 31, 2017

Alley Cats

December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve Comedy Show and Dinner

December 31, 2017

NYNY NYE Bridge Bash Celebration 2018

December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve At The Ice Rink

December 31, 2017

Maroon 5 Concert New Years Eve

December 31, 2017

Celine Dion Concert New Years Eve

December 31, 2017

Bruno Mars Concert New Years Eve

December 31, 2017

Pennywise

December 31, 2017

Foo Fighters

December 31, 2017

Britney Spears Concert New Years Eve

December 31, 2017

Drew Thomas & Sam Fedele

December 31, 2017

Vegas Super Band

December 31, 2017

Drew Baldridge

December 31, 2017

Chris Brown

December 31, 2017

Gregg Austin

December 31, 2017

Michael Cavanaugh

December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve At The Chandelier

December 31, 2017

The Next Movement (R&B)

December 31, 2017

Celebrate New Year's Eve with In-A-Fect

December 31, 2017

Power 88 Nyes Party 2018

December 31, 2017

The Spazmatics The Ultimate New Wave

For dates and time, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: LVOL.com.

Igoshows.com is, of course, the place to read the reviews of all of the shows that are in town so that you can be better informed as to what you should expect from a certain production.  The reviews are updated as needed to give you the knowledge you need to spend your entertainment dollars better.

NEW YEARS EVE!!

The “Entertainment Capital of the World” puts on a bigger and brighter show than just about anyone else on the globe. Las Vegas is only second to New York City in being a favorite destination for New Year’s Eve in the United States and our little “Glitter Gulch” continues bring in more and more people every year. Well over a quarter of a million tourists will pack the streets and the city on that night, and the city is always ready for them. The biggest problem for the tourist is trying to decide exactly what they want to do on this night, because just about every option is going to be open to them—big or little, loud or quiet. Choices for the evening can be overwhelming, but there are many ways in which you can quickly narrow down your options.

The first thing to understand is that every hotel, casino, bar and lounge is going to have a New Year’s celebration, in addition to all of the fireworks shows that will be going on all over the city. So the questions that you’ll have to ask yourself about your own celebrating will have to do with size, location, cost, and environment.

Do you want to be indoors or outdoors? A fairly simple way to start, but will certainly define the other parameters. If you choose to be indoors, then the next question that will immediately follow is…how much do you want to spend? Oddly enough, because of the number of celebrations out there, one really gets what they pay for when it comes to the parties. They are actually quite competitive. What amenities do you want or need? The more you spend, the more stuff will be made available to you. It will really all depend on your need for either extravagance or simplicity, and the size of your pocketbook. One note on this, though, many of the nightclubs will have celebrity hosts…usually these are the biggest rip offs of all.

If you choose to be outdoors you also have a lot of options, but the bigger questions for the outdoorsy folks will be, where? There are fireworks all over the city, and if you are outside, you will see fireworks. So, again, what do you want? If you want to be with a lot of people, in the heart of the action, then go down to the Strip. That’s where you and a couple hundred thousand people can all get together to watch one of the best fireworks displays in the world. Not only that, it’s free. Then again, some folks don’t want to be jostled amongst the crowd and would prefer quieter surroundings. Then drive up to the foothills that enclose our valley and find a spot that looks over the city. From there, you will see fireworks displays from all over the city. It is both quiet and can be very romantic, too.

All of the best entertainment will be playing that night as well and will be having midnight shows. If you want to celebrate while watching your favorite band, performer, or show, then make your reservations early.

New Year’s Eve is a great time in Las Vegas, and you can make it whatever you want it to be. You have more choices and options than anywhere else in the world, and that’s one of the reasons that Las Vegas is so great.

Have fun and be safe!!

 For the most up-to-date information, go to:  http://www.lvol.com/events/newyear.html

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