The Ultimate Guide to Christmas in Las Vegas
Don’t think for one second that Sin City skips over the holidays. After all, it is arguably the best place in the world to get “merry.” (Pass the eggnog.) So what that there’s no snow in the desert that is “glist’nin.” It is still easy to get lost in the beautiful sight that makes us happy tonight: the winter wonderland of Vegas in December.
Caesars Chalet ice-skating rink
Skate into winter with Caesars Palace’s first-ever ice-skating rink, open now until January 20th. A wonderland of falling snow (desert? what desert?) and lodge décor, the rink offers the most traditional wintery of activities under the bright lights of the Strip. The Chalet, next to the Absinthe tent in the front of the hotel, is open daily from 11 am to 12:30 am and serves up warm beverages, from hot chocolate to stiff hot toddies and toasted cinnamon shots.
Christmas décor at Rao’s
Rao’s, at Caesars Palace, loves Christmas so much that it keeps its decorations up all year. The “Rao’s room” dining room is a replica of the original Harlem location, where current owner Frank Pellegrino’s Aunt Anna once ruled the kitchen. Years ago, Anna, a strong Italian woman Woody Allen once based a character on, decided that she wasn’t un-decorating, and a year-round ode to Christmas they became, with garlands, lights, wreaths, and big red velvet bows. Only have time for a drink? The décor also accents the bar.
Window decorations at Forum Shops
It’s not December without power-shopping, and Forum Shops does it right, with festive window displays that hark the pre-online good ol’ days of Miracle on 34th Street-worthy wonder. Stores that went full-out? Henri Bendel, Marc Jacobs, Agent Provocateur, Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker London, and Swarovski – to name a few.
Central’s snowman vacherin dessert
Nothing says “holiday” like a jolly snowman – but only at Central is he made of mouth-watering vanilla ice-cream in a sugary crust. Add a smart red scarf made of marzipan, homemade whipped cream, and raspberry sauce for the full effect. Dig in fast, as this little guy melts into his crystal sugar snow as fast as a real snowman in the sun.
Festive PJs by PJ Salvage
After a night out on the Strip, snuggle into bed this holiday season wearing these Christmas-y PJs by PJ Salvage. A long-sleeved top and pants, with a bright red tie at the waist, this nighttime ensemble features fun, festive design in the most luxurious of fabrics by the pajama company that counts Gwen Stefani as a fan. Pick up yours in the Qua spa retail store at Caesars Palace or at L’Apothecaire at Paris.
Peppermint Patty Martini at Sugar Factory
If you take your peppermint straight up instead of in a candy cane, Sugar Factory, at Paris, has a treat just for you. Its holiday special Peppermint Patty Martini is positively sinful (uh, naughty), made with chocolate vodka, rumple mints, Godiva chocolate liquer, chocolate sauce, rock candy syrup, and a tad of heavy whipping cream. Swirl with chocolate and dust with coco power, and you might never look at another ordinary candy cane again.
Caesars Palace’s lobby decor
The main lobby at Caesars Palace is spectacular year-round, but there’s something special about seeing it decked out in its holiday finest. Two enormous Christmas trees (sparkling with more than 5800 lights) greet visitors, and the center fountain is brightened with rows of 330 red and white poinsettias. The elegant Roman statues are draped in bronze and gold ornaments and 400 lights, their rotunda in festive red balls and garlands. In all, more than 1500 ornaments assure that Caesars Palace is in the holiday spirit.
Legends in Concert’s Christmas special
The tribute artists of Legends in Concert have gone all out for the holidays with special carols and even local choirs who have been invited to sing with them for the first time ever. Holiday hits in this special show, which runs through December 30th, include “Blue Christmas,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and “Santa Baby.” The show at Flamingo, which famously features Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Elvis Presley tribute artists, finishes with a bang: an all-cast finale and tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”).
Holiday spa treatments at Qua
There’s no easier way to melt into the holidays than through the classic smells of Christmas. Qua spa, at Caesars Palace, uses pumpkin, cinnamon, buttered rum, and caramel in its seasonal spa menu, so indulge in a facial or body treatment to get in the mood.
Holiday party dress from L.K. Bennett
You’ll feel as dainty as a snowflake in the Ethel crystal embellished dress by L.K. Bennett, at Forum Shops. Its feminine cut features chiffon-edged neck and sleeves, and a silk bodice accented by shimmering crystal embellishments – perfect for stealing the spotlight at any holiday soiree.