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Holiday in Vegas: Your Complete Winter Guide

Last updated: December 6, 2016 at 11:02 am. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Holiday in Vegas: Your Complete Winter Guide.

Eat, drink and be merry: From snow tubing and ice skating to indulging in festive treats, spending the holiday in Vegas is the place to be.

Cool runnings

Vegas brings the cool side to the Strip with its very first Winter PARQ, which includes a tubing hill, perfect for thrill-seekers of all ages. Located behind the 550-foot-tall High Roller, you’ll get to slide down the 30-foot tall hill made of real snow. Tickets are $5 per ride or $20 for an all-day pass The Winter PARQ hill is open Monday through Friday, 4 – 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 2 – 10 p.m. On Christmas Eve, hours are 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

But Winter PARQ festivities don’t stop here: Head over to The LINQ promenade and experience snowfall every half hour. Holiday decorations, music and singing carolers add to the jolly holiday mood.

SKATE THIS WAY

Caesars Palace Skating Rink near the fountains

Caesars Chalet is back at Caesars Palace. Located on the iconic Caesars Palace fountains, the Caesars Chalet is an ice skaters’ paradise with the Strip-facing real ice skating rink. Ninety-minute skating sessions are available daily from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Skate rentals are $5 per session and each 90-minute session costs $20. Total Rewards members and locals with a valid Nevada ID can get 2-for-1 tickets for only $25.

Holiday Cheers

If you are heading to Caesars Chalet, enjoy these fabulous refreshments. Indulge in decadent seasonal offerings from Moet and Patron, including festive desserts, seasonal cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. We all agree it’s the perfect way to chill.

  • Traditional: Rich hot chocolate with giant marshmallow and cocoa powder ($8)
  • Peppermint hot chocolate: Peppermint-flavored hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream and candy cane ($8)
  • Cinnamon churro hot chocolate: Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon whipped cream and fresh churro ($8)
  • Hot spiced apple cider: Apple garnish and cinnamon stick ($8)

Pair your drink with tasty funnel cakes, including traditional; red velvet with cream cheese and chocolate chips; and caramel apple with cinnamon Chantilly, cider caramel, fresh whipped cream and apple chips ($8 each).

Or, walk across to The LINQ promenade and sip on festive drinks at BLVD Cocktail that’ll have you singing pa rum pum pum pum.

Las Vegas holiday cocktails at the LINQ Promenade

To spread holiday cheer, BLVD. Cocktail presents The Nutcracker, a blend of Woodford Reserve and Auchentoshen Three Wood combined with Nocello, honey, chocolate bitters and garnished with a chocolate straw (seen above).  Or, try The Winter Soldier, made with Famous Grouse Scotch and Berentzen Apple Scotch combined with rich maple syrup, house made tobacco vanilla bitters and garnished with a dehydrated apple slice. These winter drinks are $14 each.

The Feast of Seven Fishes

This Christmas eve, two popular Las Vegas restaurants celebrate the Italian-American tradition of “The Feast of Seven Fishes.” Located inside The Cromwell, Giada’s Christmas tasting menu features several antipasti dishes, Lemon Prosecco risotto with shrimp, salt-crusted Branzino for two and grilled lobster with citrus herb butter ($150 per person).

Giada's Las Vegas restaurant dining room with a view

Just across the street at Caesars Palace, Rao’s Feast of Seven Fishes menu offers an array of seafood dishes, including Baked Clams Oreganato, seafood salad and seared sea bass over a risotto croquette. Come back on Christmas Day and experience savory plates like Lobster Diavolo over squid ink pasta, herb-crusted prime rib and warm panettone bread pudding.

OTHER HOLIDAY EATS

Feast your eyes on these festive plates for Christmas and Christmas Eve. These dishes are so yummy you’ll have your very own Santa belly!

Las Vegas holiday treats from Payard

French:

  • For a limited time, Payard Patisserie & Bistro features its traditional French dessert, Bûche de Noël, for $42 (seen above). The Bûche de Noël includes chocolate, hazelnut, crispy wafer and hazelnut dacquoise; the Bûche de Noël Chocolate and Berries comes with chocolate mousse, chocolate flourless cake, raspberry, strawberry and currant jam and raspberry cremeux. Magnifique!
  • Restaurant Guy Savoy serves up the Christmas Prestige menu featuring Langoustine Tartare with Golden Ostera caviar and poached-fried quail egg, roasted veal chop with endive and roasted veal jus and a selection of Bûches de Noël.
  • Café St. Louis has a four-course menu including potato leek soup, fig salad, butternut squash ravioli, herb-basted roasted turkey and pumpkin crème brulee.

American:

  • On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Serendipity 3 serves up comforting dishes like Christmas Gumbo, roasted jumbo turkey leg, bread pudding sundae and more.
  • BLT Steak offers a pre-fixe holiday package menu. Choices include foie gras and quail, dry-aged prime rib and chocolate chestnut tart or cranberry spice bread pudding.

A bit of everything:

Bacchanal Buffet Las Vegas assorted desserts

  • From Dec. 24 – 31, Bacchanal Buffet features hearty items like Bison Steamship Round, grilled quail with pomegranate molasses and fennel sausage stromboli, among the vast array of other master-crafted dishes.
  • Both Le Village and Spice Market Buffet offer traditional holiday fare along with their usual bountiful selections.

Check out more holiday dining events and delight our tummy to ultimate treat.

SPA-LIDAY TREATMENTS

Qua Spa Caesars Palace

Why should your taste buds have all the fun? Treat your body to some holiday fun, too! At Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, celebrate the season with the heavenly-scented, 80-minute Gingerbread and Marshmallow Melt service.

The treatment starts with a brown sugar and pecan-whiskey scrub, soothing dry and callused feet. Next, your therapist massages you with warm marshmallow butter while your feet are cocooned in warm steamed towels. You’ll leave feeling relaxed, along with the softest skin ever.

HOLIDAY HAIR

This holiday, head to hair guru Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace. Wow your friends with a brand new look donning caramel and honey blonde shades, which this celebrity colorist predicts to be the sexy shade this season.

Holiday Hair and Makeup at Caesars Palace salon and spa

But if that’s a bit drastic, Boychuck said a classic, beautifully-styled bun (like above) works well. Even a low-side ponytail with accent braids accomplishes a fun, flirty style. Pair your look with a bright red lip, long plump lashes and neutral eye makeup. Don’t forget your mani-pedi – for a final touch, Boychuck says simple, neutral colors like light pink, stark white or light grey complete your holiday look.

SHOW-HO-HO!

Elvis in Legends in Concert Las Vegas Show at the Flamingo

Last, but certainly not least, round up your holiday in Vegas experience with Legends in Concert at the Flamingo. These tribute artists are ready to warm your heart with joyful,  timeless tunes.

Hear your favorites like “Jingle Bell Rock” in the style of Bobby Darin; “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in the style of Michael Jackson;  “Santa Baby” in the style of Britney Spears; “Jingle Bells” in the style of Barbra Streisand and “Blue Christmas” in the style of Elvis. You’ll also hear the full cast sing “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

With all of these holiday events, Las Vegas proves you can have a complete winter experience in the desert.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love hitting up all the city's vegan spots, having staycations and catching shows by my favorite musical acts. Since I've ditched rainy Seattle 20+ years ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas hotel and entertainment articles for Vegas.com, the LA Times, Frommer's and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me hanging with my two girls, along with our shih-tzu and tiger cat.

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