Celebrate the season with special events, from dinners to holiday shows. At Freedom Beat, chef Scott Commings has created a holiday feast to close out his monthly dinner series at Downtown Grand. The $55 dinner on Dec. 6 includes four courses with favorites like turducken and figgy pudding, along with five cocktails, and is limited to 55 guests. Reservations are required.

At Waldorf Astoria, a Nutcracker Tea on Dec. 4 and 17 features a “Sugar Plum Fairy” (one of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s talented dancers) floating about. Holiday Afternoon Teas start at $56 per adult and $28 per child under 12. (Or up your afternoon with champagne and caviar for $140.)



Cozy up for a ’80s Holiday Ski Party at Beer Park. Starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8, the Paris bar and restaurant rolls out a hot chocolate bar, shot skis, karaoke, stout flights, s’mores and maybe even Santa!

Get in the spirit with holiday cocktails from Boyd Gaming—order the Espresso Tree, Tennessee Holiday Cold Brew or the Candy Cane Cosmo at select locations through Dec. 16; $1 from each goes into a pool, and those funds will be given to one charity drawn at random. At Sam’s Town, check out the laser light show, holiday vignettes and snow in the indoor, tree-filled atrium on the hour, 5-10 p.m. daily.

With the Holiday Experience at The Park, enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate, waffles on a stick and lots of lights Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4, 6, 11, 20, 22, 27 and 31 from 4-8 p.m.

Winter’s Village at Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch brings ice skating, fire pits and holiday treats like s’mores—there are even cocktail lounges for the 21-plus crowd. Open 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; prices vary.

Take in a theatric holiday performance at Fashion Show while you’re shopping, or check out Twas the Light Before Christmas, which wraps up holograms into the spectacle. If you’re at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, climb aboard the Polar Express 4-D Experience at Madame Tussauds. The film is included with admission to the wax museum.

And that’s just the tip of the tree in Las Vegas; you’ll find more everywhere you look.