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Food That Seduces: Daytime TV Star Thaao Penghlis Seducing Celebrities in his newest Project

Daytime TV Star Thaao Penghlis Seducing Celebrities wants to Give You a Taste at his next dinner party.  Read all about it in his new book.

Thaao Penghlis has starred in some of the biggest TV shows of all time – including playing on daytime TV’s “Days of Our Lives”.

Thaao Penghlis new book Seducing Celebrities: One Meal at a Time

Now in Thaao’s new book, Seducing Celebrities: One Meal at a Time he reveals seduction in the dining room by creating incredibly delicious for his famous friends.

Today’s conversation has been edited for length and clarity.  For the full, un-edited conversation, visit our YouTube channel here

Joe Winger

Congratulations on your new book.  It’s a tasty read and a fast read. 

Thank you for joining us for a conversation today.

Thaao Penghlis: 

Thank you for inviting me.

 

Joe Winger: 

You’ve done a lot of work in your life. We’re going to go to food and books as quickly as possible. 

When you’re at an airport or in public, what is the most common thing people remember you from?

Thaao Penghlis:  

Certainly Days [of our Lives]. There’s a big Armenian contingency out there who always comes at me at the airports, [Days…] was in 152 markets. Especially when you’re in New York and it’s an international port. When Mission [Impossible] was on. I certainly enjoyed that. I think it had a large male audience because of the action and that I liked it was interesting. That kind of prepared me for the masks that I did on Days [of Our Lives]. So it was a real challenge. Working in daytime; I think the biggest challenge is remembering all those lines and giving it some kind of conviction and taking those lines off the page.

And a lot of the time, because there’s too many lines, we’re just on the edge, and so because I have a certain intensity I’m able to cover. I think through all those years people, airports probably are the biggest. I’m going to do a PA [public appearance] at the Grand Canyon in August. 

It’s a very special train ride through the Grand Canyon with just 22 fans.  It’s going to be a very intimate affair. So over the years, you get the older people who are the real followers, because the youth today have different appetites.

Just like they do with food, they’re not always conscious about what they’re eating. Unless they’re educated about it or they’re raised on good food. And I think today food has become a convenience rather than a celebration. 

Joe Winger:  

You use wonderful words in your book. It feels almost like poetry. “Food is the magic of our universe.” Can you elaborate on that a little bit?

Thaao Penghlis: 

We’ve been given such diversity as far as food is concerned, that we have that many choices, especially in countries that can afford food. But to me, once you’ve grown up tasting octopus – we used to hang it on the [clothes] line for three weeks until it dried out. There’s no blood in the octopus, therefore, it doesn’t rot – that was mouthwatering. 

Some of the fruits you have in life, like mangos.  When you can appreciate the way they’re being served.  It’s not like eating an apple. If you eat a mango and you slice it, then cut it up in quarters, there’s a different texture to it.  The flavor.  To the eye it becomes attractive. I think food, when you think about what you can control in your life and you are blessed to have it. I think food is magical because of that. 

Joe Winger: 

One more line of food poetry from your book.  “You discover your body’s secrets by the way you feed it and how it feeds you back. “

Thaao Penghlis: 

When we who are in the Greek Orthodox church, we go through a fast to the last day [of holidays like Easter] before we go to the church and get the bread and the wine.

You start to appreciate the food that you can’t have because of its limitations in the religion. The last day you’ll have olive oil on bread with some sugar, things like that. So when you get to food and understand it, when you stop eating and cleanse your body, sometimes it just juices, you become hungry.

You get to understand what food does to the body by emptying it out. If you don’t eat well, or if you eat late, then the next day, you’re not going to feel great.

So you get to understand what the body can take and what, and when, are the limitations to eating and at what hour, if you drink too much wine.  

As an actor, I don’t drink very much.  But if I have wine, the next day, my eyes are going to show it. So it tells me something about the kidneys, because the eyes are connected to the kidneys. So it’s understanding how the machine you’ve brought into life carries your soul. How does that express itself in the best way possible?

As actors, we have a responsibility because of that body being presented on camera as a certain responsibility to the producers to the show and to your audience. So you get to understand.  I would go through a four day fast with Bela’s broth, Celsius broth.  I would find that would cleanse me through the days I did like a liver cleanse, which got rid of stones.

You get to understand what the organs are, that you can do things naturally without having to take all those dreadful medicines and those pills. 

The body is all we’ve got. Why have I overcome certain things in my life? It’s always been through nutrition.

Joe Winger: 

Your journey, the things you’ve learned, and you touch upon that in the book a little bit, lessons you learn from different actors and producers and people you’ve worked with, but that’s another great lesson is as far as using it as a medicine.

The book is called Seducing Celebrities: One Meal at a Time. It is an enormous undertaking: beautiful pictures, recipes, Hollywood stories, your family. There’s a lot going on. 

What inspired you to write the book?

Thaao Penghlis: 

The hardcover has all the colored pictures inside. So it has a different dimension to it when you actually see it, because let’s face it, presentation is very important.

So when you see color, when you see something displayed you want to get into it. If something looks like someone just piled something, it’s not attractive to the appetite. 

My manager called me one day and he said, “You always talk about food. Why don’t you do a cookbook?”

I went, “Oh, I don’t know how to do a cookbook. Everything that I’ve caught has come out of my head.”

I remembered, I learned when I worked at the UN [United Nations] for a year when I was in the diplomatic corps. In my youth I went into kitchens where they had chefs. I saw presentation. I understood the etiquette of arriving there on time.

45 minutes later you’re having the hors d’oeuvres, maybe it’s champagne, maybe it’s some caviar or whatever they presented. 

Then it was time to go into the dining room and sit there. It became a ritual. And so you got to appreciate the time, the presentation that someone put in.

So all these memories came into my head. I said how would you think? How do you think about food? I said it’s really seducing people, isn’t it? 

By the way you create an atmosphere, by the way you look at a dish, and by the aroma. So I said, Let’s call it “Seducing.”

I said who have I seduced? 

How about celebrities that I’ve met and worked with? That’s how it came about seducing celebrities. One meal at a time.   

I always like to serve the first, second and the third course. But usually, I don’t join the guests on the first course, because I’m busy preparing the main course.

So I present the first course to them. Then I’m in the kitchen. The actor, Danny Kaye in the old days.  He used to be an expert of Chinese food and around the counter in his kitchen is where his friends sat and he just fed them.   That was something that was so gratifying for him. 

So I understand if it’s done well, and your friends leave.  They take it for granted.

People don’t cook these days, or they’re intimidated because of the way you’ve presented it.  So therefore let’s take you out instead. So you don’t get that personal touch that I think is so important.

When you sit around your watering hole, as I call it, that “table”, which is something if when I leave this country eventually and go home to Australia, that is one thing I’m going to take with me is that table because it has a huge history to it. 

To me the table and how you decorate it and how you present it is very important to the appetite of the person joining you.

Joe Winger:  

I’m thinking of your table, sometime in the future when you do move, that could be a heck of an auction item. The amount of people who sat around it and heard stories and shared stories. 

Speaking of those stories, you’ve named huge Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson George Clooney, amazing actors, Joanna Cassidy, William Hurt.

Your Hollywood life has been so many decades of work and amazing people.  What was the process like deciding who makes it into the book and deciding who you had to leave out?

Thaao Penghlis: 

You don’t like everybody you’ve worked with and everybody you’ve met, food is very personal

In the old days they serve you poison. In the French 18th century, you’d be sitting there and if you were an enemy, they’d serve you a dish with poison. That’s how they got rid of enemies. But I don’t know. 

Dame Edna, who I was best man at his wedding, which is Barry Humphries. He was very particular. He was also a person who loved art.  So he would walk around my house looking at what kind of a collection and made his judgment on it. 

The same thing with the food, he would taste it. He would give you that quite qualifying look that he approves. 

Omar Sharif was different. When I worked with him,  we had champagne and caviar every day, because that’s the way he lived.

[He would be] telling me stories of Lawrence of Arabia and many of his other films and I think, because I look like his son, he was very taken not in the beginning. In the beginning, he was quite rude and quite distant.  It wasn’t until I was about to start the first scene with him where he comes into the room and when I met him, he was distant, shook my hand and said, “Hello”.

So when he comes into the room, he’s supposed to slug me after something I say.

He says to me, by the way, “Please, when I hit you do not go over this 18th century table and break it. It’s very important that we are respectful about this table.”

And I said, Oh, I’m not going anywhere. And he says, what do you mean?

I said, “Oh, Omar. I said, if you hit me and I go flying off that table, where do you and I go for the next four hours?”

He says “What will you do? 

I said, “I’ll probably adjust my tie.” 

He started to laugh and that’s how it started.  

How do you infiltrate a person’s personality who comes in defensive working with Bill Hurt in “Altered States”.

I had some very difficult dialogue because it was very technical. How do you make it real?  I started to do this sequence and he says to me, “Is that how you’re going to do it? 

And I said, “Why is that how you’re going to do it?”

And from that moment, he goes, “You’re an arrogant son of a…,”

And I said, “So are you.” 

From that moment, we clicked.  When we joined hands in Mexico, away from Warner Brothers, we had a good bond. 

I never stood for his star attitude. You have to call it. So I don’t like it.  When someone brings that, I leave that, I go outside.

 

Joe Winger: 

Doris Roberts, after dinner once wrote you a note. I took that idea as an incredibly loving gesture.

if you could talk a little bit about that note, and then any other amazing gifts from you dinner parties?

Thaao Penghlis: 

When I approached Doris and she would write the introduction, her comment was, “Oh, darling, why don’t you do that?” 

I said, Doris, you’ve been coming here for dinner for years. So why can’t you just get in touch with your heart and write something pleasant?

And that’s what she wrote. 

Because every time she came, it’s like my friends who come over always know they’re going to get a good meal. I never go cheap on the thing. I’ve seen people come in the house with daisies in their hand. I said, “Does this house look like it collects daisies?” 

Or they’ll bring me Two Buck Chuck.

I said, are you bringing that so I can put it as a wine for the food, because it’s certainly not going on the table and things like that.

Where people are not experiencing you or contributing and also shows you how cheap it is. And even when Doris, who used to get crates of champagne from Dom Perignon for free, because she was connected to somebody who worked there, she would come in.

She would say “Darling, here’s some Dom Perignon, put it in the fridge.” 

I said, “Oh, okay. Thank you.” I think, Oh, this is a person who understands quality. 

Then five minutes later, she’s sitting at a chair. She says open the champagne for me, will ya?. So I realized it wasn’t for the house.  It was for her.  So she didn’t bring anything. 

Here’s this woman who makes an enormous amount of money. I’ve studied with her for over 20 years with Katsalis, the director, and then she would come in and sit at the table and she would look at the flowers and then she would look at the presentation of everything and then she would smell the food and so through that experience –  you don’t always get respect, you have to earn it.

With her, because of my work as an actor, and because of my success as an actor, and also now writing some people will say to you, “Are you writing another book? 

But they say it in such a derogatory way.

Whereas Doris said, “I’m so proud of you.“

I went out with Doris, just the two of us went to movies because she always had to have company.  She was like Joan Rivers. She had to have every night filled. She couldn’t stand just being on her own. So when she was invited to my home, she always remembered the presentation and the flavors of that evening. 

Joe Winger: 

Let’s talk a little bit about what was the process of writing the book like this time?

Thaao Penghlis: 

Recipes are in my head.

So I had to cook in my head. For six months I started to think, Oh,I never wrote anything down. 

I would call friends and say, “What was your favorite meal I cooked?”

Then I would say, Oh, okay, that’s good; and then I would just test my friends and they would tell me what they like the best.

So I got all these recipes that were still in my head. And I somehow remember what I put in it. My sister in law in Australia says to me, the difference between you and I as chefs is that I have to have a cookbook in front of me. You open the fridge and say, what are we going to eat?

I spent six months going through recipes. 

Then finally I said, what did my mother cook? The Greek traditional foods or the Greek desserts. And my sisters are very good at cooking desserts. 

Then slowly I collected the foods and started to make them. 

Joe Winger: 

That’s an incredible journey. 

We’ve pushed toward the idea of an impolite or a bad dinner guest.  How do we find an appropriate dinner gift? And then what would be a definite no?

Thaao Penghlis: 

People will ask me, what can we bring?

It’s a silly question because you can’t bring food. So you, what do you bring wine?  Or flowers? Or whatever enhances the atmosphere?

But something that’s not here, but sometimes when they keep asking me that, I say, bring cash. And that always throws them because they take it seriously.

So sometimes I won’t answer that question. I said, “Surprise me. But make it expensive.”

So I like to play with them.  

I said to a friend of mine once, your hands are always empty.  They never spoke to me for three years after that. They turned around and left. 

There’d been guests who arrived when you had a seven o’clock dinner and arrived at 9:30. I’ll open the door and say to them, “I’m sorry, we’ve already had dinner. We’ll talk another time.” And then I closed the door because I find it disrespectful.

It tells you who people are and their consciousness. I don’t like unconscious people, but we’re  going through a very difficult time in the world. 

And it’s all because people are not conscious of others. It’s always about them. And so to me, the wonderful thing about serving food and expecting something in return, something.

Even if it’s – we used to write notes in the old days, a phone call – but texts now have become such a convenience.

Why don’t you just call me and tell me where I spent two days preparing this, that you can’t afford a five minute phone call, but you’ll text me in one sentence and that’s it. 

Things like that I don’t approve of. 

I think that kind of communication short changes [the memory of the experience].  I want to be at times where you want to cook again. If you’re not gonna share something about yourselves, call me the next day and say, I had such a wonderful evening. Some people think it’s enough when they leave, or they got here, 

But they don’t understand how you complete things.  Completion is very important. Just as an actor, you have an arc in your character, it’s complete. 

The same thing with food. 

When I serve food, it’s complete. I have an order: I have hors d’oeuvres. I have a first course. I have the main course. And then I have dessert and maybe some Greek coffee or tea or whatever people need and the wines.

But I just find people are unbelievable. They don’t understand what it takes to put an evening together. 

If you don’t know how to treat me, I’m going to show you. So that’s what I said there.

Joe Winger:

Have you ever played with the idea of a cooking show? Is that something you see at all for yourself?

Thaao Penghlis: 

It’s a lot of work.  All that preparation. I’ve done it as a guest here and there. 

Joan Rivers used to join guests and everything, she always made some wonderful jokes.

Dame Edna would make wonderful jokes. 

I’m doing a book signing May 22nd at the Grove in Los Angeles at a Barnes and Noble.  I’ve got to do a cooking show. I thought what are we going to cook?  Something that’s not difficult. 

So I’m going to do a vegetarian dish, which is not in the book, but it’s with shiitake mushroom, truffle oils, mint, basil heirloom tomato, raw peas and pine nuts. Then I will mix that in with the pasta and some olive oil and then some truffle oil and with some herbs and that’s about it. 

That’s so convenient and it’s such a delicious dish with Parmesan cheese over it. 

Joe Winger: 

The book is called Seducing Celebrities: One meal at a time 

You breezed over Joan Rivers for a moment and I wanted to touch upon it because In that chapter, you help us see her in a different way than what we always think of her as, especially being in the car with her daughter, Melissa as a young girl.

When I think of Joan Rivers, the stereotype, I think of outrageous, and you have one or two moments beyond her, Barbra Streisand, there’s a little bit of outrageousness there, are there any outrageous moments that you didn’t include that you thought about including?

Thaao Penghlis: 

I don’t I don’t mind telling stories, or privately telling stories.

There’s got to be a borderline, just like etiquette.  If I’m expecting for people to behave a certain way.

One time, there was a famous guest, which I won’t mention, who was having problems with their daughter, and they were sitting around the table. The phone rang in the middle of dinner, and he answered it, he starts screaming on the phone, and telling his daughter off.

I just lost it, I got up and I said, “If you don’t mind, take your bloody phone call outside, we’re not interested in your private business and how rude of you.”

Because I don’t like people bringing phones into the house.

The inner chatter that goes on with people’s minds, where they’re so distracted with life instead of just being there.  Being present. 

With Telly Savalas as well. There have been times also with people with Days [of Our Lives] and I couldn’t tell those stories because firstly, I have to work with him again. Secondly, I don’t think it’s everybody’s business.

There was a book that Hustler put out all the stories about those magnificent stars of the [1940s] and talked about their sexual proclivities. 

Someone said, “Why would you do that?”  Why would you betray your friends that way? 

You smash the myth. They spent years creating a myth.  But when you start getting into the nitty gritty, you make those people ordinary. And show business is not about being ordinary.

So I try to refrain from telling things that go beyond the norm. I want to be able to see these people later in some time, even though they’re gone,

I still believe we’ll see them on the other side that they did more good for me. Otherwise it’s a matter of respect and keeping someone’s dignity there.

Joe Winger: 

Your book starts almost like a love note or a Valentine to growing up with your family. Your mother, your father, their first trip to L. A., to your grandfather George’s herrings and olive oil tin.

Thaao Penghlis: 

Yeah, that was something to watch growing up.  

To see my grandfather bringing his knowledge of food from the islands of Greece. 

What I remember the most, even my grandmother, you’ve come down in the mornings and you can smell the cinnamon toast. She would be dipping wicks into wax and creating candles for the church.

Joe Winger: 

Seducing celebrities one meal at a time. 

Can you give us a tease about what you’re looking forward to in the future?

Thaao Penghlis: 

I just finished exploring the Holy Families. 

I did a two week trek up and down the Nile to these sacred places. So I’ve written a story because most of the things we see about religion are postcards or lovely paintings. What do we do when we explore it within ourselves and follow those routes? Something else happened.

I’ve written a teleplay. It’s very interesting the way it begins and where it begins and how it follows through into The Great Escape. 

Find Thaao Penghlis’ new book on Amazon at  Seducing Celebrities: One Meal at a Time

 

Jackpot for Las Vegas! American Film Market 2024 Moves To Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort

Jackpot for Las Vegas! American Film Market 2024 Moves To Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort

The Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) and its Board of Directors announce that the American Film Market (AFM®), its industry flagship event, will relocate to Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for its 45th edition.

New Chapter for American Film Market in 2024

Scheduled for November 5 to 10, 2024, this move marks a new chapter for AFM.

Jackpot for Las Vegas!  American Film Market 2024 Moves To Vegas' Palms Casino Resort

Jackpot for Las Vegas! American Film Market 2024 Moves To Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort

Held in Los Angeles and Santa Monica for over four decades, AFM is a cornerstone event for the independent entertainment industry.

Companies Including Arclight Films, Blue Fox Entertainment, Cornerstone, Film Mode Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment, HanWay Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Millennium Media,

Myriad Pictures, NEON, Protagonist Pictures, The Exchange, WME Independent & XYZ Films

Already Committed as Exhibitors at the Palms for AFM24

American Film Market 2024 multi-City Search

The decision to move American Film Market to Las Vegas comes after a multi-city search and careful consideration of the needs of AFM’s Exhibiting Sales Companies and Buyers and reflects IFTA’s dedication to creating the optimal environment where the global film and television industry can converge, collaborate, and conduct business seamlessly.

“After extensive research, discussions with the Board and invaluable feedback from stakeholders, this move underscores our determination to evolving AFM to meet today’s industry needs,”
Clay Epstein
IFTA Chairperson and President of Film Mode Entertainment.

“The strength of the AFM lies in its ability to create community and present a sophisticated platform for all our participants’ activities in one convenient location. The Palms enables us to do all of that and beyond.”

Palms Casino Resort offers a wealth of modern facilities and conveniences, all in a single location for an enhanced market experience. Highlights include newly renovated rooms and suites for Exhibitor office space and guest rooms, the Brenden Theatres’ 14 screen state-of-the-art multiplex, and more than 170,000 square feet of dedicated conference, meeting, and event space.

Las Vegas presents easy travel options, including domestic and international flights from over 160 locations, and its close proximity to Los Angeles, with over 35 daily flights, expands the options and allows AFM participants easy stopovers. Furthermore, Las Vegas offers a wealth of dining, sleeping, entertaining, and shopping opportunities, providing added value for AFM participants.

Epstein further added, “This move to Las Vegas is generating support and enthusiasm from colleagues around the world and we are excited to welcome everyone to AFM 2024 in November.”

Major production, finance, sales and distribution companies, including Arclight Films, Blue Fox Entertainment, Blacktop International, Cinema Management Group, Cornerstone, The Exchange, Film Mode Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment, Film Seekers, HanWay Films, A Higher Standard, Lakeshore Entertainment, Millennium Media, Myriad Pictures, NEON, Protagonist Pictures, The Asylum, The Solution Entertainment Group, Vision Films, WME Independent and XYZ Films have already committed to participating in AFM24 in the new Las Vegas Palms locale, underscoring the industry’s enthusiasm for this monumental move and the importance of AFM to their businesses.

Jean Prewitt, IFTA President & CEO commented:  “AFM was created by the Independents and remains the Independents’ market.  The industry has called for a fresh look at how the market can better serve a rapidly changing business.  The Board has made a monumental decision that allows us to better serve these needs.  We look forward to introducing everyone to the new AFM venue and its offerings.”

“We’re delighted to extend a warm welcome to the American Film Market,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, General Manager of Palms Casino Resort. “Our team members are committed to providing the Palms signature and personalized hospitality to each and every guest. The AFM’s needs and our offerings make for a perfect match and we look forward to hosting the AFM participants this November.”

As AFM prepares to make its debut in Las Vegas this Fall, further details will be unveiled in the coming weeks and months.

About the American Film Market® (AFM®)

The AFM is where the global film and television business comes to life every November. The only independently produced international sales market, hundreds of finance, production, sales and distribution companies and thousands of professionals from every segment of the industry, convene at AFM for six days of discovery, development, deal making, networking, marketplace discussions and world-class conferences. The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) and serves as the annual fundraiser for the association.

About the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®)
IFTA is the global trade association for independent film and television production, finance, distribution, and sales companies. The organization represents the independent sector before governments and international bodies and provides significant entertainment industry services to independent companies around the world.

About Palms Casino Resort

Palms Casino Resort is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. Palms Casino Resort features two distinct towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues, and immersive lifestyle experiences across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino. Offering free valet and self-parking, the resort also includes over 190,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and event space; the Pearl, a 2,500-seat theater; an expansive pool, The Spa & Salon at Palms; a wedding chapel; the Brenden Theatre 14-screen cinema and nearly 600 units at Palms Place condominiums.

Palms is located just west of the center of the Las Vegas Strip off I-15 on Flamingo Road. Palms Casino Resort is owned by The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (“SMGHA”) an affiliate of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. For more information visit http://www.palms.com/ or the Palms Press Room. Follow Palms on social media Facebook Twitter Instagram.

PirateFestLV 2024 March 23 – 24: Family Fun in Vegas at Craig Ranch Park to Benefit Paradise Ranch Foundation

PirateFestLV Announced for March 23 – 24 at Craig Ranch Park to Benefit Paradise Ranch Foundation

Pirates of the Caribbean Stars: Lee Arenberg, Kevin McNally, and Martin Klebba!

PirateFestLV 2024 anchors at March 23rd‐24th at scenic Craig Ranch Park. PirateFestLV is the largest Pirate and Fantasy Renaissance Festival in the West.

This family fun event includes premium Las Vegas live entertainment, exotic foods, unusual games of skill and intrigue, and three separate bars to serve well-known signature cocktails.

Proceeds from PirateFestLV benefit the Paradise Ranch Foundation a 501C(3).

PirateFestLV 2024 Tickets

Regular pricing for adults $20.00 each, children (ages 5 ‐ 11) Children 4 and under are free. Military, First Responders, and Teachers use the discount code “THANKYOU” for $5.00 off your total order (must show ID at the gate).

The amazing festival performances include Gladius the Show with beautiful, powerful Clydesdale horses and their aerobatic gladiators sworn to protect the Pirate Fest realms. The battle between light and darkness colliding at the Gladius Arena is an experience for the ages!

Amazing Day of Adventure at PirateFestLV 2024

At the Captain’s challenge the audience must choose a side as the pirate captains do battle with swords, musket fire, and swoon beautiful maidens. The audience will cheer the loudest for their favorite captain and see who will win the prestigious title of Pirate Lord.

As if that is not enough to get their blood going, customers can also watch the stomach-turning talents of Cydeshow Cy the Sword Swallower!

Kids and their families will enjoy following the free Treasure Map throughout the event to complete super fun tasks and activities such as, tie ship’s knots; walk the plank, swab the deck, hoist the sails, get a pirate name, even make an eye patch or a fairy wand! There are tons of photo opportunities for the whole family.

Complete the map, and at the final X receive a Letter of Marque, collect pirate booty and become an “Official Pirate of PirateFestLV.”

One of the biggest hits with the wee ones is the Kid’s Cove stage, see the Pirate Puppet Show, magic acts, and interactive storytelling. Las Vegas Family Puppet Theater Co.’s handmade puppets are works of art in their own right.

After the show, visit the magnificent Mermaid pod. You might even see the elusive and beautiful mermaids sunning on their mystical beach! Spend time with our Captains to learn about pirate history, ships, uniforms, and naval traditions.

At the food court, world-class Whiskey Tasting is returning this year where patrons can sample the finest Whiskeys and Rum while learning the finer points of high‐quality spirits.

New this year, customers can enjoy the upgraded Pirate experience with the VIP package including a private parking lot and exclusive seating area for the daytime Gladius shows.

Saturday night, guests will have access to the celebrity panel with the stars of Pirates of the Caribbean Lee Arenberg, Kevin McNally, and Martin Klebba! VIP ticket holders get priority seating to the celebrity panel.

Tickets available at: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Pirate-Fest-2024/579955?afflky=piratefest
For more information, visit www.piratefestlv.com.

Paradise Ranch Foundation was founded in 2011 to provide mental health services to families in need.

They provide Horse Assisted Therapy (HAT) and Interactive Behavioral Therapy to all with a focus on children with autism and our veterans with Traumatic Brain injuries and PTSD. It is well known, and research has proven that interactions with animals reduce stress, lower heart rates, and positively affect mental health and emotional states.

When we include a horse in our therapeutic sessions, they become a participating member of the therapy process. The horse can “tune in” to emotional states and recognize when the way you feel should be reinforced or reduced and the horse reacts accordingly. HAT is beneficial for many health disorders from depression, anxiety,

OCD, suicidal thoughts or other behavioral problems. https://paradiseranchlv.com/paradise‐ranchfoundation.

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Vegas Goes Green! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Return of Celtic Feis at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, March 17

Vegas Goes Green! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Return of Celtic Feis at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, March 17

Day-Long Celebration Featuring Festive Parade, Live Entertainment, Traditional Irish Fare and More

Get ready to paint the town green as the Strip’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Celtic Feis, returns to New York-New York Hotel & Casino, March 17.

The popular annual Irish extravaganza will include a parade, live music, entertainment, traditional Irish Fare from Nine Fine Irishmen and much more. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with ticket prices starting at $20 per person.

“For more than a decade,

Celtic Feis has been a beloved tradition at New York-New York

and has become The Strip’s most vibrant St. Patrick’s Day celebration,”

Mike Neubecker

President & COO of New York-New York & MGM Grand

“Our team works hard to make each year better than the last and we look forward to having both locals and visitors enjoy this year’s festivities.”

Celtic Feis will kick into high gear with a foot parade led by a traditional Irish pipe band starting at the main valet entrance and continuing through the property to the celebration headquarters on the Brooklyn Bridge. The parade is complimentary and open to the public.


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Guests can commemorate the day with exclusive merchandise for sale and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Live entertainment will continue on the Bridge through midnight.

Nine Fine Irishmen will serve its traditional Irish fare including signature dishes such as beer n’ cheese dip, shepherd’s pie, Irish bangers, corned beef and cabbage, and more.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

 


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NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO
Inspired by the famous energy and landmarks of the iconic original, New York-New York offers all the excitement of the hotel’s namesake, from the thrilling Roller Coaster to tantalizing restaurants including Gallagher’s Steakhouse and Nine Fine Irishmen, an authentic pub offering the best of Irish drink, food and music.

New York-New York is home to Terry Fator’s “Who’s the Dummy Now?” and Mad Apple, a delicious, wickedly fun Cirque du Soleil cocktail of music, comedy, magic and mayhem putting NYC nightlife under the Las Vegas lights. Centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip and adjacent to The Park, New York-New York is home to a selection of Strip-front dining and retail destinations including a two-story flagship Hershey’s Chocolate World, Shake Shack and Tom’s Watch Bar.

New York-New York is operated by MGM Resorts International. For more information and reservations, visit newyorknewyork.com, call toll free at (866) 815-4365, or find us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

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Hollywood entertainer Cat Ce On Staying Physically & Mentally Fit In Hollywood

Hollywood entertainer Cat Ce On Staying Physically & Mentally Fit In Hollywood

“It’s all about balance”

All round entertainer and producer Cat Ce is a familiar face and name in Hollywood circles.

Known for Producing sold out comedy shows every month at The Ice House, The World Famous Comedy Store etc. She also is a fan favorite guest star on leading shows at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club Las Vegas.

When not doing stand up comedy, she is a working actress and just celebrated her 50th popular Podcast, which is on spotify and iheart radio.

Cat Ce is definitely productively packing her days with her creativity and manages to stay fit and radiant. She is also a certified Pilates teacher – which explains the body!

Cat Ce regularly does hilarious skits called #Catjaminthecar

Cat Ce regularly does hilarious skits called #Catjaminthecar

Her work out regime is very specific to her needs and she swears by swimming to keep her body toned and mind relaxed.

Anyone who has been backstage at a comedy show or eaten at a comedy club will tell you there are specific comfort foods that may not be the healthiest if eaten on a nightly basis. Who doesn’t love pizza or chicken wings and fries at 11pm?

Well, Cat Ce for one stays away from the temptations as much as she can.

“I try to eat healthy & balanced meals.

Smoothies, fruits, veggies, fish or lean meat with great protein are my main nutrients…”

reveals Cat Ce

“…I try to do everything in moderation. I don’t completely cut out bread, I just try to minimize the intake of carbs, get enough protein, and never deprive myself. I have  a balanced lifestyle. Staying active with daily exercise, and swimming is my daily routine. A solid workout  will obviously help you stay in shape, but  also helps me manage stress.

Cat Ce wears many hats and works out regularly to stay fit

Cat Ce wears many hats and works out regularly to stay fit

I keep physically strong, which leads me to feeling mentally strong, this also guarantees a good night sleep — which is also key.

The simple basic fundamentals of taking care of ourselves is my mantra, this will lead to success. I believe.”

Something tells me Cat Ce is right!

To catch Cat Ce performing check out her upcoming shows in Los Angeles Hollywood Improv Jan 15th and 19th, the Comedy Store Jan 15th and Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas on Jan 20th!

 

Atomic Golf Las Vegas Welcomes Chef Robert Lomeli to its flagship location for Golf Entertainment Destination

Atomic Golf Las Vegas Appoints Robert Lomeli as Corporate Executive Chef

As Atomic Golf tees up for the highly-anticipated opening in Q1 of 2024, the new golf entertainment destination proudly welcomes Chef Robert Lomeli as the corporate executive chef for its flagship location in Las Vegas.

A seasoned resident of Las Vegas for over 25 years, Chef Robert has carved out a distinguished reputation within the local culinary community. His extensive career in the city has allowed him to work across various major hotels and casinos, receiving mentorship from renowned chefs with expertise in diverse cuisines. Beyond his culinary abilities, Chef Robert keenly understands the financial elements of running a successful restaurant.

Throughout his career, Chef Robert has played a pivotal role in the launch of notable establishments in the city, including Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at the Mirage and Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace. He has also held executive chef positions at prestigious venues such as the Villas at the Mirage, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill at MGM Grand and most recently Top of the World at The STRAT. In his free time, Chef Robert participates in local cooking competitions that benefit the community. His culinary expertise even led him to claim victory on an episode of the Food Network’s popular TV show, Guy’s Grocery Games.

Chef Robert will leverage his extensive culinary background to curate an extraordinary dining experience at Atomic Golf by sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients while working closely with local purveyors.

Follow Atomic Golf on FacebookX, and Instagram at @atomicgolfvegas for the latest updates.

 

About Atomic Golf


Atomic Golf is Las Vegas’ premier golf entertainment destination, combining next-generation golf technology, an engaging atmosphere, and immersive gameplay to create a fun, interactive, and energizing golf entertainment experience.

Sitting on 100,000 square feet, steps from the famed Las Vegas Strip, Atomic Golf boasts four distinct floors comprised of 103 digitally enhanced golfing bays with state-of-the-art golf technology and a collection of original games, designed specifically for Atomic Golf, that infuse golf play with an interactive videogame; six full-service bars, each with their unique menus and atmospheres; flexible meeting and special event space; luxury golfing suites featuring a VIP entrance and a private bar; the one-of-a-kind Putting District with eight digital putting bays utilizing high-tech projection mapping to create a modernized putting game experience; chef-curated menus with elevated food and beverage offerings; The Tap Room with Bottoms Up technology and a curated collection of locally-brewed beers; the state-of-the-art Cosmic Lounge; the Astrocade with wall-to-ceiling, high-definition LCDs perfect for sports and entertainment viewing; and much more.

Atomic Golf is located at 1850 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104 next to The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower, steps from the famed Las Vegas Strip and blossoming Las Vegas Arts District.

For more information, please visit atomicgolf.com. Keep up with Atomic Golf on FacebookX, and Instagram at @atomicgolfvegas.

 

New Years Eve 2024: Las Vegas Delivers Big Stars, Big Flavor, Fabulous Fireworks

New Years Eve 2024: Las Vegas Delivers Big Stars, Entertainment, Fabulous Fireworks

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas always promises a packed lineup of stellar entertainment. Fireworks will light up the desert sky while the world’s top entertainers take the stage throughout the destination.

Fireworks Fun

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas will showcase spectacular fireworks with several resorts participating in the annual celebration. This year, a dazzling display will launch from the rooftops of:

Exciting Entertainment

From the music industry’s finest to world-class illusionists and hilarious comedians, the destination promises an impressive lineup to cap off an exceptional year of entertainment.

Late-night talk show hosts John Oliver and Seth Meyers join forces for a comedy show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Stand-up comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias plays The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 30. Pop star Demi Lovato will perform at the venue for the year-closing show on Sunday, Dec. 31.

The Time of Your Life Festival offers performances by Beach WeatherBig GiganticBlackstreetCrazeEric ForbesKid ’n PlayThird Eye BlindTone Loc and Young MC at Fremont Street Experience on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Hip-hop artist Post Malone will be the first headliner at BleauLive Theater at Fontainebleau Las Vegas when he takes the stage Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31.

Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese continues her A Jubilant Revue residency at the Jubilee Theater at Horseshoe Las Vegas from Thursday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Comedian Katt Williams takes the mic at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Dancer and entertainer Derek Hough brings his Symphony of Dance production to Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Thursday, Dec. 28. Hip-hop band The Roots follow with a concert at the venue on Friday, Dec. 29.

Entertainer Bruno Mars is back for more residency dates at Dolby Live at Park MGM on Thursday, Dec. 28; Saturday, Dec. 30; and Sunday, Dec. 31.

Original American Idol Kelly Clarkson returns for additional residency dates at Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31.

Country artist Luke Bryan continues his residency at Resorts World Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas from Friday, Dec. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Actors and singers Seth McFarlane and Liz Gillies team up for a show at Myron’s at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas play The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31. Nearby at the resort, pop vocalist Christina Aguilera kicks off a limited engagement at Voltaire Belle de Nuit with shows on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31.

World-renowned illusionist David Blaine debuts his new IMPOSSIBLE residency at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 29, with shows continuing through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Noteworthy Nightlife

Las Vegas features some of the world’s most exhilarating nightclubs, where famed DJs routinely bring their talents—and the lineup only elevates on New Year’s Eve.

AREA15 presents its New Year’s Eve MasqueRave, featuring sets by Boris BrejchaAnn Clue and Moritz Hoffbauer, on Sunday, Dec. 31.

JEWEL Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino presents a set by Lil Jon on Sunday, Dec. 31.

OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace presents sets by Illenium on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Steve Aoki on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Commonwealth presents a set by Nick Bike on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presents a set by Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’s DJ Pauly D Sunday, Dec. 31.

Discopussy presents Defected Records’ “6 Degrees of Celebration” NYE, featuring sets by Harry Romero and Arielle Free, on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino presents a set by Loud Luxury on Friday, Dec. 29.

The Grounds at Resorts World Las Vegas presents the Forever Midnight festival on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31. The resort’s Zouk Nightclub presents sets by RL Grime on Thursday, Dec. 28; Odesza on Friday, Dec. 29; Zedd on Saturday, Dec. 30; and Kaskade on Sunday, Dec. 31.

TAO Nightclub at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas presents sets by Whoo Kid on Saturday, Dec. 30 and O.T. Genasis on Sunday, Dec. 31.

XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas presents sets by Gryffin on Friday, Dec. 29; Diplo on Saturday, Dec. 30; and The Chainsmokers on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Fabulous Fêtes

Visitors and locals alike will ring in 2024 on New Year’s Eve at rooftop parties with prime views of the midnight fireworks and unique, ‘Only Vegas’ celebrations.

The Beverly Theater presents Meet Harry and Sally at the Beverly, a special screening of the New Year’s Eve movie favorite When Harry Met Sally complete with concessions packages and a post-show reception with live jazz, charcuterie and a champagne toast.

Legacy Club at Circa Resort & Casino puts on a Sky High Celebration, complete with views of the fireworks from the resort’s 60th floor. The event features passed hors d’oeuvres, photo-worthy cocktails, live music and fire pit seating.

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presents its annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Viewing Party, which features an open bar, DJ set, skate rentals and a complimentary midnight champagne toast.

Foundation Room Lounge at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino offers sweeping views of the fireworks from the resort’s 63rd floor. Nearby at the resort, S Bar puts on A Lavish Affair featuring live entertainment, food and beverage, a champagne toast and “surprises” throughout the evening.

Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort offers views from the 55th floor of the resort, indoor and outdoor seating and music from a local resident DJ.

Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will ring in 2024 with premium beverage packages and panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip from its patio and loft.

Rouge Room at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa will host a New Year’s Eve party featuring live entertainment from Franky and the All-Nighters and a midnight champagne toast.

Eight Lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas will host football watch parties leading up to its New Year’s Eve Party, which features DJ Coffin Candy and a midnight champagne toast. Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge, also at Resorts World Las Vegas, presents the day’s football action followed by a glitzy New Year’s Eve Party featuring DJ Kid Funk and a champagne toast provided by Moet & Chandon.

VooDoo Lounge at Rio Hotel & Casino puts on a Fireworks Viewing Party complete with an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and cityscape views from the resort tower’s 50th and 51st floors.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower will host a New Year’s Eve “Party at the Top” in its indoor Observation Deck, complete with views of the fireworks, party favors and live entertainment from  local DJs.

Getting Around

The Las Vegas Monorail will be open round-the-clock for New Year’s Eve, offering locals and visitors the only motorized method of transportation along the Las Vegas Strip, which will be closed to all traffic in the hours leading up to 2024.

The Monorail will operate continuously from 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 2, 2024, for a total of 43 straight hours.

Locals can purchase $1 single-ride tickets at customer service booths located at every station (except Boingo Station at Las Vegas Convention Center) from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 with proof of Nevada I.D. For out-of-town guests, one-ride tickets are $6.

The Monorail also offers an eTicket discount on unlimited-ride passes starting at $13.45 for a 24-hour pass, which can be purchased online.

Monorail ticket holders looking for things to do in the destination over the holiday weekend are invited to take advantage of the “Show Your Ticket & Save” program, which provides discounts on shows, attractions, restaurants and more.

 

 

NYE Weddings in Las Vegas

With New Year’s Eve 2023 expected to be an extraordinarily popular wedding date in the Wedding Capital of the World™, the destination will open a pop-up Marriage License Bureau at Harry Reid International Airport (Terminal 1) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 31.

New Year’s Eve—or 12/31/23—includes the rare numerical sequence of 1-2-3-1-2-3, which is considered to be an especially appealing date for those planning their nuptials. Consequently, area chapels are experiencing high bookings for that date. This occasion marks the fifth time the Clerk’s Office will open a temporary Marriage License Bureau at the airport.

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ABOUT THE LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide and with operating the 4.6 million square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With more than 150,000 hotel rooms and more than 15 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. The LVCVA also owns the Vegas Loop at Las Vegas Convention Center, designed and operated by The Boring Company, and also owns the Las Vegas Monorail, an elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort corridor. For more information, go to www.lvcva.comwww.visitlasvegas.com or www.vegasmeansbusiness.com.

Boulder City, Laughlin and Mesquite Deck The Halls this Holiday Season with Family Entertainment and Festive Light Shows

Boulder City, Laughlin and Mesquite Deck The Halls this Holiday Season with Family Entertainment and Festive Light Shows

It’s the most wonderful time of year as Boulder City, Laughlin and Mesquite celebrate the start of the season with festive parades, spectacular holiday lights and family fun with Santa Claus.

Upcoming holiday events include:

BOULDER CITY

  • A Polar Express Dance Extravaganza (Dec. 9)
    Experience the joy of the season with holiday dance performances at 2pm and 4:30pm by Dance Etc. inside the Historic Boulder Theatre.
  • “Comfort & Joy” Red Mountain Choir Concert (Dec. 15-16) 
    Ring in the season and sing along to the holiday classics with this festive annual concert event at the Elaine K. Smith Center in Boulder City.
  • Santa Trains (Dec. 9-10, 16-17, 23)
    A family tradition since 2002, Santa returns for some holiday fun on the daytime Santa Trains. Tickets are available first come, first served where guests can enjoy the festive attraction.
  • Boulder City North Pole Express (Dec. 8-10, 15-17, 19-20)
    Escape to a winter wonderland with friends and family during an evening magical train ride with Santa on the North Pole Express. The 40-minute experience features storytelling, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from St. Nick.

LAUGHLIN

  • Christmas on the Colorado Boat Parade (Dec. 16)
    Let your holiday spirit set sail with the Parade of Lights on the Colorado River hosted by the Laughlin and Bullhead Area Chambers of Commerce. The festive parade line will launch from Bullhead Community Park and travel north to the Laughlin Bridge, turning around for a pass by Laughlin’s resort corridor.
  • 12th Annual Christmas Tree Silent Auction (Now through Dec. 20)
    Aquarius Casino Resort and Edgewater Casino Resort are spreading holiday cheer with their 12th Annual Christmas Tree Auction benefitting the Feed A Family initiative. Guests and visitors can enjoy the silent auction that will feature nine decorated and displayed Christmas trees adorned with festive ornaments, shimmering lights and individual unique themes. This year’s tree themes include Winter Wonderland, All About Christmas, Sweet Treats, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, A Vintage Christmas, Bear Jamboree, Route 66, Under the Sea and Patriotic.
  • The Nutcracker Ballet (Dec. 14-17)
    The holiday season comes to life at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino for the Anaheim Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, the classic heartwarming tale of Clara and her Nutcracker doll who changes her woeful winter into a feast in Candyland.

MESQUITE

  • Christmas Boutique (Now through Dec. 29)
    Find one-of-a-kind gifts at the VVAA Annual Christmas Boutique at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center, which will feature unique gifts, pottery, stationery, art and other handmade treasures created by local artists.

 

About Mesquite
Close to home and yet a world away! Mesquite is located 90 miles north of Las Vegas and offers visitors an excitingly laid-back experience. Choose from several fabulous championship golf courses; explore astonishing, nearby national and state parks; or lounge by a sparkling pool. If you’d rather play indoors, then unwind and be pampered at a luxurious day-spa, practice your skill at bowling, dance the night away, or try your luck at the tables and slot machines. For more information on the destination, visit www.visitmesquite.com.

About Laughlin
Located 90 miles south of Las Vegas, Laughlin is a unique resort destination with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that welcomes nearly 2 million visitors annually. This oasis along the Colorado River boasts many options for water sports and boating activities, including eight resorts with stunning accommodations that offer fine dining, spa experiences, golfing, and a close proximity to the recreational paradise known as Heritage Trails. Laughlin has also become a leading special event destination in the Southwest. For more information, visit  www.visitlaughlin.com.

About Boulder City
Boulder City is known as a green oasis in the desert. Located approximately 20 miles from the glitter and excitement of Las Vegas and just a few miles from the grandeur of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, the destination offers a quiet, relaxed living environment. Boulder City takes pride in its quality recreational facilities such as Bootleg Canyon mountain bike trails, Boulder City Golf Course, and Boulder Creek Golf Club. For more information, visit www.visitbouldercity.com.

The Holiday Season is Merry and Bright in Las Vegas with Festive Events and Entertainment

The Holiday Season is Merry and Bright in Las Vegas with Festive Events and Entertainment

The holiday season in Las Vegas is unlike anywhere else. Spectacular light displays sprinkle the Strip, and unique and festive experiences await throughout the destination. Here is how to make the most of the holidays in Vegas this year.

Holiday Decorations and Activities

The holiday display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort & Casino runs Saturday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. Themed to The Nutcracker, the attraction will replicate iconic scenes from the classic Tchaikovsky ballet with awe-inspiring floral displays.

The Ice Rink returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, bringing 4,200 square feet of real ice to the resort’s rooftop Boulevard Pool. Running through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, the attraction features open-air fire pits, charming décor, a menu of seasonal bites and beverages and special events.

The Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolates features millions of sparkling holiday lights across three acres of desert landscaping. Running through Sunday, Dec. 31, the experience is complete with sweet treats, hot chocolate and visits from Santa.

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas brings back its Holiday Afternoon Tea for the season, taking place on Fridays and Saturdays in December through Saturday, Dec. 23. The service features herbal teas, champagne, seasonal desserts and music from a live pianist.

Winter at the Terrace returns to Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino through the winter season. The holiday-themed pop-up lounge offers cozy igloos and fire pits, twinkling lights, cheerful music and photo opportunities.

Enchant Christmas is again lighting up Las Vegas Ballpark with larger-than-life light displays through Sunday, Dec. 31. The experience features the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Village, a visit from Santa, seasonal food and beverages, an artisan marketplace, entertainment and more.

The drive-thru light experience, Glittering Lights, returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway through Sunday, Jan. 7 with more than 5 million LED lights and over 600 animated, sparkling displays. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Speedway Children’s Charities, which offers funds to 50+ local charities each year.

M Resort Spa Casino offers a new holiday experience this year with Rockin’ Christmas, a drive-through, animated light show that is being billed as “the world’s largest.” Running through Sunday, Dec. 31, the mile-long ride of sights and sounds features millions of LED lights and hundreds of moving displays.

Rouge Room at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa will celebrate the holidays with Rouge Wonderland through Saturday, Dec. 30. The venue transforms with festive holiday décor, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, fire pits, frosty treats and a merry lineup of seasonal cocktails.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall brings back its Mystic Falls Park winter wonderland display, featuring festive décor, more than 26,000 points of light and a nine-minute holiday laser light show. The holiday attraction runs through Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.

The Sand Dollar Lounge brings back Miracle on Spring Mountain at its original location and Sippin’ Santa On Main at its sister lounge at Plaza Hotel & Casino. Running through Sunday, Dec. 31, the fully immersive holiday experiences are complete with themed cocktails and nearly $100,000 in over-the-top holiday decorations.

The Shady Grove Lounge at Silverton Casino Hotel will transform into the BAD ELF Pop-Up Bar through Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. The decked-out space offers photo opportunities, holiday cocktails and a BAD ELF Experience package complete with drinks, souvenir glasses and the BAD ELF Puzzle Hunt game.

Holiday Entertainment

AREA15 brings back a unique viewing experience of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Held on select dates through Saturday, Dec. 30 at The Portal, the experience features choreographed light and sound elements synced to the cult classic movie inside the 360-degree, projection-mapped venue.

Tournament of Kings: ’Twas the Knight returns for another year at Excalibur Hotel & Casino on select dates through Monday, Dec. 25. The medieval jousting show gets a winter wonderland makeover for the season with holiday music, festive decorations and costumes. A three-course meal completes the dinner show experience.

The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino adds the Big Man in Red to the mix (and his helper, “Santa Jaws”) with Santa in the Shipwreck. Running Saturday, Dec. 16 to Sunday, Dec. 24, visitors can watch a SCUBA suited Santa dive into the attraction for a unique holiday photo opportunity.

America’s Got Talent-winning ventriloquist Terry Fator brings his holiday show back to New York-New York Hotel & Casino on select dates through Saturday, Dec. 30. A Very Terry Christmas features the longtime Vegas headliner and his funny friends performing holiday duets, with each voice tackling a different holiday classic.

Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker plays at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on select dates from Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 24. The production of the classic Christmas tale features larger-than-life sets, choreography by former NBT Artistic Director James Canfield and “snowflakes” falling from the sky.

Country singer LeAnn Rimes brings Joy: The Holiday Tour to The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16. The GRAMMY Award-winning star will perform a mix of holiday songs, some of her greatest hits and material from her latest album, God’s Work.

A Swingin’ Little Christmas lands at Myron’s at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16. Comedians and actresses Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery—of Glee and The Office fame, respectively—are joined by actor/singer Tim Davis in this heartwarming and hilarious holiday extravaganza featuring a delightful blend of comedy and music.

The Radio City Rockettes’ famed kicking line will be visible in the desert this holiday season, as the dancers will be featured on the recently opened Sphere. Known for its beloved Christmas spectacular at the iconic Radio City Music Hall, the group will be featured daily on its fully programmable exosphere, marking the first time it has featured dancing wrapped 360 degrees around the venue.

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ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide and with operating the 4.6 million square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With more than 150,000 hotel rooms and more than 15 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. The LVCVA also owns the Vegas Loop at Las Vegas Convention Center, designed and operated by The Boring Company, and also owns the Las Vegas Monorail, an elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort corridor. For more information, go to www.lvcva.comwww.visitlasvegas.com or www.vegasmeansbusiness.com.

Super Bowl LVIII: Ochocinco and Tobe Nwigwe join Las Vegas to Encourage Excessive Celebration

Las Vegas Launches Encourages Excessive Celebration at Super Bowl LVIII

Las Vegas, the Official Host City of Super Bowl LVIII, has launched a petition on Change.org urging football fans to encourage excessive celebration during the city’s first foray into hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. The petition was accompanied by a music video featuring former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Grammy-nominated artist Tobe Nwigwe.

The petition is a nod to the fact that while professional sports often restrict excessive celebrations, they are always encouraged in Las Vegas. “Whether you are on the Strip, in the stadiums, or just here for a good time, Las Vegas will forever be the home of excessive celebration,” reads the petition in part.

“Las Vegas is built for celebration,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “People come to Vegas because they know that the excitement surrounding the game is just as important as the game itself. Whether they travel to watch the game in person or at a viewing party, fans know they will be surrounded by energy that is simply unmatched anywhere else in the world. As we prepare to welcome the Super Bowl for the first time, we are determined to show the world that when it comes to celebration, Las Vegas is in a category of one.”

Las Vegas is also partnering with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to spread the word. The former Las Vegas local is supporting the destination’s initiative, including a special appearance by Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night on ABC.

The 90 second music video—which will also be released in :30, :15 and :06 spots—includes re-creations of some of Johnson’s most iconic on-field moments, including his impromptu marriage proposal, river dance, and his unforgettable Hall of Fame jacket moment. The music video was shot in iconic locations across Las Vegas including Allegiant Stadium, Caesars Palace, Fremont Street Experience among others. The accompanying soundtrack includes an original track by artist and actor Nwigwe, who also was once a college football star being considered for the NFL Draft.

The Johnson and Nwigwe-led commercial spot will premiere on broadcast Thursday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. PST during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Commanders and Dallas Cowboys.

The full video will also be featured on the Visit Las Vegas YouTube channel and all other social media platforms. The video and larger campaign were ideated and produced by R&R Partners, the brand agency of record for the LVCVA.

For more information about Las Vegas, please visit www.VisitLasVegas.com.

 

ABOUT THE LVCVA 
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide and with operating the 4.6 million square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With more than 150,000 hotel rooms and more than 15 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. The LVCVA also owns the Vegas Loop at Las Vegas Convention Center, designed and operated by The Boring Company, and also owns the Las Vegas Monorail, an elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort corridor. For more information, go to www.lvcva.comwww.visitlasvegas.com or www.vegasmeansbusiness.com.