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Winter In Las Vegas
More Than 11,000 Kris Kringle Lookalikes Join Shania Twain At Las Vegas Great Santa Run – On Saturday, December 7, Opportunity Village made history as 11,221 participants dressed like Kris Kringle for the ninth annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas. Led by Grand Marshal Shania Twain, the iconic event beat its personal record and defeated Liverpool rivals for the “World Santa Challenge” championship.
“We were blown away by the outpouring of support from the Las Vegas community,” said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village. “This was truly one of our best events yet, and we look forward to keeping the momentum going into the run’s 10th year.”
Shania Twain, who currently headlines SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace looked glamorous in a white Santa hat and chic black and white cape. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello
- Full story/details/info: Kris Kringle Lookalikes Join Shania Twain At Great Santa Run
- Buy Tickets Now: Jersey Boys
- Buy Tickets Now: Shania Twain
Rhumbar at Mirage Heats Up Winter With Hot New Cocktails (With Recipes) – ‘Tis the season for hot drinks and holiday festivities at RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The Strip-side getaway will introduce four seasonal cocktails to heat up the winter season.
Available through the end of February, cocktail aficionados will stay warm this winter with the Hot Berry Bomber, the Cinn City, the Mexican Ginger Cookie and the Naughty Girl Scout, each priced at $12. For those who want a taste of the season at home, each delicious RHUMBAR cocktail is easy to recreate with the below recipes:
- Full story/details/info: Rhumbar Heats Up Winter With Hot New Cocktails
- ‘Tis The Season For Winter Fare At Tender Steak & Seafood
- Fun winter activities in Las Vegas
- Winter in Venice returns to the Strip for the holidays
- This Season, There Will Be Three Places To Ice Skate On The Strip
- No need to take a powder – ski resort rolls out free coaching service
Downtown Las Vegas
- Container Park wins tavern license despite taco shop’s name
- Downtown Las Vegas Dining Roundup: Pizza Rock and MTO Cafe
- New Casino and Restaurants Brighten Downtown Vegas
- The Best Idea for a Salon in the History of Salons, Ever
- Downtown Grand’s is first new hotel-casino downtown in 30 years
- Free Wi-Fi Officially Launches Downtown
- See A King’s Ransom Without Spending Any Coin Of Your Own
- Open containers a welcome addition to downtown Las Vegas
- A $5 Beer And Burger Deal At El Cortez Is Exactly What You’d Expect For $5
Las Vegas Attractions
- Tour underground marvel: Grand Canyon Caverns
- Mesquite expands while maintaining small-town flavor
- Explore bygone era at restored Calico ghost town
- Explore famous boulevards and see rare animals
Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts
Bruno Mars Attends Jersey Boys In Las Vegas – Grammy Award-winning recording artist Bruno Mars attended Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas. Following the performance, he went backstage to meet and take photos with cast members from the smash-hit production.
Jersey Boys is the #1 Rated Show in Las Vegas and the “Must see show of the year!” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The musical phenomenon Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at Paris Las Vegas is the runaway hit that has taken Las Vegas by storm.
- Full story/details/info: Bruno Mars Attends Jersey Boys
- Buy Tickets Now: Jersey Boys
- Buy Tickets Now: Bruno Mars
- Brandon Nix of ‘Rock of Ages’
- Next up for Britney Spears – a home in Las Vegas during her two-year residency?
- Garth Brooks finishes with a flourish in Las Vegas
- Come On Over – Shania Twain Still The One At Caesars Palace
- Holly Madison in fine form in return to stage with ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
- Electric Daisy Carnival announces June 20-22 Las Vegas dates
- Pet theater troupe delivers the goods
- Hypnotists no longer are bottom-rung entertainment on Strip
Las Vegas Dining
- Michael Mina’s culinary identity suffers at Pub 1842 in MGM Grand
- Dream Team – Entertainment and eats abound at The Sporting House In New York, New York
- The Sweets Spot – Vegas Faves From Absinthe’s Melody Sweets
- Steak Your Claim – Strike gold with Las Vegas’ gourmet meats
- Tasty Burgers and Terrible Service at Gordon Ramsay BurGR
- Burger City Guides: Anthony Meidenbauer’s Favorite Burgers
Las Vegas Real Estate
- Summerlin residents list reasons they are thankful for their community
- Flipping out on the set of A&E’s ‘Flipping Vegas’ with Scott and Amie Yancey
- Foreclosure-plagued Nevada welcomes drop in rate
- Custom homes in The Ridges overlook valley
- Las Vegas Valley’s share of underwater housing continues to decline
- Home builder poised to build homes on land once zoned for casinos
Celebrating Christmas In Las Vegas
La Cave Wine And Food Hideaway To Spread Christmas Joy With Holiday Dishes And Cocktails – La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will celebrate Christmas with festive dishes and cocktails on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25. Prepared by Executive Chef William “Billy” DeMarco, the restaurant will offer grilled black bass topped with tomato vinaigrette and accompanied with baby artichoke ravioli and broccoli rabe, priced at $24.
- Full story/details/info: La Cave Spreads Christmas Joy With Holiday Dishes And Cocktails
For December, Trevi introduces the Happy Hollytini, a candy cane martini made from an irresistible blend of vanilla vodka, Peppermint schnapps and Bailey’s. The cocktail, priced at $9, is swirled with a red stripe made of white chocolate and rimmed with crushed peppermint candy. Pastry Chef Hank Sbraccia will celebrate by offering his unique eggnog gelato, prepared with bourbon, dark rum and a hint of freshly grated nutmeg, for $4.50 per scoop.
- Full story/details/info: Feel At Home For The Holidays With Trevi
Central Michel Richard Celebrates Christmas With Holiday Prix Fixe Menu – Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will celebrate Christmas with an elaborate four-course Christmas prix fixe meal on Wednesday, Dec. 25. The main course will feature three entrÚe choices for the holiday: prime rib with au jus; red snapper with roasted root vegetables complete with red pepper sauce; or roasted duck with cinnamon sauce.
- Full story/details/info: Central Michel Richard Holiday Prix Fixe Menu
- 7 things to do this holiday season (with video)
- Jolly Old St. Nick Warms Hearts At Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- 5 odd places to spot Santa this month
Las Vegas Economy
- Cities across the country are vying to be the next Silicon Valley
- Reviving Las Vegas With Less Sin And More City
- MGM chief Jim Murren says ‘We came through the worst recession that ever hit Las Vegas’
- California to Las Vegas ‘Party Train’ Hits Snag
- Eight Las Vegas tech companies you probably haven’t heard of
Las Vegas Hotels
- L.A. company exec details redevelopment of SLS Las Vegas (with video)
- At MGM Grand, The Hollywood Theatre Gets A New Look
- Railroad Pass Casino keeps familiar feel from bygone day
- Insurance questions stall plans to demolish Harmon Hotel
Gambling And Gaming
- Number of slot machines on the Strip hits lowest point in more than a decade
- The science behind gambling superstitions: It’s all about the illusion of control
- Can You Bet with the House?
- How Much Should I Bet on a Penny Slot?
- Are Some Slot Machines Cursed?
More Las Vegas News
- Comedy-Magician Mac King Donates More Than $13,000 To Susan G. Komen Of Southern Nevada
- The Movie “Last Vegas” Features Locations At Aria – Tidbits and Factoids
- Forget New York, Las Vegas really is the city that never sleeps! Where to party in Sin City both night… and day
- As Las Vegas mayor, she is her own Goodman
- McCarran October air passenger count up slightly
- Getting Happy At Las Vegas’ Famous Peppermill
- How the new TV/film law will help make Las Vegas an even bigger household name
- Will The Real Las Vegas Please Stand Up? (Trip Report, Great Photos)
- Opulent wedding stomped the Las Vegas Strip
Rim Dancer Helicopter Tour – Enjoy a Grand Canyon helicopter tour from South Rim and begin your adventures in the sky. As you soar above the plethora of towering Ponderosa Pines that characterize the Kaibab National Forest, you’ll witness the North Rim rise into view as the South Rim slowly fades away. A flight aboard an ECO-Star helicopter creates an up-close and personal experience with Grand Canyon nature.
Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays
- Christmas Season Las Vegas 2013
- New Year’s Eve Las Vegas 2013
- NASCAR Weekend Las Vegas 2014 (March 6-10)
Latest Las Vegas Concerts Added This Week!
There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.
- Linkin Park – January 10, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Zac Brown Band – January 11-12, 2014 Click for Tickets
- P!nk – January 31, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Alejandra Guzman – February 6, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Stone Sour – February 8, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Queens of the Stone Age – February 13, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Mike Epps – February 15, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge: Colorado Rapids vs. Chivas USA – February 16, 2014 Click for Tickets
- 2 Chainz & Pusha T – February 22, 2014 Click for Tickets
- George Thorogood & The Destroyers – February 27, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Elton John – March 29-April 26, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Bastille – April 19, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Christina Perri – May 16, 2014 Click for Tickets
- Lady Gaga – July 19, 2014 Click for Tickets
Top Tickets For All United States Events
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Newkirk’s Notes: The Boss Speaks…
Newkirk’s Notes are comments and insight from AccessVegas.Com publisher and 20+ year Las Vegas resident Ted Newkirk:
Hello From Las Vegas! – Well, we survived our week of winter! Although cold to us with highs only around 40 F and lows in the upper 20’s, we were still warmer than most of the U.S. (All you readers in South Florida can put a sock in it right now. Yes, we did notice that you were in the 70’s while we all froze to death). However, I’m happy to report that our 10 day forecast is showing seasonable highs near 60 and lows that don’t dip into freezing territory.
The Shopification Of Las Vegas – It is unfortunately official: Treasure Island has permanently closed down the pirate show to make way for all the retail they are going to
finish destroying their facade with put on their northwest corner. Given that they’ve already scarred the building with the horrendous red tones of Senor Frogs, they might as well finish destroying one of Las Vegas’ iconic all-time themes.
The Tropicana is getting ready to take all of that unused space on the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd. and build out a shopping and dining complex. Fortunately, the renderings look very tasteful (Treasure Island, take notes) and should prove a nice addition to that corner. However, we’ll repeat what we’ve said in past issues: I don’t see how Las Vegas can absorb this much new shopping. Dining… maybe. But for the roughly 50% of you who arrive by plane, you can only get so much stuff home! And, there is the simple matter of carting it all back to your room.
Note: Both Flamingo and Riviera have UPS stores in them. You can always ship all of your goodies home. But, you have to get them to the store and shipping probably won’t be cheap. Our advice? If you start to get carried away on cool Vegas stuff you want to get home, ask each store if they offer shipping and how much. Let them deal with it and you get to unwrap it back at home!
For those interested in renderings and more information about The Tropicana’s new plans, click on over to Tropicana chief sees new retailers at property transforming south Strip
Where To Live In Las Vegas – Down the road, we’re thinking of doing a series on the pros and cons of living in various areas. I like to live centrally located, close to The Strip and Downtown. However, that does usually mean living in an old house, which some don’t like. My “new” 1964-era mid-century required thousands in electrical upgrades so I could run all my computers, TV’s, gadgets and similar without fear that I’ll burn the place down!
I’ve never suggested a specific development before, but if living on the edge of town in an area with a KILLER view of both The Strip and Downtown sounds like it may interest you, I’d get over and check out the Daybreak development on the east side of town at the very eastern end of Sahara Ave.
I used to live in that general area in the 90’s. Besides some of the amazing views from just about everywhere up there, you have plenty of great parks and golf just a couple minutes away.
Note: The above is not a paid endorsement. Newkirk’s Notes has never once contained a paid endorsement or advertisement of any kind.
Write Off Your Vegas Trip! – Our friends over at the Vegas Video Network have been putting out great, top-quality Vegas video content for years now. We’re proud to note that they are branching out into the area of network quality, highly professional video production for businesses of all sizes and individuals who want to do some kind of video presentation.
Commercials, website welcome videos, personal promotion, you name it… they do it well. The cost? Literally about equal with gambling budget the average visitor brings. (Hint: Much cheaper than you think). Click on over to the Vegas Video Co-Op welcome page and find out lots more. You’ll be glad you did. (We’ll be working with them in 2014 on some projects that I can’t tell you about yet).
Love The Feedback – Last week, we asked for feedback about the direction (if any) you’d like to see us take with this newsletter as we move in to 2014 (our 15’th year of publication), and also about how your Vegas visits are changing. (We’re hearing a lot of less gambling, more shows and sightseeing). It’s never too late to let us know what is on your mind. Drop us a note at AccessVegas@AccessVegas.com
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler
Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
- Treasure Island Pirate Show New Year’s Eve Las Vegas 1996-1997 – Now that the pirate show is permanently retired, enjoy this look at the original version of the Treasure Island Pirate Show which ran many years until it was replaced by the modern Sirens Of TI version.
- Pumpkin & Spice Cocktail At The Country Club Wynn Las Vegas – The Pumpkin & Spice at The Country Club is a comforting drink that says, ‘holidays-in-a-glass’ every time. Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie and Goldschlager liqueurs, butterscotch Schnapp’s, half and half, and pumpkin spice all combine to create a beverage that’s perfect for sipping by the fire.
- NASCAR Drivers Parade Down The Las Vegas Strip – For the fifth consecutive year the top 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers paraded down Las Vegas Boulevard on Thursday. Led by six-time, Sprint Cup winner Jimmie Johnson, the parade of drivers performed burn outs at the Spring Mountain intersection.
Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!
This year will be my husband and my 4th year in a row to celebrate New Years Eve in Vegas. We have watched the fireworks from The Strip – do you have a suggestion for the best place to see the fireworks? We stay at Harrah’s.
We really enjoy your newsletters!
Diann from New Oxford, PA
Next week, we’ll have a link to our complete run-down of New Year’s Eve events and parties. (The link is already in this newsletter, but we’ve just gotten a ton of stuff in that we need to post).
If you’ve done the fireworks on The Strip and are looking for something else, you may want to check out one of the parties we’ll be listing in the next few days. The best for the money is probably the one at PBR rock bar as you are on The Strip, they have a good-sized outdoor area, but you can retreat back into the warmth and have the restaurant’s restroom facilities right there at your disposal. If you can’t wait until we get the listings done for next week, give them a call at 702-750-1685.
In general, here’s what you need to know about the New Year’s Eve fireworks on The Strip:
* The Strip is closed to traffic from about 6 PM to 2 AM. Wherever your car is by 6 PM, that is where it is going to be.
* If you want to make reservations at a nice restaurant (highly recommended), make them NOW and make them in the area you are planning to party and watch the fireworks.
* The hotels pretty much go into lockdown. You can’t enter a hotel unless you have a room key, and you can’t park at one unless you are a guest. This is for New Year’s Eve only. The rest of the year, they want you parking at their joint and bringing your cash inside!
* There are porta-potty stations up and down The Strip. Make a mental note of where they are in case all that liquor starts to make you need one!
* Yes, you can drink. But… only out of plastic containers. Buy a big bottle of water (32 ounce or whatever), and mix up your own big drink in your room and you are on your way!
* Stay away from the center of The Strip. By 10 PM, it gets so crowded that you can barely move. Get yourself down by Aria at the very least. As a rule of thumb, the farther south you go, the more elbow room you get.
Don’t worry about missing anything. Last year, fireworks were shot off from MGM, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere. If you are staying mid-Strip, either slowly make your way south on foot as it gets more and more crowded, or simply jump the monorail which will whisk you down to MGM (and back again later). Don’t even think about driving or attempting to catch a cab. All of the side streets get jammed.
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