Las Vegas Provides Seasonal Festivities For Holiday Visitors

Las Vegas is embracing winter and the spirit of the holidays, in its oversize way, this season. The destination will be decking halls, spreading holiday cheer and transforming into a winter wonderland for visitors looking to celebrate. As the ultimate destination to spend the holiday season, there is a plethora of holiday lights, outdoor festivities, activities and more for celebrators this year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in concert with the hotel properties on the Strip and beyond, has a full list of activities that will be sure to get you even more excited about the holiday season.Las Vegas Logo

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The Christmas tree at the LINQ Promenade at 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. CREDIT: Bill Hughes/Las Vegas News Bureau

The LINQ Promenade debuted Winter PARQ with the lighting of a 35-foot holiday tree adorned with lights and ornaments on the Fountain Stage. Winter PARQ will feature a brand new holiday show, Lights at The LINQ, and live entertainment nightly to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. More than 2,000 lights syncopated to music will dazzle visitors with countless combinations of changing colors and varying intensities to create a uniquely dynamic visual experience. In addition to the festive fun, Winter PARQ will also have snow fall nightly. Visitors can enjoy the festivities nightly through Dec. 30.

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The Ice Rink At The Park, Monday, November 21, 2016. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes visitors to skate on over 4,200 square feet of real ice. Visitors are encouraged to warm up or roast s’mores by the fire, delight in light snow showers, enjoy seasonal treats and beverages with breathtaking views. On Mondays, skaters can catch two classic holiday movies on the resort’s digital marquee.

The world-famous Bellagio Conservatory will change the garden display the week of Nov. 27, highlighting a beautiful floral arrangement featuring the polar bear family and a 42-foot holiday tree embellished with twinkling lights and ornaments while a family of elves playfully decorate. New this year is a Bellagio-themed train station with two 10-foot trains adorned with 1,200 red and white roses while four animated toy soldiers stand guard. The resort will also decorate for the season with displays throughout the lobby and other public areas.

The horticulture team at Wynn Las Vegas will also transform the resort into a winter wonderland spectacle with five distinct fantasy villages, with 33 beautifully embellished holiday trees, thousands of poinsettias in shades of ivory and gold and seasonal lighting displayed throughout the resort.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will be getting in the spirit with students from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Choir performing classic favorites in the Sky Lobby from Dec. 19-22. Patrons can indulge in an assortment of holiday sweets and tea at the Nutcracker Tea at The Tea Lounge from Dec. 1 – Jan. 4. Visitors can also partake in Sips with a Master Sommelier – Year End Bubbles, More Than Just Champagne for a chance to blind taste sparkling wines for a unique holiday celebration.

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Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show: “Glittering Lights,” Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

It will be a December to Remember at the equally world-famous Neon Museum, where a vast collection of restored neon signs resides. The Museum will host a holiday celebration with ornament-making, photo opps with Santa, hot chocolate and caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard. Part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor‘s holiday festivities, December to Remember will take place Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show: “Glittering Lights,” Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Las Vegas’ largest holiday drive-thru light show. Featuring more than 3 million lights throughout a 2.5 mile course that intertwines with the speedway, Glittering Lights has been a beloved holiday tradition for 16 years. Glittering Lights is open nightly through Jan. 7. Continue reading

The Who – Miles Over Vegas New Viva Vision® Show Debuts at Fremont Street Experience

Features “My Generation,” “I Can See For Miles” and “Pinball Wizard”

Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience debuted its newest Viva Vision® show The Who – Miles Over Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 14. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band’s most iconic songs – “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard” and “My Generation” – custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. Viva Vision® shows air nightly and are free to the public.

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who - Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band's most iconic songs - "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard" and "My Generation" - custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. The Who - Miles Over Vegas airs nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision(R) show schedule. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. www.vegasexperience.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who – Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. http://www.vegasexperience.com. (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.

Viva Vision® features nightly free customized light shows synced to smash hits from legendary bands including: Bon Jovi – Wanted in Vegas, A Tribute to Queen, The Doors – Strange Days in Vegas and Heart – Crazy on Vegas. The LED display canopy rises 90 feet in height and stretches 1,500 feet along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to Fourth Street. Within the canopy are 12.5 million LED lights and 208 speakers producing 550,000 watts of concert-quality sound.

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who - Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band's most iconic songs - "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard" and "My Generation" - custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. The Who - Miles Over Vegas airs nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision(R) show schedule. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. www.vegasexperience.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who – Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band’s most iconic songs – “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard” and “My Generation” – custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. The Who – Miles Over Vegas airs nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision(R) show schedule. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. http://www.vegasexperience.com. (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

The new Viva Vision® show starts with “I Can See for Miles,” taking the viewer on a journey through the cosmos, eventually landing in Las Vegas. From there the screen, which is the world’s largest video screen and spans five football fields, is transformed into a giant pinball machine as balls roll up and down the street, reflecting the street scene below in “Pinball Wizard” and ends with a musical celebration set to pop-art graphics with “My Generation.”

Coinciding with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the new show will be featured now through Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. with bonus shows at 1 a.m. on Nov. 15 and 16. Beginning Nov. 18, The Who – Miles Over Vegas will air nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision® show schedule.

We are excited at the opportunity to collaborate with one of rock’s most iconic bands for this new Viva Vision® show and the end result is sure to turn heads to the sky for an unparalleled visual experience,” said Jeff Victor, President at Fremont Street Experience.

The new show was announced earlier this year during a joint press conference with lead singer, Roger Daltrey and Fremont Street Experience President Jeff Victor. During the press conference Victor also presented Daltrey with a $5,000 donation to Teen Cancer America, a charity inspired by Daltrey and fellow band-mate Pete Townshend.

Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. Visit online at www.vegasexperience.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FSE89101 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/FSELV

Choice Hotels’ Ascend Hotel Collection Welcomes Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino to the Family

FIRST NEW HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS TO CELEBRATE RIBBON CUTTING ON NOVEMBER 12

The Ascend Hotel Collection (www.ascendcollection.com) from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (www.choicehotels.com), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, added Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (www.DowntownGrand.com) to its impressive list of upscale hotels.  The Ascend Hotel Collection membership program made its debut in late 2008 and now has 118 hotels open throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, Australia and the Caribbean.  The eclectic portfolio of upscale, independent hotels appeals to the growing number of people who like to immerse themselves in the destination and live like the locals when they downtown-grand-logotravel.

On October 27, a small group of guests wined, dined and gambled at the new hotel and casino. Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn and his wife Andrea showed their support by placing the first bets.

On November 12, 2013, the hotel’s two towers and casino hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Las Vegas and other local dignitaries, and on November 16, local residents and visitors will continue the celebration with a street party “Downtown 3rd presents: Rock the Block” that will include five diverse musical acts on 3rd street and inside the hotel.

The Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is the anchor and crown jewel of Downtown3rd, the new metropolitan center of Las Vegas. The 18-story Casino Tower and 25-story Grand Tower feature 634 guest rooms ranging in size from 350 to more than 1,200 square feet with high-definition flat-screen televisions, presidential pillow-top mattresses and high-thread count linens, setting a new standard for luxury, sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas. The exterior design of Downtown Grand blends multiple storefronts with a brick and granite façade and includes multiple indoor/outdoor experiences.  The “industrial chic” interior features the raw energy of a factory juxtaposed with ornate fixtures and canopies.  Downtown Grand offers 25,000 square feet of gaming space: nearly 600 new slot machines and 30 table games and a fully-featured sports book powered by William Hill.

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Downtown Grand boasts a variety of unique bars and restaurants providing a wide variety of cuisines and price points. PICNIC, an urban rooftop pool experience, is the property’s signature entertainment/dining venue encompassing more than 35,000 square feet and featuring an infinity-pool,  full restaurant & bar, private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.  Downtown3rd is just steps away from the world famous Fremont Street Experience and The Mob Museum, within walking distance of Fremont East Entertainment District, and less than one mile from the Las Vegas Premium Outlets and The Smith Center for the Performing ArtsDowntown Grand Las Vegas is owned by CIM Group and managed by DTG Manager Las Vegas, LLCFifth Street Gaming is the property’s gaming license holder and casino operator.

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This hotel became the largest member in the Ascend Hotel Collection, a network of one-of-a-kind upscale properties. Each Ascend hotel is a unique reflection of the distinct character of its host city, yet all offer the same high standards of hospitality and comfort.  Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino does all that and more. Continue reading

Las Vegas Casts A Spell This Fall With Terror-ific Halloween Celebrations – Part II

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Eat, drink and be scary during Las Vegas’ Third Annual Howl-O-Week

Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for a monstrous good time this Halloween. As the paranormal takes over, visitors can expect everything except the ordinary throughout October, culminating with the annual Las Vegas Howl-O-Week Experience Oct. 25-Nov. 3. The always anticipated Howl-O-Week festivities consist of 10 days filled with haunted ghost tours, parades, parties, costume contests and more. In addition to the Halloween festivities mentioned in a previous posting, the following events are sure to make your visit to Las Vegas that more special and spook-a-licious.

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GHOULS, GHOSTS AND GOBLINS…OH MY!

Fright Dome returns to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas. For more than a decade, Fright Dome has been one of the nation’s top-ranked Halloween attractions. Created by “hauntrepreneur” Jason Egan, Fright Dome is 250,000 “scare” feet with six new haunted houses, four scare zones, 25 rides and attractions, nightly live shows and much more. Fright Dome commenced October 3rd and will continue throughout the month from 7 p.m.-midnight.

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The Haunted Ghost Tours at Bonnie Springs Ranch gives ghost enthusiasts an authentic paranormal investigation experience. Participants have the opportunity to receive hands-on training with the same equipment featured in popular reality television shows and use it during a live investigation at Bonnie Springs. Bonnie Springs is located near Red Rock Canyon and was featured on Travel Channel’s popular show “Ghost Adventures.” Investigations happen the last Saturday of every month with an early adventure 7-10 p.m. and a late-night opportunity 10:30 p.m.-midnight. Returning to Bonnie Springs Ranch October 10-31 is Bonnie Screams Wicked West Haunted Ghost Town. The event is complete with haunted houses, urban legends, film fests and more. Continue reading

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE TO ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR WITH DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

NIGHT WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES FROM BUCKCHERRY AND QUEENSRYCHE

Rock in the new year in Las Vegas with FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE‘s DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 CELEBRATION filled with nonstop entertainment.  FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE is a five-block entertainment complex in historic downtown Las Vegas and features VIVA VISION, the world’s largest video screen. With direct access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. New Year’s Eve is the only night of the year when Fremont Street Experience has paid, ticketed admission.  New Year’s Eve admission is restricted to persons 21 and over. Downtown Countdown is sponsored by SEAN COMB‘s CIROC ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA.

On Monday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. the ultimate New Year’s Eve street party will feature co-headliners BUCKCHERRY and QUEENSRYCHE, plus special guests QUIET RIOT, POP EVIL and OTHERWISE.  The party lasts all night with performances from six other incredible bands, including local favorites YELLOW BRICK ROAD and ZOWIE BOWIE as well as JIZZY PEARL, ROK OF AGES, PARTY ROCKERS and BRAZEN.

Rock in the new year with Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas - Monday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.  (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Rock in the new year with Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas – Monday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN will also include a 2012 year-in-review retrospective on the Viva Vision screen, a midnight countdown led by LAS VEGAS MAYOR CAROLYN G. GOODMAN and an epic Fireworks by Grucci produced show synchronized with virtual fireworks on Viva Vision as part of the citywide celebration, “AMERICA’S PARTY: LAS VEGAS NEW YEAR’S 2013.”

Additionally, TRIBUTE PALOOZA is back for the fifth year, kicking off the three-day party  with two nights of free entertainment on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30.  Tribute Palooza will feature some of the best tribute bands from across the country, paying homage to the Rolling Stones, U2, Van Halen, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and No Doubt.

Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown is the place to be for people who want to party throughout the holiday weekend,” said JEFF VICTOR, PRESIDENT OF FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE.  “This year, in addition to the great tribute bands that perform in our annual Tribute Palooza, we’ve brought in a fabulous lineup of headliners and some of Las Vegas’ favorite local acts to help rock the audience into the new year.”

Admission to DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN is $30 per person when purchased online by Dec. 27.  Beginning Dec. 28, tickets will be $40 per person and can be purchased online, in-person at any of the Fremont Street Experience member hotel-casinos, or at the event gates.  Nevada residents receive a $10 discount with Nevada I.D. on all tickets purchased in-person after Dec. 27.  To purchase tickets in advance go to www.vegasexperience.com/newyearseve.