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

LAS VEGAS BREAKS TOURISM RECORD WITH MORE THAN 40 MILLION VISITORS IN 2014

Tourism Industry Continues Growth in Las Vegas with New Hotels, Restaurants, Shows and Attractions Playing a Major Role

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced that Las Vegas reached a historic milestone, exceeding 40 million visitors for the first time. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of the year.  The previous record was set in 2012 with more than 39,727,000 tourists.
The tourism industry in Southern Nevada continues to expand, achieving ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record. Tourism has longed played a vital role in the economy of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley, generating more than $45 billion annually and supporting 376,000 local jobs. In addition, Las Vegas has seen an increase in direct international air service in 2014 with Canada and Mexico proving to be instrumental to visitation growth.

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this milestone without the continued investments of our resort partners, and the more than 40 million people who came to experience all the destination has to offer,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).  “Ongoing developments in the destination, including new, renovated and rebranded resort properties, exciting new attractions, world-class entertainment, incredible culinary offerings and more are what keep first-time visitors and loyalists returning to Las Vegas time and time again.”

To celebrate the 40 million visitor milestone, as only Las Vegas can, the destination created a series of priceless, ‘Only in Vegas’ experiences and surprised unsuspecting visitors with Las Vegas entertainers, including Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Claire Sinclair, presenting the one-of-a-kind experiences.  The giveaway items included: incredible suite upgrades at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palms Las Vegas, dinner for four at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, thrill-seeking SkyJump experiences at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, VIP beauty makeovers at Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace and much more.

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

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars & Miguel To Perform At The 2013 Billboard Music Awards

Ceremony to Be Live At The MGM Grand In Las Vegas, Airing On ABC Sunday, May 19

Awards Show Tickets Now

Some of today’s biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars and Miguel are set to perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network, sponsored by Chevrolet and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

2013 Billboard Music Awards Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Billboard)

2013 Billboard Music Awards Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Billboard)

In addition to delivering multiple unforgettable performances, the awards show will also honor Billboard chart-topper and world-renowned music legend Prince with the Billboard Icon Award highlighting his unique journey and history of groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry during the broadcast, which will be executive produced by Don Mischer (Don Mischer Productions). More musical acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For awards show updates and ticketing information, visit www.billboard.com.

Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand reaching key executives and tastemakers in and around the music business through Billboard magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard Conferences, Billboard Bulletin, and other targeted newsletters, and millions of music fans through Billboard.com and Billboard Events. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard charts and content are consumed and referenced by millions of people in more than 100 countries through a content syndication deal with global news network, and strategic relationships with other major companies around the world. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Japan, Korea and Russia.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 12, 2012 through March 10, 2013. Continue reading