Dec 05, 2018 04:38PM
● By Debbie Hall
December—the month of holidays, snow on the mountains, cowboys and cowgirls, and New Year’s Eve. Here are our choices for the top ways to experience happiness much like the joy of a child, the elation of love, and celebration of the season.
Skate On Ice
It might be a tradition in cold regions but ice skating has been embraced in Vegas with the success of Vegas Golden Knights hockey team. Pick up the puck and sticks to grab some glory on the ice. Not ready to pummel each other? Resorts on the Strip transform pools into icy ponds for gliding on the ice, and a winter wonderland east of Vegas combines a skating rink on the lake with the feel of a wintry New England town. Sliding smoothly on ice can bring back childhood memories and create new ones.
Enjoy A Snow Day
Las Vegas really does offer four seasons it’s a short 35-mile drive to play in the fluffy white stuff. First stop is the Mt. Charleston Hotel, where you can sip a hot toddy surrounded by some of the most incredible views of majestic pines and magnificent mountains. Further up the road is the Mt. Charleston Lodge for dining fireside before snowshoeing, sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, and observing winter wildlife. Bundle up and delight in an old-fashion sleigh ride while holding a steaming hot chocolate. Adventure junkies travel to Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort for tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. Snow invokes happiness, especially when you can wave goodbye and drive home to sunny 60 degree weather.
Calling All Cowpokes!
The National Finals Rodeo is coming to town Dec. 6-15, along with concerts, parties, and shopping at Cowboy Christmas. Put on your Wranglers and boots and two-step to some of the biggest country acts coming to Vegas. It’s the Wild West, a tradition bringing the American experience of history and lifestyle since 1984.
Explore Nevada With A Good Book
The world might be going crazy with the holidays, so take a mini vacation with a good book. Learn more about Las Vegas and surrounding areas which encompass so much more than neon and gaming while luxuriating in comfort.
Backroads of Southern Nevada by Jerry Blank is a collection of destinations in Southern Nevada. Blank captures the essence of the state with his pen, ink, and watercolor drawings that bring emotion and enthusiasm to hidden treasures. Read about the history of the desert as a testament to the time, past and present. Check out the saloons (more than you would imagine) still serving drinks, pick fruit at the date farm in Tecopa, California, and venture into Pioche, Nevada, the wildest city in the 1800s that’s now a sleepy little town. Get lost in the escapades before coming back to reality.
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The African American and Pan-African holiday, Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, 2019, celebrates family, community, and culture. Named after African first harvest celebrations, the weeklong holiday encourages daily rituals to honor traditions. The West Las Vegas Library Theater will host a festival celebrating the fourth day of Kwanzaa (on Dec. 29) where you can expand your horizons as you learn about actor and activist Paul Robeson, embrace the spoken word at a youth poetry showcase, understand the Girls & Boys Rites of Passage, and do a little shopping at the marketplace.
The Play’s The Thing
Shakespeare could not have said it better. Engage with the actors on stage, expanding with emotion, drama, and humor while bringing the written word to life. Identity and memory are explored in Incognito, through Dec. 16) presented by A Public Fit and Cockroach Theatre companies. Three interwoven stories include the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, a first-time romance with someone of the same gender, and an impaired patient who only remembers that he loves his girlfriend.
Share A Holiday Show
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The sound of music resonates in December, and top shows like Human Nature’s Rockin’ Holiday Jukebox, Celebrate the Season with Legends in Concert, and Las Vegas Philharmonic Presents A Classic Holiday Concert capture the holiday spirit.
Human Nature recreates the music of pop hits and Motown with their own distinctive sound for the Christmas season. Tribute artists in Legends sing live (no lip syncing here), and bring back the holiday classics as favorite artists such as Elvis and Michael Jackson. Nostalgic holiday favorites for the entire family including “White Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” and “Hanukkah Suite” come to life with the symphony and vocalists Kristen Hertzenberg (Phantom), Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys) and the Las Vegas Master Singers. Whether it’s “Deck The Halls,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” or “The Hanukkah Song,” this music reminds everyone why this is the reason for the season.