Anthony Curtis’ weekly syndicated Vegas column.
December 3, 2009
During December, many Las Vegas shows go “dark” to allow cast members to take extended holiday vacations. If you’re going to Las Vegas between now and New Year’s and have your heart set on seeing a particular show, make sure to check that there will be performances during your dates. The dark days for the major productions are listed below (dates are for December): Bally’s Jubilee! 31; Bellagio O 6-22; Caesars Palace Bette Midler no shows in Dec. except 30, 31; Excalibur Louie Anderson, 25-31; Flamingo Donny & Marie 20-28, 31; George Wallace 22-31; Vinnie Favorito 24, 25; X Burlesque 31; Golden Nugget Gordie Brown 8-12, 24, 25; Harrah’s Rita Rudner no shows in Dec. except 23, 24, 26, 28, 30; Legends in Concert 27, 31; Mac King 24-25, 27-28; Imperial Palace Diva’s Las Vegas 11-25; Human Nature 4-25, 31; Luxor Carrot Top 22-26; Mandalay Bay Lion King 7-20; MGM Grand Crazy Horse Paris 8-22, 28; Mirage Love 1-16; Terry Fator 22; Monte Carlo Lance Burton 15-19, 22-25, 31; New York-New York Zumanity 1-14; Palazzo Jersey Boys 21, 31; Paris Anthony Cools 16-25, 28, 30-31; Planet Hollywood Peepshow 24, 31; Rio Penn & Teller 10-23, 31; Venetian Phantom 24, 31; Wynn Le Reve 10-16.
Holidaze: A few casinos are known for making a big deal out of Santa season. Look for displays at Sam’s Town (a decked-out atrium and Mr. Claus), Bellagio (conservatory), Silverton (Bass Pro Shops), and Hard Rock and Palms (cocktail waitresses in Santa outfits), along with the non-casino Fremont Street Experience, Fashion Show Mall, Ethel M Cactus Garden, the drive-through display of lights at Sunset Park ($13-$15 per car), and the Town Square shopping district.
Question: Are rooms still available for New Year’s Eve?
Answer: It’s not too late, but locking one in as soon as possible is recommended. Calls to 93 casinos in November found vacancies at 78 of them. One-night stays (on Dec. 31st) ranged from $40 at Lucky Club to $599 at Bellagio. Two-night packages ran from $181 at Golden Gate to $916 at the Wynn. Three-night packages were available for $300 at California and $540 at the Rio.