I remember years ago when I first announced I was going to spend my company’s “Christmas Shutdown” in Las Vegas. Friends were appalled, but then again, my husband was Jewish (so Christmas was not a big deal) and my family had recently gotten together for a nice Thanksgiving.
Surprise! Yes, Christmas does happen in Las Vegas. Amid the slot machines, casinos play holiday music; restaurants have holiday decor, local performers have holiday concerts, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens becomes crowded day and night and the Nevada Ballet Company even offersThe Nutmaker to constant delight.
Years have now passed and I’m quite used to Christmas in Las Vegas. Yes, holiday decor and Christmas music is commonplace. And we’ve added cowboy hats. The National Finals Rodeo and a myriad of gift shows have joined the December holiday action.
Last Thursday I had occasion to visit two rather high-end Las Vegas locations: The five-star Wynn Las Vegas (I was taking a photo for a future story) and The Stirling Club (a membership club open to visitors; Mark O’Toole was singing there). Yes, both locations had holiday decorations: the classy kind. I had my camera with me….