After enduring countless Christmas-themed parties (Sexy Santa, Ugliest Christmas Sweater) the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada hosts its holiday party, the 16th annual Bagel Ball, at Blush in the Wynn. Card-carrying members of the Tribe (and the JCC) get $5 off advance tickets ($30, 794-0090), and everyone pays $40 at the door—but that includes free drinks and apps from Society Café, 8-10 p.m. The dancing, schmoozing and grooving continues till midnight, and there’s a raffle, too, so bring a fistful of $5 grocery store gift cards to exchange for free raffle tickets. Dec. 23 is also DJ Hollywood Day in Las Vegas—no, we’re not kidding; the city has made the proclamation. The DJ of the day (pictured) celebrates his namesake holiday like any other good DJ: by working! Hollywood will pre-party at Gold Lounge at 8:30 p.m. before moving things next door to Haze, where things will really get going. At Aria, Gold Lounge doors 5 p.m., $20 men, $10 women; Haze doors 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $20 women.
Be among the first to check out the brand-new Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan before the grand opening on New Year’s Eve as Marquee welcomes the EC Twins (pictured) and local fave DJ Chris Garcia to its spanking-new decks for a preview party. (Doors 10 p.m., $35 tickets available at WantTickets.com.) Toast National Eggnog Day at Blue Martini (doors 4 p.m., no cover,) where you can also take in the 24th annual Matzo Ball, which begins at 8 p.m. Sure, it costs $30 to get into that one, but it does include hors d’oeuvres and a free drink. (MatzoBall.org.) Or, do a mitzvah on the Strip by stopping by Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub’s Never a Silent Night party, where you can enjoy free cover and open bar package from 9 p.m.-midnight in return for your donation of a nonperishable food item to Three Square. In front of Imperial Palace, doors 10 a.m., $20 men, $10 women.
‘Tis the night of Christmas, and all through the house, the creatures are stirring, but no, not because of Deadmau5. Tonight it’s all about Sharam and Faarsheed (pictured) as they play Christmas Day at Surrender. Encore is the destination for house tonight, as Tryst and Rain (and therefore Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto) go dark for the holiday. Doors 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $30 women, local ladies free.
Think you mix a mean drink? See how the pros do it at the monthly Kings of Flair bartending contest at Kahunaville in the TI. The contest (which costs $50 to enter, if you think you’ve got what it takes) starts at 10:30 p.m. and gives competitors five minutes to mix, toss, shake and otherwise concoct a killer cocktail. The best one takes home $300, and it’s free to watch.
Tonight XS hosts a special edition of its industry night as guests Alex Dreamz and Warren Peace heat up the Encore hot spot. (Doors 10 p.m., locals free, out-of-towners $30 men, $20 ladies.) Meanwhile, Jet fights for the right to host Industry Night, offering $5,000 in free footwear to whichever club brings the biggest crew to the club. (At The Mirage, doors 10:30 p.m., $30, free for industry/locals.) Alternatively, comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs live at Caesars Palace for a second consecutive night of laughs at the Colosseum. Doors 7:30 p.m., tickets $75-$150.
Sandwiched between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, this Tuesday is especially tricky. Stay in? Go out? We offer a compromise: Go for it, but keep it low-key. We suggest Nickel Beer Night at Todd English P.U.B., where you can down 8-ounce glasses of Pabst Blue Ribbon for a pittance, from 9-11 p.m. (at Crystals, $12 food minimum outside the bar area) or avoid the crowds and the Strip altogether and grab a round at 24/7 watering hole, Born and Raised, a.k.a. B.A.R. 7260 S. Cimarron Road, no cover.
For those of us working on New Year’s Eve, McFadden’s hosts a preemptive countdown to 2011 tonight, with an Industry New Year’s Eve party at the Rio. Everything starts at 4 p.m., and everyone—whether you’re an industry worker or just a regular—can ring in 2011 ahead of time with open bar 10 p.m.-1 a.m. for $30. There are also $4 shots, buy-one-get-one bottles of vodka, and $20 bottles of champagne all night long. (Doors 4 p.m., no cover.) Meanwhile, DJ Dainjazone (pictured) plays Snitch at Ghostbar (at the Palms, doors 10 p.m., $20, free for locals/industry/military/police/fire/EMT/teachers), and Surrender resident Lil Jon returns to Encore. (Doors 10 p.m., $40 men, $30 women, locals free.) However, our totally biased-but-honest pick for the night is Vegas Seven’s 2010 Nightlife Awards at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan. Doors 10 p.m., RSVP at SpyOnVegas.com for free entry.