Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 1

The second annual Cirque Week (1) kicks off today, allowing guests to get a behind-the-scenes look at the magical productions. Through Dec. 10, choose from eight events including “Inside Cirque: An Exclusive Peek at the Business Side of the Show,” “Mystère Bungee Demonstration and Costume Q&A” and “Meet & Greet With Criss Angel.” Today at the O Theatre at Bellagio, check out the O Artist Workshop and learn how to mime, dance and clown. (2 p.m., The National Finals Rodeo returns for 10 days, with the world’s top competitors in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding vying to be the best. (Thomas & Mack Center,

Fri 2

The Kids Zone at this month’s First Friday will feature a visit from Santa Claus as well as games and interactive activities. Attendees who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will receive two raffle tickets. At 9 p.m., five Christmas trees will be raffled. (6 p.m., Casino Center and Colorado, Experience the Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden (2) in 3D by purchasing special glasses in the store. Santa Claus grants wishes from 5-9 p.m., and the Harney Middle School choir performs from 6-8 p.m. (2 Cactus Drive,

Sat 3

In conjunction with the Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke (3) leads the first Stiletto Dash. Women will compete in a 50-yard sprint for a $5,000 cash prize with funds raised benefiting Opportunity Village. ( Thousands of St. Nicks run today at Town Square during the annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run (4) 5K. (8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. run, Step into the King of Pop’s world at the Michael Jackson Fan Fest, where his personal items and memorabilia will be displayed through Dec. 14. (At Mandalay Bay,

Sun 4

The world’s largest nighttime running event, the Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, takes over the Strip as thousands of runners race to the sounds of live bands lined up along the course. (4 p.m., The first weekend of each month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit or debit cardholders are rewarded with admission to more than 150 museums across the nation. Take advantage of free admission to Vegas museums including the Las Vegas Natural History Museum (9 a.m., 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, or the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. (9 a.m., 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North,

Mon 5

The College of Southern Nevada’s Department of Fine Arts showcases its 50-piece orchestra, conducted by Christopher Davis, performing traditional holiday works and lighthearted selections in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. (7:30 p.m., 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.,

Tue 6

The Las Vegas Design Center debuts its holiday décor display. The public can explore a festive assortment of Christmas trees throughout buildings A and C. (Free, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 495 S. Grand Central Parkway, Grammy Award-winning country singer Dwight Yoakam performs tonight and tomorrow at the Las Vegas Hilton following the National Finals Rodeo. (10 p.m.,

Wed 7

Through Dec. 10, drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and receive a coupon good for a free Messy Sundae dessert. In addition, until Dec. 31, patrons who purchase $50 in gift cards to the pizzeria will receive two tickets to visit Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. ( Celebrating its 20th year, the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is open through Dec. 31. Take a trip on the Forest Express passenger train, ride the Enchanted Carousel and visit the Gingerbread House display. (5:30 p.m.,

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