Three Days of Christmas

A few things to do with all that time you get off

The Night Before Christmas: For A Very Terry Christmas, Terry Fator’s stage will be transformed into the Fator Family’s “Living Room.” So does that mean we get to watch his hot wife/onstage assistant Taylor Makakoa play Mrs. Claus? We hope so because she makes ventriloquism fun (7:30 p.m., Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage, $60-$150, 792-7777). If one puppeteer isn’t enough for you, then run, don’t walk to The Lion King. This fantastic children’s show closes on Dec. 30, but there’s lots of chances to see it during the holidays. (Mandalay Bay, $59 and up, 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24, 8 p.m. Dec. 25, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 632-7580.)

Christmas Day: Is your family is a bunch of stiffs? Then skip the gift exchange and go hang with some real wax figures. Madam Tussauds at the Venetian will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.—that’s 12 whole hours of wondering how they made the wax Wayne Newton look better-than-real ($12.50 with local ID, 862-7800). Once night falls, join the hipsters at the Royal House with their musician king, Ryan Pardey (pictured), for A Very Pardey Christmas. Once a humble family gathering, this party now offers an actual show. Pardey and sometimes bandmate Brian Todd will be doing some indie-rock caroling as the Ginger Bread Boys, and DJ Rex Dart will keep the mood festive spinning his favorite yuletide tunes. (8 p.m., 99 Convention Center Drive,

The Day After Christmas: Jerry Seinfeld is a specialist. He’s like a chef who perfected one dish, say crab bisque. And instead of cooking a hundred different things, continues to serve crab bisque over and over again. And the public, they never seem to get sick of it. Of course, crab bisque has its joys, and Seinfeld’s jokes are still hilarious. He is, in case you missed the ’90s, the master of minutiae, the Obi-Wan of observation, the Caesar of small. I still remember his riff on the misery of Olympians, smartly showing the difference between gold-medal immortality and ignominy: Seinfeld stood in a running position and simply moved his head back a couple of inches. Fortunately, success as a comedian comes a little easier. Really, how hard could it be to make a hit TV show about nothing? (The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26–27, $75 to $150, 866-1400.)