Seven Days

The best of the next two weeks in your city

Thu 22

Nevada Ballet Theatre continues its performances of the holiday classic The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, and at 1 and 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. (In the Paris, starting at $38.70, 946-4567, Ethel M Chocolate Factory transforms its Cactus Garden into a winter wonderland. Until Jan. 1, stroll among the dazzling decorated cacti. (5-9 p.m., 2 Cactus Garden Drive, free, The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay (1) gets special visitors this season: Santa Claus and his toothy holiday helper, Santa Jaws. With each paid admission through Dec. 24, children 12 and under will have their photo taken with Santa. (10 a.m.-4 p.m., $18 for adults and $12 for children.)

Sat 24

Get into the spirit at the District at Green Valley Ranch with free horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m. (2240 Village Walk Drive, Do some ice skating, enjoy strolling carolers from Sin City Opera and make your final attempt to get on Santa’s “nice” list as he visits The Village at Lake Las Vegas from noon to 2:30 p.m. (30 Strada di Villaggio, ice skating $15 per adult, $12 per child, Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum to see dinos and listen to a special reading of The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas (2). (11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., 900 Las Vegas Blvd., North,

Sun 25

Help provide hot, nourishing meals to the less fortunate this season through the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. A donation of $2.05 can provide one meal. (, 382-1766.) Have Christmas dinner at one of Las Vegas’ finest restaurants: The five-course menu at Valentino Las Vegas includes octopus and ravioli (In Caesars Palace, $85 per person, 414-3000); explore Jean Georges Steakhouse’s specialty delicacies and entrees in addition to its regular menu (in Aria, 877-230-2742), or get cozy at Serendipity 3 with comfort food and sinful desserts. (At Caesars Palace, 731-7110.) Taiwanese folk singer, pianist and guitarist Phil Chang (3) entertains tonight and tomorrow with singer-songwriter Tiger Huang and Terri Kwan in the Encore Theater. (7:30 and 10:30 p.m., $36 and up,

Mon 26

The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum teams up with the Cultural Corridor’s December to Remember events and invites families to decorate a holiday bracelet or Kwanzaa unity cup every day through Dec. 30. (9 a.m., 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Through Dec. 31, SuperPawn hosts Give the Gift of Reading, a Valley-wide book drive with donations and proceeds benefiting Spread the Word Nevada. ( The one and only Jerry Seinfeld brings laughter to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace tonight and tomorrow. (7:30 p.m., $75 and up, Catch the final shows of two exquisite productions at Mandalay Bay: The Lion King runs through Dec. 30, concluding more than 2½ years on the Strip (various showtimes, $75 and up,; and Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour has its final performances tonight and tomorrow. (7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.,

Thu 29

Progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings its spectacular show to the Thomas & Mack Center. (4 and 8 p.m., Enjoy 16-time Grammy award winner, producer, composer and singer-songwriter David Foster as he returns to Mandalay Bay for David Foster & Friends. (8 p.m.,

Fri 30

No Doubt tribute band No Duh (4) graces the Fremont Street Experience with three shows tonight through Jan. 1 along with rockers Steel Panther and Rock Sugar. (6-9 p.m., free tonight and Jan. 1, $30 on Dec. 31, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band perform the Detroit rocker’s classic hits at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. (8 p.m., $86 and up, Corey Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, performs an acoustic concert at Body English as part of the Hard Rock Hotel’s New Year’s Weekend Absolution–A Symphony of Sounds. (9 p.m., $35,

Sat 31

SushiSamba celebrates Révellion, a Brazilian-inspired New Year’s party from 8 p.m.-midnight. (In the Palazzo, 607-0700.) Kick it old school when The Commodores play their classic funk and soul tunes at the Eastside Cannery. (5255 Boulder Highway, $65 and up, Vanessa Williams (5) shows her musical side with a performance at the Riviera’s Royale Pavilion. (9:30 p.m., Club Curry hosts a party with a purpose at Body English with proceeds benefiting Child Focus’ Camp to Belong NV. Dance diva Robin S. and DJs Nathan Scott, Brett Rubin and Erez Ben Ishay provide entertainment; and locals receive 10 percent off with code NYELOCALLV. (In the Hard Rock Hotel, $195 and up,

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