District’s Tree Lighting Party Livens up Black Friday


Thursday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas is uniquely wonderful. There are excellent buffets and prix-fixed menus all over town for those who don’t want to cook, the weather is usually lovely, and bars stay open so you can get that much-needed antidote to an overdose of family time. Count your blessings today, and be thankful you don’t live in Schenectady.

Friday, Nov. 29

You don’t need us to tell you that it’s Black Friday. So while you’re standing in line at 3 a.m. to get a bargain on a new flat screen, think ahead to this evening when you’ll be at The District’s holiday tree-lighting party, 6:30 p.m. at the outdoor mall at Green Valley Ranch. Santa will be there, as will Frankie Moreno, who will perform live. ShopTheDistrictDVR.com.

Saturday, Nov. 30

It’s Small Business Saturday, and if you are planning on keeping your gift dollars local this year then you’ll want to be at the Neon Holiday Bazaar, noon to 6 p.m. at Jackie Gaughan Plaza at El Cortez. This gathering of about 50 local retailers features thousands of items you won’t find at a big-box store, along with food trucks, photos with Santa, giveaways, etc. NeonBazaarLV.com.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Today is World AIDS Day, and while the disease has slipped from headlines, it’s still something that affects millions worldwide. AFAN is commemorating the day with a screening of Philadelphia at 4 p.m. at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 401 S. Maryland Pkwy., followed by a candlelight walk to the AIDS Memorial Garden on the UNLV campus. AFANLV.com.

Monday, Dec. 2

There are many ways to brighten the holidays for others, and we’ll note several of them in the coming weeks. We’ll start with Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, which is staging a toy drive through Dec. 20 at all five of its Las Vegas locations to benefit the Shade Tree shelter. Drop off new, unwrapped toys and Grimaldi’s will get them into the hands of the women and children who are victims of domestic violence helped by Shade Tree. GrimaldisPizzeria.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Tonight’s recommendation: a little Christmas cheer, south-of-the-border style, at The Smith Center. Sol de Mexico, a touring mariachi ensemble, brings the lively, festive sound of Mexico’s musical heritage to Reynolds Hall at 7:30 p.m. Put a dash of hot sauce on your Christmas routine this year. TheSmithCenter.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

The National Finals Rodeo returns to Las Vegas tomorrow, and that means one thing: a huge, free, country music blowout at the Fremont Street Experience. The Downtown Hoedown begins at 4:30 p.m. with Joe Diffie, and keeps cranking until Rodney Atkins closes the show at about midnight. VegasExperience.com.