Thursday, Dec. 5
If you know that the National Finals Rodeo is in town today through Dec. 14, then there’s a good chance you’re interested in the accompanying Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, 300,000 square feet of Western clothing, furniture, art, crafts, etc. Yee-haw and ho ho ho! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Las Vegas Convention Center. NFRExperience.com.
Friday, Dec. 6
So there’s this miser who hates the holidays, see. He goes to bed one night and is visited by three ghosts … stop us if you’ve heard this before. OK, you’ve heard this before, but A Christmas Carol is one of those rare works that’s as enjoyable the 100th time you’ve seen it as the first. The Nevada Conservatory Theatre performs at 8 p.m. through December 15 at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre. Tickets: $20-$30, 10 percent off for children under 18; UNLV.edu.
Saturday, Dec. 7
It just isn’t the holidays until the Las Vegas Philharmonic puts on a concert, and that happens tonight. The Phil’s annual We Love the Holidays concert is at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center, and features pieces from The Nutcracker, Hansel & Gretel and even a sing-along. Be of good cheer. Tickets: $25-$94; TheSmithCenter.com.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Continuing in the holiday music vein, we’d like to recommend the Las Vegas Brass Band’s Celebration of Christmas at 2 p.m. at the Clark County Library Theater. The Brass Band has been around for 20 years, by the way, so what’s your excuse for not seeing them play? Free; LasVegasBrassBand.org.
Monday, Dec. 9
If you live to be 100 you may never get another chance to ice skate while watching a movie (a double feature even) on a 65-foot screen that overlooks the Strip. So seize the evening and head to the Cosmopolitan’s real-ice, outdoor rink. The first film, Home Alone, starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by a showing of Christmas Vacation. Free admission to movie; all-day skating $10 for Nevada residents; CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
There’s a new wave of artists in Japan doing very interesting work. See some of the best pieces—from a tiny flower petal carved out of wood to a room of soap bars big enough to walk in—at Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan, a touring show on display at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum through Dec. 20. Suggested contribution: $5 for adults, $2 for adults 62 and older; UNLV.edu.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
And now for more music! This evening it’s a concert by the College of Southern Nevada’s Big Band & Steel Drum Band. Don’t worry, though; they are playing classics, standards and new works. This isn’t a holiday show; they don’t want you to burn out on “Jingle Bells” just yet. 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. Tickets: $5-$8; CSN.edu.