Celebrate the Holiday Season with Jay-Z–He Might Buy You Something Fancy


Thursday, Dec. 12

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … when the ladies put on their sexiest Santa suit, that is. Grab a handful of mistletoe and head to Tao’s Bad Santa Party, where a $5,000 prize goes to Santa’s naughtiest helper. (In The Venetian, 10 p.m., TaoLasVegas.com.)

Friday, Dec. 13

Jay-Z’s Magna Carter World Tour pops into the Mandalay Bay Events Center tonight and tomorrow. The 17-time Grammy Award-winner’s latest album is certified double platinum, and is Hov’s 13th album to debut at No. 1. (8 p.m., Ticketmaster.com.) While A-Trak has been making recent rounds on the Strip DJ circuit, he’s already a legendary world champion DJ. At 20 he was the youngest and first Canadian winner of the prestigious Technics/DMC World Championships. He’s also one half of Duck Sauce and the influential label head behind Fool’s Gold Records. See the multitalented maestro tonight at Light. (In Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m. TheLightVegas.com.) Dillon Francis drops it at Surrender. His Mad Decent hit, “Without You,” recently teased a “rebirth” that Francis describes as a “huge-ass, big, roomy remix.” The full version was released Dec. 10, with remixes from Flux Pavilion, Torro Torro and others. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m., SurrenderNightclub.com.)

Saturday, Dec. 14

Italian superstar Benny Benassi returns to Marquee. Last month he debuted his new track, “Back to the Pump,” on Ultra Records, followed by a cool stop-animation music video. (In the Cosmopolitan, 10 p.m. MarqueeLasVegas.com.) Tommy Trash blows into Hakkasan, and with that flowing mane it’s no wonder the Aussie DJ has something against wind. So much so, in fact, that his new single is called “F*ckwind,” and was actually inspired by the fierce winds at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas in 2012. (In MGM Grand, 10 p.m., HakkasanLV.com.) DJ Crooked has been leaving his mark on Las Vegas for years as the street-wear entrepreneur behind Chinatown’s KNYEW boutique and a prolific DJ. This installment of Crooked looks straight at the Bellagio fountains from Hyde. (In Bellagio, 10 p.m.) In November, amid his 3D Morgan Page Presents tour, Morgan Page released an anthemic progressive house single, “Against the World.” The house veteran takes on XS tonight. (In Encore, 10 p.m. XSLasVegas.com.)

Sunday, Dec. 15

Save the ugly sweaters for your house party. XIV-Mas will be one of the top holiday parties of the year. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, the Champagne will fall like snow at Hyde. Dress up like sexy sugar plum fairies or elves, and get ready for this holiday blizzard. (In Bellagio, 6 p.m.) Keep it local with seminal Las Vegas DJ Dave Fogg at XS. Fogg, now the XS music director, debuted in the Las Vegas scene—and helped build it—in 1986. In case you missed it, read about Fogg and the city’s other DJ pioneers at VegasSeven.com/DJ-Pioneers. (In Encore, 10 p.m.) Stay up late for Dorm Days’ Red Tie Holiday Party at Body English, featuring a rare DJ set from Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, sponsored by the Belvedere (RED) vodka. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 10:30 p.m., HardRockHotel.com.)

Monday, Dec. 16

DJ Five, the self described DJ/poker player, is a SKAM Artist staple on the Strip. Catch Five as he migrates from the poker tables to the turntables tonight at XS. (In Encore, 10 p.m.)

Teusday, Dec. 17

Ascend to Moon’s One Night Stand: Pajama Edition, where the largest industry group wins a Palms Sky Villa after-party. (In the Palms, 10:30 p.m., Palms.com/OneNightStand.)

Wednesday, Dec. 18

One of Las Vegas’ fastest rising bands, Rusty Maples, rocks Vinyl. The folk-inspired group played South by Southwest and Life Is Beautiful this year, and is working on a full-length album for 2014. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 7:30 p.m., HardRockHotel.com.) Chicago’s Krewella flies into Light. The trio recently collaborated with Headhunterz on a powerful new single, “United Kids of the World,” which is being rightfully lauded as an anti-bullying anthem. (In Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m.) Lace up your ice skates, or just rent a pair, for the Industry Skate with Miss Joy at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. Or chill and roast s’mores at the fire pits. (8 p.m. CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.)

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“We put a lot of passion and energy into making XIV a completely immersive experience through larger-than-life decorations, special effects and elaborately outfitting our staff,” says Mio Danilovic, vice president of nightlife operations for SBE.