Holiday deals dominate December, and it starts with ice skating. The Venetian ditched its rink this year, but you can still get your skate on at the Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace, as well as at Downtown Summerlin, through early January. The Caesars rink opens earliest every day (11 a.m.), but it’s $20 for a 90-minute session, as opposed to $10 for locals at the Cosmopolitan and $15 at Summerlin for all-day access. The Summerlin fee includes skate rental, which is $5 more at the other places.
Do some shopping before or after skating, and you can parlay that into a buffet two-fer. Through December 24, show a same-day receipt of at least $20 from a Downtown Summerlin store to get a 2-for-1 buffet at nearby Red Rock Resort.
While the Venetian is rink-less, it is offering locals what amounts to a 2-for-1 deal for the holiday version of the show Human Nature. Buy a $79 or $99 ticket for a December 12-16 performance and get a second ticket for $1 when you use the code “BOGO1.” The Venetian also has a locals-only deal for two tickets to Rock of Ages for $99 when you use the code “99 LOCAL.”
Another locals-only offer gets you 50 percent off dining at the Commissary and S+O at Downtown Grand. Just show ID. And Silverton is offering 2-for-1 buffets or 50 percent off for single diners on Wednesdays in December (excludes Dec. 24). Print out the necessary coupon at a casino kiosk.
With the rodeo still in town, plenty of drinking specials are out there, but I’m partial to that great holiday tradition from Ellis Island: homemade alcohol-infused eggnog. This one packs a punch and is available from the bar for $6 by the glass or $30 for a bottle.
If you haven’t been playing Boyd casinos’ Pick the Pros free football contest, this is a good time to start. For the final four weeks of the season, the weekly prize pool has been upped from $30,000 to $50,000. Just swipe your B Connected card at a kiosk in the Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California or Fremont to play. You must submit picks before kickoff of the first Sunday games. Granted, 99.99 percent of you won’t cash, but the .01 percent who do are gonna be real happy!
If you’re contemplating securing a “safe-room” for New Year’s Eve, there were 77 hotel-casinos with NYE availability when our Las Vegas Advisor researchers called around last week. The best price in the entire Valley was at the Lucky Club for $130. Downtown, it was the Plaza at $189; on the Strip, it was the Riviera at $289. I also like the two-night packages at South Point for $220, and Downtown Grand or Four Queens for $338 each. Hurry, these go fast!
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor.