As an inhabitant of the Sun Belt, I’ve always felt excluded from the stuff of Christmas carols. All that dashing through the snow just doesn’t describe my Nevada holiday. But at last comes a book that does. Christmas in Nevada (University of Nevada Press, $27), by former Nevada Treasurer Patricia D. Cafferata, compiles photos and stories about how the Silver State celebrates. Highlights include tales of late-1800s “Christmas on the Comstock”; photos of snow-covered casinos (El Rancho Vegas, Sahara, Stardust and Sands); and nods to contemporary traditions such as Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products