Plenty of Christmas and Cowboys

A curated guide to this week in your city

Last year’s Great Santa Run on Fremont Street. | Photo by Sean Akari

Last year’s Great Santa Run on Fremont Street. | Photo by Sean Akari

December 3

Want to hear NASCAR drivers talk smack? Then be at the Palms’ Pearl Theater at 5 p.m. for NASCAR After the Lap, a tell-all featuring 16 drivers competing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

December 4

The ghost of Christmas future scared the crap out of us as kids. As adults, it still gives us the willies, but now we understand the deeper meaning. The Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s staging of A Christmas Carol has solid ghosts, past, present and future, and excellent all-around production values. 8 p.m. at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre, with shows through Dec. 12.

December 5

What do you call a few thousand Santas running around Downtown? The Las Vegas Great Santa Run. Joining the jolly jogging fellas and gals will be members of Jersey Boys, Chippendales and the Jabbawockeez. It’s a fundraiser for Opportunity Village, if you need more encouragement. 10 a.m. at the Fremont Street Experience.

December 6

If you haven’t seen The Snowman, you’re missing something special. This wordless, animated, British tale of a boy and his frozen buddy captures the essence of childhood wonder. It’s even better when the Las Vegas Philharmonic performs the score. 2 p.m. at The Smith Center.

December 7

Yee-freakin’ haw! The World Series of Team Roping is coming to the Orleans Saturday through Tuesday, and that means cowboys and girls, buckin’ broncos and fancy rope handling. It’s a qualifier, so you’ll see amateurs alongside practiced cowhands.

December 8

There’s a whole lotta country in the air of late. It’s thanks to National Finals Rodeo, which is great and all, but we live for the Country Christmas and Cowboy Marketplace gift shows. The former is at the Sands Expo Convention Center through Dec. 13, (, while the latter is at Mandalay Bay through Dec. 12.

December 9

Those talented kids from Reno are showing off their chops at UNLV’s Beam Fine Art Gallery through Jan. 29. The show is called Seven on the Road, and it features paintings, photography and installations by MFA students at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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