Decembers are busier than they used to be, but Las Vegas is still a tough sell around the holidays. Some folks come, but most would rather spend the Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) period at home with family than have a late-December blowout in Sin City. For those of us who live here, it’s a different story. We can stay at home and take advantage of the promotions. If you pay attention to the newspapers, you’ve seen the parade of December deals, but most end on Christmas Eve. Those that extend beyond the traditional December 24 cutoff date are the “leftovers.”
This is the time of year to see a show on the cheap. Jersey Boys at Paris is running a locals ticket promo at JerseyBoysVegas.com/Local, where you can get 2-for-1 tickets with the code “BOGO.” Similarly, get a twofer for Rock of Ages at the Venetian by going to RockOfAges.com and using the code “241LOCAL.”
The longest-running production show on the Strip and Las Vegas’ last major classic-showgirl spectacular, Jubilee!, will close on February 11 at Bally’s. Sad news, but beginning January 2, tickets will be discounted to $34, which is about half the current price.
And what would you give to see Penn & Teller for free? If you’ll go as far as a pint or so of your blood, you can get two comped tickets through Jan. 1 (excluding December 25) by donating to the “13 Bloody Days of Christmas” blood drive at a United Blood Services location.
It’s not a holiday special per se, but the good 30 percent off deal for locals in DB Brasserie at the Venetian remains in place through the end of the year. Plus, you can still get oysters on the half shell for $1 apiece in DB’s bar area from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.
For pure tradition, go to Ellis Island for the holiday eggnog. This is the 13th straight year that the nog has been mixed and sold from the bar in the casino. Yes, it contains alcohol and it has a kick. The price is $6 per glass and $30 per bottle, and supplies should last into mid-January.
What’s also becoming tradition is South Point’s resort-wide holiday half-price promotion. Pay with club points and get half off everywhere, including restaurants and bars, rooms, shows, bingo, bowling, movies and the gift shop. Yes, this deal is aimed at the casino’s gamblers, but everyone can take advantage of the special at the bars, where all drinks are $2. That’s top-shelf call brands for just two bones and an amazing $1 when paying with points. This deal used to end on Christmas Eve, but this year it’s running through December 30.
Gamblers should watch the newspapers (and their mail) for random promotions like multiple-points days, which tend to show up between Christmas and January 2. Emerald Island in Henderson, for example, is awarding 100X points on New Year’s Eve. That’s a heap-o-points, y’all.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.