Get into the holiday spirit at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Glittering Lights. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Embrace Holiday Cheer at Glittering Lights, Country Star Easton Corbin Closes Out NFR

What to do around the clock in Las Vegas.

Thursday 8

Meet the artists behind the Public Employee Art Exhibit, which showcases professionally curated artwork by city employees. 3-5 p.m., Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., 702-229-1012

Looking for some spectacular holiday light displays? Las Vegas Motor Speedway has you covered. The racetrack features 2.5 miles of dazzling lights to gaze at in wonderment from the comfort of your vehicle. Through Jan. 7, 5-9 p.m. Sun-Thu, 5-10 p.m. Fri-Sat & holidays, $20 per vehicle Mon-Thu; $30 Fri-Sun & Dec. 19-25, facebook.com/glitteringlightslasvegas

What do you get when you put a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and an award-winning journalist in a room together? Find out at Simple Dreams: A Conversation With Linda Ronstadt. 7:30 p.m., free, tickets required, Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, unlv.edu

Friday 9

Come for a drink, stay for the art! The monthly Downtown Cocktails and Coloring group provides art supplies and a social setting at Artifice. Sip and get your art therapy on. 6:30 p.m., artificebar.com

Ukraine-born, Brooklyn-raised Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Basque former Reno public defender Gabriel Urza read from their debut novels and discuss their work at The Writer’s Block. 7 p.m., thewritersblock.org

Mary J. Blige’s soulful voice converges with Maxwell’s sensitive falsetto for an R&B match made in heaven. 6 p.m., $70-$250, T-Mobile Arena, t-mobilearena.com

Ben Hale and Zach Ryan have passed through our city more than a few times. They integrate their touring experiences in Wild, Restless and Blue, a show that explores American roots music and ’50s rock ’n’ roll. Backed by a band and vocalists, these musicians take you on a journey through the tall tales and dark corners of our country’s music. 7 p.m., $25-$45, The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com

You might recognize him as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. In the spirit of the season, Travis Cloer invites you to a live performance of his album Christmas at My Place at The Space. 8 p.m., $30-$50, 3460 Cavaretta Court, thespacelv.com

Catch country music’s Toby Keith and enjoy hits such as “Red Solo Cup” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!” 9 p.m., $35-$100, MGM Grand Garden Arena, mgmgrand.com

Mr Little Jeans sounds like what you named your stuffed animal when you were a kid. Not a “mister” at all, Monica Birkenes conjures up dreamy electronic music you might recognize from Transparent and Grey’s Anatomy. 9 p.m., $17, The Bunkhouse Saloon, bunkhousedowntown.com

Easton Corbin

Easton Corbin

Saturday 10

Need gift ideas? Not Just Antiques Mart’s JunkFest offers special sales and promotions up to 50 percent off. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 1422 Western Ave., facebook.com/callrenee

Donald Corpier Starr has met and drawn people from all walks of life. Meet the artist and witness the emotions—from fleeting interactions to lifelong relationships—he was able to capture in Encounters. 2-5 p.m., West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., artslasvegas.org

’Tis the season for Italian white truffles, the most exquisite and sought-after of the prized mushroom varietal. Take your seats for Tartufi e la Spinetta, a four-course wine-pairing dinner at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. 6:30 p.m., $250 per person, reservations required, 702-364-5300

The holidays can be a tough time for those defending their right to say “Merry Christmas.” (No one’s trying to take that away from you, bro.) Heritage Holidays opens Clark County Museum’s Heritage Street to celebrate a history that all Las Vegans can appreciate—regardless of their religion. Explore holiday-decorated houses and buildings that chronicle our rich local history. 5-8 p.m., 1830 S. Boulder Hwy.,facebook.com/clarkcountyparks

Dress your best for Vegas Live Session’s inaugural Red Carpet for local artists—a night of community, drinks and surprises at Artifice. 8 p.m., facebook.com/officialvls

Easton Corbin brings his Southern charm to The Mirage Race & Sports Book to cap off National Finals Rodeo week. Enjoy feel-good hits such as “Roll With It,” as well as more sensitive songs such as “Are You With Me.” 9 p.m., mirage.com

Sunday 11

Shall We Dance on Ice presents a high-caliber cast of professional ice skaters and dancers, including ice-dance duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, veteran ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi and Dancing With the Stars’ Tony Dovolani. The event also features a performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. 7 p.m., $40-$100, Mandalay Bay, mandalaybay.com

With his politically incorrect puppets in tow, veteran Vegas headliner and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to slay audiences with Perfectly Unbalanced. 4 p.m., $50-$90, caesarspalace.com 

Emo band Bayside’s frontman Anthony Raneri goes solo to give a focused look at his guitar and harmonizing skills at Backstage Bar & Billiards. With Tiny Stills and Brendan Scholz. 8 p.m., $12-$15, backstagebarlv.com

Monday 12

Slash’s right-hand guitar man Frank Sidoris celebrates funk, soul and rock with his band, Royal Electric. Catch the rockers at Vinyl tonight. 8:30 p.m., Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, hardrockhotel.com

Tuesday 13

Catch a special screening of George Takei’s Broadway musical Allegiance, inspired by the original Trekker’s real-life experience with the U.S.-forced internment of Japanese citizens. 7:30 p.m., theaters vary, fathomevents.com

Celebrate the magic of the season at Winter Parq. Snowfall, lights and nightly holiday shows start at
6 p.m. The Linq Promenade, facebook.com/thelinq

Wednesday 14

Mayor Carolyn Goodman does the honors at ReBar’s sausage ribbon-cutting ceremony with co-host and city councilman Bob Coffin. It sounds weird, but free hot links and Harp Lager should entice you. 11:30 a.m., facebook.com/rebarlv

How about some holiday crafts for the kiddos? Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort provides materials to make ornaments and cards for kids 12 and younger at its craft table. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $1 admission for 13 and over, free admission for 12 and under, parks.nv.gov/calendar

Find more stuff to do in Las Vegas at vegasseven.com/calendar

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