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Ho Ho Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Season is in full force now and I’m sure your wallet is coming out for the purpose of giving. So what are you going to give? You could stick with those corporate stores that offer the same mass produced products or realize it is the most wonderful time of the year and the best time to put some money into your local economy and buy some spectacular gifts.  So this weekend happens to be a perfect weekend to buy local and enjoy some Las Vegas culture all at the same time.

The first Friday of this month will be on the same weekend as the Second Saturday, which means the popular First Friday Festival and the StrEATS Festival are happening on the same weekend. First Friday has become a large event over the years which means there is plenty of opportunity to buy local as there are a plethora of artistic vendors that participate in the festival. It’s perfect for the holidays, you can go out enjoy the community and find unique cool stuff for your giftees. What you are going to see out there is an array photography art, paintings, and even sculptures. You can also find threads from local fashion designers and my personal favorite, fashion accessories to add finishing touches to your looks. If you can’t make it to First Friday, the StrEATS Festival is on Saturday and although it is still in its beginning stages there are several local vendors to check out.

One of the newest vendors that I adore and they just happen to make appearances at both events is A Girls Glitter. They are a local company that is online and sells at local events as well. They specialize in bling and originality of fashion accessories. It’s hard not to buy at least one of their unique fashion accessories with all that sparkle reeling a girl in. Besides every girl needs a new accessory and of course, so does her friend, right?  Be sure to hit them up online if you don’t make it out and see them this weekend.

Of course at both events there will be plenty of those delicious food trucks to help tame the appetite you work up. Just remember to grab a jacket and maybe some gloves as it will be chilly outside this weekend. Hey and even if you don’t buy anything at the festivals get some ideas and grab some business cards to follow up later on that unique gift idea. Save the corporate stores for buying your paper towels and remember keep it real by buying from local businesses for your gifts this season.

One of the best traditions for the Holidays are those beautiful light displays and of course our awesome city has got that covered as well. Take the family out this weekend and enjoy some displays our city graciously offers. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts an annual light show called, Glittering Lights and it is open now until January 6th from 5:30 till 9 pm,Monday Thru Thursday and till 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. It’s $15 per carload during the week , $20 on holidays and weekends so be sure to pack all your friends and family in the vehicle and split the cost.

Also, the Springs Preserve is hosting the Holiday Light Spectacular this weekend on December 8th and 9th from 5 to 9 pm,  it will also be open from December 15 thru the 23rd at same time in the evening. This event will be, “bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more”.

One of the most talked about holiday events for this weekend is the 12th annual Lakes Festival of Lights, located just South of West Sahara and West of Durango Drive. The event is free to attend and there will be many festive holiday family happenings to enjoy like arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a boat parade. It starts at noon on Saturday, December 8th and runs until 6p.m.

Oh, one last thing just to let you know the Mob Bar is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tonight offering drink pricing from back in 1933. If you’ve been looking for something to do tonight this is it. So stop downtown tonight at the Mob Bar after 5pm to enjoy some of their delicious cocktails basically a buy one get one free opportunity (buy one get one free should always be taken advantage of…just an FYI).

Whatever you do be sure to get out there this weekend, enjoy and support this fabulous city we live in. Happy Holidays Las Vegas!

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Las Vegas PumpkinThursday & First Friday Events

It’s already October and First Friday is only a day away. It should be a more comfortable event this month now that the monsoon humidity has gone. I hope to see you out there tomorrow night. The event will kick off at 5pm in the Downtown Arts District, the hub is located an Colorado St. and Main St.

Oh but wait there is more. Do you like to carve pumpkins? If so First Friday is having a Pumpkin Carving World Record Breaking event today at Kids Zone on 1213 Casino Center. The event runs from 9 am till 9 pm. They provide the pumpkin, you provide your carving skills. You also get to take your piece of art home with you. Fun Right??? See the flyer below for more details.

Downtown Vegas

 

Happy Friday Las Vegas. Not only is it posting day for Beyond the Strip but it is also the first Friday of the month. That means there will be tons of artists, entertainment and fun in the Downtown Art district tonight from from 6 till 11 pm. The art’s festival hub is located on Casino Center Blvd in between Colorado St and California St. with an extension on 3rd St and Colorado. First Friday now also includes Fremont East district with live activations and music in Get Back Alley behind Beauty Bar and The Griffin

While your around the area you may want to stop down and check out the Mob Bar. It’s located on 3rd st between Stewart and Ogden. Tonight at 9pm there will be entertainment from Larry Liso, the creator of Shades of Sinatra. The drink special of the night is, The Woodford Reserve Manhattan. Earn raffle entries by mentioning Manhattan to your bartender. They will be giving out cool prizes all night including gift cards to Triple George Grill.

So what do you think about the Rediscovering Downtown Project? The campaign will end on October 13th with a busy day downtown featuring an array of events. There will be stuff for kids, entertainment and much more. Be sure to mark your calendars as there will be something for everyone that day.

Has the campaign made you become more interested in Downtown?

 

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