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Christmas 2012 Specials at MGM Resorts Properties in Las Vegas

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  • Christmas 2012 Specials at MGM Resorts Properties in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts International is celebrating the holidays by turning its world-renowned Las Vegas resorts into seasonal spectaculars. From the Bellagio Conservatory’s transformation into a winter wonderland to “Santa in the Shipwreck” at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium, Las Vegas is like no other destination during this magical time of year.

    · Not-Your-Average Tree: Winter wonderland at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

    Ring in the season at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens with a 45-foot-tall Shasta Fir; floral creations including interactive polar bear and penguin families; and live musical performances. Located in the Giardini corner of the immersive display, a large 6-foot-tall greeting card made entirely from flowers and surrounded by an elaborate frame makes for the perfect family photo opportunity. The Conservatory’s holiday exhibition is open 24 hours daily and will be on display through January 1.

    · Meet Santa Jaws: “Santa in the Shipwreck” at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

    Santa is making his list and checking it twice, finding naughty sharks, a rare Komodo Dragon and piranha in his sight. Throughout the month at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, children can share their holiday wishes with Mr. Claus in the aquarium’s shipwreck exhibit. With each paid admission, children ages 12 and under will receive a complimentary candy cane and a photograph with Santa to remember their unique experience. A very large and toothy character – Santa Jaws – will join the kiddies for a photo. Enjoy Santa in the Shipwreck each weekend throughout the month (December 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24*) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. *The exhibition will close at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

    · Better than Christmas TV Specials: “A Very Terry Christmas” starring Terry Fator at The Mirage

    Terry Fator: Ventriloquism in Concert presents the holiday-themed “A Very Terry Christmas” at The Mirage throughout December. The stage becomes the Fator Family’s “living room” in a journey that highlights the show’s loveable puppets as they come home for Christmas. “A Very Terry Christmas” will be performed Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through December 29. Tickets can be purchased at the Terry Fator Box Office, online at and and by phone at 702-792-7777 or 1-800-963-9634.

    · Holiday Feasts: Festive menus at restaurants across The Strip

    MGM Resorts’ celebrated restaurants will provide unforgettable menus on Christmas Eve and Day, featuring innovative twists on traditional dishes that fit most budgets. Sirio Ristorante at ARIA Resort & Casino will feature Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia’s take on a favorite holiday sponge cake, Buche De Noel. Rí Rá inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will serve an Irish celebratory menu, including Honey-Glazed and Clove-Stuffed Ham, Cornbread Stuffing, Eggnog Cheesecake and more. NOBHILL TAVERN by Michael Mina inside MGM Grand is offering a three-course, luxurious tasting menu showcasing Black Truffle Lobster Bisque and specialty Herb-Rubbed Prime Rib with potato gratin and au jus. Dozens of other award-winning restaurants across MGM Resorts’ portfolio of resorts will delight guests with special menus and dishes worth celebrating.

    · Worth Making the Naughty List: Chocolate Santas at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie

    The talented chefs at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie inside Bellagio took an entire month to create a five-foot chocolate Santa made from 230 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of fondant and a glistening suit fashioned with sugar icing. At the Pâtisserie’s ARIA location, a giant, incredibly detailed statue of The Grinch was crafted entirely out of sugar and is on display along with an array of spectacular celebration cakes, a festive signature of French Pastry Chef Jean-Philippe Maury and his eponymous pâtisseries. While guests cannot take home the life-size creations, both Bellagio and ARIA feature smaller chocolate works of art, such as a classic Cherubic Santa or miniature Praline Christmas Tree, which make for wonderful gifts.

    · Have a Jolly Ole Time: Seasonal cocktails crafted for Las Vegas’ renowned nightlife destinations

    Tabú at MGM Grand is bringing cheer to Las Vegas’ nightlife scene with winter holiday cocktails available now through March. The boutique nightclub is mixing up three original libations, including the Red Apple Shandy, Pumpkin Patch and Winter White Mint-tini. Over at Hyde Bellagio, acclaimed mixologists are introducing innovative takes on retro cocktails and signature creations blending winter fruits, veggies and spices. The Snowflake packs an icy bite thanks to a splash of liquid nitrogen. Additionally, the Pomegranate Mojito, Iced Irish Coffee, and Rock & Rye will keep the winter party going for the remainder of the year.

    · Time to Relax: Holiday Spa Treatments

    When the shopping is done, melt away stress with seasonal treatments at these luxurious spas. The Spa & Salon at ARIA brings warmth to the soul and body with Spicy Chestnut Manicures and Pedicures. As a gift from Spa & Salon Bellagio, guests who upgrade a massage with one of several $25 enhancements – including aromatherapy, exfoliating services and mud masques – will receive a second complimentary enhancement. Those looking to start 2013 with a fresh face should turn to Spa & Salon Vdara for its Purifying Pumpkin Enzyme Facial. Also, Grand Spa at MGM Grand is offering a special winter enhancement to its Signature Massage, incorporating the fresh scent of baked biscotti – a feast for all the senses.

    · Give Jaw-Dropping Presents: M life Moments

    Brag-worthy experiences are the ultimate present. Members of M life, MGM Resorts’ loyalty rewards program, have exclusive access to such extraordinary experiences as choosing a song for The Fountains of Bellagio, enjoying a meal personally cooked by celebrity chefs, or even becoming the DJ for a night at one of Las Vegas’ hottest nightclubs. These are just a few of the incredible holiday gifts available to M life members, turning a random stocking stuffer into a moment they’ll never forget.

    · Shop ‘Til You Drop: Crystals at CityCenter’s holiday fashions, décor and entertainment

    Visions of Jimmy Choo pumps and Harry Winston diamonds will dance in guests’ heads as Crystals at CityCenter, the world’s only luxury-exclusive fashion destination, makes the season glamorous. While guests shop at their favorite retailers such as Paul Smith, H. Stern, Assouline, and Donna Karan, they can enjoy a public display of five renowned designers’ collections, the funky and festive sounds of The Hornzmen and a massive LED-lit holiday tree among other exquisite decorations.

    · The Ultimate Carolers: Classic holiday songs at The Fountains of Bellagio

    The iconic Fountains of Bellagio get into the spirit with water shows intricately choreographed to time-honored melodies such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Santa Baby,” and “Hallelujah Chorus.” During the holidays, the shows run every 30 minutes starting at 3 p.m. (at noon Saturdays and Sundays), and every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

    · Save Money for Gifts: Winter Getaway Deals

    Luxor and Monte Carlo are offering Winter Getaway specials for those looking to save money for a few additional presents for friends and family. For the month of December, guests will find rates starting as low as $36 per night. The Winter Getaway deals are available for all holidays and weekends.

    · Not Your Average Board game: Vegas Family Fun

    With the kids on winter vacation, Circus Circus and Excalibur offer family friendly attractions. The Adventuredome at Circus Circus provides roller coasters and themed rides that will give a festive thrill to children and parents alike. Any families that have a holiday tradition of playing games during the season can go to the Fun Dungeon at Excalibur. Guests of all ages will have a blast playing over 150 games including 65 arcade games.
    Last edited by SteveBourieOLD; 12-06-2012, 07:31 PM.