It’s a cornucopia of holiday specials

Dec 19, 2005 12:43 AM

It’s a holiday week and almost every restaurant in every casino in Las Vegas will be featuring some type of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials. While we couldn’t possibly list them all, we’ll select a few that sound scrumptious and will help to still keep our wallet and holiday budget intact.

Terrible’s Casino Hotel will be offering a special Christmas Day buffet, served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. that will not only include traditional favorites like carved ham and roast turkey, but also carved leg of lamb, seafood dishes, lasagna and pork medallions. The buffet will also include peel and eat shrimp, fresh fruits and cheeses and an unusual pumpkin bisque soup. For dessert, you’ll find a delectable array of pastries, pies and cakes and even an egg nog cheesecake. The price is $9.99.

For a leisurely sit down meal, try the Bougainvillea Café inside Terrible’s. The Christmas Day specials include a traditional turkey dinner or apple cider glazed ham for $7.99 per person. The all-inclusive special meals are complete with a choice of soup or salad, choice of potato, vegetable of the day and that special egg nog cheesecake for dessert.

Holidays are always special at Ellis Island Casino & Brewery. If you can’t decide between traditional food favorites, get them both. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be serving a turkey and ham combination plate that includes soup or salad, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and mixed vegetables for only $9.95. Sample the great homemade egg nog too, handcrafted right from the brewery. $3.50 per glass or take home a whole bottle for $19.95.

For a different way to celebrate this Christmas without the hassle of cooking yourself, order "Christmas Dinner To Go" from Texas Station. A complete meal that will serve 8 guests can be picked up by calling 702-631-8246 before Dec. 21. Choose a whole roasted tom turkey with sage stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce and all of the side dishes for $85 or prime rib with creamy horseradish, au jus and all the sides for $155. All dinners even include a pecan pie, pumpkin pie or a Yule Log for dessert.

After dinner, take a leisurely stroll through Bellagio’s fantastic Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, which has been transformed this holiday season into a breath-taking new free exhibit.

Guests will see a colony of portly penguins come alive before their eyes with the help of state-of-the-art animatronics. Just steps away, a family of polar bears captivates visitors with coats of fur made entirely of white carnations.

Meanwhile, the sight of a 45-foot Shasta Fir, overflowing with sparkling ornaments and twinkling lights, evoke feelings of nostalgia while the stunning sight of a cranberry bog evokes memories of a holiday meal favorite that dates back to America’s first settlers.