Holiday bargains brighten up the season

Dec 4, 2001 3:30 AM

Money usually gets a little tight for everyone during the holiday season, but in Las Vegas, you can still find lots of enjoyable inexpensive activities, even some free ones, during the month of December. This week, we’ll look at some great deals, meals and specials you can find in and about town.

Looking for places to enjoy holiday drinks with family and friends? The Reserve in Henderson, (soon to be The Fiesta-Henderson,) is serving $1 well drinks and domestic beer at all casino bars through December 20. The Fiesta on Rancho serves Corona’s for $1.50 at all bars all the time. The San Remo Hotel on Tropicana has two for one cocktails for happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

At the Tropicana Hotel, you can get a lot of bang for your buck, with a bunch of freebies, goodies and attractions. First stop when you arrive near the front doors for a free pull on their slot machine located outside. (There is a second machine located just up the escalators, so try it twice!) Prizes range from show tickets, buffets and cash to a possible brand new Ford Mustang. While you probably won’t win that Mustang, you have a decent shot at almost any of the other prizes. Now, here’s the other cool part of this deal. Even if you don’t hit anything, you’ll get a voucher for a free deck of Tropicana playing cards, a coupon sheet, free tickets to The Casino Legends Hall of Fame, and a free entry to “The Showgirl Spin and Win Game.” The coupon sheets change periodically but usually include some food, drink and gift shop discounts, and the current ones have a Blackjack $7 for $5 matchplay. The Legends Museum is quite enjoyable, especially if you like old memorabilia and Las Vegas history. With the free tickets, it’s well worth a visit. You might spend an hour or longer depending on your interest level. There’s a nice gift shop at the end of the museum tour that actually sells old Las Vegas souvenirs, memorabilia and old casino coins. Your free entry ticket is good for drawings held five times a day, everyday, at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m., with a chance to win up to $1,000 cash or other valuable prizes. You can earn additional drawing tickets if you play slots or video poker. If you’re not a member of The Tropicana Winner’s Slot Club, that would be your next stop when you redeem your vouchers. It’s free to join and if you play with your new card, you’ll earn double cash back for the first 24 hours after joining. They will also give you a free Tropicana t-shirt after 30 minutes of play on the new card. You can make this almost totally free day even better with a free show in the afternoon. A free live bird show is presented by Joe Krathwohl, known as “The Birdman of Las Vegas,” every day except Thursdays, at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

From there, you can make a whole day of it and stroll next door to The MGM Grand for a free visit to The Lion Habitat, open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Then hoof it across the street where The Excalibur is running a two for one show ticket dinner special for Nevada residents. Locals can purchase two for one tickets to The Tournament of Kings Dinner Show from now through December 24. You must present a valid Nevada I.D. and the limit is four tickets per person, two paid, (at $39.95 each plus tax,) and two free. Dinner shows are at 6 and 8:30 p.m. nightly. Call 597-7600 for reservations.

Last week we promised to deliver some lunch specials. We’ll go with a Mexican deal at Senior Miguels, located inside The Suncoast Hotel out in Summerlin. They have a daily lunch special served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $5.45, that includes soup and a two item combo plate served complete with rice, beans and a soft drink.

Finally, we’ll close this week with a holiday “On The Cheap” style deal for anyone who enjoys bowling. Texas Station on Rancho Drive in North Las Vegas is offering bowling for $1 a game every Monday through Thursday from midnight to 6 p.m. Play as many games as you like. Shoe rental is only two bucks.

Until next week”¦.Eat well, play well, stay well.