Saving $ lifts holiday spirit

Dec 18, 2001 2:30 AM

If you still haven’t found the holiday spirit yet, it’s not too late to enjoy some “cheap style” specials, promotions, deals and meals, as well as some great free entertainment choices.  We have some super ideas to share with everyone this week to brighten up your holidays without breaking your Christmas budget.

Mystic Falls at Sam’s Town is always beautifully decorated for the holiday season with Christmas trees, holiday ornaments and enchanting characters. It’s always free to stroll through the park and enjoy the decorations and amusements. There’s also a free water and laser light show called, “Sunset Stampede” every day at 2, 6, 8 and 10 p.m.  If you haven’t seen it, or maybe it’s been awhile, take the kid’s or just enjoy it for yourself.

The Bellagio Conservatory is also a wonderful place to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of the holidays. Always well appointed and beautifully decorated, especially this time of the year, and once again you can’t beat the free cost to visit. Open 24 hours, too!

For more free entertainment, most of us are aware of The Fremont Street Experience, and the fabulous light and sound show you can watch every evening.  However, you may not know that during the Christmas season the downtown mall area is decorated for the season and they also offer a special Holiday light show. The Holiday show is performed at 6 and 7 p.m. through December 25, and that will be your last chance to see it this year. The shows are always free and they have recently added a new country show as well, which is currently shown at 8 p.m.

If you want to spend New Year’s Eve downtown on the pedestrian mall, that will cost you. A ticket for that night runs $30. per person but includes two all-new entertainment stages that will feature The Classic Rock AllStars, Rare Earth, The Bangles and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, performing throughout the evening and into the new year.  They call it “The World’s Biggest Dance Party.”  To purchase tickets for New Year’s Eve, call
1-800-249-3559 for more ­­information, or you can order your tickets online at {}.

For a limited time, The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is offering some excellent Twilight Specials, as they call them, in Mr. Lucky’s Coffee Shop.  From 4 to 7 p.m. daily, you can partake of three different dinner specials priced at just $5.95 each.  Choose an 8 oz. Prime Rib dinner, Roasted Chicken, or a Grilled Chicken Pasta dish.  All are served with salad and choice of potato. (No potato if you select the pasta dish.)  If the hours are inconvenient for you, then you can always order the “Gambler’s Special.”  It’s an eight oz. New York strip steak with three plump shrimp on a skewer, served with drawn butter. Always available 24 hours a day for a mere $7.77. Also comes with a nice salad, (try the house dressing,) and choice of potato, (garlic-mashed are excellent.)  This one’s not on the menu, so just ask your server for it.

Most of all, take some time during the coming week to enjoy the spirit of the season with family, friends and loved ones.  Doing Las Vegas “On The Cheap” can make it all that much more fun for everyone to get involved.  Enjoy!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!

Until next week, eat well, play well, stay well.