Be frugal and festive during the holidays

Nov 26, 2002 12:11 AM

   If this week is any indication of the upcoming holiday season, it will be a grand time. Thanksgiving week kicks off with lots of great specials, two-for-ones, discounts and even some freebies!

   The Festival of Lights Celebration opens this Wednesday, November 27, at Fiesta Rancho. Over 1,000,000 lights will illuminate the parking lot and casino with a special lighting ceremony to be held from 4-6 p.m. The lights will remain on display for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season. The free ceremony includes live entertainment, and hot chocolate and cookies for all. A drawing for cash and prizes will be held at 8:15 p.m.

   Nevada local residents can catch the Tournament of Kings Dinner Show at the Excalibur on a two-for-one through December 24. You must present a valid Nevada I.D. at the box office when purchasing tickets. Call ahead for show times and details at 702-597-7600.

   On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Harrah's Las Vegas opens “Mobile Graceland,” a tribute to the King of Rock ”˜n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. The exhibit, housed in an ultra-modern 53-foot-long, 18-wheel semi, contains jewelry, clothing, instruments and other artifacts as unique as the man who owned them. The exhibit is free if you are a Harrah's Total Rewards Card member (free to join) and show your card at the door.

   If you’re still making last minute plans for Thanksgiving, consider one of the following excellent choices for your holiday meal:

   Sam’s Town: The popular Firelight Buffet will be serving a special Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Buffet all day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes fresh carved Tom Turkey, Virginia Baked ham, Prime Rib and over 160 additional selections. Cost is $10.99 per person.

   Suncoast: Café Siena will be offering a complete sit-down dinner for $10.95. The deal includes a choice of cocktail, soup or salad, an entree choice of turkey, ham or leg of lamb, a traditional dessert, and an additional beverage of coffee, tea, milk or soda. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. No reservations are accepted.

   Jerry’s Nugget: Enjoy a variety of special menu choices for the holiday including traditional Tom Turkey, Virginia Ham, Pork Rouladen, Mediterranean Roughy or Tequila Lime Chicken. All dinners are served complete with salads, sides, dessert, and breads and reasonably priced from $9.85 to $14.85.

   Enjoy a happy Thanksgiving and until next time”¦ “Eat well, play well, stay well!”