Category Archives: Holidays

The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Take Your Pick

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Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain in the Bellagio Conservatory

Chinese New Year (the Lunar New Year) falls on February 19 this year. According to the Bellagio Conservatory, this is The Year of the Goat. If you go online, however, you might also see it referenced as the Year of the Sheep. For some reason, these animals are being used interchangeably, which is very confusing to me, because I grew up in an agricultural state, and I can assure you, sheep and goats are very different animals with very different personalities. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is confused. But we’ll let that slide.

When I realized my January Vegas trip would fall during Chinese New Year, I was glad. I’ve never seen the Bellagio Conservatory’s Chinese New Year display before. Then I found out the Palazzo’s Atrium was also all dolled up for Chinese New Year, so I had to check that out. And another little birdy (“VegasBrolo,” my brother, who was in town the week before me) told me to look for the LED Dragon at Caesars Forum Shops, too. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this time of year for any of those things, but since I was there already, it was cool to see something new. Continue reading

Halloween in Vegas

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Last year when I decided I wanted to visit Las Vegas this year during October, my motive to some extent was that I wanted to see how Las Vegas “does” Halloween. Because of airfares, I wound up visiting Vegas a couple of weeks before Halloween. This may have been a blessing in disguise. After all, I have very little tolerance for a normal night of “crazy” in Las Vegas. I’m not sure what possessed me to think I’d want to be there for extra special Halloween levels of craziness. Although with all of the costumed panhandlers running around Vegas these days, it’s almost like Halloween every day, right?

Chocolate witch

Chocolate witch at Jean-Philippe Patisserie, Bellagio

I had already done my “haunted attraction” for the year when I visited the Goretorium in July (good thing, too, since it closed before my October trip). And honestly, I’m too big of a chicken to visit another one, though I’ve heard there are some good ones off the Strip, and of course, there’s the Fright Dome at Circus Circus. So what’s left to put you in the Halloween spirit when visiting Las Vegas? Continue reading

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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With the new year just 2 days away, I know you’re all busy celebrating, maybe with friends or family, or maybe even on a solo New Year’s Eve trip to Las Vegas! I won’t keep you away from all that fun for long. But I did want to share a few thoughts I have on this most wonderful time of the year.

You may or may not feel that way about Christmas and New Year’s–especially if you don’t have a special someone to celebrate with, or your family gatherings are more headache-inducing than joy-inducing, or the over-commercialization of the holidays makes you want to scream. But holidays aside, I do think that as we approach the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, it is the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Continue reading

Casino Boy Wants You to Spend NYE in Las Vegas “Alone”

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I’m so pleased to have as my guest blogger today Eric White, editor of Cheapo Vegas, which is one of the very first Las Vegas websites I discovered as I was planning my early trips to the city. The humorous advice on how to enjoy Vegas frugally warmed the cheap little cockles of my heart and they became an instant favorite for me. In this post, Eric provides tips on how to have a rockin’ solo New Year’s Eve in Vegas.


Fireworks Over Vegas by geodesic, Flickr Creative Commons

Fireworks Over Vegas by geodesic, Flickr Creative Commons


New Year’s is one of the most exciting times to visit Las Vegas with close friends, but it is also a great time to travel solo and make new ones! Something about the prospect of a new year makes people especially outgoing and this is particularly true in Las Vegas, where people tend to be more genial and interesting in general. Or maybe that’s just the booze…

If your New Year’s Eve is looking lonely for whatever reason, booking a trip to Las Vegas is a surefire way to meet new people and get yourself out of the doldrums of a lonely ball-dropping! New Year’s in Las Vegas offers visitors a ton of options for entertainment and while some are better for couples or groups than solo travelers, there is no shortage of good times for Vegas solos. Without further ado, here are Casino Boy’s picks for spending New Year’s “alone” in Las Vegas: Continue reading

7 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas At Christmas

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Las Vegas is a terrific destination for solos at Christmas. Why? Because there’s so much to do! If you’re feeling a little Grinch-y and want to forget all about the holidays, you almost can. In Las Vegas, “the show must go on,” even on Christmas Day. So you’ll still be able to gamble, go to attractions, stuff yourself at a buffet or have a great dinner in a fine restaurant, and enjoy a show at night–as if it were any other day. The city is your oyster.

But if you are hoping Las Vegas will put you in the Christmas spirit without making you feel weepy about being alone on the holiday, no worries. It can do that, too. Here are 7 suggestions of fun things to do in Las Vegas on or around Christmas Day to put you in the holiday mood: Continue reading