You may have heard that there was a small fire at the Stratosphere this week. You also may not have heard about this fire because it was small enough not to hurt anyone and it was manageable enough to be put out with a fire extinguisher. The fire was electrical and small but it had the entire hotel evacuated at 1am. Fires like this can happen anywhere, especially at older properties. You can find more information on the fire at the Las Vegas Review Journal.
One of the surprise busy weekends in Las Vegas is Thanksgiving. Before moving to Las Vegas I never realized that people uprooted their families for a vacation full of food and Vegasy fun. Although the next few weeks will be relatively quiet in Las Vegas this weekend will be full of people – especially families. The Vegas.com blog looks at a slew of different dining options should you be in town for Thanksgiving.
After Thanksgiving you’ll find a new roller coaster coming to the Vegas Strip. El Loco is located just to the south of the Stratosphere at Circus Circus. The roller coaster is scheduled to open in December at the Circus Circus Adventuredome. El Loco isn’t a fast roller coaster clocking in at under 30 miles per hour but it promises a lot of curves and drops that any roller coaster rider should enjoy. You can find more info at Adventuredome.com.
If you prefer Christmas in Vegas to Thanksgiving have no fear. Even though temperatures are rarely freezing in Las Vegas there will be outdoor ice skating available for you. The Venetian and Cosmopolitan will, once again, have ice skating rinks. Las Vegas Sun has prices and more information. If you prefer your Christmas entertainment off the Vegas Strip Ethel M Chocolates just opened their Christmas Cactus Garden. See the pretty cacti lights on their website.
Not everything will be so brightly lit over the holidays. Zarkana at Aria will go dark at the end of the year. The show is scheduled to reopen in February after Cirque Du Soleil changes parts of the show for entertainment and safety. The Las Vegas Sun has more information on the shows future.
You can quell your thirst for Las Vegas and Britney Spears when her new documentary airs on E! next month. The documentary will be tied to helping promote her Las Vegas show which begins at the end of December. You can find details on the documentary at Hollywood.com. On a note totally unrelated to Las Vegas, if you like programming E! and mockumentaries you might want to check out the new season of Burning Love.
It’s difficult to keep track of all Las Vegas dining openings and closures. Vegas Inc. has a quick overview of a bunch of recent dining happenings.
Wynn has pulled out of the running to open a casino in Philadelphia. This casino would have given east coast casino visitors another way to earn and use their Red Card rewards card. All hope shouldn’t be lost as they’re still in the running to open a casino in Massachusetts.
Last but not least details for NASCAR week have been announced. NASCAR week begins on December 2 and continues until the NASCAR Awards on December 6. Whether you’re a NASCAR fan or not you’ll enjoy the amount of people walking through the casinos in their favorite NASCAR jackets designed to look like the racecars of their favorite drivers. Inside Track News has a breakdown of the events.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.