Blue Angel Motel being demolished but sign to remain

The Blue Angel Motel, long a staple on East Fremont street, with its iconic Betty Willis angel hovering over the neighborhood for over sixty years, is being demolished.  The new owners swear the sign will remain.

 

Stay tuned! More to come!

Blue Angel Motel

Great new book for fans of Classic Las Vegas

Author and historian Jeff Burbank has a terrific new book that should be part of any Classic Las Vegas fan's library.

Lost Las Vegas

The book covers a variety of places that aren't there any more including some very familiar landmarks and beloved local haunts.

It is available on Amazon (I received it as a Christmas present this year and devoured it before the day was done) so please be sure to check it out!

 

Amazon link

New Year's Eve fireworks in Las Vegas

Hard to believe it is time to ring in the New Year already.  Seems like it was just Labor Day earlier this week instead of Christmas.

Fireworks

 

But with 2014 racing to a close, it is time to list the places that will be having fireworks as part of the New Year's Eve celebration. Remember. the fireworks shows will be rooftop displays. Also, it is cold, down around freezing, this week in Las Vegas so please take warm clothes with you!

So without further ado, here the hotels that are participating:

Stratosphere Tower,
MGM Grand
Caesars Palace,
Planet Hollywood,
Treasure Island (TI) ,
The Venetian,
Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter complex.

The fireworks show will last 8 minutes and 23 seconds and consist of more than 80,000 fireworks explosions.  There will be music choreographed to hits including Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, Diamonds by Rihanna, and Feel this Moment by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera.

Downtown on Fremont Street, the Fremont Street Experience is offering over 9 hours of music from 12 different tribute bands.

5:00 p.m.– The Fremont Street Experience will be closed to the public
6:00 p.m.– The Fremont Street Experience gates open for ticketed guests with valid event wristbands.
Concert Time: 6:15pm - 3am
Tickets: $ $40 and can be purchased online, in-person at any of the Fremont Street Experience member hotel-casinos, or at the event gates on Dec. 31.

Performance by: 12 great rockin' out Tribute bands that include: Queen Nation, Led Zepagain, Rio (Duran,Duran), Generation Idol, No Duh (No Doubt), Red Not Chili Peppers, Doobies Inc., Jumpin Jack Flash, Aeromyth Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar), Don't Look Back (Boston), & Bonfire (AC/DC).

Fremont Street New Year's Eve 2015 Light Show Schedule

6:00 PM LIGHT SHOW, 7:30 PM LIGHT SHOW, 9:00 PM LIGHT SHOW, 10:45 PM LIGHT SHOW, 1:00 AM LIGHT SHOW

And as always, The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 6:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve until the wee hours of the morning.

Happy New Year!

 

2014 Las Vegas Holiday Lights Displays

Each year we celebrate the holidays by providing a list of the homes around the Las Vegas Valley that participate in holiday light displays. If you know of a house or Event that should be included be sure to hit the comments section and let us know!

 

Holiday Lights

 

Neighborhoods:

Take a tour of holiday lights and decorations around the Las Vegas Valley. The area is divided into quadrants by using Sahara Avenue to divide north from south and Interstate 15 to divide east from west.

DOWNTOWN:

Twisted Vegas at 1941 Houston Drive

NORTHEAST:
Address: 3164 Mclennan Ave., North Las Vegas, 89081
Resident: Kellee Enneman
Description: 5 - 11 p.m. Perfectly straight house lights and multiple yard decorations. Decorations are accompanied by music.

Address: 1343 Villa Park Court, Las Vegas, 89110

Resident: Chris Colasuono

Description: 4 - 10:30 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 4 - 11 p.m. Fri-Sat. 10,000 lights that are synchromized to music. Music can be heard on station 106.1 FM. Currently 14 various song/light shows are programmed.


NORTHWEST:

Address: 8117 Chestnut Hollow Ave., Las Vegas, 89131
Resident: Frank Endellicate
Description: Entire house decorated from top to bottom. Various lawn ornaments, blow ups, reindeer and santas! Lights galore!

Address: 6759 Rowena Circle, Las Vegas, 89131
Resident: Missi K. Winter
Description: Anytime after 5:30 pm. Themed as the Peanuts visiting the North Pole!

Address: 6601 Brandywine Way, Las Vegas
Submitted by Bonnie Sandusky

Description: 7 - 10 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday; Monday-Tuesday, all day. My parents' home, always decorated every space you can imagine ... from the roof to the whole front yard! My Dad does this himself everyt year. He is 80 years old! Climbs up that roof, etc. Then goes to my sister's house & helps her! Every year! Needs to be recognized.

Address: 6313 Bristol Way, Las Vegas, 89107
Submitted by Bonnie Sandusky

Description: My sister's house says: Happy Birthday Jesus. Everyone seems to forget what Christmas really means & her display says it all ... a must see! 
 


New addition submitted by one of our readers:

NorthWest area, Residential home has an animated musical Christmas Lights display and a video of Santa in a window. A joke telling elf is hosting the Broadcast on 101.1 Fm  

3646 Carol Lark Court Las Vegas 89129.

 

SOUTHWEST:

A new addition submitted by one of our readers:

Address: 4255 El Cid Way Las Vegas NV 89121

Description: Huge two story house all decorated, TONS OF LIGHTS, garage has a viewing of a HUGE mini Christmas village built up on Styrofoam which includes three full trains running throughout the mini village, house will NOT disappoint! Truly a masterpiece!!!

 

Address: 2757 Grande Valley, Las Vegas, 89135

Resident: Rupert Chamberlain
Description: 5-10 p.m. My favorite TV show of all time is "Star Trek." The recent "Star Trek" movie was OK, but I much prefer the original cast. As a tribute to the show I have decorated my front yard to represent some of my favorite episodes with a holiday twist. Kirk and Spock in hand-to-hand combat armed with candy canes and dressed as elves, red, white and green animatronic tribbles and much much more. A true Trekkies holiday delight! Come one and all and join for a Romulan ale as we boldly go where no man has gone before!

Address: 10878 Milbank Ave, Las Vegas, 89135
Resident: Jerrold E. Creed
Description: 4 to 10 p.m. daily. Tune your car radio to 103.9 FM. Thousands of LED lights set to music. THX opening, Carol of the Bells, Linus and Lucy, Jingle Bells, TSO Wizards of Winter. Picture on this web page is this house. Featuring 16 mini trees out front. Merry Christmas. 

Address: 346 Maddalena, Las Vegas, 89183
Resident: Ryan S. Knepp
Description: 6 - 8 p.m. My 14-year-old stepson Ryan Knepp loves Christmas decorations. With every dime he gets he buys blow-up decorations to place in the yard. Over the last month he has spent countless hours setting up his display.

He has about 40 blow ups plus countless lights and other displays. Last year he had blow ups stolen. He now attaches each one to plywood and puts a cable around all of them to prevent them from being stolen. He is very meticulous and makes sure every wire and string is just right. This 14-year-old does this all by himself and with his own money. Truly an inspiring story about Christmas and youth.

Address: 3308 Surfline Dr., Las Vegas 89117
Resident: Walt Patalina
Description: 5-11 p.m.


HENDERSON:

Address: 3018 Scenic Valley Way, Henderson 89052
Resident: Robert Thomas
Description: 4:30 - 11:30 p.m. Lots of lights, inflatable airplane on roof, nativity scene, snow globe and lighted animals, angels and more. Live Santa appearing on Sundays.

New addition: 1700 block of Quiver Point Avenue

 

NORTH LAS VEGAS:

A new addition:

3016 Judson Avenue

 

EVENTS:

 

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway

"Glittering Lights" New this year are a 60-foot Reindeer Hotel display, Santa’s Safari and Santa’s Monster Truck. Event organizers also have brought back the live nativity scene, which will take place on designated nights throughout December.

Tickets are $20 per vehicle and the show is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. A portion of the ticket sales go toward the Speedway Children’s Charities, a nonprofit that aids causes throughout the valley. Tickets can be purchased online at glitteringlightslasvegas.com, any Walgreens or at the entrance to the event.

Town Square Park

 Town Square Park hosts a show of artificial snowflakes falling at 7 p.m. nightly until Dec. 23, with a second show at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For more information click here.

Neon Museum:

Starting Nov. 28, visitors who take the nighttime tour of the Museum’s Boneyard also will view a special, holiday-inspired palette of lights. Also on the Neon Museum’s holiday schedule is an ornament-making activity from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Following that session, from 5 to 6 p.m., hot chocolate will be served and singers from Las Vegas Academy will perform in the Neon Boneyard’s outdoor events area. The event is free and open to the public.

Nighttime tours of the Neon Boneyard are $25 for general admission and $22 for seniors, students, active military and veterans, and Nevada residents with valid IDs. For more information click here.

 Sam’s Town

Mystic Falls at Sam's Town casino and hotel is once again decorated for the holidays. The winter wonderland features holiday trees, festive lighting, snowfall, animatronics, laser lights and water features. There is also a 15-minute laser light show hourly during the holiday season from 5 to 10 p.m. Santa Claus will appear from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. More info

Jingle Bell Block

Dec. 5-24
Downtown Grand Las Vegas and Downtown 3rd have created a winter wonderland named Jingle Bell Block on 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden avenues. There is a Christmas tree lot, holiday beverages and festive food available for purchase, a free bounce house for kids, and handcrafted gifts for sale from the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market. Santa Claus will also be available for visits. The Christmas tree lot will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Santa's Village will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open through Dec. 24. Admission and valet parking is free.

Sunset Park

1st annual Sunset Wonderland Holiday Festival
Dec. 6-21
4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends
Sunset Wonderland will have activities every Friday, Saturday and Sunday including holiday music, children's games/activities, contests, horse rides, holiday carolers, live music and dance performances by local Las Vegas dance troupes and, of course, we can’t forget about photo opportunities with Santa. Additional craft and food vendor will be on site in our Wonderland Marketplace on the weekends as well. Ice-skating, Ferris Wheel, Tree purchases & the Holiday Wonderland of Tree Display will be available Monday thru Thursday from 4PM-10PM and weekends from 10AM - 9PM.The event is for all ages.
Price: Free to Sunset Wonderland, Ice Skating $8 per hour including skate rental
More info: Call (702) 455-8200

Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest

Opportunity Village

702-259-3741

November 27, 2014-January 4, 2015

Call or Check Site for Hours or to Purchase Tickets

Spring's Preserve 

 The Springs Preserve will offer train rides with Santa Clause Dec. 22-24 at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Their most-popular kids-only tradition of the year -- their "Polar Express" Night -- will take place Dec. 20. Open to ages 5-12. Features a screening of the PG-rated holiday movie, museum discoveries, crafts, pizza, snacks and more.

The Springs Preserve will also offer holiday cooking oil recycling again this year from Nov. 28-Dec. 1 and Dec. 26-Jan. 15. In addition, they will offer Christmas tree recycling from Dec. 26-Jan. 15. 

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden Light Display

This long time local favorite proves that even here in the desert the spirit of Christmas abounds. Hundreds of cacti and other desert plants are adorned with nearly half a million LED. Open (and free) to the public from 5 PM - 10 PM nightly until January 1st. with visits from Santa through Dec. 23rd,  this Henderson must see includes holiday performances and visits from Santa. Perfect for kids and grandparents and anyone in between, few Las Vegas traditions can compete. See the schedule of events.

 

Crystals at City Center's Holiday Winter Wonderland

To say Free and Crystal's in one sentence will make any Las Vegas resident chuckle. The shopping center known for such outrageously high end shops like Cartier, Gucci and Prada has earned a reputation as the king of upper echelon shopping. If you're arms are laden with bags from these shops you're a high roller.

It may come as a surprise then to see one of the best FREE holiday displays anywhere in Las Vegas. Hundreds of seasonal plants decorate the multi levels of this amazing shopping mall, including the rare and never before seen in the US white LED Christmas trees, draped in crystal as well as numerous massive traditional trees sent in from Oregon. Take the kids or the wife or the in laws to this soon to be perennial holiday favorite. Just try and keep your money in your wallet.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!