Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 | 5:42 a.m.
Despite massive sales and special offers, not everyone is planning to spend the day after Thanksgiving at stores and malls.
For those who have the day off work and are recovered from food comas but aren’t excited to go shopping, Las Vegas has plenty of other things going on in addition to the usual offerings.
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Looking to get in the mood for Christmas as soon as Thanksgiving is over? Las Vegas has lots of festive options to choose from:
Ethel M Chocolate factory’s cactus garden is again decorated with about 500,000 lights. The free display is open until Jan. 1.
The Magical Forest features lights and displays, entertainment, a train and even an enchanted carousel, plus, it benefits Opportunity Village, which serves adults with intellectual disabilities. The forest is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Venetian and Palazzo have decked the halls with a “Winter in Venice” theme, complete with costumed characters, an ice rink and light show. The winter wonderland is open until Jan. 8.
After breaking the wishbone, head out for some laughs to tickle your funny bone.
Kathleen Madigan is performing at the South Point Casino. The established comedian has participated in USO tours and took part in “Last Comic Standing” as both a contestant and a talent scout.
Popular comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan will perform his stand-up routine at the Mirage. He’s had roles in everything from “Law & Order” to films like “Super Troopers.”
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If watching football after a Thanksgiving feast isn’t for you, enjoy one of several concert events with impressive rosters of performers.
David Foster & Friends returns to Mandalay Bay. Foster, the 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter will once again host a lineup of talent including a return visit by show-stopping former “Glee” star Charice.
MGM Grand welcomes top Korean recording artists to the Grand Garden Arena for the two-day K-Pop concert beginning Thanksgiving night. The recently created Billboard Korea publication released its "Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100" music chart in August and this premier event is scheduled to showcase the top acts in K-Pop music.
The Back to Bass Tour finds Sting performing songs spanning his solo career, from his 1985 debut, "The Dream Of The Blue Turtles," to his latest release, "Live in Berlin," plus a selection of the Police's greatest hits. Highlights include the Grammy winner's "Brand New Day" and "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You," plus fan-favorites "Englishman In New York", "Desert Rose" and "Roxanne."
Photo by Steve Marcus
Adopt a pet, get free gifts
The Animal Foundation, which operates the Lied Animal Shelter, is offering “doorbuster” gifts to people who adopt a pet on Black Friday. The first 20 adopters will get a Las Vegas Wranglers family four-pack of tickets or a pet grooming gift certificate. Plus, all visitors can enter to win one $100 American Express gift card.
The Piccadilly Circus
Complete with an elephant, clowns and a boxing kangaroo, the Piccadilly Circus brings family fun and entertainment to the Cashman Center at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.