Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | 6 p.m.
As the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo comes to a close this weekend, expect another round of country concerts and comedy shows. In addition, enjoy one of Las Vegans' favorite traditions: The midnight hockey game with the Las Vegas Wranglers. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Friday-Sunday: Henderson's Winterfest
Henderson’s WinterFest is a holiday celebration featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, a tree-decorating contest and a parade. The event runs Friday-Sunday but kicks off with a tree lighting with Mayor Andy Hafen at 6 p.m. Friday at the Henderson Events Plaza followed by a performance from the Henderson Symphony Orchestra entitled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Delight" at 7 at the Henderson Convention Center. Saturday hours are 6-9 p.m., with a parade at 5 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are noon - 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday: Amazing Johnathan's car show and sale
Comic magician and auto enthusiast Amazing Johnathan holds his first classic car show and sale on Saturday at his warehouse located at 6290 Harrison Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entertainment will include a live radio remote with 97.1 The Point from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sideshow acts featuring 1950s style performers, as well as food trucks including Sausagefest, Roamin’ Dough and Bad Ass Coffee.
An avid car collector, Amazing Johnathan will showcase numerous classic vehicles and offer several cars for sale from his collection at this free event. He will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each vehicle to the Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.
Saturday: Book signing with Chef Tyler Florence
Chef Tyler Florence will be at the Queue Bar at the Cosmopolitan to sign his new book, "Fresh," available for purchase at the event. This year also marks the national release of Tyler Florence Wines. Through the end of this year, guests can also submit their favorite recipes to be entered into a contest to win a trip for two to San Francisco to meet Tyler Florence and attend a cooking class at his West Coast Kitchen Essentials shop in Mill Valley and dinner at El Paseo.
Saturday: Ugly Sweater Run in Downtown Las Vegas
The Ugly Sweater Run comes to Las Vegas so you can get one more use out of that hideous sweater grandma knitted you. The run is approximately 3.1 miles long beginning at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Bridger Avenue. Along the course, runners will find holiday themed aid stations every mile including sled hills so you can actually take a break from running and go sledding. There will Sam Adams beer for those 21 and over (bring your ID) plus hot chocolate. Packet pick up takes place on Friday at Miller’s Ale House from 3-8 p.m. Packets will also be available on race day. The race begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and registration is $35-$40.
Saturday: Trace Adkins at the Riviera
Trace Adkins performs at the Royale Pavilion at the Riviera. After fifteen years and ten albums, the country superstar is known for songs like "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Just Fishin'" and "This Ain't No Love Song." Tickets are $49-83 and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Saturday: The Moody Blues at the Pearl
The Moody Blues released their first full studio album, which stayed on the Billboard charts for more than two years, more than three decades ago. They were pioneers of the progressive rock style. Hear the band's “The Voyage Continues Highway 45” tour at the Pearl at the Palms. Tickets are $55-$145 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: Ron White at the Mirage
Ron White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy inside the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage. Tickets are $59-$79 and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Saturday: Santa Tea fundraiser at Simon
Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place hosts Communities In Schools of Nevada’s annual Santa Tea which promises an afternoon of delicious treats and holiday activities such as gingerbread cookie decorating, festive games and music. Children can have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Executive Chef Kerry Simon will prepare a feast including mac 'n cheese, tea sandwiches, fresh sushi and his signature holiday junk food platters as well as hot cocoa for children and cranberry mojitos for parents. Reservations are required; call 770-7611. Tickets are $50-$100 and the event begins at 2 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 'The Nutcracker' at the Smith Center
Nevada Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" at the Smith Center. This timeless holiday classic features a new format with live music. Tickets are $29-$158 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday: The Wranglers' midnight game at the Orleans Arena
The NHL is still in limbo, but the Wranglers will take on Bakersfield in the 10th annual midnight game at the Orleans Arena. Yes it’s a Sunday night, but it’s tradition! Tickets are $19-$39.