Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 | 12:58 p.m.
Christmas with Human Nature
Ken Follett’s Christmas
Final rehearsals for the new Britney Spears resident show “Piece of Me” continue right up until Christmas Eve (tomorrow!) and resume Thursday for Friday’s world-premiere opening at Planet Hollywood.
But Christmas Day is an entire family affair here in Las Vegas. Britney says she has the tree and the gifts all prepared, and she’ll help her dad Jamie, mom Lynne and sister Jamie Lynn with the big family dinner for her sons Preston and Jayden.
Celine Dion also will spend Christmas here in Las Vegas preparing for her return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a new run of shows next Monday, Dec. 30, through March 19 and resuming June 10.
Celine told Filipino journalist Ruben Nepales that because the family would be in different locales on Christmas Day, they celebrated the festive holiday dinner with her mother Theresa and the entire family back in October.
Said Celine: “That was very memorable. I learned through the years that it doesn’t matter really if you are spending Christmas in July or December as long as you make things happen and it makes you feel wonderful to spend time with the people that you love.”
Venetian headliners Human Nature are wrapping up a national tour of their Australian homeland on Christmas Eve and then head back here to resume their shows on Friday. Down Under, they’ve been celebrating their first-ever, 14-song Christmas CD, which quickly achieved platinum status with its seasonal classics.
“This is really one of the most special records we have made, and we feel it is one of our best,” said Human Nature’s Phil Burton. “It feels like a rite of passage to do a Christmas album, and now we have ours — and it feels great!”
Additionally, Human Nature shared the spirit of the holidays releasing an animated stop-motion short film titled “Dreaming of a White Christmas” as an homage to the enduring production style of classic TV holiday films.
Director Martin Meunier assembled an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated production team of 3D modelers, stop-motion and special-effects animators to bring this film about overcoming adversity and discovering the holiday spirit to life.
I’d also like to share with you the holiday greeting from my British journalist pal turned successful author — and my former neighbor — Ken Follett, who next year will visit Las Vegas on his book tour.
Merry Christmas to everybody from all of us at Vegas DeLuxe. Season’s greetings, and thanks for your support this past year. We’ll be back Friday with the weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview. Don’t overdo the turkey and the trimmings!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.