Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Christmas is just around the corner, bringing with it fun events like Spring's Preserve's Holiday Spectacular and Via Brasil's Santa Brunch. In addition, concerts like Social Distortion and Armenchik will entertain fans. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Thursday-Saturday: Social Distortion at the House of Blues
Social Distortion has been cranking out hits like "Ball and Chain" and "Story of my Life" for more than three decades. The punk band will release "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" this month. Catch them live at the House of Blues over three nights. Thursday's openers are Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss. Friday's openers are Cadillac Tramps. Saturday's openers are local favorites Old Man Markley. The first two nights are all ages and the third night is an 18+ show. Tickets are $30-$34. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday-Saturday: World of Art Showcase at Wynn
Casual art fans and serious collectors alike can enjoy the World of Art Showcase at Wynn, featuring original artwork for sale from $1,500 to $10 million. More than 70 artists will be at the event to meet art fans in person. There will also be live demonstrations and separate exhibitions by H.R. Giger, Nelson Shanks and Daniel Greene.
Saturday: Santa Brunch at Via Brasil
Enjoy brunch with Santa at Via Brasil in Summerlin. Brunch is served from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and is free for children five and under, $14.99 for children ages 6-12 and $24.99 for adults. The meal includes six meats, six side dishes, a made-to-order omelet station, waffle bar and salad bar. Guests can also have their photos taken with Santa.
Thursday-Sunday: Holiday Spectacular at Springs Preserve
The Springs Preserve welcomes the holiday season, complete with Santa Claus, “reindeer” rides and holiday arts and crafts at its annual, family-friendly Holiday Spectacular. The event features live nightly entertainment by community troupes, snow flurries, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and reindeer (pony) rides for children, all set against the backdrop of nearly a million LED lights throughout the property. The event will also feature “snow” in the Springs Amphitheater where a Christmas tree, menorah and a Kwanza display will help set the holiday spirit. The Springs Cafe by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas will offer holiday goodies, and visitors can shop for “green” holiday presents at the gift shop. The event runs through Dec. 23 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 - 12, and free for those 4 and under. Members receive half off the regular admission price. On Friday, December 21, all public, private and charter school teachers, administrators and school staff will receive half-off admission with their school ID.
Saturday: Armenchik at the Pearl
Armenian pop singer Armenchik performs a Christmas concert at the Pearl at the Palms. After he began performing at the age of 7, Armenchik eventually returned to Armenia and recorded the album "Armen, Memories From Armenia," which helped propel him to stardom. Tickets are $65-$175 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Snoop Dogg at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg performs at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip along with Pac Div & DJ D-Money. Look forward to hits like "Gin & Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot." Tickets are $49.50-$55 and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Holiday Hoops Classic at MGM Grand Garden Arena
MGM Grand Garden Arena hosts the Holiday Hoops Classic featuring Saturday match ups including Oregon State vs. San Diego and James Madison vs. San Jose State. Sunday's match ups feature Boise State vs. New Orleans and San Diego vs. James Madison. Tickets are $50 and games start at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
Saturday: “Holidaze in Hicksville” at Historic 5h Street School
The Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St.) hosts the “Holidaze in Hicksville” show featuring a live performance of songs from the acclaimed album "Crazy for Christmas," as well as several Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks classics. There will be free limited parking available at the Historic Fifth Street School plus metered parking available in metered lots across the street both west and south of school.
Saturday: Kwanzaa celebration at West Las Vegas Library
Join the community celebration to share the meaning of Kwanzaa and embrace and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth graduate participants in the annual Rites of Passage mentoring workshop at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre. Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be picked up in advance at the West Las Vegas Arts Center at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Saturday: "The Nutcracker" at Faith Lutheran
Based on Tchaikovsky's masterpiece “The Nutcracker,” Nevada School of Dance presents a full-length ballet featuring young cast in the main roles and the corps de ballet, held at Faith Lutheran school. Tickets are $15-$18 and the show starts at 6 p.m.