Finding FREE things to do in Las Vegas is my job, dear readers, so you too can live like a local. I know you really need me today since you are probably out (or online) spending money because it’s Black Friday!!!!
Here’s how to have a good time in Las Vegas for FREE!
Buckle up. ‘Cause here we go!
Christmas Came Early to The District at Green Valley Ranch (Henderson)
The District at Green Valley Ranch reminds me of Christmas in New York City, where I Iived in the 1970s.
Tomorrow night is their Christmas tree lighting. The District’s tree is 50-feet tall and features 14,000 dancing LED lights. And thankfully, no snow!
But it’s not just any Christmas tree lighting because hey, this is Las Vegas. A laser show will light up the sky before the tree begins to sparkle.
And there’s always live entertainment, hey, this being Las Vegas. Usually someone famous performing on the Strip shows up to lead us tone-deaf singers in Christmas carols. Talk about FREE!
The event really reminds me of New York, thankfully without the snow. Oh, I said that already.
Did I tell you Santa is the one lighting the Christmas tree? Photos with St. Nick are also FREE.
I lived one exit south of Green Valley Ranch for 20 years before I moved to the Southwest. I rarely missed a Christmas tree lighting there because they are so festive.
The event starts at 6.
Hanukkah Lights at the Fremont Street Experience (Downtown)
To give equal time to the other half of the Judeo-Christian ethos, the first night of Hanukkah is this Sunday. The Fremont Street Experience is having a menorah lighting ceremony Sunday night at sundown. (All Jewish holidays begin at sundown, FYI.)
The Chabad of Southern Nevada organizes the event. Rabbis from the organization will light a 20-foot menorah. Hanukkah lasts for eight days. You are supposed to light an additional candle every day until they all are ablaze. You can watch this progression every night, after you are done looking at all the almost naked performers because hey, this is Las Vegas.
I love to go down to the Fremont Street Experience and watch tourists watch the performers. You’d think they don’t have breasts where they come from. This is actually THE BEST FREE show in Las Vegas. But I digress.
The casinos on Fremont Street are performing another Hanukkah tradition–Hanukkah Geld (Geld means money in Yiddish. Zum Geld spielen means to gamble in German.) Parents often give their children cash as a Hanukkah gift. You can get Hanukkah Geld if you win at the slots.
Enjoy Tamales at the Las Vegas Tamale & Mariachi Festival (Downtown)
Tomorrow is the first-ever Las Vegas Tamale & Mariachi Festival featuring, you guessed it, tamales and mariachi music!
Chef JD Flores of Milpa Molino & Cafe will teach gringos like me how to make tamales. I am lost at making them but at least I know not to eat the wrapper!
He will conduct multiple tamalada demonstrations through the event. He will invite audience members to the stage to teach them how to do this correctly using his restaurant’s fresh ground corn meal. Pick me please!
While we are learning the kitchen techniques, the three-time Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos will conjure up its solid-gold Mexican sound to entertain us.
In addition to delicious tamales and mariachi music, this festival includes Mexican antojitos, folklorico dance and arts and craft vendors.
I did tell you it was FREE, right. Well not free if you buy something from the arts and crafts vendors. But tomorrow is buy-from-local-small-business day, so you’re doing a mitzvah. (That’s good deed in Yiddish.)
Tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm at the Historic Fifth Street School (yep, historic is part of its name) at 401 S 4th Street.
Bill Maher and the Foo Fighters are in town if you want to spend money.
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
P.S. I give thanks for YOU!
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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