As Thanksgiving Day approaches, casinos and other businesses in Las Vegas, America's gambling capital, are making preparations for the traditional holiday. Visitors to the area may be wondering what there is to do on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. The following casinos and stores will be offering special food and shopping and promotions on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet
Familiar comfort foods and thrilling exotic dishes sit side-by-side at the Bacchanal Buffet of Caesars Palace, the iconic Las Vegas restaurant that has been named "Best Buffet" for the past two years by USA Today. Thanksgiving guests can expect creative renditions of traditional holiday fare such turkey pot pie, turkey sliders, turkey meatballs, and turkey noodle soup. Those who want to venture beyond traditional turkey can partake of lobster, seafood, and Italian dishes galore. Before and after dining, guests can enjoy shopping, entertainment, and a plethora of slot machines and table games at one of the Strip's most glorious and glamorous casino resorts.
Buffet Bellagio Brunch
Bellagio guests will enjoy an extended Thanksgiving 2013 brunch weekend from November 28th through December 1st. Along with traditional American Thanksgiving fixings, a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Italian items will be on offer. Also of note are Buffet Bellagio's king crab legs, mussels, and leg of wild boar; a menu comparable to the best American chefs.
Alize at the Palms
Celebrants at the Palms will enjoy a sky-high view of Las Vegas from the 56th floor when they dine at Alize on Thanksgiving Day. The choice of either a four or five-course meal will be offered, beginning with a soup/salad course and ending with a trio of dessert choices including pumpkin pie cheesecake. Vegetarian guests will appreciate the restaurant's tofu offerings while omnivorous patrons nibble on turkey sausage and beef rib eye during the main course.
Andre's at the Monte Carlo
For $85, guests will enjoy a five-course meal this Thanksgiving at Andre's. Main course choices will include turkey, salmon, pork tenderloin, and a warm vegetable tart for veggie lovers. Pies and apple tarts will finish off the meal, which can also be ordered as take-out on Thanksgiving Day.
Mandalay Bay's Aureole Restaurant
For a price between $80 and $90, a less traditional five-course meal will be served at Mandalay Bay this Thanksgiving. Gourmet venison loin will be served as the main course, preceded by a serving of striped bass and followed by a dessert of roasted apple with fruit chutney. Guests can choose to add supplemental wine to their dinners for an extra $55.
Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris
For $45, guests at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris will receive a turkey breast wrapped in puff pastry and adorned with cranberries, sweet potato puree, and root vegetables. This dish, officially titled "Turkey Wellington sous vide," brings an English twist to the traditional American dinner.
Casual Thanksgiving at Harrah's
Casual Las Vegas visitors who don't want to pay one hundred dollars per person for their Thanksgiving meal will find more affordable fare at Harrah's. For $19.99, guests at Kerry's Gourmet Burgers will partake of salad, a Thanksgiving turkey burger coupled with sweet potato fries, and a pumpkin milkshake for dessert.
The M Resort's Thanksgiving-to-Go Package
A pre-cooked holiday feast for 10 may be purchased for $199 plus tax from the chefs at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Menu highlights include butternut squash soup, traditional roasted turkey with stuffing, Hawaiian rolls, and apple and pumpkin pie. Interested parties should contact the casino to place their order. The food will be available for pick-up on Thanksgiving day between the hours of 11:30 and 4:30.
The M Resort offers entrees both in-house and to-go by some of the world's leading chefs. Other "feasts to go" are available year-round for purchase at the resort. Dinner party entrees include a homemade lasagna package for $129, an apple-stuffed pork loin package for $139, and a prime rib package for $189.
Black Friday: Las Vegas Shopping
A satiating meal on Thursday can easily be followed by a satisfying shopping day on Black Friday for visitors in Las Vegas. Here are some highlighted shopping areas for Sin City this Friday, November 29th:
Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
This outlet mall will open at 6:00 AM on Black Friday; holiday promotions for the entire weekend can be found at fashionoutletlasvegas.com. This mall features popular favorites like Aeropostale, Charlotte Russe, the Gap, and Lane Bryant, as well as a host of jewelry, accessory, and home furnishing stores.
The popular electronics store, Best Buy, will actually open its doors to eager bargain shoppers at 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Door busters include the ASUS touch screen laptop, DVDs for as low as $1.99, and bargain blue ray players.
Ulta: Beauty Deals
The classy cosmetic store, Ulta, will offer BareMinerals exclusive kits for just $10 on Black Friday, as well as bargain-priced Benefit Lipsticks and an $80 Red Carpet manicure kit for only $50.
Miracle Mile Victoria's Secret
The Victoria's Secret at Miracle Mile Shops will treat customers to numerous buy one, get one half-off sales and other specials. A free tote will be awarded to every customer who makes a $70 purchase. This store will open at 8:00 AM on Black Friday.
Early Bird Shoppers
Early bird shoppers will find some Las Vegas stores open on Thanksgiving Day. These stores will include:
- Las Vegas Premium Outlets, north and south branches (open at 9:00 AM)
- Fashion Outlets in Primm (open at 10:00 AM)
- Caesars Forum Shops (open at 10:00 AM)
- Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes (open at 10:00 AM)
- Kohl's (open at 8:00 PM)
- Target (open at 8:00 PM)
- Walmart (open at 8:00 PM)