Vegas in December

Discover great shopping, easy reservations, and a surprising amount of holiday cheer

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What to do

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. One of the finest holiday displays you'll see anywhere. Free; at Bellagio Las Vegas (see below); 702/693-7111.

Teddy Bear Fantasy Suite. So over-the-top that even a Grinch will crack a smile. Dec 9-23; free; at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (see below).

Where to shop

55 Degrees Wine + Design. Sleek decor and a diverse international selection of wines. In Mandalay Place (see below); 702/632-9355.

The Forum Shops At Caesars. At Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/893-4800.

Jean-Philippe Patisserie. Check out the chocolate fountain and indulge your holiday sweet tooth. In Bellagio Las Vegas (see below); 702/693-7111.

Mandalay Place. Less grand than some Vegas shopping collections but with a more interesting retail mix. At Mandalay Bay Resort, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-7777.

Where to eat

Burger Bar. Gourmet burgers make a perfect break from holiday shopping. $$$; in Mandalay Place (see above); 702/632-9364.

Napoleon's Lounge. Toast the holidays at this champagne bar. In Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/946-7000.

Where to stay

Bellagio Las Vegas: Maybe the classiest of the Vegas mega-hotels, and especially exuberant during the holidays. From $159; 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888/987-6667.

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas: Sophisticated and subdued, it offers both easy access to and escape from the Vegas scene. From $245; 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-5000.


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