Although most people traditionally try to steer clear of the world of organized crime, Mob Attraction Las Vegas pulls them back in with an interactive journey into the underworld’s gritty underbelly. Inside the museum’s recently upgraded space, guests face off with actors and 3-D holograms of famous film crime bosses, such as James Caan and Frank Vincent. A collection of authentic, never-before-seen memorabilia, photos, and videos, as well as a fully interactive courthouse and jail, marry museum-like intrigue with performance art, granting an unprecedented access into the private lives of real gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel, Tony Spilotro, and Meyer Lansky.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
Home of Las Vegas’ first traffic light and high-rise building, Fremont Street keeps fans of vintage Vegas consistently starstruck, with lavish celebrations thrown by the landmark's eponymous party-planning committee. As 2011 wanes, the TributePalooza celebration shreds resolutions into neon ticker tape with eight hours of crowd-pleasing rock strewn across three stages. Headlining the event, raucous hair-metal heroes Steel Panther glam it up with unabashedly goofy stage moves and unapologetic spandex. Following suit with headbanging levity, fellow silly-string strummers Rock Sugar mash up sound-pies of ‘80s pop and mascara metal, creating laughter you can dance to.
In the heart of Fremont Street, The D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino sits surrounded by the bright lights of Sin City's most famous boulevard. The newly-renovated property is easily at home among its stylish neighbors, with a two-level casino and several entertainment venues on the premises. Of those, the always popular Longbar is billed by the hotel as living up to its name with the longest bar in all of Nevada. A few of the hotel's plethora of amenities include 638 newly remodeled rooms, a range of restaurants, a newly remodeled showroom with four shows a night, dancing dealers, and a vintage-style second casino level complete with coin-operated slots and a sigma derby simulated horse-racing game.
Naomi Rosen and Louise Carruth understand that tea is more than just a beverage. For Naomi, it’s the deep, complex flavors—from her position at Joy’s Teaspoon, she fills area pots with more than 75 loose-leaf teas and more than 30 spices. For Louise, it’s the community aspect. Enamored of tea’s ability to unite people, she frequently attends afternoon teas at assisted-living residences, where she bonds with residents over tea-leaf readings and tea-related yarns. The two have joined forces to organize the Las Vegas Tea Fest, which combines Naomi's extensive knowledge of her stock with Louise's appetite for togetherness. Their one-day event includes tea and food pairings, cooking with tea demonstrations, a traditional Chinese Wu-Wo tea ceremony, and on-site exhibitors such as Little Candle Tea Company. Tastings gather teas from countries such as India, Japan, and China, while local artisans hawk tea-related wares, such as giant teabags you can sleep in when you have a sore throat.
The annual Las Vegas Film Festival, which is hosted at the Hilton Theater in the Las Vegas Hilton, illuminates screens with the flickering glow of Oscar-winning features, world premieres, and award-winning independent films from around the world. Mingle with movie mavens using the VIP all-access festival pass, which grants cinephiles priority admittance to three days' worth of films, short-film blocks, panels and seminars hosted by filmmakers, and award ceremonies. Alternatively, the all-day film pass admits guests to all films shown in a single day, including feature films, documentaries, animated shorts, and alternate endings to Alfred Hitchcock's third-grade piano recital.