About to find yourself in Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday? Here’s a plan for a great Thanksgiving at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
Start the day off right: The Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5K
November 22 at 8 a.m.
Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd.
An annual event since 1989, participants can run, walk or jog the 3 mile course, which tours historic downtown Las Vegas. A party immediately follows the race. The cost of registration starts at $25.
A word to the wise: This 5K first came to Vegas just last year, and let’s just say that organization was not its strength. It was still a fun race, but the event itself wasn’t so much on track (i.e., when it came to picking up packets, getting started on time, etc). The official website doesn’t even mention Las Vegas! But the 2012 downtown Las Vegas race is still being advertised.
Don’t waste those burned calories: T-Day Dinner at R Steak & Seafood
2901 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 794–9233 for reservations
R Steak and Seafood, the Riviera’s celebrated steakhouse, is offering a special prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. The four-course meal includes a choice of roast turkey or Maple Baked ham, plus a bevy of delicious side dishes like orange cranberry sauce, sausage and chestnut stuffing and green beans almandine.
Or, you might opt for a Thanksgiving meal at The Riv Buffet. The enormous buffet will include a carving station for turkey and ham along with a huge selection of other entrees, side dishes and desserts.
Be thankful by giving back while having fun: Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
6300 W. Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Opens at 5:30 p.m. daily
Opportunity Village is a Las Vegas-based nonprofit for the disabled. Each year, they host the Magical Forest, a multi-acre fest that features holiday entertainment and displays, rides, food and gifts. The holiday decorations – including millions of holiday lights and hundreds of beautifully adorned trees – are spectacular. Guests can further enjoy an antique carousel, a holiday-themed Forest Express Passenger Train, mini-golf, Twas the Night Before Christmas in 3D and more.
This year, Magical Forest opens on November 21 and runs through January 6, 2013. Tickets start at $9. All proceeds benefit people with disabilities at Opportunity Village.
End the day on an up-note with a show
Bring your magical day to a close with the perfect show: ILLUSIONS with celebrated magician Jan Rouven. We recently highlighted this amazing show on our blog, and Thanksgiving is the perfect day to check it out. Jan’s exciting brand of magic tricks will keep you on the edge of your seat and bring to a perfect end to a perfect Thanksgiving Day at the Riviera.