Prevailing Entertainment

With “new” music, design, technology and finale, Blue Man Group opened at the Luxor in their renovated theater where they first started.

Rock of Ages will close at The Venetian Jan. 3, 2016, and move to the Rio.

Evil Dead The Musical closed at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood and reopened at The Tommy Wind Theater on the Strip.

Donny and Marie celebrated seven years at the Flamingo and signed an extension through 2016. The duo will be the first new wax figures unveiled at Madame Tussauds at The Venetian in 2016.

America’s Got Talent finalist Piff the Magic Dragon debuted his one-hour solo show at the Flamingo. For the holidays, his show will become Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular Dec. 21-30.

Producers of X Burlesque, X Rocks and X Comedy have opened X Country, a late night kick’n topless revue at Harrah’s.

The Fountains of Bellagio in collaboration with Bruno Mars revealed a new water show set to his song “Uptown Funk.”

House of Blues headliner Carlos Santana unveiled a commemorative display.

Dining Delights

This month Caesars Palace is opening the luxurious Beijing cuisine fine dining eatery, which is the seventh Mr. Chow Asian restaurant location.

Westgate opened its newest Tuscan-inspired villa restaurant Fresco Italiano featuring hearty Italian favorites served family-style.

Carbone making its first domestic expansion outside New York City’s Greenwich Village opened at Aria.

Chef and Emmy Award winning television host Guy Fieri will open El Burro Borracho at the Rio in early 2016 with authentically prepared Mexican dishes.

Hong Kong Café opened at The Palazzo featuring the fusion of Asian cuisine with Western fare. The new restaurant replaces ZINE Noodles Dim Sum, Chef To’s acclaimed restaurant.

Luke’s Lobster is a new outdoor seafood shack located Stripside at the Fashion Show mall.

The culinary event Ultimo - A Weekend of Excellence, hosted by The Venetian and The Palazzo, will take extravagance to new levels, Dec. 17-20 with lavish feasts from award-winning chefs.

Authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão opened its second Las Vegas’ location at Downtown Summerlin with an outdoor patio.

Wynn Las Vegas’ signature seafood restaurant was renamed Costa di Mare with Executive Chef Mark LoRusso at the helm.

As part of the Miracle Miles Shops’ Harmon Avenue redevelopment, Buffalo Wild Wings is open while southern steakhouse Texas Land & Cattle will begin cooking up grilled creations in 2016.

Chef Natalie Young’s 70-seat eatery Chow downtown offering fried chicken and Chinese cuisine has added lunch options.

Happening Highlights

Starwood Resorts Worldwide will convert the Lux 289-room tower, one of three at SLS, to its first W-branded hotel in Las Vegas by September.

Rivea, the first location in the United States, and Skyfall Lounge by Michelin-decorated Chef Alain Ducasse opened at the top of Delano.

Hakkasan Group has announced its next nightlife venture will be JEWEL at Aria opening in the former HAZE Nightclub space next spring.

Intrigue will open Apr. 28, 2016, in the space Tryst nightclub occupied at Wynn for 10 years.

Stoney’s Rockin’ Country after a renovation reopened at its old stomping grounds at Town Square and has an American flag made of 2,256 beer cans.

The Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Year’s Eve will party with fireworks deployed from 11 casino rooftops.

A $75 million renovation on the original 587-room Roman Tower at Caesars Palace will be renamed the Julius Tower. First guests are expected Jan. 1 with the renovation’s completion planned for April.

South Point Arena and Equestrian Center’s Priefert Pavilion opened Budweiser’s first custom designed mobile Clydesdale Bud Pod.

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood has new stores: Anime Revolution, Vegas Print Factory and One Monarchy.

The D downtown revealed 11,000 square feet of meeting and convention space on the 12th floor that includes “Man Cave” party rooms.

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is back to being known as Lee Canyon, which was its original name when it opened in 1963.

Season’s Greetings

Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment Presents A Very Terry Christmas show is taking place at The Mirage through Dec. 24.

Legends in Concert is performing its annual holiday show through Thursday, Dec. 24 at the Flamingo with Taylor Swift, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson impersonators.

Opportunity Village’s annual Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with lights, entertainment, rides, food, etc. running Thursday-Sunday through Jan. 3.

Ethel M Chocolates’ 22nd Annual Holiday Cactus Garden is lit up through Jan. 2 for free viewing nightly by the public.

The holiday drive-thru light show Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is celebrating 15 years with millions of lights twinkling along a 2.5-mile course nightly until Jan. 3.

For the fourth year, The Cosmopolitan has created a public winter wonderland with The Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool.