See Silverton's Santa soak

You can take your kids to see Everyday Santa. He's a good elf. But if you're looking for something extra Vegas-y, the Silverton hosts Santa in his other superhuman form -- Underwater Santa!

Underwater Santa -- decked out in traditional red but sporting a rakish scuba mask -- will hang out in the resort's 117,000-gallon aquarium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Dec. 18 and 19.

Outside the tank, an elf (no relation) uses a Super Santa microphone to relay children's wishes. For reasons of aesthetics, a little drummer boy will chill in the tank, as well.

And just to make sure everyone knows the Silverton is home of the crazy this holiday season: At 8 tonight, the resort hosts Spike TV's "Half Pint Brawlers: Extreme Wrestling," featuring "Puppet the Psycho Dwarf" ($20-$35).


The National Finals Rodeo wraps up at the Thomas & Mack Center today and Saturday. The rodeo's existence brings much country music to Vegas.

Tonight, country star Miranda Lambert sings at the Palms. I asked Lambert to name her five favorite things in the world:

n "Music: love all music including but not limited to Merle Haggard anything."

n "Dogs: all kinds but especially mine. Delilah, Delta Dawn, Cher are all good to come on the road with me because they are my smaller dogs and easier to travel with."

n "Drinking Bacardi: currently drinking it with water and Crystal Light; it tastes excellent."

n "Being on stage: performing and trying out new songs or playing old favorites to new fans."

n "My pink Gibson guitar: love playing that guitar, it was custom made for me by Gibson."


Ronnie from "Jersey Shore" celebrates his birthday at club Jet, walking a red carpet at midnight Saturday. ... Vegas native Ne-Yo performs an album-release party after midnight Saturday at club Haze. In fact, he doesn't even show for the red carpet until 1 a.m. ... At 3 p.m. Saturday at The Venetian, a red carpet unfurls for a poker tourney for One Step Closer Foundation, with host Cheryl Hines and expected attendees Sam Simon, Teri Hatcher, Donnie Wahlberg, Mekhi Phifer, Sean Astin, Shannon Elizabeth, Gina Hecht, Jerome Bettis and Playmates Lauren Anderson, Stacy Fuson, Alison Waite and Brande Roderick. … And Karina Smirnoff of "Dancing With the Stars" guest hosts tonight's Chippendales show. I still can't get over that.

Doug Elfman's column appears Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. E-mail him at He blogs at


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