10 best things to do in Las Vegas this weekend — Nov. 24-26

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially holiday time in Las Vegas.

Embrace the season by visiting the free Holiday Christmas Garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory.

Stay in and catch a beloved Christmas special on TV.

If you’d rather avoid the frenzy that comes with Black Friday, skip the lines and head for the hills for a calming nature walk.

Here are your top 10 bets for what to see, eat and do in Las Vegas this weekend.

Grab a bite

Boteco features the sort of small plates that have come to be lumped into the Spanish label “tapas,” even when the ingredients are cross-cultural. Try the Gnochetti di Zucca ($11). Its golf ball-sized orbs are infused with the mellow touch of pumpkin. The mildness is offset by the zip of a Parmesan cream sauce and salty crackling of Proscuitto di Parma crisps. Read the full review of Boteco here.

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Ceviche de cameron at Boteco in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal

Get a drink

The ginger beer and sweet, floral Licor 43 combine to give this Public School 702 beverage a lighter profile than most whiskey drinks. Learn how to make the Ryders on the Storm cocktail here.

See a show

The Clairvoyants finished second in Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Catch the Austrian mentalist duo Saturday at Aliante Casino. Showtime is 8 p.m. in the Access Showroom. Tickets are $25 to $35.

Rock out

Flux Pavilion, Skrillex, DJ Snake and Datsik are but a few of the EDM prime movers who’ve given Snails the thumbs-up, either by collaborating with him or playing his tunes at live gigs. See the rising EDM DJ-producer Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel. Read more about Snails here.

Catch a movie

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is filled with more surprises than its title has syllables. As the lead, Frances McDormand is well on her way to a fifth Oscar nomination as the caustic, confrontational Mildred, who is so consumed with bringing her daughter’s killer to justice she can’t even be bothered to change out of the denim jumpsuit she wears like a soldier’s uniform.

Supporting characters drop in for a few moments yet create more memorable characters than many movies could muster if they were the leads. In short, “Three Billboards” is one of the year’s best films. Read the full review here.

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Frances McDormand in the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” (Merrick Morton/2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)

Head outdoors

The Friends of the Arizona Joshua Tree Forest conservation group is hosting nature walks and 4×4 tours on Friday. Places like Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area quickly jumped on the promotion, pitching themselves as ideal alternatives to holiday shopping this weekend. Skip the lines and head for mountains that surround Las Vegas this weekend. See more about tours, directions and destinations here.

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A kiosk and table greet visitors to the Grapevine Mesa Joshua Tree Forest in Arizona. (Friends of Arizona Joshua Tree Forest)


The Bunkhouse Saloon, 124 S. 11th St., will present Super Fly, a tribute to the music of influential ‘70s and ‘80s New York City clubs The Loft and Paradise Garage, beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday. DJs Allen, Harry A and Doug Wilcox will spin disco, house and more at the free event. See more downtown events here.

Cactus Holiday Garden

Now that Thanksgiving has officially passed, welcome the holiday season with one of Las Vegas’ favorite winter events. The Holiday Garden at Ethel M Chocolates is open 5-10 p.m. daily. The free event features an array of lights and sounds that transform the cactus garden into a holiday wonderland. Find out more about the Holiday Garden here.

Double Down

Since first opening its doors in 1992, the Double Down has been lauded as one of America’s best dive bars, given the world the bacon martini and hosted countless bands, big and small, while never charging a cover. In honor of the Double Down’s 25th anniversary, owner P. Moss has put together an outdoor blowout Saturday with punk greats The Dickies, the Dwarves and numerous others. See the show at 5 p.m. at Double Down saloon. See more about the iconic Vegas dive bar here.

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Bargoers play pool at Double Down Saloon on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Christmas specials

Stay in and get into the Christmas spirit. You’ve seen them all before, but these 12 Christmas specials deserve a rewatch. This Friday, catch “Frosty the Snowman” at 8 p.m. on CBS or “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at 8 p.m. on NBC. See more Christmas specials here.

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“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
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In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
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Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
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James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
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Bellagio Winter Wonderland
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Underwater Santa At The Silverton
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Las Vegas Natural History Museum
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Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
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Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
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Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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