The MGM lion.
Window displays at an art gallery next to our hotel.
The "Eiffel Tower" outside the Paris hotel.
The fountains of Bellagio. In the evening they were set to O Holy Night. It was powerful!
Biker Santa on a little shopping mall outside Bally's.
The Greek mythology show inside Caesar's Palace. It's the same one we saw 12 years ago. You'd think they would upgrade the animatronics by now, but it's still fun to see. The Cheesecake Factory is in the background. We discovered it here all those years ago. We had no idea what it was, but soon found out it was ah-mazing! We were so excited when they finally built one here, and now we hardly ever go (kinda expensive).
A night view of Rio from our hotel window.
An upshot of the tram. There are 2 different free trams. One runs between Bellagio & Aria. Another runs between Excalibur & Mandalay Bay. There's also a monorail on the other side of the street. It has a fee & I'm not sure of the route. But here's a hint: by the time you trek all thru the hotels to get on the tram, you could've just walked to your destination.
The Hershey's store. Lotsa chocolate here :)
It's not Drogon (GoT) but I had to take a pic.
Fun seeing The Blue Man Group!
Above & below - inside the Luxor where we caught Criss Angel's show. They have a mannequin of him depicting his levitation trick over Luxor.
This sounds gross, but I caught one of the paper wads Criss was spit/blowing out to the audience. If it had a special mark on it, you would get to assist in one of the illusions. If you've ever seen a certain episode of the Big Bang Theory, you would get why I saved this. But never mind... there was another great moment where he disappeared onstage & appeared on the chair in front of me. Such a fun night!
A wide shot of New York New York. Roller Coaster in the foreground. The coaster starts inside NYNY and circles all around. It was cold, but people were still riding it!
The next three are from a park between hotels. So pretty!
The next two stores are pretty evident.
A view of MGM's casino.
This was just half of the Strip. We didn't have time (and honestly, I didn't have the energy) to explore the other half. We'll just save that for the next time we visit family (and catch Lady Gaga's new show!)
Pretty Excalibur at night. The funny thing LV is, everything looks close and you think "oh, we can just walk over there." Not so. What looks like one block is really several miles. Remember you're in the desert. It's all a mirage.
And finally, resting our tired feet at a good, old fashioned movie. We took the family to see Star Wars one evening.
Certainly not your typical Christmas vacation, but we aren't your typical family :):)
Next up -- Red Rock Canyon.