Sometimes you do the unthinkable while doing the fun stuff in Las Vegas. What do I mean? I wanted to shoot some video of the holiday lights on the Las Vegas Strip because I love what some of the resorts do for the Christmas holiday. . So I did. And after it was all said and done, I realized I did something I have never done before. I walked almost the entire Strip!
I Walked The Strip!
Living here since 2001, I have been up and down the Las Vega Strip, from on end to the other, a million times! But when I first arrived, there was always free parking everywhere, so there was no reason to walk the entire Strip. You go in a few casinos, come out, drive down a little further, do it all over again. Nobody in their right mind would ever walk the entire thing. Right??
I guess I wasn’t in my right mind and I hate paying for parking. So I did it… Where did I walk? From the Sahara Hotel to the MGM. Ok, technically that’s not really the entire Strip. Close enough for me! Being the Vegas Strip, it’s never just a straight walk. You have to add in all the miles you walk from the boulevard, into, around and out of the various resorts. It quickly adds up!!
Even if it was just a simple set of trees and lights, it was great to be back into the old place and see it returning to reality. Trying to forget that awful period when it was the SLS. Now its a well lit, friendly and an open place with a lot of great opportunities for growth as the north end of the Strip goes into a rebirth over the next few years.
I’m hoping that the new management has got their shit together finally and will stop trying to kiss up to the MGM. Steve Wynn left the place at a good point and hopefully they keep with the traditions of not being boring. The displays are the same as last year and that’s not always a bad thing. It’s well done, open, festive and happy.
Whenever I am near the Wynn and have the time, I visit the Koi fish pond (it’s free). It’s a little tropical hideaway! I find it a peaceful sanctuary! Watch the fish, smell the tropical plants and relax. Out on the main floor, the carousel is always a fun thing to watch. Not sure why. But it is… The holiday villages all have a little title tag on them to tell you who, what and where. Its fun to look at.
I realize that Caesars, along with the Forum Shops, can get festive. Unfortunately, by the time I was there, I was on probably mile number 5 and started to feel it. So I skipped seeing what the Romans were doing and found myself mesmerized by the lighting tree in front of the show tent for my favorite adult show in Las Vegas, Absinthe. (Get Tickets to Absinthe)
Hopefully, the new owners of Caesars will figure out what to do with that area across the street called the Linq Promenade because the previous owners were clueless. Even when they were building the big Ferris wheel at the backside, they seemed lost in what to do with that area around it. A fountain and some lights on a tree…
The Bellagio Conservatory
Even during the changeover, it’s a tourist attraction! To watch how fast they can go from one display to the other, usually in about 4 days. Then to see the final product is always stunning. I came in on day three, so it’s not all the way done. There will be a new video soon showing off the holiday scenery.
Finally nearing the end, I find the tall naked lady is joined by some cute lighted bears, reindeer and other novelty items in front of the T-Mobile Arena. The water fountain that many people are surprised to find is real, is all lit-up in holiday colors.
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