Holiday revelers can celebrate the season as "Winter in Venice" returns to the Las Vegas Strip, complete with strolling entertainers, outdoor skating and food festivals.
A variety of special dinners will take place, many hosted by celebrity chefs. The La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival Dec. 5-8 will feature Chefs Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Buddy Valastro and sommelier Anthony Giglio. At its centerpiece is the Dec. 6 Grand Banquet, a meal served Tuscan-style as 200 guests gather around a giant table in the resort's Grand Colonnade.
Festival prices vary by event. Banquet tickets sell for $500 a person.
Skating is being offered on a synthetic ice rink outdoors along Las Vegas Boulevard. The rink is open daily from 3-11 p.m. The cost -- $14.95 -- includes skate rental.
Each evening, a holiday spectacular featuring costumed characters and a light show provides free entertainment in front of the hotel. The show is staged at 6:05, 8:05 and 10:05 p.m.