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Las Vegas: For Thanksgiving, rooms as low as $24, dinner for $13

November 14, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • "Cowboy Santa" will help turn on the holiday lights at Mystic Falls Park inside Sam's Town the afternoon of Nov. 27.
"Cowboy Santa" will help turn on the holiday lights at Mystic… (Boyd Gaming )

If Vegas is your destination for Thanksgiving, you’ll find plenty to be thankful for, including accommodations as cheap as $24 and a bounty of dining options as low as $13. Plus there’s a special tree-lighting ceremony that kicks off the holidays. 

A CheapOair survey found that Las Vegas is the third-most popular destination for U.S. travelers this Thanksgiving. New York and Orlando, Fla., are first and second, respectively.

The day before Thanksgiving and the holiday are generally quiet ones for Strip hotels, which explains the prices I found online Wednesday. Rooms at the Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) start at $24 on Nov. 27 and 28 (Thanksgiving). They climb to $105 on Nov. 29. Info: The Quad, (800) 351-7400.

Upscale lodging at Bellagio starts at $150 on Nov. 27 and 28, increasing to $219 on Friday. Info: Bellagio, (888) 987-6667.

Countless restaurants will be offering holiday meals on Thanksgiving Day.

Celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s namesake restaurant at Palms Place, Simon, will serve a three-course, prix fixe meal for $49 for adults and $29 for kids. Appetizers include butternut squash soup and roasted beet salad, followed by turkey with all the trimmings, including sauteed veggies in brown butter sage sauce. For dessert, there will be pumpkin bread pudding and apple crumble. Info: Simon, (702) 944-3292.

Budget-minded visitors can choose a traditional turkey dinner for just $13 at the downtown D Las Vegas. Its grill will be serving the special dinner, complete with dessert, Nov. 25 to Dec. 1. Info: D Las Vegas, (702) 388-2400.

Travelers arriving Nov. 27 may want to check out the tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at Mystic Falls Park inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. It’s along East Flamingo Road about six miles east of the Strip. “Cowboy Santa” and Mrs. Claus will join in the festivities.

The atrium will be decked out with garland, giant snowflakes and poinsettias throughout the holiday season. Admission is free. Info: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, (702) 456-7777.

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