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Celebrate the Holiday Season with New Culinary Experiences in Las Vegas

We could all use some culinary excitement this year after all the stay-at-home cooking and baking we’ve done.

Discover Top Culinary Experiences

Las Vegas has some special experiences guaranteed to tempt, delight, and get you out of the house.

Finger Licking Foodie Tours

Finger Licking Foodie Tours has four self-guided itineraries that guarantee that you and your guest are well fed as you explore a variety of Las Vegas neighborhoods. Downtown, Chinatown, the hotter-than-hot 18b Arts District, and the Strip are your destinations on your food sojourns. A virtual guide is provided for each with information about your exploration and the restaurants you’ll visit.

Finger Licking Foodie Tours has four self-guided itineraries that guarantee that you and your guest are well fed as you explore a variety of Las Vegas neighborhoods | WhereTraveler
Chinatown Tour (Courtesy Finger Licking Foodie Tours)

Of these, the most gourmet is, without a doubt, the ARIA culinary experience. It’s a bargain at $150 per person with an optional cocktail package for just $60 more.

The two-hour ARIA culinary experience takes you to three restaurants from acclaimed chefs including Catch | WhereTraveler
Catch at ARIA (Courtesy Finger Licking Foodie Tours)

You won’t even have to leave the hotel for this foodie fête. The two-hour event takes you to three restaurants from acclaimed chefs. While reservations at New York’s Carbone and Catch are tough to score, you don’t have to worry about that in Vegas. Your VIP table is waiting. You’ll also get the possibility of dining at Michelin-starred Jean Georges Steakhouse and Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie. The exact lineup for your tour will be revealed that evening. Finger Licking Foodie Tours has done the work for you – you just need to arrive, dine, drink and leave. Everything’s included in one price, including gratuity. 

With Finger Licking Foodie Tours you’ll also get the possibility of dining at Michelin-starred Jean Georges Steakhouse | WhereTraveler
Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA (Courtesy Finger Licking Foodie Tours)

You can make this evening a truly exceptional one by adding a limo-to-helicopter tour over the city’s neon and lights on Maverick Helicopters. The limo will return you back to your hotel at the end of the evening.

You can make this culinary experience a truly exceptional one by adding a limo-to-helicopter tour over the city’s neon and lights on Maverick Helicopters | WhereTraveler
Maverick Helicopter flight (Courtesy Finger Licking Foodie Tours)

If you prefer walking and exploring and like more of an “unexpected” feel to your evening, the downtown, Chinatown (also known as Spring Mountain Road) and 18b arts district tours may be more to your taste. Each tour is detailed for a seamless itinerary allowing ample strolling time and leisurely dining. The restaurants may not have the cachet of the ARIA itinerary, but they’re just as delicious and you’ll have new recommendations to share with your friends. You won’t need to order – the dishes will magically appear. No-fuss, no mess, no decisions. Just pure enjoyment. If you want to spend more time in the areas after dining, you’ll also have a list of attractions to help you create your own worry-free evening like checking out the Burning Man sculptures in the arts district or visiting the Boneyard at the Neon Museum downtown.

The Sparkling Festival

Chef Jose Andres doesn’t want you to miss out on his annual sparkling event in the The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. At a time when “bubbles” take on new meaning and giving thanks and holding celebrations are different from the norm, Andres invites you to enjoy the creative Spanish tapas at Jaleo along with special sparkling vintages and cocktails, embracing the rich history of Cava and Spanish wines. New this year is the festival cocktail, Agua de Sevilla, made with bourbon, Cava and pineapple. If you prefer to dine at home (or in your hotel room), Jaleo’s new Takeout Tapas & Vinos menu is great for a dinner for your “bubble” with signature dishes like croquetas de pollo, pan de cristal, and tortilla de patatas clásica alongside an expertly curated wine list.

Chef Jose Andres doesn’t want you to miss out on his annual sparkling event in the ARIA Resort & Casino | WhereTraveler
Sparkling Festival (Courtesy Jaleo)

A Taste of Paris

Has watching “Emily in Paris” stoked your curiosity about the City of Lights? You can pretend you’ve gone to France for a Christmas Eve celebration at the Paris Hotel. Close your eyes for a moment, take a sip of Champagne and let your imagination run wild. Christmas Eve at the Paris is a très French affair and the prix fixe menu at the hotel’s elegant Eiffel Tower Restaurant could make you a believer. You’ll dine on Casco Bay sea scallops, roast chicken, beef tenderloin, and a special holiday white chocolate peppermint soufflé. Ask for a window table so you’ll have a view of the stunning Bellagio fountains across the boulevard. This time it’s OK to forget your passport.

Tailgating at Palace Station

Sports fans aren’t neglected either. The newest of Vegas’s sports bars, Tailgate Social at Palace Station, kicks off football season with more than 30 high-definition TVs and a surround-sound setup to make you feel like you’re at the 50-yard line. Your favorite tailgating snacks are all here including hickory-smoked baby back ribs, build-your-own burgers or hot dogs, pizza, and made-to-order guacamole. My favorites are the BBQ bacon dusted fries and the ever-popular chili cheese tater tors. The drink menu is equally fun—think Hail Mary Bloody Mary with a wide range of signature cocktails, hard-to-find brews and domestic favorites.