Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 | 2 a.m.
If you’re trying to avoid cooking this Thanksgiving — or just want to walk off the meal — Las Vegas is the place to be.
Though the city’s pace will slow over the holiday, plenty of restaurants, shows and other entertainment options will remain open for locals and tourists alike to enjoy.
Take a look at our guide below to get the skinny on what’s still open in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day:
The show must go on — even on Thanksgiving. While a handful are taking the night off, such as Vinnie Favorito and a number of Cirque productions, most Strip shows will run as scheduled tonight. Cirque shows “O,” “Love” and “Ka” will perform, as will regulars like Penn & Teller, Boyz II Men, Chippendales and “Absinthe.” The evening also will include tour stop performances such as Singaporean Mandopop singer J.J. Lin at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, "Evita" at Smith Center and Celtic Woman at the Venetian.
Don’t feel like cooking? No problem. After all, three of the Top 10 restaurants to eat at on Thanksgiving are in Las Vegas. From buffets to steakhouses to taco shops, restaurants across the Strip and beyond will be open Thanksgiving Day offering classic and creative takes on the holiday meal. You can get all the details in our Thanksgiving dining guide.
If you’re looking to get a head start on Black Friday selections, a number of malls across town will be open Thanksgiving Day. The Premium Outlets will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with select hours for individual stores. A detailed schedule can be found on the Premium Outlets website. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Crystals at CityCenter and the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay will all be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
After the big meal’s over, you can head out with the family to see something on the big screen, as most movie theaters across town, including Town Square AMC 18, UA Regal Showcase 8 and Brenden Theaters at the Palms, will be open Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to check ahead of time as showtimes and operating hours vary.
If you’re looking to escape the high rollers and decadence of the Strip, a number of nonprofit groups are in need of volunteers to help provide food for hungry families and individuals on Thanksgiving. Take a look at our holiday guide to nonprofits for a list of volunteer opportunities throughout the Valley. Most require advance registration.
While parks and museums will be closed on Thanksgiving, a number of attractions will still be open across the Strip. The “Bodies” and “Titanic” exhibits at Luxor will operate as usual from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., as will the “Warhol Out West” exhibit and Conservatory at Bellagio. The Cosmopolitan and the Venetian offer ice skating at their respective rinks, and classic Las Vegas attractions like the Bellagio Fountains, the Venetian canals and the Mirage volcano will be running on schedule.