Bad Santa Party at Tao The Venetian venue presents its eighth annual holiday bash, with nightclub photographer Al Powers, Stoli ambassador Kris Brown and nightlife personality Jack Colton serving as the evening’s not-so-jolly-or-old saints. Ladies will compete for $5K in the Santa’s Naughtiest Helper contest, and everyone can don an ugly sweater for a shot at $1K. In the booth: DJ Five. December 13, doors at 10 p.m., $20 men, $10 women, locals free.
12 Days of Open Bar at Crazy Horse III Nobody asks for a partridge in a pear tree. Free drinks, on the other hand, are always welcome. The off-Strip gentlemen’s club offers each patron a free drink every hour from Friday at midnight until Christmas Day at 11:59 p.m. Forget about who’s been naughty or nice; the real question is: Who’s thirsty? December 14-25.
Nightmare Before Christmas Party at Blue Martini The portal from Halloween Town to Christmas Town opens again on Saturday, as the Town Square watering hole presents an evening themed around Tim Burton’s popular holiday flick. Score a free drink by bringing two unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. December 15, 8 p.m., $20 men & $10 local men (after 10:30 p.m.), ladies free.
Calvin Harris at XS The Scottish producer just scored a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for “Let’s Go,” a collaboration with local boy Ne-Yo. Check him out Saturday after resident DJ Warren Peace provides an opening set. December 15, doors at 10 p.m., $50 men, $20 women.
Krysten Ritter at the Bank You likely know her as Chloe, the scheming titular character of ABC’s Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. The brunette beauty celebrates her 31st birthday at the Bellagio nightclub on Saturday. Bringing the noise: resident DJ Karma. December 15, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 men, $30 women.
XIV Vegas Sessions at Hyde Hyde is hoping you’ll have a Merry “XIV-Mas” Sunday night, as it presents a special holiday-themed edition of the monthly bash. Festive attire is encouraged, so find a Christmas costume and step into Santa’s workshop for the evening. DJ duo the EC Twins and DJs Julien Nolan and D4N13L supply the soundtrack. December 16, 5 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
Winter UrbanLand Toy Drive at The Lady Silvia/Amanda Harris Gallery The Downtown hangout again partners with its neighboring gallery, this time to collect toys for the holiday season to benefit Zion’s Safe Haven. The Burners Without Borders event includes a live performance by HiFi Reactor, go-go eye candy and beats by DJs Lenny Alfonzo and Onnoleigh. December 16, 6 p.m., free.
Ugly Sweater Party at Moon Leave those button-downs and tube dresses in the closet! It’s time to break out your tackiest winter wear and head down to the Palms. DJs Benny Black and Kid Conrad spin for the festive celebration. December 18, doors at 10:30 p.m., $25 men, $20 women, local ladies free.