Trust Us: Ballast Point beer, the Wrangers’ return and Santas, running

Santa Claus is coming to town—every last one of him.
Photo: Corlene Byrd


The Great Santa Run No culture?! Where else can you find 10,000 sprinters and strollers masquerading as Santa? Actually, they do this in Texas, too—but not like we do it in Vegas, the fattest of all St. Nick dashes worldwide. Opportunity Village is the beneficiary of this 5K run/one-mile walk, complete with entertainment and Shania Twain as Grand Marshal. December 7, registration starts at 8 a.m., $25-$40, Fremont Street Experience.


Wranglers vs. Bakersfield Condors Las Vegas’ hockey team hasn’t played at home since November 3, the result of some brutal Orleans Arena conflicts. So welcome the road-weary warriors back and remind ’em a howling home crowd can make a difference. December 6, 7 p.m., $6-$40.

Secret Santa Slam ’Tis the season for giving, so supporting local poets while they “gift” original performances sounds like a win-win. Got some free-verse skills of your own? Try them out at the open mic, or kick back to the wiry acoustic-punk tunes of the slam’s featured artist, Germs. December 7, 6:30 p.m., $5 donation, Learning Village, 727 Fremont St.

Jingle Bell Block Why should Fremont Street have all the fun? Downtown 3rd gets holiday happy throughout December with seasonal drinks, handmade gifts, Santa’s village and the only Christmas tree lot Downtown. Go ahead, spike your cocoa. Fridays, 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, noon-10 p.m.; free.


Hakkasan You’ve done the club, now eat the food. If you haven’t yet experienced one of the biggest and best new restaurants on the Strip this year, December’s the time, when Hakkasan will donate $5 for every guest to the Three Square food bank. MGM Grand.

Todd English P.U.B. Beer Dinner Upscale bar food deserves a better beer … or four. Todd English teams with San Diego’s Ballast Point for a four-course pairing dinner showcasing the brewery’s classics (Sculpin IPA) and limited releases (Sea Monster imperial stout). Eat, drink and talk fishing. December 6, 6 p.m., $52, email [email protected] for reservations.

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