Mariah kind of owns Christmas. “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” the 1994 track she co-wrote for her first holiday album, isn’t just her biggest-selling song; it’s one of the best-selling songs of all time, having moved than 16 million copies and counting. U.K. site The Independent recently reported Carey makes more than half a million bucks every year from the song’s royalties. Considering she released a second holiday album in 2010 that included “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “O Holy Night,” it makes total sense that the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has coaxed the diva to return to the Strip for five epic holiday concerts after Carey wrapped her #1 to Infinity residency this past summer.
The Vegas shows are the finale to Carey’s annual Christmas-themed tour, which kicked off December 2 at New York City’s Beacon Theatre and continues into Europe this week. Recent rumors have the record-breaking vocalist looking for a new home in Las Vegas, and there are several Strip venues that would likely vie for her services and star power. Carey also recently signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management, so a surge of some sort in 2018 wouldn’t be unexpected. December 14, 16, 17, 20 & 22, 8 p.m., $95-$250, the Colosseum, 866-227-5938.