You have to assume Christmastime is always the most wonderful time of the year for Mariah Carey, whose classic 1994 track “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” is one of the biggest pop hits ever and likely the single most-dominant song playing no matter where you’re holiday shopping. But Mimi got an early gift this year to sweeten up the season, a nomination for the rare award she hasn’t already collected. The title track to animated nativity movie The Star, which Carey co-wrote with Marc Shaiman, is up for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes in January.
Carey has turned her annual New York City holiday concerts at the Beacon Theatre into a full-on Christmas tour with dates in the U.K. and Las Vegas. On the Strip, the natural venue was the Colosseum, where this past summer she concluded her two-year “Number 1 to Infinity” residency. Reports of a new headlining production at a different Strip venue have been circulating for months, but only time will tell if this unpredictable and infinitely talented superstar will keep her Vegas show going. All we want for Christmas is a little more Mariah, but a lot more in 2018 sounds good, too. Mariah Carey at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, December 14-22.