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November 12th, 2010 at 6:43:11 AM permalink
Just curious - on Thanksgiving - I see 3 possibilities

1) No one is there
2) Way too busy
3) Just like your average weekday/weekend

I am planning on going to Reno and was wondering what to expect. So what's it usually like in Vegas or Reno?
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November 12th, 2010 at 6:52:37 AM permalink
I'll go with door #1.
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November 12th, 2010 at 7:02:41 AM permalink
My experience has been #3, but that's just two Thanksgivings and we were on the strip both times. Maybe it was a little slower around the eating hours now that I think of it ...
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November 12th, 2010 at 7:03:51 AM permalink
I can't speak for Thanksgiving or Vegas...

Each year, being the good Jews that we are, my brother and I and the wives, and another couple go to AC or CT for Christmas. It seems like all we see are Jews and Asians as well as Christians with no family. In general, not busy at all - but with a matching reduction of staff, so it may be hard to find a seat.
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November 12th, 2010 at 7:15:44 AM permalink
As a local, the Wizard should know much better than I would. I have only been in the area twice around Thanksgiving (visiting from the east coast in 2005 & 2006), and I wasn't in town on Thanksgiving Day either time. Once I didn't arrive until Sunday, and the other time I was there earlier in the week but dropped down to San Diego for Thursday and Friday nights.

I do have a couple of friends whose extended family has a get together in Las Vegas almost every year at Thanksgiving. They are not from that area, and I'm not really sure why they choose that weekend to visit there. I did meet up with my friends the two times I was there the same weekend. From what my friends told me, I would have expected Thanksgiving Day to be more like a typical weekend (Fri/Sat), but I think the locals (if they actually go to the casino on holidays) would be much more reliable sources.
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November 12th, 2010 at 10:23:47 AM permalink
I've been in Las Vegas on several Thanksgiving holidays, and have found that Thursday is very empty. The weekend is busier than average, as folks come out of their turkey comas. The outlet malls are nuts with "Black Friday" shoppers. Avoid them on Friday if at all possible. Be advised that many show are dark, so call ahead if there is something special you are interested in.
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November 12th, 2010 at 2:23:38 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I've been in Las Vegas on several Thanksgiving holidays, and have found that Thursday is very empty.



I've been to Vegas and local casinos on the Day and its always dead as a doornail, very depressing. Especially Vegas.
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November 12th, 2010 at 2:38:03 PM permalink
During the several years that my whole family lived in Vegas, we drifted away from the mom-cooks-a-turkey routine, and had a big dinner out at one of the locals' casinos instead. Someone else cooked the food and washed the dishes, which was the primary appeal for the mothers involved :)

It seemed as if the casino was deserted until about 3 PM, when things started picking up, and by 6 or 7, it looked like a typical weekend. I would imagine being stuffed with turkey meant that people had to stop and rest at a slot machine. I was kind of surprised at just HOW busy it was, but then I realized that Christmas Day was the single busiest day for Vegas casinos, so why shouldn't the same factors work on Thanksgiving day? Also, these were locals' casinos--we didn't ever go to the Strip to eat--so for all I know, the megatoilets could have been deserted on Thanksgiving Day (and oh, yeah, the sportsbooks were always hopping on Thansgiving Day).
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November 12th, 2010 at 3:04:54 PM permalink
I am going to be there for the week. Any suggestions for a "decent" fair priced dinner. I have been looking and most appear to be way overpriced.
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November 12th, 2010 at 3:15:25 PM permalink
Quote: likeplayingcrapsandbj

I am going to be there for the week. Any suggestions for a "decent" fair priced dinner. I have been looking and most appear to be way overpriced.



The various Stations casinos each have several restaurants. The cheapest option would be the coffee shops or the buffets, which all have Thanksgiving menus, and will let you get away for under $20. The mid-range eateries will also have Thanskgiving prix fixe meals, with prices varying according to the "level" of the eatery. The Broiler at Palace and Boulder Stations has always served a good holiday meal.

I would also recommend checking out the Orleans and South Point. Both of their "Prime Rib" restaurants offer a "traditional" Thanksgiving meal, and those restaurant's normal fare is excellent and very reasonably priced, so I would expect the same of their holiday menus.

As always, as in just about everything you do in Vegas, stay the hell off the Strip, and you won't get ripped off. Seek out the locals' joints for a better deal.
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