As the holidays are fast approaching, we thought it would be nice to take a stroll down memory lane and see how Christmas was celebrated back when Las Vegas was a much smaller town, entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip was jumping and jiving and traditions were being made.
How many of these do you remember?
Shopping at Vegas Village was a must! And look, you fill the house with holiday happiness and new furniture!
The hotels got into the holiday spirit:
Here's the Flamingo from 1954.
And the Sahara from 1954
And the mid-century modern New Frontier from 1957. (Thanks to Joel Rosales for letting us use these images).
Hotel owners also got into the spirit:
You could go to the Convention Center Rotunda (the original Convention Center shaped like a flying saucer) and here famed orchestra leader Antonio Morelli lead a Christmas program:
Or if you were visiting between Christmas and New Year's Eve in 1963, you could see one of these great acts:
Or if you were a local, you could go downtown to see the Christmas decorations:
Stop in at the Horseshoe for a drink or some of Benny Binion's famous chili:
Or head over to the Green Shack for their famous fried chicken:
And then return to your Huntridge neighborhood to see the decorations: