Saturday Night Live Jimmy Fallon is hosting and Justin Timberlake is the musical guest. Do you need more? Fingers crossed the duo produces some digital short gold! December 21, 11:30 p.m., NBC.
It’s a Wonderful Life Sure, the beloved Christmas classic gets a TV airing every year, but what better way to spend Christmas Eve than watching George Bailey, the guardian angel Clarence and the people of Bedford Falls on the big screen? December 24, 2 & 7 p.m., $7-$10.50, Century Orleans, South Point, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Santa Fe Station.
Rafting with Santa If sitting on the big guy’s lap isn’t much of a thrill, take to the river with Mr. Claus piloting Black Canyon River Adventures’ 12-mile, smooth-water trip down the Colorado. Hot chocolate, cookies and holiday tunes await at the journey’s end. December 24, 9:30 a.m., $54-$88, (800) 455-3493.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl One of the best pre-New Year’s bowl matchups features two top-25 BCS teams, a QB leading the nation in total offense (Fresno State’s Derek Carr) and a USC squad playing under its third head coach—this season. December 21, 12:30 p.m., $35-$110, Sam Boyd Stadium.
Feast of the Seven Fishes An Italian tradition, this classic Christmas spread is all about the sea—and abstaining from meat on certain holidays. This year, Rao’s offers its items à la carte, including dishes like baccala arancini, lobster diavolo and smoked salmon cakes. December 24 & 25, Caesars Palace, 731-7267.
Alaskan Winter Ale Winter is coming, so stock up on some winter ales. This product from Juneau is a delicious example of how to do it right. Perilously drinkable with a warming 6.4 ABV, this will help you forget all about eggnog. Available at most liquor stores.