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Well, it's the weekend before Christmas, which means all you last-minute shoppers better get to it, pronto, if you still have shopping to do. I prefer to start in November and spread it out a bit, with a helping hand from Amazon Prime. Between the traffic and crazy shoppers, who needs to be out and about? If you're looking for local gifts, check out the "Tahoe: A Visual History" book at the Nevada Museum of Art or items from gift shops at the Eldorado and or the Nugget, or spa certificates from the AtlantisPeppermillSilver Legacy or Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

If you're like me, and have all your shopping done (ha!), head to Carson City for the Santa Train, the Grand Sierra for the "Furia" cirque show or the Silver Legacy to catch funnyman Jay Mohr.

Santa Train

We were too late to get tickets for the Polar Express this year, but the 30-minute Santa Train seems like a better choice for my 2-year-old, anyway. And at $5 a person, it's a great deal -- and children younger than 3 who sit in an adult's lap ride free. I guess I should have read that detail before I bought three tickets, whoops. The train runs every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kids can visit with Santa Claus aboard the train and even get a candy cane. Santa! Candy! What's not to love?

"Furia!, A Heroic Cirque Spectacle" 

Running through Dec. 29, the Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre is home to "Furia!, A Heroic Cirque Spectacle" for a limited engagement. The show incorporates acrobats, daredevils, aerialists, lasers, comedy, music and more, and it is billed as a “high energy, humanly impossible show packed with jaw-dropping action and infused with stunning visuals, including projection mapping and lasers.” Cirque shows are fun, although I'm always holding my breath, hoping the performers don't fall on their heads. I guess that's just the cynic in me. Just don't try to bring me up on stage for audience participation. Because I will say no.

Jay Mohr's stand-up show

Despite his turn as the villain in "Jerry Maguire," Jay Mohr became a hero in my book because of this scene from the 1997 flick "Picture Perfect" with Jennifer Aniston. I  also was taken with his portrayal of a gay man dying of AIDS in 1998's "Playing By Heart." So, it would d be fun to see what he's up to these days and check out his Saturday gig at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino's Grande Exposition Hall. His wife, Nikki Cox, has been writing his material, which is pretty awesome, and he gives her a ton of credit, which is even more awesome. Check out our awesome story -- and more details -- about his show here.

Jay Mohr divulges source of genius
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