Guide to New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

New Year's fireworks over Las Vegas

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The Las Vegas Strip is a popular place to ring in the new year. Not only does every bar, club, and casino seem to have something going on, but an entire five blocks of Fremont Street shuts down for one of the biggest block parties of the year. There's no shortage of New Year's Eve entertainment, but you'll need to know what to expect, where to stay, and how to dress before you partake.

What to Know

Las Vegas on the night of New Year's Eve will be crowded, as you might expect, but it will also be cold. Even in this notoriously hot city, the temperatures have been known to drop between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit during this time of year. If you plan to bar hop or celebrate on the street, be sure to dress warmly.

The roads close on the night of New Year's Eve, so plan to be at least within walking distance of your destination by 4 p.m. Fireworks will erupt at midnight and each casino will put on its own show. For the best view in town, book a ride ahead of time with Sundance Helicopters to watch the display from the sky.

How to Find a Party

Las Vegas is a party destination year-round, so you shouldn't have a problem finding festivities on the biggest party night of the year. Check with your hotel to see what's happening nearby. Here are some of the popular ones.

  • You can expect all the major nightclubs like Tao and Drai's to be throwing big parties on New Year's Eve.
  • Fremont Street Experience, however, is the official New Year's Eve party of Las Vegas. It turns five city blocks into a mega midnight street party. Admission is $35.
  • Alternatively, you can try to watch the fireworks from up high, like at the 1,150-feet-high 107 SkyLounge in the Stratosphere Tower or at Beer Park and Chateau. These places fill up fast, so make your reservations in advance.

Where to Stay and Eat

You'll either want to find a party that's close to your hotel or a hotel that's close to your party (probably the latter). Once the crowds get big, it's extremely difficult to get around, so it's essential to choose destinations that are walkable.

Some of the most ideal hotels are the Cosmopolitan, Flamingo, or the Palazzo, all of which will be throwing New Year's Eve extravaganzas of their own. Alternatively, you could stay away from The Strip altogether to save some money. Many hotels also offer special room packages that include dinner plans and more, so keep an eye out for these as they're announced.

As for dining options, you can expect Vegas' restaurants to be fully booked on New Year's Eve, so make reservations early. You could go somewhere like Margaritaville for simultaneous dinner and entertainment (big-name acts have been known to play here) or opt for a three-course meal with VIP patio seating at Cabo Wabo Cantina. More upscale options include Top of The World at The Strat (one floor down from the bar, conveniently), Sinatra (Italian), and Jardin, the garden-inspired eatery at Encore.

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