Is there really a better time to be a local in Las Vegas than New Years Eve? I think not! Las Vegas has so many fabulous ways for you to ring in the New Year. As long as you don’t mind the crowds, the strip is the place for you! If you can, book a room at one of the strip hotels and take away the stress of getting down there on this busy night.
The entire Vegas strip from Russell to Sahara will be closed to traffic on New Years Eve around 6pm. What a fun way to enjoy the world famous Las Vegas strip, no cars in sight, but be prepared, there will be tens of thousands of visitors right there celebrating along side you!
At midnight the sky will light up with Fireworks all around you! Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand Hotel, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Treasure Island and The Venentian. Expect the fireworks to last 8 minutes & 18 seconds, consisting of more than 80,000 fireworks explosions and will be set to an amazing music mix.
Some great spots to watch the strip fireworks show:
- High Roller Observation Wheel
- Upper floors of the various parking garages
- SkyFall Lounge of Delano Las Vegas
- Foundation Room atop Mandalay Bay
- Outdoor patios at Diablo’s at Monte Carlo and Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York will put you right in the middle of it all!
Fremont Street Experience
Another great choice would be at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas – here you will rock the night away and ring the New Year on the original “strip” in Vegas. This year there will be 10 combined hours of live concerts on three stages, something for everyone! Tickets are $35+ fees before 12/25/2016 and $40+ fees beginning 12/26/16. Gates will open at 5:00pm, with concerts starting at 6:00pm. Expect crowds! Also remember, Fremont Street is set to close to the public (road closures) at 4:00pm.
If you rather stay indoors, most all of the casinos are hosting a New Year’s Eve bash (for a fee, of course), just check in with your favorite hot-spot!
Lake Las Vegas
New Year’s Eve Celebration. Saturday, December 31 at Midnight at MonteLago Village. A free fireworks show will help bring in 2017 at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Live music will be featured in MonteLago Village prior to the display, and Village restaurants and Lake Las Vegas resorts will feature special menus and packages. Details are being finalized. Visit www.lakelasvegas.com for information.
Some Tips for New Years Eve
- If you can, stay on the strip or downtown – eliminate driving altogether.
- Uber or Lyft are two other great choice to get you around town – let someone else do the driving!
- The Las Vegas Monorail will be the only public transportation operating on the strip, with trains running until 3am on January 1st.
- If you are driving – get to the strip early, before they close it down at 6pm. I-15 Freeway off-ramps onto eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road are scheduled to close at 5:00pm.
- Park at the nearest hotel garage ideally where you plan to spend most of your time at. Remember to take a picture of the garage and floor, in case you need to refer to it later.
- Dress warm – it’s going to be cold!
If the strip, downtown or one of the “locals” casinos are not quite your speed, how about hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home? All the festivities will be televised for you to watch in the comfort of your own home! Gone are the worries of driving, fighting the crowds or freezing.
Some Tips for a Fabulous New Years Eve Bash at Home
- Set your guest list and send out invites early
- Stock up on noise makers, party hats and confetti
- Plan your menu – appetizers and fun drinks are always a hit, get creative
- Or make it a pot luck, have everyone bring a dish to share
- Game night – Why not play some fun board games while watching the televised events, waiting to count down to New Years!
- Start a dance party – need I say more?
- If you are like me, you may want to ring in the New Years with New York City and then call it a night. Whatever you decide we wish you all the best for a Safe, Happy and Prosperous 2017! Cheers! +