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New Year's Eve in Vegas 2015 - 2016!

We can sum up New Year's Eve in Las Vegas in one word: Crazy. And we mean crazy in a good way. The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and it becomes like one giant block party for you and 300,000 of your closest drinking buddies. At midnight, the casinos launch a choreographed fireworks display that makes the Times Square ball drop look like child's play. Inside, the showrooms rock with the hottest entertainment and the nightclubs are packed with celebrities and partygoers who are dressed to impress. Book your room now and get the scoop on New Year's Eve parties and events in Vegas below.

Featured Parties

New Year's Eve 2015 - 2016 Fireworks

America's Party: Las Vegas New Year's Eve 2016
Enjoy the spectacular fireworks show fired from rooftop locations along the Las Vegas Strip.

Downtown Countdown
Toast the New Year during the Downtown Countdown Dec. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. at Fremont Street Experience. The street party is themed TributePalooza and features 13 of the world’s greatest tribute bands including: Rio (Duran Duran), Generation Idol (Billy Idol), Fan Halen (Van Halen), No Duh (No Doubt), Red Not Chili Peppers (Red Hot Chili Peppers), The Rising (Bruce Springsteen), Police Experience (The Police), Rockin the Paradice (Styx), Wanted (Bon Jovi), The Who Generation (The Who) Pyromania (Def Leppard), Double Vision (Foreigner) and Don’t Look Back (Boston).

Admission to Downtown Countdown on New Year’s Eve is $30 per person when purchased online by Dec. 25. Beginning Dec. 26 tickets will be $40 per person and can be purchased online, in-person at any of the Fremont Street Experience member hotel-casinos, or at the event gates on Dec. 31.

New Year's Eve 2015 Nightclub Events

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

  • Surrender at Encore - Ruby Rose

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

  • Hakkasan at MGM Grand - Tiësto
  • Drai's at The Cromwell - Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill
  • Omnia at Caesars Palace - Calvin Harris
  • Light at Mandalay Bay - J. Cole
  • XS at Encore - Alesso
  • Surrender at Encore - Diplo
  • Chateau at Paris - open bar package, VIP table packages, fireworks
  • Tao at Venetian - Snoop Dogg
  • Ghostbar at the Palms - DJs OB One and Mark Stylz
  • Hyde Bellagio - Gatsby-themed party with DJ Konflikt
  • Foxtail at SLS - Nick Jonas
  • Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay - Paint the Town Gold-themed party with DJs Sam I am and Mark Mac

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

  • Marquee Dayclub Dome at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - Bikinis, Brunch and Bowl Games New Year's Day pool party
  • Drai's at The Cromwell - Chris Brown

New Year's Eve 2015 Concerts and Shows

Wed., Dec. 30

  • Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay
  • Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Orleans
  • Carly Rae Jepsen at Venetian
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Thurs., Dec. 31

  • Bruno Mars at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay
  • R5 at Venetian
  • Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood
  • Celine Dion at Caesars Palace
  • Carly Rae Jepsen at Venetian
  • Plain White T's at Sayer's Club at SLS

Fri., Jan. 1, 2016

  • Michael Buble at MGM Grand
  • R5 at Venetian
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Other New Year's Eve Parties & Events

New Year's Eve at The Smith Center
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smith Center with a Broadway musical extravaganza. Hosted by film and television star Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary, Jersey Boys), the evening will also include performances from Tony Award-winning singer and actress Patina Miller, Tony nominee Norm Lewis, Drama Desk nominee Capathia Jenkins and Las Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes. Tickets are $59 and up.

New Year's Eve on The High Roller
Ring in the new year from 550 feet above Las Vegas on  the world’s tallest observation wheel. The wheel will offer views of the city from 28 glass-enclosed cabins, each accommodating up to 25 guests with a full bar and a Champagne toast. A private cabin overlooking the Strip starts at $6,250 and includes priority boarding, a full premium open bar and a special Champagne toast at midnight. Individual tickets start at $250 per person for one of the lower cabins with a full bar and a Champagne toast.

New Year's Eve at The Stratosphere
Stratosphere’s Level 107 Lounge guests will be moving to the sounds of DJ Stephi K. Level 107 will be offering a two-hour premium-brand open bar with a champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2016. Enjoy a club-style party at the Tower Bash on level 108, featuring Claire Sinclair. Party-goers can enjoy the sounds of DJ MAC, unlimited three-hour premium-brand bar, models, Go-Go dancers, performance artists, specialty drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. During the Tower VIP Party, guests can experience all of the excitement of Claire Sinclair’s Tower Bash, plus the parties on Levels 103 & 104. These two additional levels will feature an unlimited four-hour premium-brand bar, models, specialty drinks, a champagne toast at midnight and an extensive menu. The Strip fireworks will be visible from all of these parties.

Evolve Vegas NYE
Evolve Vegas NYE, the only gay New Year’s Eve celebration held on the famous Las Vegas Strip, will return to The Havana Nightclub inside The Tropicana Hotel. Edie from Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity is back  to emcee the event. Guests can enjoy the club's indoor/outdoor layout and when the clock strikes midnight, they will be treated to views of the Strip’s fireworks display. Tickets are $99 for General Admission and $149 for VIP Admission. The VIP tickets include a two-hour private reception featuring open bar, special performances, meet and greets with the performers and celebrity guests, plus VIP seating and bar access.

'80s Night with the Spazmatics
The Spazmatics will take over South Point Hotel’s Exhibit Hall B on New Year’s Eve for the best '80s dance party in Las Vegas to welcome 2016. Tickets include an open bar, party favors, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight.

Rhumbash 2016
at The Mirage will welcome 2016 with all-inclusive drink packages, music and patio viewing for the Strip fireworks show. The Unlimited Bar Package includes well drinks, wine and beer, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight, priced at $125 per person, plus tax. The VIP package includes reserved patio seating, a choice of Moët & Chandon champagne or Belvedere vodka, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight, priced at $250 per person, plus tax.

New Year’s Eve parties at Sam's Town
Rock into the New Year with Old School 105.7’s New Year’s Eve party at Sam's Town Live! Doors open at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $39 plus taxes and fees before Dec. 15 ($59 after Dec. 15). Boot-scoot into the new year with the 102.7 The Coyote’s country New Year’s Eve party, held in the Ponderosa Ballroom at Sam’s Town. There will be entertainment, party favors and dancing, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 9 p.m.

New Year's Eve Party at The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year once again at The Ice Rink’s New Year’s Eve party, which will feature music selections by DJ Yo Yolie, curated cocktails, seasonal food offerings and breathtaking views of the midnight fireworks. A limited number of early bird tickets are available for $20, and regular priced tickets are $30.

New Year's Eve at Cabo Wabo Cantina
Cabo Wabo will welcome 2016 with a Strip-side patio bash, complete with unobstructed views of Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve fireworks display. General admission to the patio is priced starting at $200 per person, which includes an all-you-can-drink beverage package and patio access. VIP access to the patio is also available, priced starting at $500 per person, which includes front-and-center seating, an all-you-can-drink beverage option and a three-course meal.

Rock in 2016 at Rockhouse
's balcony, accessible by those with VIP tables, will offer breathtaking views of the Strip's fireworks. Rockhouse will have a range of ticketing options that will be valid from 9 p.m. - midnight. The General Admission ticket includes an open bar on wells and domestic drafts from 9 p.m. to midnight. Those who go with the bar's VIP ticket will enjoy an open bar on premium spirits, beer, and wine from 9 p.m. to midnight with access to VIP area. For those who want to ring in 2016 in style, the $1,500 VIP Table option offers all access to the venue, two bottles of premium liquor, champagne toast, and party favors for six people from 9 p.m. to midnight. ($1,000 for a group of 4)

New Year's Eve Las Vegas 2015 - 2016 Tips

New Year's Eve in Las Vegas -- the mere concept can make one tingle with anticipation at the prospects: carte blanche to enjoy the finest drinking, dining and dancing in the Entertainment Capital of the World with 300,000 of your closest friends and more celebrities than a year's worth of TMZ. The key to making New Year's Eve 2015 - 2016 in Vegas successful is planning ahead. So if you're choosing to join the masses ringing in 2016 in Sin City, make like a Boy Scout and be prepared with these tips:

  • Book early. Hotel rooms sell out early and prices can soar for the holiday, so make sure to book your room as soon as possible to get the best prices and your first choice of accommodations.

  • Traffic can be challenging in Vegas on a regular day and when you throw in hundreds of thousands of extra people to the mix for New Year's Eve, it can be downright nasty. If you're planning to party on the Strip, get there early, even if you're going to attend an event or party within a casino. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police shut down Las Vegas Boulevard (better known as the Strip) between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road to cross-traffic as early as 6 p.m. If you need to travel across the Strip (east-west), use the Desert Inn super-arterial (which runs under the Strip). For north-south travel (parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard), try Frank Sinatra Drive to the west or Koval Lane to the east.

  • If you decide to stay on the Strip, the best ways to get around on New Year's Eve are by taxi, walking or using the Las Vegas Monorail. If you have a car and want to park in a hotel garage, you might want to choose one that's near one of the ends of the Strip rather than in the middle. It'll be easier to get out once you decide you've had enough and want to head back to your hotel. But please make sure you have a designated driver. You do want to live to see 2016, right?

  • In the 1960s Petula Clark sang: "Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty. How can you lose? … things'll be great when you're Downtown" about New York City. Well, this may not be the Big Apple, but the party that takes place in downtown Las Vegas under the dazzling lighted canopy of the Fremont Street Experience rivals that of New York's Times Square … and is broadcast on just as many stations. You can party all night to the sounds of several popular live bands and watch fireworks on a gigantic Viva Vision LED screen.

  • If you're not a fan of huge throngs of people dancing or huge throngs of people standing around drinking then don't pick a club, Las Vegas Boulevard or the Fremont Street Experience as your New Year's Eve headquarters. A lot of the shows in town do something special for the occasion, too, so you could catch a Broadway show and then toast another year with a bunch of like-minded people.

  • This is Vegas and while the sun is almost always shining during the day and the temperatures can be quite pleasant, it is still the desert and it does cool off quite a bit at night, so be prepared if you're going to join the party outside on the Strip. Bundle up and save your cute little black dress for the indoor parties. On the other hand, don't forget to drink plenty of water.

  • Be aware that if you're trying to get into one of the jam-packed hotels on New Year's Eve, you could run into some technical difficulties. A number of Strip hotels, in an effort to keep the crowds inside within occupancy limits set by county officials, will allow only those with proof they are guests of the resorts to enter the properties during the height of the festivities outside.

  • Know your role. Unfortunately your mom is not a Las Vegas nightclub operations manager, so if you decided to go the club route for New Year's, you're not going to be treated like a celebrity unless you are a celebrity. Enjoy it for what it is and look forward to going back to the office or school and telling everybody you rang in 2016 with Kim Kardashian. We won't tell anyone that she stayed in the VIP area while you struck out with a group of USC co-eds, don't worry.

  • Be yourself, unless "yourself" is someone who makes boneheaded decisions and puts everyone else in danger. A lot of people look at Las Vegas as a place where bad behavior stays isolated, but we assure you, some things are inescapable. Hundreds of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers will be out on the Strip in full force for New Year's Eve, so if you decide Sin City is the perfect place to get drunk and assault somebody or get drunk and drive, those stupid ideas will follow you home ... and probably back here for a court appointment and jail time. You want a New Year's kiss, right? You know who's not getting a New Year's kiss? The guy sitting in the drunk tank or the girl checking into the emergency room. Keep the partying peaceful and everyone will have a good time.

  • Get high. If you took that to mean something other than getting to the highest possible elevation you can, then we look forward to seeing you getting arrested on the local news. Fireworks ringing in the New Year here are a great New Year's experience. But if you're sausaged between a bunch of people and bunch of tall buildings on the street, you're not going to see much, so check out places like the tops of parking garages or other buildings for the best view. Do not climb a lamppost. Those people make the news (and the trip down to the police station) every year.

  • It's officially 2016. The last firework has exploded, the final piece of confetti has drifted to the ground and your hangover has started to kick in. The city will begin to clean up the streets almost instantly, but that doesn't mean the party is over. You may want to head indoors, whether it's to get a bite to eat at one of several 24 hour cafes inside the hotels, to join the party at a nightclub or to seek little old fashioned Las Vegas fun in the casino. The Strip does not typically reopen until well after midnight, so if you're in a hurry to leave, you will want to heed our earlier advice on New Year's Eve transportation and travel. Otherwise you may as well plan on spending the first few hours of 2016 stuck in a traffic jam.