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