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NYE in Las Vegas: Tips on how to ring in the new year in Sin City and have the best experience possible.
Looking to spend New Year’s Eve in the famous Sin City? Get ready for a lot of flashy lights, upbeat music, celebrations in every corner, alt of people, and even more fun and excitement.
Las Vegas is one of the most entertaining places in the country to ring in the new year, drawing in huge crowds from all over the world, and are known to set off world-class fireworks displays each and every year.

Doing your research ahead of time is the best way to assure you new years celebration is eventful, memorable, and successful. While the strip is likely to be your starting point, as that is where all the action is, there is much more going on in the city.

For safety tips, viewing spots, and the best parties in town, keep ready to discover how to have the BEST New Year’s Eve possible in Las Vegas.

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The Strip
The famous Las Vegas Strip is THE place to be during a New Year’s Eve celebration in Sin City. At 6 pm, for 4 miles from Russel to Sahara, the street shut down to all cars and traffic and turned into a huge pedestrian fun zone, with no open container law. Celebrations here draw huge crowds, with people shoulder to shoulder partying and enjoying life outside. People with be dressed in flashy lights, quirky costumes, noise makers, and gorgeous nightlife attire. Holiday cheer is present in every direction, and everyone in attendance is looking to have fun and let loose.

Keep in mind: Most hotels and casinos stop allowing people inside past 11 pm, up until after midnight. Unless you are a guest, make sure you are inside before 11 if you are wanting to watch the fireworks or celebrate from a specific location. Additionally, there are very limited restrooms outside of facilities, and most prices tend to surge this time of year.
The Freemont Street Experience
The Strip isn’t the only place in the city that is ready to party and full of excitement for the new year. Just a few blocks over, Fremont Street offers an incredible experience of nightlife, fun, and entertainment. The Freemont Experience features live music performances, techno celebrations and light shows, dancers and acrobats, and glow-in-the-dark everything. Keep in mind, tickets must be purchased in advance and guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.
The Fireworks
When the bell strikes 12, Las Vegas sets off a fantastic fireworks display to reign in the new year. The site for the fireworks at the famous Las Vegas Strip, which are let off from the roof of the luxurious Ceaser’s Palace, and various other casinos on the strip. The show typically lasts for an average of 10-15 minutes, with more than 80,000 explosions, and is choreographed to an exciting music mix.

The fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Las Vegas is flat, and apart from tall buildings, there aren’t many structures standing in your way of a great view. However, there are prime and favorited spots around the city for the best seat for the fireworks show, such as:

  • ARIA Resort & Casino
  • Ceasers Palace - Launch Site
  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
  • Treasure Island
  • MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
  • Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Venetian Resort & Casino
  • The STRAT Hotel & Sky Pod
  • Pedestrian Bridges - FREE
  • Top Floor of Parking Garage- FREE

Remember, unless you are a guest at one of the hotels or resorts mentioned above, most of these facilities will close their doors to guests at 11 pm, and keep doors closed until after midnight. If you find yourself outside after 11 pm, there are plenty of other free and great options for viewing the fireworks, and you can head back to your party when the display is finished.
The Parties
The Strip in Las Vegas is a party all on its own, especially on New Year’s Eve. However, there are plenty of places around the city that throw epic holiday parties, such as:

  • Countdown to the New Year at Plaza Hotel & Casino
  • STARDUST NYE at the Las Vegas Events Center
  • Chateau Rooftop at Paris
  • The STRAT party in the sky
  • Ice Rink Skating Party at the Cosmopolitan
Safety & Survival Tips
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas can get intense. With all the large crowds, loud music, and swarms of people, anything can happen. To help keep you safe and sane during your holiday experience, keep these tips in mind:

  • Get to the strip early! The Strip is closed to public traffic at 6 pm, and all cars and traffic are then blocked off. If you aren’t staying in a hotel located on the strip, or are coming from another location in the city by car, the earlier you there, the better.
  • Watch out for mystery kissers! Vegas can get crazy, and there are many people looking to ring in the new year with a smooch. If you aren't wanting to be kissed by a stranger, keep your eyes peeled when the ball drops.
  • Once the streets are closed, alcohol can be consumed on the streets just like as if there were no open-container law. While this is all fun and convenient, be aware that just because you are in Vegas, doesn’t mean there aren't rules. Have fun, but be smart and respectful at the same time.
  • Uber and car-sharing services will be available near Frank Sinatra and Koval Lane. If you want to travel by bus, route 201 will get you the closest to the strip as possible.
Las Vegas is without a doubt one of the most exciting places to ring in the New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed this guide to New Year's Eve in Las Vegas and that it has inspired you to spend the final days of the year in Sin City.
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