Las Vegas, often known as just Vegas or LV to its friends, enjoys a reputation as the party capital of the United States as the best of times, so New Years Eve generally just offers the opportunity to crank the festivities up another notch. Celebrations will focus on the Las Vegas Strip, with a live big screen concert a popular attraction, while all the major hotels and casinos will offer their own eclectic mix of parties, concerts, discos and fireworks of all kinds!
Vegas is big for parties pretty much all year round, so at new year this is simply notched up another level, with a huge variety of things to do and places to go. It is very much a destination that is on my bucket list, but if I do find myself stateside for new years I would probably initially opt for the more predictable Times Square experience, but once that's out of the way then this could well be next. Shame the time difference isn't a little more than 3 hours, could do both in one year then!
Another thing that appeals about this place is the surprisingly wide range of vegan cuisine available in a place more associated with bright lights and fast living, but it's certainly an added bonus as we would have plenty of places to choose from for our new year's eve dinner before heading off down to the casinos on The Strip to join the party, listen to the live music and of course watch the fireworks!
Plans for the New Year fireworks are usually announced by the famous Grucci of New York. They generally include more than 80,000 fireworks being launched from the rooftops of The Strip's casinos, with MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and The Stratosphere all taking part.
The display gets underway with a 10 second pyrotechnic countdown from the Stratosphere tower, the tallest structure in town. One excellent viewing point is the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, where you'll actually be able to see real fireworks, unlike the new year event in the real Paris, where they have to make do with a light show!
The soundstrack to the Vegas fireworks for new eyar 2016 will be provided by Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra, Imagine Dragons and the late Michael Jackson, with of course the traditional Auld Lang Syne at midnight.
A crowd of over 340,000 party goers is expected on The Strip so make sure you get there in plenty of time to secure a good vantage point! Or you can take to the High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world, for a panoramic, 360 degree fireworks view.
The Fremont Street Experience will again host their Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve celebration, street party and fireworks event, which starts at 6pm and lasts right through to 3am, including special effect canopy fireworks and live music, which is this year provided by a range of tribute bands for the likes of Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen and The Whi. Get more details and tickets here.
One act you are guaranteed of seeing in Vegas for new years eve is Britney Spears, who in September 2014 renewed her 2 year residency deal with Planet Hollywood, which means she will be once again performing live on new year's eve 2015-2016.
The list of NYE 2016 performers won't take shape until later in the year;usually after around August time the big names will start to confirm their appearances. We will of course update this page as and when this information becomes available.
Bruno Mars is returning to the Chelsea at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - tickets here
Maroon 5 will be live at Mandalay Bay - tickets available here.
Calvin Harris will be at Omnia Nightclub for a themed new year party - tickets here. There are rumours circulating that he may be joined there by a certain Taylor Swift...
Tiesto is at the Hakkasan Main Room - tickets here.
Celine Dion at Colosseum at Caesars - tickets here
Pretty Lights at the Brooklyn Bowl - tickets here
Diplo at Surrender Nightclub - tickets here
R5 playing live at The Venetian Theatre - tickets here
Carly Rae Jepson at the Venetian (also on December 30th and January 2nd) - tickets here
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill at The Cromwell at Drais Nightclub - tickets here
Scott Disick will be hosting a new year party at 1OAK Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel & Casino - tickets here. He will apparently be accompanied by Kourtney Kardashian.
Snoop Dogg will be at TAO Nightclub - tickets here
Nick Jonas will be live at Foxtail Nightclub new year eve extravaganza - tickets here
If you don't mind hanging around until January 2nd then Morrissey will be in Vegas then, live at Hard Rock Hotel.
There is a huge range of nightclubs in Vegas, centred on The Strip, but spread right across the wider metropolis too, so you really have a huge range to choose from.
One top party is Hard Rock Star Vegas NYE 2016 at Hard Rock Cafe, located at 3771 Las Vegas Blvd S in Las Vegas. Doors open at 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Tickets: $100 in advance, $150 at the door. Hosted bar and appetizers from 9 to 12 a.m. Dancing to rock n' roll, hip-hop and mash-ups with DJ, Midnight champagne toast and a view of the fireworks.
Top destinations for your new year party on the Las Vegas Strip include the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, The Sporting House and Gonzalez Y Gonzalez and The Venetian Resort.
One new event worth watching out for this year is Evolve Vegas NYE, an international gay celebration that has been years in the planning. The 3 day event lasts from 30th December to 1st January and is hosted at the MGM Grand with the biggest party taking place at the Havana nightclub at the Tropicana - get more details and tickets here.
For dining on new years in Vegas there's a good chance the hotel/casino you're in will have restaurant, probably with one of the buffet deals the place is famous for! If you would like to venture out though you won't be disappointed with the range and quality that's available - the Top of the World revolving restaurant at the Stratosphere Tower in particular offers one of the best views in town. There is an almost unbelievable 3500 eateries listed and reviewed right here
Places to watch live online, including a live stream from The Strip:
They also tend to have decent coverage from Las Vegas on the CNN New Years Eve Live show, which you can also watch as an online stream:
For this first time this year there is also a mobile app avavilable for both iPhone and Android which will allow to watch the fireworks on your mobile device from anywhere in the world, you can download the Fireworks by Grucci app here:
If you're planning on visiting Las Vegas over the New Year period, then there is an enormous range of accommodation options, and you're going to pay a premium for anything on The Strip, especially if you would like a room with a view of the fireworks. so early reservation is very strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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