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!
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
The list of NYE 2017 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 - the following is a list of performers from last year, to help give an idea of the kind of big names you can expect to see:
Bruno Mars is the Chelsea at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Maroon 5 live at Mandalay Bay
Calvin Harris at Omnia Nightclub
Tiesto at the Hakkasan Main Room
Celine Dion at Colosseum at Caesars
Pretty Lights at the Brooklyn Bowl
Diplo at Surrender Nightclub
R5 live at The Venetian Theatre
Carly Rae Jepson at the Venetian
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill at The Cromwell at Drais Nightclub
Snoop Dogg at TAO Nightclub
Nick Jonas will be live at Foxtail Nightclub new year eve extravaganza
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.
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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