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
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, but in the meantime to give you a flavour of what to expect we've left the list of performers from new years eve last year here:
One show that looks set to be an absolute blockbuster this year is the popular if unlikely double act of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, who will be teaming up for a live new year show at The Cosmopolitan casino.
Maroon 5 are live at Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 30th and 31st
Calvin Harris will be at the Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Iggy Azalea at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip
Snoop Dogg is at the TAO Nightclub
Michael Feinstein at The Smith Center New Year's Eve Concert
Olivia Newton John at The Flamingo
Robin Thicke is at SLS Las Vegas
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at 1OAK
Nicky Romero and Swedish DJ Alesso will headline LIGHT Nightclub At Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
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:
We think the Fox sections from Vegas may also be available to watch on the online Fox News site - will check this nearer the time to verify whether this is indeed the case, but if so, this will be the link:
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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