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Las Vegas Goes All-Out for New Year’s Eve 2012

Last updated: December 26, 2011 at 10:18 am. Posted by in Celebrities, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Restaurants, Las Vegas Shows, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Las Vegas Goes All-Out for New Year’s Eve 2012.

For New Year’s Eve 2012, Las Vegas is set to host yet another blow-out extravaganza complete with fireworks, special events, unbridled revelry and possibly even a little liquor, if you ask nicely.

This year’s fireworks will launch from atop eight casinos on the Las Vegas Strip: Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian, MGM Grand, Aria and the Stratosphere.

Caesars fireworks

We totally Photoshopped that. You'll live.

The coordinated fireworks display will last eight minutes, or approximately the time it would take for this Las Vegas blog to get in trouble for making an inappropriate joke about certain things that only last eight minutes.

The Strip fireworks will feature 56,000 effects, and more than 300,000 Vegas visitors are expected to take part in the festivities. The fireworks will be accompanied by a medley of songs including LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” probably because that song got so little airplay in 2011.

Also on the scheduled playlist is the following ZZ Top version of “Viva Las Vegas” we didn’t actually know existed until just now.


There are a slew of New Year’s Eve events planned, and by “slew,” of course, we mean, “too many for us to research given our sloth, so we’re going to share some of the Caesars Entertainment stuff we just received in the form of a news release.”

Serendipity 3, at Caesars Palace, aside from offering a great place to people-watch on New Year’s Eve, will host its third annual New Year’s Eve bash featuring an “over-the-top buffet” and live entertainment, specifically a DJ. Is that live entertainment? We’re going to say yes! Tickets are $150 per person, and include the dinner buffet, a well drink, entertainment and champagne toast. Get tickets at Ticketmaster, for some reason. Bonus: Serendipity 3 will offer specials throughout New Year’s weekend, including the New Year’s fireworks sundae, topped with pop rock candy and sparklers.

Serendipity 3

FYI: Las Vegas will actually be celebrating NYE in color.

If you’re into desserts that catch on fire, make sure to try the Celebration Cake at Central restaurant inside Caesars Palace (see below).

Central dessert

At Central, get fireworks delivered right to your table.

Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars is serving up indulgence with special New Year’s menus on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The “Black Truffle Prestige” menu is priced at $398 per person and features nine courses including the restaurant’s artichoke and black truffle soup, black truffle risotto and brie black truffle. For $248, diners can experience the seven-course “Menu Elegance” which showcases some of the best dishes from world-renowned Chef Guy Savoy. Reservations at (702) 731-7286.

Rao’s restaurant, also at Caesars, will offer a five-course menu for New Year’s Eve, for $140 per person. The menu features a selection of authentic Italian dishes and favorites such as rigatoni and meatballs and Uncle Vincent’s lemon chicken. Reservations at (702) 862-3530.

Las Vegas fireworks

Not Photoshopped this time.

Moving on to Harrah’s Las Vegas, The Range Steakhouse will serve up a four-course steakhouse dinner for those seeking a great view of the Strip through 40-foot, wraparound windows. Seatings for the first menus are 6:30 p.m. through 8:00 p.m., priced at $95 per person. Last seatings, priced at $125 per person, are available at 8:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. Bonus: Guests will each get a raffle ticket for a shot at winning $1,000. Reservations at (702) 369-5084.

Harrah’s actually has a special New Year’s Eve party deal ($125) that includes unlimited entry into three venues (Carnaval Court, Piano Bar and Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill) with “endless drinks” at each venue, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Pace yourselves, people. Get the details.

Over at Planet Hollywood, Cabo Wabo Cantina has patio packages starting from $100. Again, great spot to people-watch and take in the fireworks. Find them on Facebook.

Cabo Wabo Las Vegas

"Wabo" was recently voted "Most Fun Word" by this Las Vegas blog.

Nearby PBR Rock Bar, with another great view of the Strip, is also hosting a New Year’s Eve bash, Buck 2011. Oh, let’s face it, everyone in Las Vegas is hosting a bash for New Year’s Eve. This one just happens to also have a mechanical bull.

PBR Rock Bar NYE

Insert gratuitous graphic, that reiterates information we just stated, here.

The nightlife in Sin City, of course, will be at its hottest on New Year’s Eve. Night crawlers can hang out with “Peepshow” and “Holly’s World” star Holly Madison as she hosts a New Year’s Eve soiree at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood. Call (702) 818.5700 for reservations.

At The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, don’t miss GayNYE at Krave. Learn more.

Good Charlotte (see below) will play a concert at Chateau Nightclub at Paris on Dec. 30. On Dec. 31, Good Charlotte brothers, Benji and Joel Madden, will perform a special DJ set on the rooftop of Chateau to ring in 2012.

Good Charlotte

We're unsure which one is Charlotte.

VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio, with perhaps the most coveted view in Vegas on New Year’s Eve, will have its own party and special menu. At VooDoo Steak restaurant, seatings are available at 8:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., priced at $200 per person for non-window seating and $250 per person for window seating. Reservations at (702) 777-7816. VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub will have a variety of DJs, with tickets going for $100 (pre-sale) and $150 (at the door). Open bar packages are available for $250 per person. Get tickets here.

Here’s a great list of New Year’s Eve events taking place across Las Vegas.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, have fun and be safe. But mostly that first thing.

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