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Last-Minute Las Vegas New Year’s Eve 2017 Tips

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Caesars Palace guide to last-minute Las Vegas New Year's Eve tips for fireworks

Caesars Palace fireworks photo by Dave Proctor.

So you got to Vegas! That in itself is an accomplishment considering it wasn’t something you planned until… like… yesterday. In the end, another year of sitting at home watching the New Year’s ball drop from your couch just wouldn’t cut it. Just like another New Year’s countdown at the same locals’ bar you made out with that random person a few years back who still texts you once in a while just saying ” ‘sup?” wouldn’t cut it.

You needed to change the game. You booked your trip. You put on your most comfortable sweat pants. You got on that plane. And now, you’re here! Sin City! But what’s the plan, amigo? How do you celebrate New Year’s in Vegas where the party never stops? Here are some helpful hints.

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Tips- Find the right spot

The High Roller is the best place to view the Las Vegas New Year's Eve fireworks.

The High Roller is the best place to view the Las Vegas New Year’s Eve fireworks.

There will be plenty of drunk tourists stumbling around on the crowded Strip but where will they be when the fireworks go off? A good bet is passed out on a makeshift bench or vomiting into a garbage pail. Don’t be that guy.

Find your perfect spot, plant, enjoy the revelry and get a perfect view of the fireworks at midnight – if that’s what you’re into.

The Roman Plaza courtyard at Caesars Palace has all-you-can-drink specials for $99 and $149, depending on your alcohol of choice and seats. It’ll be an outdoor party with a DJ spinning and a prime viewing area for the fireworks display.

Across the street revelers can celebrate at The Vortex. This joint gives guests a prime view of The Strip below and the sky above as it sits on top of The LINQ Hotel & Casino, but it’s not too high where you might feel secluded. There will be DJs, GoGo Dancers, late night bites and an open bar with tickets starting at $195.

Go even higher when you celebrate New Year’s Eve on the High Roller Observation Wheel. Enjoy panorama views of the Las Vegas Strip and the fireworks show. Packages start at $150 a person and include a Champagne toast at midnight.

If you’re looking for an eagle-eye view of the city and a more personal experience with the colorful cracks of fire, get above The Strip on the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where the festivities will be happening all night long. A more formal option is the Eiffel Tower Experience Observation Deck, which offers visitors a singular view to ring in the New Year for $250 per person.

For those who want to ring in the New Year indoors and not worry about the weather or thronged masses on the streets, there are some excellent indoor parties.

The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas has tables for four people going for $225. That means you and three of your buds can request “Piano Man” 764 times and sing along all night with some of the most talented keys players in the city.

The most unique shindig might be taking place at the Vista Cocktail Lounge in Caesars Palace, where they will celebrating New Year’s over and over again. At this lounge, they will be ringing in 2018 by toasting every time the clock strikes 12 a.m. in different major cities. Ring in the new year with London, Dubai, New York and Las Vegas.

These are just a few of the New Year’s Eve parties in Vegas. Check out our full list here. 

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See a show

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Tips- Go see a Vegas show like Celine Dion

Celine Dion. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

One of the great things about Las Vegas is that on any given Dec. 31, you can celebrate with your favorite performers. This year, the early show belongs to Céline Dion. She she will be crooning all your favorites at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This is the residency that reignited long-form engagements for superstars performing on The Strip and remains a favorite of visitors to the city.

Speaking of residencies, Britney Spears’ record-breaking run at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino reaches is crescendo on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. Be a part of history, excuse us, herstory, as the pop queen hits us all, baby, one more time.

If adult contemporary or pop isn’t your style, head over to Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade and spend a night with hip hop legends Ja Rule and Ashanti. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for those looking to relive the glory days of Murder Inc.

Hit The Club

Calvin Harris at Caesars Palace's OMNIA Nightclub this New Year's Eve

Calvin Harris. Photo courtesy of OMNIA Nightclub.

A bevy of superstar DJs will be spinning for those of you who want to dance your way into 2018. No event is bigger than what’s going on at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace, where the night belongs to Calvin Harris, the man who has been the highest paid DJ in the world for five years running.

Combine great views of the fireworks with great beats and ring in the New Year at a black-tie party with Chris Brown performing at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell.

Eat a meal worthy of 2018

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

There are too many delectable options to name, so here’s a handy list.

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Get your game right

Turn up the volume on New Year's Eve at OMNIA Nightclub in Caesars Palace

Turn up the volume on New Year’s Eve at OMNIA Nightclub in Caesars Palace. Photo Courtesy of OMNIA.

Some final tips. In short, act like you’ve done this before. If you are going to party hard, Andrew W.K. style, on New Year’s Eve, then do the correct research beforehand so you know where the nearest pharmacy is when you wake up on Jan. 1 for all your morning-after hangover needs.

Do you even hydrate, bro? You better. Get your energy drinks ready before hand. And not just Red Bull so you have a vodka mixer. We’re talking Gatorade or the appropriate alternative. Your body will thank you for replenishing those electrolytes regularly.

Wear comfortable footwear. You know what looks worse than comfortable shoes that don’t make your outfit pop? The huge blister on your heel that won’t go away because you needed to wear the hottest shoes possible. It’s New Year’s. Don’t try so hard.

Dress appropriately. Yes, if you’re from the Northeast, you will likely be comfortable in a bathing suit and flip-flops. But those natives of warm climates – So Cal, Florida, Hawaii, etc. – you know you are going to be cold. Bring a jacket. And a hat. And a scarf. And socks. And maybe mittens.

Chill out on Jan. 1. Need a recovery day? Book yourself that spa time in advance.


Party even harder on Jan. 1. Are you trying to make your trip legendary? Here are some ways to be epic. Or do you just want to drink all day because technically you can’t have a hangover if you’re still drunk? Then go to happy hour all day at Caesars Palace.

Whatever you decide to, have fun! And the next time that rando texts you, ” ‘sup?” you can respond, “Crushing it in Vegas. New phone. Who dis?”

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Jason is originally from the great state of New Jersey. That’s right – great! He’s lived in Las Vegas on and off for the past 20 years, which he also rates as top notch. As a pop culture fanatic, he loves concerts, great food, offbeat adventures and movies. He has written for too many publications to mention, has sold a few screenplays and is immersed in the creative world.

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  1. New Years Eve is definitely the best time to come to Vegas