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Last-Minute Vegas New Year’s Eve Tips

Last updated: December 18, 2018 at 10:03 am. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. 2 Comments on Last-Minute Vegas New Year’s Eve Tips.

So you waited until the last minute to make your New Year’s Eve plans. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room for you to come join the party in Vegas. Las Vegas is nothing short of spectacular for New Year’s Eve and there’s an endless array of things to do from shows to fireworks to the hottest nightclub parties.

If you’re just starting to plan your Vegas New Year’s Eve trip, we have some tips for you. And if you already have your plans solidified, we have some things you need to keep in mind when you’re celebrating here.

Last-minute Vegas New Year’s Eve tips

Book your Las Vegas hotel room at Caesars Palace for New Year's Eve.

A new Palace Tower Premium room at Caesars Palace. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Book Your Hotel

The first thing you need to do is book yourself a hotel room in Vegas. You’ll still be able to find a room here for the big weekend, but just know that prices are probably going to be a bit higher than usual because it’s a popular holiday and because you waited.

Shows

Las Vegas always has the biggest stars in town for New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for entertainment and didn’t buy a ticket in advance, don’t worry there are still shows available to see.

Gwen Stefani New Year's Las Vegas show at Planet Hollywood

Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment / Live Nation / Yu Tsai

Gwen Stefani

Count down to 2019 with global superstar Gwen Stefani, headlining at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Her show, “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl,” features all of the hits like “The Sweet Escape,” “Used To Love You,” “Hollaback Girl” and “Rich Girl.” The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $80.

Celine Dion announces last Las Vegas shows in 2019

Céline Dion, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Céline Dion

Spend New Year’s Eve with Céline Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show features a full orchestra and stunning visuals as Céline sings all of her greatest hits as well as a few surprise covers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available from $199 plus taxes and fees.

Las Vegas show Absinthe is offering an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration with a show and party package.

Enjoy a night of laughs at Absinthe. Photo by Erik Kabik.

Absinthe

ABSINTHE, the outlandish and hilarious variety show at Caesars Palace, is offering an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration with a show and party package.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne in the ABSINTHE courtyard at 8:30 p.m. Then enjoy a performance of ABSINTHE from 9.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. After the show, you will have access to a private outdoor party in the courtyard in front of Caesars Palace, which includes an open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, DJ and one of the best views of the fireworks. The party will conclude at 1 a.m.

The all-inclusive show and party tickets are priced from $299.

New Year’s Eve Parties at vegas Nightclubs

The nightclubs in Vegas are always one of the hottest places to party on New Year’s Eve. You’ll find performances from some of the biggest DJs and performers in the world.

The Las Vegas nightclubs on New Year's Eve will be one of the hottest spots in town.

Drai’s Nightclub. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Drai’s Nightclub

Head to Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell for a weekend full of special guests. Catch Lil Wayne on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Big Sean on Sunday, Dec. 30. Future headlines the big night on Dec. 31.

Party-goers can enjoy the club’s 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The outdoor space offers a spectacular Strip view, which is prime for the fireworks, from 11 stories high.

OMNIA Nightclub

OMNIA Nightclub. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

OMNIA Nightclub

New Year’s Eve weekend at OMNIA at Caesars Palace features top DJs. Zedd headlines on Dec. 29, followed by Kaskade on Dec. 30. Calvin Harris will spin on New Year’s Eve in the main room. Head outside to the club’s terrace overlooking the Strip to watch the fireworks.

Light up New Year's Eve this year at Chateau nightclub at Paris Las Vegas

Light up the night at Chateau Rooftop Nightclub. Photo courtesy of Chateau Nightclub.

Chateau NIGHTCLUB & Rooftop

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas will host the return of international DJ Paul Oakenfold to Las Vegas to celebrate New Year’s Eve weekend beginning at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30.

BEER PARK and Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas are throwing a New Year’s Eve party together on Dec. 31. Both venues offer beautiful views from their outdoor decks above all of the action on the Strip.

Dining – Make Your Reservation

New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas is a time to celebrate with special meals. We advise making a reservation now. You might still be able to walk into some restaurants at the last minute, but be prepared to wait.

GIADA will be offering a fixe menu for New Year's Eve

The windows of GIADA offer picture-worthy views of Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

At GIADA at The Cromwell, guests can experience chef Giada De Laurentiis’ California-Italian fare, amazing views and live entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. The multi-course prix fixe menu features beef carpaccio crostini, olive oil poached lobster or bone-in prime filet and an option for champagne and caviar for dessert. Guests can also order from the regular menu.

• Prix fixe menu: $250 per person.
• Beginning at 7 p.m., $200 minimum per person
• Beginning at 9 p.m., premium window seating requires a $300 minimum per person

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace will ring in the new year with a duo of lobster with seafood risotto and tenderloin of beef; espresso rubbed prime rib; seared foie gras topped with a raspberry gastrique; Yorkshire pudding; snow and king crab legs; jumbo ravioli with seafood cream; soft shell crab laksa and more. New Year’s Eve dinner is $99.99 per person. Don’t miss the New Year’s weekend brunch for $59.99.

Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo Las Vegas will offer a special holiday menu ($33.99) with items like five-spiced pork belly, tempura shrimp, steak Oscar and brioche Bavarian mousseline.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas will offer a special prix fixe menu for $34 per person.

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas is serving a five-course prix fixe menu for $225 per person featuring an oyster and Scotch egg, seared scallops & lobster, American rib cap and ribeye, and a chocolate passion fruit coupe.

Get Glam

If you’re coming to Vegas for New Year’s Eve, book yourself an appointment at a salon or spa ASAP so you look your best for the big night. Try the Holiday Glam Package at Spa at The LINQ. The package includes airbrush makeup application and a hair style.

Vegas Weather for New Year’s

You might know Vegas for its pool parties and its hot sunny summers, but if you’ve never visited in the winter, come prepared. We definitely aren’t going to be hit by a blizzard any time soon, but it can get pretty chilly at night. We’re talking lows in the 30s and 40s. If you’re planning to party on the Strip and watch the fireworks show outdoors, be sure to bring a warm jacket and gloves. Check out our blog on the best places to watch the fireworks.

Best places to watch fireworks at New Year's Eve - view in front of the Flamingo Las Vegas

New Year’s Eve on the Strip. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Traffic closures for new Year’s Eve

Anyone who has ever driven from Southern California to Las Vegas on a busy weekend knows the traffic on Interstate 15 can be a nightmare. If you’re coming for New Year’s weekend, be sure to leave early. Make sure your car is in good working order and be sure to have food and water.

Once you get to town on New Year’s weekend, the traffic doesn’t get much better. With hundreds of thousands of people here for the holiday it can be a challenge to get around – especially on the Strip. Your best bets are taxi, a ride sharing service or just walking. You can also hop on the Las Vegas Monorail.

On New Year’s Eve, the city shuts down Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road to traffic by about 6 p.m. and reopens it about 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. If you need to travel across the Strip (east-west), use Desert Inn or Spring Mountain roads. For north-south travel use Frank Sinatra Drive to the west of the Strip or Koval Lane to the east.

New Year's Eve fireworks at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photo by DJ Clulow.

Security

Everyone wants to have a good time on New Year’s Eve and one of the best ways to ensure that is to follow the safety and security rules for the Strip. A basic rule of thumb is to come to party with yourself, your friends and not much more. From 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Jan. 1, no strollers, carts, backpacks or purses larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches are allowed. No glass containers, coolers or ice chests are permitted.

During the celebrations, some hotels limit access to their properties to guests only. Be sure to check with your hotel about wristbands or needing hotel keys for re-entering into the property between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

 

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About The Author

Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas.com. When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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2 Responses

  1. Sanman

    For NYE on The Strip.
    #1-is there an entry or access fee?
    #2-can you bring cans of alcoholic beverages? (I understand no glass or cooolers)
    #3-can you buy alcoholic beverages on The Strip NYE? (Since no access to resorts hotels)
    #4-what is best place to park?
    Thanks!!!!

  2. Kristine McKenzie

    Hi Sanman – There is no entry fee for the Strip’s New Year’s Eve party. You can have alcohol, but you are correct – it cannot be in glass containers. You will be able to purchase alcohol. Not all hotels restrict access and there are lots of bars and restaurants you can go into and purchase alcohol. As for parking, you can park at any hotel. Just be sure to get there early before the Strip is closed and remember that there are parking fees, which may be higher for New Year’s Eve, at Las Vegas hotels. Your best bet, if possible, is probably to take a rideshare or taxi.

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