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Last-Minute Vegas New Year’s Eve Tips

Last updated: February 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Shows, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Last-Minute Vegas New Year’s Eve Tips.

The countdown to 2017 is officially on. We want you to spend the last night of 2016 having a great time and the best way to do that is to make like a Boy Scout and be prepared.

We’ve put together some tips for you about how to survive New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. And if you still haven’t quite decided how you want to spend the biggest party night of the year, we can help you with some suggestions.

Here’s our last-minute guide to New Year’s Eve in Vegas:

Weather

Vegas is known for being hot and sunny. That’s true for a large part of the year but believe it or not, we do actually have winter and that means it can get pretty chilly — especially at night. We know you want to wear that cute little black dress for New Year’s Eve, but if you’re going to be outside, you might want to rethink that. If you’re going to be partying and watching the fireworks out on the Strip all night you’ll definitely want to bring a warm jacket and gloves.

Note: The current forecast calls for New Year’s Eve to be in the 40s with a chance of rain so you might want to bring a rain jacket or umbrella.

Las Vegas New Year's Eve crowd watching the fireworks display

Traffic

If you’re planning on driving to Las Vegas for New Year’s weekend, we have one piece of advice: Leave home early. We can’t stress that enough. If you’ve ever driven into town on Interstate 15 from Southern California on a holiday you know what we’re talking about.

Traffic’s always busy on the Strip and on New Year’s weekend, it’s a whole new level of busy. We have hundreds of thousands of people in town and that means it can be pretty tough to get around. Your best bets once you’re here are taxi, a ride sharing service or just good old fashioned walking. You can also take advantage of 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. 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.

Pre-Party Primping

Everyone wants to look their best for the big holiday, so book your appointments ASAP for New Year’s Eve salon visits.

COLOR Salon By Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace was named one of the 100 best salons in the country by Elle Magazine so you know you’ll get top-notch treatment here. Stop in for a blowout, makeup application, manicure or pedicure.

The salon is offering a Chardonnay manicure and pedicure special on Dec. 30 and 31. Sit back, relax and enjoy a wine therapy treatment that will make your tired skin radiant. Finish with a warm paraffin treatment. Bonus: You can enjoy up to three glasses of complimentary Chardonnay during your experience. Manicures are $105 and pedicures are $145.

The Rio Spa and Salon is offering an updo and makeup application special on New Year’s Eve for $100. You can also book an updo, makeup application and express manicure and pedicure for $175.

Recover on New Year’s Day with a deep cleansing facial or detoxifying body wrap for $100 each.

Ringing in New Year's Eve in Las Vegas - Fireworks Display

Fireworks

One of the highlights of New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is the fireworks. Seven hotels (ARIA Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Treasure Island and The Venetian Las Vegas) simultaneously launch a choreographed eight-minute display at midnight and it’s pretty spectacular.

Accompanying the display will be the Salsoul Orchestra’s version of “Auld Lang Syne,” followed by Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.” The show, billed as Vegas Rocks, will continue with cuts from “Hoedown” by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire, “That’s My Kinda Night” by Luke Bryan and “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince.

Plan ahead and figure out a spot to watch the show. Here’s our advice on the best locations to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Harrah's renovated Las Vegas suites on the strip

Hotels

If you decided to come to Vegas for New Year’s Eve on a whim and are still looking for a hotel, don’t worry. You can still find a room here — just be prepared to pay more. The prices are definitely higher than a typical weekend, especially if you waited until the last minute.

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Legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan will ring in 2017 on the Las Vegas Strip

Shows

Las Vegas always has the biggest stars 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.

Legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan will ring in 2017 on the Las Vegas Strip with HOT 97.5’s Wu Year’s Eve. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna will perform at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Iconic singers Elton John and Lionel Richie will also be in town over the weekend singing all of their hit songs.

And don’t miss the last performances of longtime Vegas favorite Rock of Ages at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Check out more things to do on New Year’s Eve in Vegas.

New Year's Eve parties and nightclubs in Las Vegas

Nightclubs and Parties

The clubs are always one of the top party places to be on New Year’s Eve. We’ve also got bars and outdoor areas where the festivities will be in full swing.

Head to OMNIA Las Vegas nightclub inside Caesars Palace for DJ Kaskade on Dec. 30 and Calvin Harris on the 31st.

Drai’s Las Vegas Nightclub inside The Cromwell hosts Grammy Award-winning rap artist Kendrick Lamar on New Year’s Eve. Start the party early and catch a live performance by G-Eazy on Dec. 29 and Kid Cudi on Friday, Dec. 30.

Private Holler Roller cabin for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

Ring in the new year high above the Strip in the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade. You can get an individual ticket, or rent out an entire cabin. This private High Roller cabin experience includes an open bar and champagne toast at midnight. Individual tickets start at $275 per person. Private cabin rentals start at $6,250. Call (702) 322-0537 for reservations.

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Located in the Spanish Steps area of Caesars Palace, the Roman Plaza courtyard will be transformed into a New Year’s Eve bash from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with prime firework views, all-you-care-to-drink premium beverage selections, space heaters, a dessert bar, VIP seating areas and more. Tickets start at $149 per person, packages of four tickets are $499 and VIP “living room” packages include private seating for eight, personal space heaters, a bottle of Belvedere and a bottle of Dom Perignon, as well as the other special offerings for $2,000.

Caesars Palace’s newest night spot, Alto Bar, is going global with its New Year’s Eve celebration. The bar will be ringing in 2017 in each time zone around the world with a champagne toast each hour. The celebration will begin Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2 a.m. and will run to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4 a.m. There will also be live entertainment, drink specials and party favors.

Guests can toast to 2017 with champagne and unique champagne cocktails at FIZZ at Caesars Palace. Entry is free with open bar and VIP table packages available for purchase.

The Vortex has prime views of the New Year's Eve Las Vegas fireworks

Photo by Claudio Rangel

The Vortex at The LINQ Hotel & Casino invites guests to take in the prime Strip view while flashing back to the ‘80s at CLUTCH. Not only will the party feature one of the best fireworks views in the city, but guests can dance to the hits from the tubular decade atop The LINQ. Late night bites and an open bar will be available as well as a DJ, party favors and go-go dancers. The party kicks off at 10:30 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. Tickets start at $200.

Celebrate 51 stories above the crowds at VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The indoor/outdoor nightclub provides a panoramic view of fireworks across the city. A DJ will be guiding the party into 2017 while guests sip on specialty cocktails. Tickets are priced at $125 in advance and $150 at the door. In addition to admission to the club, tickets include one ride on the VooDoo ZipLine, open bar from 8- 10 p.m. and a midnight champagne toast. VIP packages with tables and bottle service are also available.

Final Advice: Don’t Act Like an Idiot

We want you to party and have a fun time on New Year’s Eve.  What we don’t want is for you to end up in jail.

  • Use common sense and you’ll be fine. Get a designated driver or stay in a hotel if you’re drinking.
  • Don’t be tempted to climb up street lights or traffic lights or anything else on the Strip. There are thousands of uniformed and undercover police officers out on New Year’s Eve and you will get caught.
  • Follow the security rules for the Strip on New Year’s Eve. Backpacks, bulky purses and coolers are banned. And don’t bring briefcases, computer and camera bags, luggage, fanny packs, strollers or carts either. Just bring yourself and have a good time.

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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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