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Countdown to 2017: Ring in the New Year in Vegas

Last updated: August 1, 2019 at 10:40 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Countdown to 2017: Ring in the New Year in Vegas.

New year, new you. That’s our mantra year after year, right? And of course, 2017 is no exception to the rule. Before you start thinking about dieting, exercising or even de-cluttering your crazy closets, make sure you end 2016 with a bang. Get a head start on your itinerary for the best-ever New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.

Elton John's Las Vegas Show on New Year's Eve

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Elton John

Are you ready to end 2016 with a live performance of the Rocket Man himself? Starting Wednesday, Dec. 28, the legendary Sir Elton John kicks off his residency at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace. Get up and dance to five decades’ worth of favorites in his hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano.” He will also have a special New Year’s Eve show. Show time starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $95.

Lionel Richie performs on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

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Lionel Richie

Another music legend, Lionel Richie, is also in town for the week of New Year’s Eve. Catch him at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Dec. 27, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. Trust us, you’ll be singing along to every one of his catchy hit songs like “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” Tickets are priced from $69.

New Year's Eve Las Vegas Show Rock of Ages at the Rio

Rock of Ages

Say it isn’t so! The beloved ’80s tribute show, “Rock of Ages” faces its final countdown in Vegas. Located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the production’s farewell show is Sunday, Jan. 1. “Rock of Ages” is a tale about a young man and woman who meet  in L.A. while pursuing their dreams of stardom. The show includes live performances of “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” “Here I Go Again,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” and much more. The last show before the new year is Friday, Dec. 30. Show time is 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $40.


Wu Tang Clan

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 bring their innovative beats and clever lyrics to Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $69 to $149.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

See The Godfather of Funk George Clinton and his band, Parliament Funkadelic this New Year’s Eve at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Get funky and sing along to his classics like “Atomic Dog,” “Flashlight” and “Bop Gun.” Clinton’s no stranger to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, so you know he’s going to bring down the house. The show starts at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve VIP seating are available. General admission is $57 or $99 for balcony views / access. Table packages start at $327.88.

If you’re in town for the New Year’s holiday there are tons of other great shows to catch in Las Vegas like Penn & Teller, The Righteous Brothers and more.


OMNIA Las Vegas Nightclub New Year's Eve Celebration


If you’re ready to dress up and dance the night away, head to OMNIA Las Vegas nightclub inside Caesars Palace. Whether you’re admiring the gigantic light fixture from the main room or gazing at the Strip view from its rooftop patio, you’ll be ringing the new year in style at this hot Vegas nightclub. DJ Kaskade kicks off the New Year celebrations early with a performance on Dec. 30. Then, world-famous DJ Calvin Harris rings in the new year, reminding you this is what you came for. New Year’s Eve tickets start at $125 (women) and $200 (men).

The Cromwell's Drai's Las Vegas Nightclub New Year's Eve Celebration

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We gon’ be alright: Drai’s Las Vegas Nightclub inside The Cromwell hosts Grammy Award-winning rap genius 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. Admission is to be determined. New Year’s Eve tickets start at $175 (women) and $250 (men).

Chateau Las Vegas Nightclub New Year's Eve Party

Chateau Nightclub and Rooftop

We may not be in Paris, France but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the romance. The Chateau Nightclub is inside Paris Las Vegas hosts its yearly soiree and fireworks show underneath the stars. Toast to 2017 surrounded by twinkling lights and lush greenery — right in the heart of the Strip. For $125 per person (plus taxes and fees), Chateau offers a three-hour open bar. Table packages are available and start at $750. New Year’s Eve tickets start at $125.

Views from VooDoo's Rooftop Nightclub on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub and Lounge

Who says all the New Year’s Eve fun has to stay on the Strip? Not us! VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub and Lounge at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has spectacular views, 51 stories above the ground. And if one of your resolutions includes being more spontaneous, you’re in luck: General admission comes with one ride on the VooDoo Zipline. Your admission also includes a champagne toast at midnight and open bar from 8 p.m. General admission is $125 per person if you buy it early. Several table packages are also available and include drink mixers and party favors. Packages start at $800 total (for four guests). New Year’s Eve tickets start at $125 (pre-sale) / $150 (at the door) per person.

New Year's Eve Las Vegas fireworks at Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace events

Located next to Serendipity 3 restaurant, the Absinthe tent courtyard transforms into a fabulous New Year’s Eve bash from 10 p.m.  – 12:30 a.m. Priced at $149 per person, the party includes prime views of the fireworks, all-you-can-drink bar, desserts, VIP seating areas, space heaters and a champagne toast. The VIP package includes private seating for eight, a bottle of Belvedere and a bottle of Dom Perignon ($2,000 total). Tickets for the New Year’s Eve bash can be purchased online.

You can also take the party inside: Caesars Palace’s newest Las Vegas bar Alto Bar features a DJ and drink specials. The  New Year’s Eve celebration kicks off at 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 and lasts through Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4 a.m.

New Year's Eve on the High Roller Las Vegas

Photo by Erik Kabik

High Roller

Ring in the new year aboard the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade and witness a stunning fireworks show 550 feet in the air. You’ll have the option to purchase an individual ticket, or rent out an entire cabin for you and your entourage. 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. Upgrade your New Year’s Eve celebration with a VIP party before the countdown, starting at 9:30 p.m. It includes a premium open bar, catered food, live music and more. Call (702) 322-0537 for reservations.


Whether you are looking to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebration with a great meal or make it the centerpiece of your night, Las Vegas has a restaurant for you. We’ve got everything from endless buffets to gourmet restaurants to casual pubs with special menus for the holiday. Check out these New Year’s Eve restaurant specials.

Excited for 2017 to get here already? You can bet we are. Since your Vegas New Year’s Eve plans are squared away, all you’ll need to worry about now is the perfect look. You got this.

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I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love hitting up all the city's vegan spots, having staycations and catching shows by my favorite musical acts. Since I've ditched rainy Seattle 20+ years ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas hotel and entertainment articles for, the LA Times, Frommer's and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me hanging with my two girls, along with our shih-tzu and tiger cat.

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