Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Comprehensive Guide to NYE 2016 in Vegas

New Year’s Eve is far and away Vegas’ busiest, most electric weekend of the year. More than 300,000 tourists gathered on the Las Vegas Strip to ring in 2016. The world-famous 4-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is shut down to all traffic so revelers can party in the streets below the nation’s largest fireworks display. The casinos and nightclubs will play host to record numbers again this year, offering open bars, celebrity appearances and performances from some of the most acclaimed disc jockeys. To help you prepare for the madness that is New Year’s Eve on the Strip, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide.

There are a few things to consider when planning a trip to Vegas for the new year. Hotel rooms for the week of NYE sell out quickly, and rates typically rise during the holidays in response to high demand, which means book your room early to ensure you get the best price and a bed. The Strip is closed to all traffic at 6 p.m. Guests would do well to arrive at their hotel well before then. The Las Vegas Monorail will be the only form of public transportation in operation on the Strip and will run until 3 a.m. Jan. 1. It is also a good idea to bring warm clothing. The temperature could dip into the 30s by the stroke of midnight.

The party at Stratosphere’s 107 SkyLounge is always a top choice among NYE festivities. At 107 stories above the Strip, partygoers will have one of the best views of the city’s impressively coordinated fireworks display. The world’s tallest observation wheel, High Roller, is another obvious choice for the “ball drop.” Take in the massive block party from 550 feet in the air. Priority boarding includes an open bar, appetizers, DJs and views of the fireworks from the top half of the wheel. Aria, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere are the casinos slated to shoot off the fireworks, so any ground-level vantage points near these will also be prime real estate.

Fremont Street Experience is another favorite spot for NYE parties. In lieu of fireworks, the massive video screen canopy above Fremont Street will display a countdown and digital fireworks. The city’s original thoroughfare will be just as crowded as the Strip. This party is limited to Vegas visitors 21 or older. Tickets are required to attend and start at just $35. For both Strip and Downtown events, plan on arriving early and staying late.

For tourists more interested in the evening’s entertainment, just about every casino will have a big name headliner. Pop sensation Bruno Mars is slated to perform at the shiny, new Park Theater, part of the recently opened MGM property, The Park. Funk royalty George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are set to boogie down at Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ. Everyone’s favorite Canadian rapper, Drake, will take the stage at Hakkasan inside MGM Grand. Join the one and only Sting at The Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom or living legend Elton John at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for your NYE countdown.

The most important thing to remember about NYE on the Strip is that those parties rage on into the morning hours, so pace yourself. There is always a heavy police force on Las Vegas Boulevard, but the tried and true buddy system ensures everyone stays safe. For more Vegas travel advice, fun facts and recommendations, follow VegasDaze on Facebook and share your NYE photos. We love hearing from you!

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