Of all the places to ring in the New Year, Las Vegas is the party capital. There's a reason that New Years Eve hotel deals are abundant and that those spending New Year's Eve in Las Vegas book their rooms months ahead of time. The streets are alive with crowds of revelers, eagerly anticipating nightfall—the sheer magnitude of the hordes of tourists is quite a sight to see. Late afternoon brings with it the closing of the Strip to traffic. For the rest of the evening, those on foot will rule the hallowed ground of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas New Years
It's a distinct change from a week earlier. While Christmas in Vegas is full of lights and cheer, it's one of the emptiest you will ever find Sin City. As the week between the two holidays progresses, it's intriguing to watch the tourists and locals alike take back to the streets in great numbers as the minutes are cut down until the end of the year. In sharp contrast to the week before, New Years Eve in Las Vegas is the busiest time for the city.
Though some may prefer to start out the night with one of the many 2016 Las Vegas New Years shows; the city's perennial favorites do not take the night off. Celine Dion sings at Caesar's Palace, David Copperfield makes things disappear at the MGM Grand, The Blue Man Group pounds on drums in the Venetian and the acrobats in Cirque Du Soleil fly all over the Mirage's Love Theater. You'd be lucky to score a ticket on any night of the week, but every one of the Las Vegas New Years shows promises a little something extra for the end of the year extravaganza.
Not everything is indoors, however. The conclusion of the year is capped off with an enormous fireworks display, certainly one of the most popular additions to the night's festivities. At midnight, the famous Bellagio water fountains also help to send out the old year in style.
But the real reason millions of people flock to the city is for the wealth of Las Vegas New Years parties that night. The New Years shows in 2016 are great fun, but it's the fervent nightlife and jam-packed clubs that bring most people to the city. Every nightclub celebrates in slightly different ways, each one trying to outdo the other. No matter which hotel you choose to stay at, there will be some kind of celebration taking place downstairs, in either the swanky bars bathed in neon, but mostly in the dim, sweaty clubs that make the city's nightlife world-renowned. Every year, there's a new hot place to be seen at: Rain at the Palms is one of the most exclusive parties to attend, while PURE in Caesar's Palace and the Venetian's TAO are among the many clubs that obtain some kind of notable host to oversee the festivities. Top DJs come from all over to appear on the city's biggest night, so you can rest assured there will be plenty of entertainment to cover the triple digit covers you'll likely have to pay to enter on a New Years Eve in Las Vegas.
As the year winds down, hotel prices go up (along with everything else), so you want to book as far ahead as you can. There are plenty of package deals that can land you in Vegas for the parties, but you will have a hard time doing so for cheap, unless you plan to share with friends or are looking for the best options well in advance. Plan accordingly and you won't get left out of one of the best New Year's party destinations around.