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Las Vegas New Years Eve 2018 & December Guide

Las Vegas December concerts & shows recede until NYE

Average temperature low and high: 39°- 57°

Looking to extend your fall or take a break from a recent onslaught of winter storms? , and explore the nightlife in some of the nation’s finest December weather. While temperatures can touch the 30s, even during the day, the sunny skies and crisp air make for a pleasant atmosphere for vacationers to tour town and be entertained by shows, concerts, fireworks, and New Year’s Eve events.

Las Vegas New Years EVE 2017

Las Vegas New Years Eve 2017

Las Vegas throws what is, by most accounts, one of the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations, second only to the Times Square ball drop in New York City. More than 400,000 people are projected to ring in 2017 on the Las Vegas Strip, which is closed to traffic from Russell Road to Sahara Avenue beginning at 6 p.m., from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere. This three-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard turns into what could only be described as the world’s largest street party, complete with fireworks and noisemakers.

Vegas clubs host the world’s hottest DJs, for most clubs, few nights are bigger than New Year’s Eve, and they bring the talent to match as well as many special packages such as open bar (you typically pay a flat-rate to drink for a few hours). For more information about New Year’s Eve nightclub events, click here (link will be activated soon!).

If nightclubs aren’t your scene, then perhaps one of Vegas’ countless bars and strip clubs are, many of which feature open bars.

Those looking to avoid the pandemonium that will unravel on the Strip might feel more at home at Las Vegas’ Downtown Countdown, where the Fremont Street Experience hosts live tribute bands. Beware, just because you go downtown doesn’t mean you’ll avoid chaos or crowds.

Best Locations to Watch the Fireworks

1. SkyFall Lounge - the 64th level of Delano offers the perfect lookout.
2. Marquee nightclub - Get a great birds-eye view in the middle of the strip
3. Stratosphere hotel - Best spot to view from north end of the strip
4. Foundation Room - A perfect spot on top of Mandalay (space is limited)
5. Ghostbar at Palms - Take it all in a few blocks away from the strip

Las Vegas Shows Performing New Year's Eve

O Show at Bellagio 4pm & 6:30pm
ShowStoppers 7:30pm 
Blue Man Group at Luxor 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
David Copperfield at MGM 4pm, 7pm, 9:30 pm
KA at MGM 4:30pm, 7pm & 9:30pm
Zumanity at NY NY
Love at Mirage 4pm, 7pm & 9:30pm
Mystere at TI 7pm & 9:30pm
Find the best discounts on our show page here

New Year's Eve Headliners Performing

Maroon 5 at Mandalay 8pm
Bruno Mars at Park Theater 9pm
Elton John 7:30pm
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2017 New Year's Eve Parties & Nightclub Event Deals

"The Weeknd" Performs at Marquee Nightclub, Cosmopolitan

Pre-sale ticket will include:

· 2 hours premium open bar

· 3 hours of heavily passed hors d’oeuvres

· Champagne toast at Midnight



Quick Tips for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas:

Be prepared to open your wallet. New Year’s Eve is the most popular night of the year to visit Vegas. It’s also its most expensive. Hotels can be triple or quadruple their usual costs. Covers for nightclubs start around $100 for males and go up from there (many include complimentary drinks and a champagne toast). Even Uber and Lyft rides surge to 300, even 400 percent.

Book early. Shows, concerts and hotels will be very limited by Christmas.

Plan your evening around midnight. You will need to get into a casino, bar, or club before December 31, 11:00 p.m. if you don’t want to wait for them to re-open their doors on January 1, 12:30 a.m.

5% Discount on for order over $250

Be 21. While Las Vegas can offer fun for the whole family, New Year’s Eve is not the time to come if you’re not of legal drinking or gambling age. Those under 21 are not allowed in gambling areas or nightclubs. Anyone under 18 is not allowed on the Strip without a parent or legal guardian after 6:00 p.m. You must be 21 to be a part of Fremont Street’s Downtown Countdown.

Dress appropriately. Even though Las Vegas weather will seem warm compared to where most people are traveling from, the desert gets cold and breezy at night. Your short-sleeve shirt and backless dress and high heels will seem like a good idea until you realize tiptoeing through a sea of 330,000 people with half your body exposed will leave you frozen and sore.

For men, the colder nights offer a great opportunity to showcase your sophisticated side in a suit or sport coat. You might even want an overcoat to go with it. Double check your feet. Much like ladies’ heels, men’s dress shoes that haven’t been broken in or are poorly designed will feel horrible after a half-hour of walking. Pick shoes you can dance in. Wear thick socks.

Ladies: heels, club wear, and cocktail dresses look great inside. But women who frequent Vegas will advise bringing a coat to cover yourself while outside. Carry a bag with a small set of flats for walking the Strip, and change into your heels when you get to your party destination.

Things To Do in December

December in Las Vegas continues where November ends. Weather is still cool. Nightlife is moderate. Cowboys continue their two-month Sin City invasion, reminding visitors from around the globe that with its Western roots, Vegas is still wild at heart.

Though perhaps not as heavily advertised as its rival, PBR, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is the world’s oldest and largest rodeo-sanctioning body. From December 1–10, UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center hosts their National Finals Rodeo, where you can watch men ride horses bareback, teams rope steers, and women race horses through a barrel course. Performances are at 6:45 p.m. each evening.

The cooler winter weather also affords visitors the chance to attend bars and clubs dressed to the nines. Unlike the peak season, you won’t roast traveling from casino to casino in your favorite sport coat. And who knows, win enough money at the less-crowded blackjack tables, and you may finally spring for a James Bond-esque dinner jacket.

Christmas in Las Vegas

While Vegas isn’t really known for its yuletide cheer (we blame the palm trees), travelers do come near and far to preview the New Year festivities, sip Irish coffee next to the five-star Christmas trees, shop, and get away from northern winters.

From mid December through early January, the Cosmopolitan offers affordable all-day ice skating on its fourth-floor outdoor pool. On Monday nights, they show holiday movies. And they regularly serve holiday-themed cocktails and s’mores to those willing to pay.

Like Thanksgiving, many restaurants offer Christmas Day buffets and Christmas Eve dinners, most of which serve holiday classics by Michelin-starred chefs.

Free Things to Do in December

Decor in Bellagio Las Vegas during Christmas

Virtually all hotels, casinos, restaurants, and bars decorate for Christmas, but perhaps none so famously as the Bellagio. Its conservatory offers year-round gardens carefully plotted by internationally renowned landscape architects and artists, but few compare to the hotel’s all-out holiday display, which, in 2015, featured a 28,000 poinsettias, 12,000 carnations, 7,000 lights, 2,500 ornaments, and a partridge in a 40-foot-plus tree.

Step outside the Lake Como-inspired resort and gander at its world famous fountains, which dance to holiday tunes ranging from old-world nativity hymns to Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus from his Messiah.

Shows, Events & Concerts in December

Because of the National Finals Rodeo, the first half of December features a myriad of country and western-themed events. Blue-collar comedian Ron White starts the month off with performances at the Mirage. George Strait returns to T-Mobile Arena on December 2nd and 3rd. Resident country superstars Reba and Brooks and Dunn hold extra shows during the month’s first week.

The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan and the Showroom at the Orleans host multiple country stars that same week, including Josh Turner, Chase Rice, Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kelsea Ballerini, and Justin Moore. See below for exact dates and times.

Finally, country legend Tim McGraw closes rodeo week out with a performance at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena.

After the rodeo leaves town, the concert schedule returns to normal. Jennifer Lopez resumes the stage at Planet Hollywood. Boys II Men headline a string of Christmas weekend shows.

Jerry Seinfeld brings his comedic talents to the Caesars Palace Colosseum on December 26th and 27th.

And the Mandalay Bay Events Center hosts Maroon 5 alongside Tove Lo and R. City on New Year’s Eve.

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December Vegas Headliners & Concerts

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  • 12/01/2017 Ray Romano & David Spade
    Terry Fator Theatre - Mirage
  • 12/01/2017 Reba, Brooks & Dunn
    Caesars Palace - Colosseum
  • 12/02/2017 Ray Romano & David Spade
    Terry Fator Theatre - Mirage
  • 12/02/2017 Reba, Brooks & Dunn
    Caesars Palace - Colosseum
  • 12/05/2017 Reba, Brooks & Dunn
    Caesars Palace - Colosseum
  • 12/08/2017 Reba, Brooks & Dunn
    Caesars Palace - Colosseum
  • 12/08/2017 George Strait
    T-Mobile Arena
  • 12/09/2017 Reba, Brooks & Dunn
    Caesars Palace - Colosseum
  • 12/09/2017 George Strait
    T-Mobile Arena
  • 12/16/2017 The Descendents
    Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
  • 12/16/2017 Lady Gaga
    T-Mobile Arena
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