December comes alive for New Year's Eve

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No doubt about it. December is all about New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, making it one of the most exciting times of year to be on the Strip. Book hotel rooms and make plans early. Everyone will be eager to say goodbye to 2021, so cap off the celebration in style! (Bundle up, it gets cold in Vegas this time of year.)

New Year's Eve 2022 Events

Las Vegas throws 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 2022 on the Las Vegas Strip, which is closed to traffic from Russell Road to Sahara Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. The nearly six-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.

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year for Las Vegas nightclubs. The hottest DJs will take the stage and in some cases, open-bar deals will be offered. If nightclubs aren’t your scene, many Las Vegas bars and strip clubs have open bar packages as well.

Those looking to avoid the Strip might feel more comfortable Downtown, where the Fremont Street Experience will host live bands on multiple stages, drink specials, and a midnight countdown on the largest LED video canopy in the world. While not quite as congested as the Strip, Downtown will still have its share of crowds and chaos. The Plaza hotel is expected to host a midnight fireworks show at the west end of Fremont Street. 

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Best Locations to Watch the Fireworks

  • The Strip – Watch the fireworks shoot off the rooftop of seven Strip resorts
  • Plaza – The Plaza Hotel & Casino is hosting an NYE fireworks show near the Fremont Street Experience at midnight.
  • Circa – You may be able to catch the Plaza fireworks from your suite or the Stadium Swim rooftop pool deck.

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 the most expensive. Hotels can be triple or quadruple their usual costs. Covers for nightclubs (operating in lounge formats this year) will likely require table reservations without standing admission permitted. Those start at $500 on a regular night, so expect the rate to skyrocket for New Year’s Eve, although some drinks and a champagne toast may be included. Even Uber and Lyft rides surge to 300-400 times their usual price.

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

Plan your evening around midnight. Find a casino or bar before 11 p.m. or you could get stuck waiting outside.

Be 21. While Las Vegas offers 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 nightclub lounges. Anyone under 18 is not allowed on the Strip without a parent or legal guardian after 6 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. Short-sleeve shirts and backless dresses may seem like a good idea, but you’ll regret it later.

For men, the colder nights offer a great opportunity to showcase your sophisticated side in a suit or sports coat. You might even want to add an overcoat. Double-check your feet. Much like ladies’ heels, men’s dress shoes that haven’t been broken in will feel horrible after a half-hour of walking. Pick shoes you can wear for hours. Don’t forget thick socks.

Clubwear and cocktail dresses look great inside, but women familiar with Vegas know to bring a coat or sweater to cover up while outside. Carry a bag with a small set of flats for walking the Strip and change into your heels when arriving at your party destination.

How to Get Around the Strip on New Year’s Eve

If tradition continues to hold, Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed between Russell and Sahara from 5 p.m. on December 31 to 4 a.m. on January 1. Surrounding streets will be congested. You can park at most of the Strip casinos and back entrances will come in handy if the Strip is closed, including Frank Sinatra Drive to the west and Koval Lane or Paradise Road from the east. But realistically, you shouldn’t be driving at all. Even if you have “just a few” drinks, police will be out in big numbers. Little tolerance will be shown for alcohol if you get pulled over. Your best bet is to take a cab or ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft.  Just know that surge-pricing will be in effect. In the past, the RTC has provided free services between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to at least get reasonably close to the Strip. Check the RTC website for the latest information. The Las Vegas Monorail is another great option for moving between resorts on the Strip. It will run continuously, from 7 a.m. on December 31 to 2 a.m. on January 2, between the MGM Grand and the Westgate/Convention Center on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Prohibited Items on the Strip

Plan ahead! You don’t want to get turned away (or worse — taken to jail) because you brought something you shouldn’t to the Strip on New Year’s Eve. Revelers on the Strip are not allowed to bring strollers, carts, luggage, coolers or backpacks, purses and any other type of bag larger than 12x6x12 inches. Drinking is allowed, but glass or metal containers are not. Even though recreational cannabis is legal in Nevada, public consumption is not. Conceal and carry laws are complicated. Casinos often request that firearms aren’t brought on the property. Just leave them at home. And no matter what, don’t even think about celebratory gunfire. It’s the quickest way to wind up in jail.

Things To Do in December

Celebrate the Holidays in Las Vegas in December

Before New Year’s Eve rolls around, Las Vegas will be a vibrant place to celebrate the Winter Holidays. Visit the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, where a towering tree will be surrounded by hundreds of elaborate floral designs. Take a spin on the ice at the Cosmopolitan Ice Rink on the rooftop Boulevard Pool deck. The fun includes s’mores, holiday cocktails and fire pits. If you’re traveling by car to Las Vegas, head up to North Las Vegas where the Glittering Lights drive-thru spectacle returns at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Guests drive their own cars through a colorful array of holiday lights, which could be the best activity for social distancing this winter season.

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Rock Shows in December

Even before New Year’s Eve comes around, December will be a hot month for rock concerts. Las Vegas welcomes Journey at the Virgin Hotels Theater Dec 1-11 (plus an additional show Dec. 18 at the Caesars Palace Colosseum with an orchestra), Foo Fighters at the Park Theater Dec. 2-4, Daughtry & Sevendust Dec. 5 at the Virgin Hotels Theater and Chris Isaak at the Wynn’s Encore Theater Dec. 17-18.

Country Concerts and Events in December

With the presence of the National Finals Rodeo looming large, the first half of December is overloaded with country shows in Vegas. Country superstars Reba, Brooks and Dunn wrap up their “Together in Vegas” residency with final shows December 1-5 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Carrie Underwood debuts her residency at the Resorts World Theater Dec. 1-11. The Chelsea at the Cosmo welcomes Cody Jinks Dec. 2-5, Brantley Gilbert Dec. 4, Cody Johnson Dec. 8-9 and Dierks Bentley Dec. 10-11. Shania Twain resumes her residency at Zappos Theater Dec. 2-12. Little Big Town takes the stage at the Virgin Hotels Theater Dec. 3-4, while the Allman Family Revival honors the music of Greg Allman at the same venue Dec. 17. The T-Mobile Arena has George Strait December 3-4 and Luke Combs & Ashley McBryde Dec. 15. Josh Turner is at the Venetian Theatre Dec. 4. Jason Aldean returns to the Park Theater Dec. 9-11. Blue-collar comedian (and deep-south favorite) Ron White continues his brand of crass cultural commentary with performances at the Mirage December 3-11.

 

 

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December Vegas Headliners & Concerts

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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 1 Thu · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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2022 Pac 12 Football Championship Dec 2 Fri · 3:30 am 2022 Pac 12 Football Championship Allegiant Stadium
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 2 Fri · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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Ron White Dec 2 Fri · 10:00 pm Ron White The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 3 Sat · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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Ron White Dec 3 Sat · 10:00 pm Ron White The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 4 Sun · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 5 Mon · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 6 Tue · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 7 Wed · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 8 Thu · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 9 Fri · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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Ron White Dec 9 Fri · 10:00 pm Ron White The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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2022 National Finals Rodeo Dec 10 Sat · 5:45 pm 2022 National Finals Rodeo Thomas & Mack Center
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Ron White Dec 10 Sat · 10:00 pm Ron White The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 15 Thu · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 16 Fri · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Ray Romano & David Spade Dec 16 Fri · 10:00 pm Ray Romano & David Spade The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 17 Sat · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Ray Romano & David Spade Dec 17 Sat · 10:00 pm Ray Romano & David Spade The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 18 Sun · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 19 Mon · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 22 Thu · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 23 Fri · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 24 Sat · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 25 Sun · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 26 Mon · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 29 Thu · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 30 Fri · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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Shin Lim Dec 31 Sat · 7:30 pm Shin Lim The Mirage Theatre - Mirage Las Vegas
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