December is a quiet month in Las Vegas until NYE comes around

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It’s a chilly month in Las Vegas, but the hype surrounding New Year’s Eve makes December one of the most exciting times to be on the Strip. A massive fireworks display highlights the festivities and big stars are in town for shows and parties all week long. The beginning of the month is quiet, but it’s easy to stay busy with holiday attractions. It’s also a good month for sports fans eager to check out the rodeo, UFC or Vegas Golden Knights. 

Las Vegas New Year's Eve 2019

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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 2019 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.

Las Vegas Resident Shows on New Year’s Eve

Get the schedule for Cirque du Soleil and other resident shows performing over NYE Weekend. Compare the best prices before booking.

NYE WEEKEND SHOWS

Biggest New Year’s Eve Weekend Concerts & Events

  • Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche – T-Mobile Arena, December 27, 7 p.m.
  • UFC 232 – T-Mobile Arena,  December 29, time TBA
  • Jay Leno – The Mirage, December 29, 10 p.m.
  • Ariana Grande – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, December 29, 10 p.m.
  • Maroon 5 – Mandalay Bay Events Center, December 30-31, 7 p.m.
  • Tenacious D – The Joint at the Hard Rock, December 30, 8 p.m. & December 31, 10 p.m.
  • Celine Dion – Colosseum at Caesars Palace, December 31, 7:30 p,m.
  • Lady Gaga – Park Theater at Park MGM, December 31, 8 p.m.
  • Gwen Stefani – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, December 31, 9 p.m.
  • Imagine Dragons – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, December 31, 9:30 p.m.

MORE NYE CONCERTS

Best Locations to Watch the Fireworks

  • High Roller – Take it all in 550 feet above the strip (see party packages)
  • SkyFall Lounge – The 64th level of the Delano offers the perfect lookout from the south end of the Strip
  • Stratosphere: The tower stretches 1,149 feet in the air and is the best vantage point from the north end of the Strip
  • Foundation Room – Intimate spot with an outdoor patio on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay
  • Hustler Club – Open bar on the rooftop. See below for details

Las Vegas New Year's Eve 2019 Open Bar Party Packages

All packages require you to be 21 or older. If you have any questions about the below packages, make sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

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Gucci Mane @ Tao Nightclub

Tao Nightclub has one of the biggest NYE parties on the Strip. Gucci Mane is back as a guest attraction after helping to ring in 2018 last year.

Pre-sale tickets include:

  • 2 hours premium open bar
  • 3 hours of heavily passed hors-d’oeuvres
  • Champagne toast at midnight

Present your New Year’s Eve ticket confirmation email on Tuesday, January 1st to receive 15% off dinner at either TAO Asian Bistro or LAVO Italian Restaurant.

Discount Promo Code: LAVISH

GUCCI MANE AT TAO TICKETS

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J. Cole @ Hakkasan Nightclub

J.Cole will take the stage for a special New Year’s Eve performance at Hakkasan inside the MGM Grand. The hip-hop star will lead a confetti-filled countdown during a party that promises to include party swag, an LED show and more. For a very limited time, you can get a big discount on “Pre-Sale” tickets! These prices won’t last long!

J. COLE AT HAKKASAN TICKETS

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Tyga @ Jewel Nightclub

  • 2-hour open bar from 9pm-11pm and Admission to the event. Access to General Admission Areas Only.
  • Pre-sale ticket prices still available.

TYGA AT JEWEL TICKETS

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Lil Jon @ 1Oak Nightclub

  • 2-hour open bar from 9pm-11pm and Admission to the event. Access to General Admission Areas Only.
  • Pre-sale ticket prices still available.

LIL JOHN AT 1OAK TICKETS

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Parties

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New Years Eve Bridge Party

Las Vegas is one of the only places where you can guzzle down liquor on city streets. With open container laws working in your favor, New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge might be your best bet for an outdoor celebration this New Year’s Eve. After all, you can’t beat a party that takes place in the middle of the action. Enjoy the atmosphere of The Park as you celebrate the start of 2019 in Vegas’ version of The Big Apple. Tickets traditionally include an open bar and a spot to view fireworks from the Strip. (Details coming soon!)

Bridge Party tickets

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The High Roller NYE Party Packages

The High Roller New Year’s Eve party packages are traditionally one of the hottest NYE tickets in town. Past packages have ranged from $150 to $500 and included an onboard midnight Champagne toast, priority boarding and incredible views of the fireworks from the sky. Check back to this page frequently for 2019 New Year’s Eve rates once they’re announced.

High Roller tickets

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2019 Hard Rock Cafe - New Year's Eve Party

The Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip will ring in 2019 with a party that includes a front-row view of the fireworks from the restaurant’s covered patio overlooking the Strip. The celebration comes to life with music, premium open bar, food stations, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and tickets are $195 per person.

HARD ROCK TICKETS

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Eiffel Tower NYE Experience at Paris Las Vegas

Countdown to 2019 from Las Vegas’ own 460-foot recreation of the Eiffel Tower. Must be 21 or older. Book by calling Caesars Entertainment Sales at (702) 322-0537.
Ticket details to be announced. Last year was $250 per guest and included the following:

  • Midnight fireworks viewing
  • 1-hour open bar
  • Midnight Champagne toast
  • Remembrance photo
  • 1 parking pass

EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS

On the Record Debuts at Park MGM

On the Record is a new nightlife concept by Mark and Jonnie Houston, who are key players in the L.A. scene. The venue debuts in Las Vegas at the Park MGM with a New Year’s Eve bash. Details to be announced soon.

ON THE RECORD INFORMATION

American's Party Downtown at the Fremont Street Experience

The five-block Fremont Street Experience will be closed off exclusively for New Year’s Eve revelers. Early bird tickets are as low as $35. The night begins at 6 p.m. and promises 12 bands on four stages, New York’s Times Square ball drop live on the overhead Viva Vision screens, the debut of a new Viva Vision video show featuring the music of The Killers and a midnight countdown by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

FREMONT STREET TICKETS

New Year's Eve Cruise at Lake Las Vegas

Board the LaContessa Yacht to enjoy New Year’s Eve from the water at Lake Las Vegas. More details to be announced soon.

LAKE LAS VEGAS INFORMATION

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FIREWORKS CELEBRATION AT THE STRATOSPHERE

At 1,149 feet tall, the Stratosphere has one of the best vantage points in Las Vegas for viewing fireworks, including from the resort itself. A party at SkyLounge on the 107th floor will run from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with a two-hour open bar beginning at 10 p.m. and cash bar beginning at midnight. A DJ will keep the party hopping and the 360-degree views will provide an indulgent, all-encompassing experience. Tickets are $199, although VIP packages are also available with guaranteed seating. Pregame earlier in the evening at the Top of the World restaurant, which has a $100 food and drink minimum 4-8 p.m. and special fireworks seating, beginning at 10 p.m. for $299 per person.  If you prefer to save a few bucks, the Strat’s Crafted Buffet will offer a New Year’s Eve seafood buffet 4-10 p.m. for $32.99 per person.

Stratosphere NYE Tickets

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ICE SKATING RINK AT THE COSMOPOLITAN

The Cosmopolitan has you covered for New Year’s Eve. The Boulevard Pool ice rink will have an open bar, complimentary ice skating, and even hot chocolate. The rooftop views are perfect for catching the fireworks. Tickets are $150 per person.

Ice Rink NYE Tickets

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 start around $100 for males and go up from there, although admission may include complimentary drinks and a champagne toast. Even Uber and Lyft rides surge to 300-400 percent their usual price.

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

Plan your evening around midnight. Find a casino, bar or club 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 nightclubs. 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 dance in. Wear 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’ Eve

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 after 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

December in Las Vegas continues where November ends. Weather is still cool. Nightlife is moderate. Cowboys continue their 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 a rival, PBR, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is the world’s oldest and largest rodeo-sanctioning body. From December 5–15, UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center hosts their National Finals Rodeo, where you can watch roping, riding, and racing. Performances begin 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 sports coat.

Shows, Events & Concerts in December

CONCERT & EVENT SCHEDULE

With the presence of the National Finals Rodeo looming large, the first half of December is overloaded with country shows in Vegas. George Strait returns to T-Mobile Arena on December 7 and 8. Gary Allan plays The Joint at the Hard Rock on December 14-15 while Kane Brown takes the stage at the Park Theater on December 15. Blue-collar comedian Ron White continues his brand of crass cultural commentary with performances at the Mirage December 7-8, 14-15. Country superstars Reba, Brooks and Dunn continue their “Together in Vegas” residency with shows December 5, 7-8, 12, 14-15 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Those in town for the rodeo will want to check out Cowboy Christmas, December 5–14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibitors include hatters, cobblers, saddlers, leather workers and just about any seller of Western clothing in America.

Pop superstar Lady Gaga kicks off her much-anticipated Las Vegas residency on December 28 at the Park Theater inside the Park MGM. The ENIGMA production will feature Gaga’s biggest hits in an all-new high-tech stage production. She’ll round out the month with additional shows on December 30 and 31.

December Vegas Headliners & Concerts

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Upcoming Nightclub Events

Sun, Dec 02 at Hakkasan Cocktail Party with Nightmare
Tue, Dec 04 at Omnia Cocktail City Party
Fri, Dec 07 at Drai's DJ Franzen
Sat, Dec 08 at Drai's Ty Dolla $ign
Sun, Dec 09 at Drai's Sundrais w/ DJ Franzen
Wed, Dec 12 at Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Holiday Party
Fri, Dec 14 at Drai's Fat Joe
Sat, Dec 15 at Tivoli Village Shopping Extravaganza and Concert

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