The Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Ring in the new year in Sin City.

fireworks
Photo by Jim Decker

Remember how excited we were a year ago to say goodbye to 2020. Well, 2021 turned out to be… okay. Not great, but not the worst. So let's put another year behind us and try again. And whether you plan to party with Maroon 5 or Vanilla Ice, Las Vegas is where you want to be for a New Year's celebration. Get your booster shot early, rest up, and bring a mask (especially if you plan to be indoors), because there are a lot of parties to ring in 2022. Here's a look at where to go, what to do, and a few quirky off-beat options. 

Events listed here may be subject to cancelation depending on the developing situation with COVID-19's Omicron variant, please call or check websites before booking.

America's Party 2022

The Strip
After going silent last year during the pandemic, fireworks are back on the Las Vegas Strip. Explosions will erupt at midnight from eight resorts this year (up from the usual seven): Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Resorts World, The Strat,Treasure Island, and the Venetian. The Strip will be closed to auto traffic, creating a massive four-mile block party. Just scope out a spot and watch the show (officially called America's Party 2022). For the first time, Absinthe is opening the show's Green Fairy Garden to the public with a bar, DJ, and 35-foot tall LED tree. If you don't want to brave the cold—and yes, it gets cold—pick a good bar with a view like Skyfall Lounge at the Delano.
Cost: Free to watch fireworks. Admission to Skyfall Lounge begins at $50.

AREA15 party
Photo by Laurent Velazquez for AREA15

Off the Strip
Playa Playground is a massive party that's taking over three AREA15 venues: The Portal, A Lot, and the four-acre festival grounds. Guests will roam from one area to another while enjoying food trucks, games, carnival rides, interactive performers, art installations and of course, lots of dance music. The event begins at 8 pm.
Cost: At last check, tickets were $234.33 (fees included), but may increase due to tiered pricing. Email for details about bottle service.

Downtown
The biggest resort in Downtown Las Vegas has a couple of very different ideas for New Year's Eve. The Legacy Club (a romantic spot indeed) has an open bar and hors d'oeuvres with spectacular lounge and outdoor patio views, allowing you the rare opportunity to see both the Strip and Downtown fireworks (at the next door Plaza) at the same time. For something totally different, Project BBQ on the ground level has an all-you-can-eat BBQ feast (including brisket empanadas, pulled pork bites, chicken flatbread bites, and more) with access to the Fremont Street Experience.
Cost: Legacy Club begins at $350 per person. Project BBQ is $250 per person.

The Strip
Taking flight with FlyOver simulates what it's like to soar above scenic destinations in front of a 52-foot screen with wind, smells and other effects, making it one of the coolest new things to open in recent months. The attraction is hosting a "New Year's Eve Glamping Soiree" with unlimited rides for its two presentations ("The Real Wild West" and "Iceland") with an open bar of house wine, domestic beer, and well spirits between 6 pm and 1 am. Come and go as you please on the Strip, Just make sure to step outside and catch the fireworks at midnight.
Cost: $250 per person.

The Plaza
Photo courtesy of The Plaza

Dig out the spandex and leg warmers. The Fremont Street Experience is throwing an ‘80s and ‘90s dance party with performances by Bobby Brown, Vanilla Ice, the Village People, Tone Loc, and A Flock of Seagulls. Revelers can even get the photo taken and projected on the overhead Viva Vision video canopy. Fireworks will erupt above the Plaza hotel (just west of the Fremont Street Experience) at midnight, providing Downtown with their own show while Main Street is closed off to traffic.
Cost: Fremont Street Experience tickets are $35, Plaza fireworks are free.

Off the Strip
How familiar are you with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack? The Front Yard at Ellis Island is throwing a '70s-themed New Year's Eve celebration with a four-course prix fixe meal with a choice of short rib pasta, lobster ravioli, a 16-ounce Porterhouse, or pumpkin risotto as the main course. Guests are welcome to book reservations at 5:30, 6, 8:30, and 9:30 pm with three-hour limits (although everyone is welcome to hang in the beer garden as long as they like).
Cost: Dinner is $125 per person with tax and tip included.

Off the Strip
Want to party before the rest of Las Vegas (and the rest of America)? Hofbrauhaus is hosting a Midnight in Munich celebration to ring in the new year at the same time as Germany. The party runs 1-4 pm (with a "midnight" countdown and balloon drop at 3 pm) with celebrity appearances by Ricardo Laguna, Murray Sawchuck, and Raiding the Rock Vault. The Bavarian beer hall has a special NYE menu, featuring Rinderfilet Medallions (beef with green peppercorn sauce), Glühwein (Mulled wine with holiday spices) and more.
Cost: Free admission.

The LINQ promenade
Photo courtesy of Ice Bar

The Strip
Ice Bar at The LINQ and Minus5 Ice Experience at Mandalay Bay and the Venetian—frigid sister bars in which everything from the furniture to the glassware is made of ice—are all doing something fun for New Year's Eve. Guests will receive a free champagne toast every hour to mark a rolling wave of New Year's celebrations around the world, starting with Pakistan at 11 am and wrapping with Las Vegas at midnight.
Cost: Free admission. The Ultimate New Year's Eve VIP Package is also available (two cocktails, souvenir fur coat, Russian snow hat, and a framed photo) for $250.

The Cosmopolitan
The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan is one of our favorite winter holiday attractions in Las Vegas. The space will transform into a private New Year's Eve party with an open bar, champagne toast, and views of the fireworks from the Boulevard Pool rooftop deck. And if you want to hit the ice, skate rentals are included.
Cost: Tickets are $200.

The Cosmopolitan
Jose Andres' Jaleo is offering an "Endless Feast" of tapas beginning at 7 pm with the last seating at 9:45 pm. Nosh on your choice of 16 tapas, including seasonal paella, grilled iberico, butternut squash soup and more. Add on an "endless beverage" package of Spanish sparkling wine, beer, or sangria. Seatings are limited to 1 hour and 45 minutes. Jaleo also has a special NYE happy hour 5–6:30 pm with individually priced drinks and bites.
Cost: Endless Feast is $145 per person, endless beverage package is $35 per person.

Henderson
Don't feel like staying up late? Party like you're on the East Coast with a fireworks show over Lake Las Vegas at 9 pm. Catch the views from the Village, onboard a yacht, or book a stay at either the Hilton or Westin.
Cost: Free to view. Hotel and yacht prices vary.

The Palazzo Las Vegas

The two secluded, upscale Prestige Club locations at the Venetian are giving guests a choice of parties for New Year's Eve. The one on the 36th floor of the Venetian tower has a Vintage Hollywood theme, while the second on the 23rd floor of the Palazzo tower has a '70s theme with a disco ball. Either way, you'll get party favors, entertainment, two drink tickets, and a midnight toast to go along with views of the fireworks.
Cost: $250 (with an optional $100 upgrade for unlimited drinks).

Multiple Locations
The local PT's Taverns chain is eager to keep you up late on New Year's Eve. Everyone gets noisemakers, party hats, and a free champagne toast at midnight as well as 50% off drinks during happy hour 5-7 pm and 12–2am. with 50% off wines by the glass, premium spirits, and all craft and import beer. An Absolut Bloody Mary is just $5 on January 1 to help take the edge off all that drinking the night before. The offers are good at all 64 locations under the PT's umbrella.
Cost: Free admission

Photo courtesy of Casbar Lounge at The Sahara

The Strip
Pay one price and drink up with a select premium open bar 9 pm-2 am at three venues inside the Sahara: Casbar Lounge, Chickie & Pete's, and Azilo Ultra Lounge. Head over to Azilo Ultra Pool, beginning at 11 pm, for a midnight countdown and views of the Strip fireworks. Anyone who buys tickets also gets access to a New Year's Day Recover Station at the Tangier (10 am-2 pm) with an open bar of Bloody Marys, mimosas, and Vodka Red Bulls.
Cost: $60 per person.

Off the Strip
Roam the casino floor and pregame with bottomless well cocktails, house wine, and domestic drafts at Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Shady Grove Lounge, Mermaid Lounge, and Flare Bar. Then head over to the Veil Pavilion at 10 pm for a DJ Dance Party.
Cost: Bar crawl is $25 in advance and $50 the day of the event. DJ Dance Party tickets are $15.

The Strat
If you really want to celebrate without limitations, the parties near the top of the 1,149-foot-tall Strat will not only have views of the Strip, but anything else going on in the surrounding Las Vegas Valley. Head to the 108th floor for a party at the SkyPod observation deck with a DJ, party favors, and food and drinks for sale at 108 Drinks and 108 Eats 9–1:30 pm. One floor below, the Top of the World revolving restaurant has a six-course prix fixe menu, champagne toast, and party favors for late seatings at 9:45 pm.
Cost: SkyPod party is $150 per person. Dinner at Top of the World begins at $360.73 per person.

Off the Strip
The Stirling Club is ringing in the new year with a black tie celebration. Mix and mingle among curated food stations with charcuterie, sliders, Asian bites, tacos, seafood, sushi, and a chocolate fountain. The night continues with passed apps and a midnight toast. The Lucky Devils Band will perform.
Cost: Tickets begin at $275 per person or $500 per couple.

Downtown
One of our favorite speakeasy bars in Las Vegas is bringing some Prohibition-era style to New Year's Eve. The Underground (on the basement level of the Mob Museum) has a two-hour open bar, old-school craft cocktails, live jazz and cabaret music by Amanda King, and a midnight toast. The party runs 9 pm-1 am.
Cost: Tickets begin at $100 per person.

XS Nightclub
Photo by Barbara Kraft for XS Nightclub

Las Vegas Nightclubs

For a lot of people, New Year's Eve is all about nightclubs in Las Vegas. Ring in 2022 with Zedd at Zouk inside Resorts World… The Chainsmokers at XS inside Wynn… Steve Aoki at Omnia inside Caesars Palace… Rick Ross at Drai's on the rooftop of The Cromwell… Lil Jon at Jewel inside Aria… Fisher at Marquee inside the Cosmopolitan… O.T. Genasis at Tao inside the Venetian… and Black Coffee at Hakkasan inside the MGM Grand.
Cost: The cheapest ticket we found advertised was $30, but expect to pay a lot more at the average nightclub. Some have open bar packages available, but those options haven't been around as often this year.

Las Vegas Shows

The Strip
Sin City typically draws tons of big stars for New Year's Eve concerts, and this year is no exception. Top shows include Katy Perry at the Resorts World Theatre… Bruno Mars at Dolby Live… Usher at the Caesars Palace Colosseum… Lizzo at the Theater at Virgin Hotels… David Lee Roth at House of Blues… Kehlani at Money, Baby!... The Go Go's at the Venetian Theatre… and in carrying on a New Year's Eve tradition in Las Vegas, Maroon 5 at the Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan.
Cost: Prices vary per show.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than seven years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Modern Luxury, Leafly, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelries.