Tips for a last minute New Year’s Eve in Vegas

So you’re one of those procrastinators, huh? You put off planning New Year’s Eve until the last minute. And now you’re in Vegas with no solid plans and you need something to do. If you’re lucky enough to have a hotel room on or near the Strip then there’s a chance you’ll see some fireworks while you’re snuggled up and cozy. This year there’s even a chance you’ll see some snowflakes. But for those of you who feel like getting out of the room and experiencing the awesome insanity of the Las Vegas Strip on NYE, here are a few last minute possibilities.

Just imagine being inside that tower with the fireworks all around you.

Get tickets if you can

As of the exact moment we’re sitting here writing this, there are still a few parties selling tickets. But we can’t guarantee how long that will last. Foundation Room has some available. Stratosphere’s Level 107 and Tower Observation Deck do too. And Hyde Bellagio is still on sale. Just be prepared to pay the price for your procrastination. All those parties are more than $200 per ticket. If you’re trying to save money as well as time, general admission tickets are still out there for Vanity and LAX. And you can always see more parties available on our NYE Page. Whatever party you want to attend, don’t waste any more time. Any of these could sell out by the time you get around to clicking.

You get the idea. Lots of gold. Lots of fun. Photo courtesy of Luxor. (Not a typo. We're just as confused as you are.)

Take in a free show

If you’re out of time and out of money, there are plenty of options available to give you a thrilling yet affordable NYE in Vegas. Center Bar at Hard Rock Hotel will have a live DJ and free Champagne. The Chandelier and Bond at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will both be hosting free entertainment. And Mandalay Bay will host their second annual “Paint the Town Gold Party,” which is pretty much a casino-wide expression of everything gold and everything Vegas NYE could possibly be about. Plus, being at the south end of the Strip, the throngs of foot traffic probably won’t turn the space into a mess of stumbling drunkards with wet feet. So if you want a big party in a big space with big fun for a smaller price, check this one out.

"No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected." That's a real Julius Caesar quote. We looked it up and everything.

Bundle up and enjoy the Strip

Most years we would say just wander the Strip and see what craziness happens to find you. And you’re certainly welcome to do that this year. Who knows, it might even end up feeling kind of magical to be walking around the ultimate desert oasis with snowflakes landing on your toes. Just be sure to bundle up. We won’t pretend to be able to predict the weather, but reports are not looking warm. And maybe plan on skipping the frozen cocktails in the novelty cups. Your core temperature will thank you.

Update: Now they’re saying it might not snow. We’re never really sure who “they” are or why we should trust them, but we’ll keep watching. And it’s gonna be chilly no matter what. So still take our advice and bundle up.

Find a scenic spot

This idea won’t be for everyone, especially with the approaching weather. But for those who want to see the fireworks, experience the possible snow, and still avoid the massive crowds that fill the Strip on NYE, finding an out-of-the-way picnic spot is an option. Spaces like the roofs of parking garages, quiet sitting areas in the less trafficked areas of hotels, and even the few coffee shops or restaurants that will be open are all potential picnic spots for a spontaneous and lovely NYE night. We’ll leave the specifics to your imagination, depending on how much privacy you want. *wink* But never forget that a city with this many lights is bound to have plenty of good vantage points to see the fireworks – and maybe even make a few of your own.


I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.