Weekender: Get ready for New Year’s Eve in Vegas

It’s time to get ready for New Year’s Eve in Vegas – the biggest party of the year! Start planning your trip now. Whether you are looking for parties, shows or the hottest nightclubs, Vegas has something for everyone on New Year’s Eve. For a complete list of New Year’s Eve events, visit www.vegas.com/newyears.


The best parties in Sin City for New Year’s Eve

You’ll be partying with rapper J.Cole in Tao at the Venetian on the 31st, with a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Guests also get access to Lavo in the Palazzo after midnight with the line pass, which runs $125.

At 1 Oak in the Mirage, DJ A Trak spins on Dec. 28 and Tyga performs on Dec. 29 (admission starts at $30). Reality TV celeb Kim Kardashian hosts on New Year’s Eve, with guaranteed admission tickets running at $125.

Haze at Aria has singer-songwriter John Legend on Dec. 30 and indie pop band Fun on Dec. 31. Tickets start at $20 for Legend, while New Year’s Eve admission starts at $137.50.

Marquee at The Cosmopolitan is going all out for the weekend, with ATB on Dec. 28, Kaskade on Dec. 29, and Avicii on Dec. 30. Benny Benassi drops in for the grand finale on New Year’s Eve. Admission starts at $150.

The Bank at Bellagio features a Ludacris set on Dec. 29, with tickets starting at $30. On Dec. 31, bprovides an opening set for Foster the People. New Year’s Eve admission starts at $165.

Moon at The Palms has a full slate, with Questlove and Jazzy Jeff on Dec. 29 (tix start at $40), Iggy Azalea on Dec. 30 (tix start at $40) and Jazzy Jeff and Wynter Gordon ringing in the new year on Dec. 31, with tickets starting at $20 and VIP packages starting at $200. Rain, also at the Palms, opens up for one last hurrah, with Kelly Rowland on Dec. 29, Jazzy Jeff on Dec. 30 and Travis Barker and Yelawolf on Dec. 31. Tickets start at $40, with VIP packages available from $200.

Chateau at Paris Las Vegas features singer and “The Voice” vocal coach CeeLo Green on Dec. 29 and rapper 2 Chainz on Dec. 31. Open bar admission starts at $75.

Surrender at Encore has some big EDM names in store, with Steve Aoki providing sounds on Dec. 28, Calvin Harris on Dec. 29, Skrillex on Dec. 30 and Eric Prydz on Dec. 31. Admission starts at $30.

Recording artist and actress Brandy hosts the party at Lavo on New Year’s Eve, which includes premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast and access to Tao at The Venetian after midnight. Passes start at $75.

Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas features DJ Jermaine Dupri on Dec. 28, EDM producer Afrojack on Dec. 29 and rapper/producer Lil Jon on New Year’s Eve.

Reality TV darlings Ice-T and Coco ring in the new year at LAX at the Luxor. Coco recently picked up the headliner role in “Peepshow,” so you can be sure there’s plenty to celebrate at this NYE party.

XS at Encore sees performances by Tiesto on Dec. 28, Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia on Dec. 29, deadmau5 on Dec. 30 and kicks off the new year with Avicii on Dec. 31.

Music sensation Nicki Minaj hosts at Pure at Caesars Palace on Dec. 31. Guaranteed admission tickets start at $55 for females and $110 for males.


 Ring in 2013 at these fun and delicious events

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at the Flamingo is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash with live entertainment, an open bar, appetizers, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and rooftop viewing of the fireworks. Tickets start at $150.

Ring in 2013 with great music and unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip. Located steps away from the sidewalk, the Hard Rock Café has three stories and an outdoor patio on its top level that offers spectacular views of all the action, including a fireworks display at midnight. Revelers can party to beats by live DJs spinning the best in rock, hip-hop, mashups and more, all night long. This party also includes a hosted bar and appetizers from 9 – 10 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $39.

Gilley’s Las Vegas Lucky ’13 New Year’s Eve Party inside Treasure Island features VIP access to Gilley’s Saloon & Dance Hall (doors open at 9 p.m.), a three-hour open bar (9 p.m. – midnight), live entertainment by DJs and country rock bands, party favors and prime views of the revelers and fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip. The party also features access to  BBQ food available for purchase, $5 mechanical bull rides and live video of celebrations across the country on multiple flat-screen televisions. Tickets are priced from $140.28.

Get ready to ring in the new year at the Brooklyn Bridge Bash in front of New York-New York. This scene puts you right in the center of the action with all the party people on the street, but instead of wandering around on the Las Vegas Strip before the fireworks go off, you’ll have a spot already picked out and a drink in your hand. Tickets are priced from $153.50.


The hottest tickets in Vegas

MC Hammer and Tone Loc will take you on a trip back to the ‘80s for a show at the Riviera on Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $34.99.

Rapper Pitbull will ring in the new year at the Palms on Dec. 28 – 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $97.50 and up.

Grammy darlings The Black Keys will rock in the new year at the Hard Rock Hotel with shows on Dec. 30 – 31. Tickets are $130.50 and up.

If you prefer to ring in the new year with some laughs, catch the Wayans Brothers at the Orleans on Dec. 29 – 30. Tickets are priced from $44.

Actor and comedian David Spade brings his sarcastic, sharp-tongued wit to the Venetian Dec. 29. Tickets are priced at $85.75 and up.



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