Weekender: Ring in the New Year in Vegas

Las Vegas has become one of the premier destinations to ring in the New Year. Year after year Vegas features some of the best parties and names to help say goodbye to the year that was and keeps the celebration rolling through the weekend. For evenmore New Year’s events, check out our New Year’s page at http://www.vegas.com/newyears/

New Year’s Eve

The newly-opened Cosmopolitan jumps into the scene with an invite-only performance by Jay-Z and Coldplay on New Year’s Eve. And for those not lucky enough to receive an invite, head to Marquee Nightclub in the hotel where resident DJ Erick Morillo will be spinning for the rest of the crowd.

If you don’t make it into the club, you can still see Jay-Z and Coldplay broadcast on The Cosmopolitan marquee’s outdoor LED screen.

Rapper/producer Sean “Diddy” Combs hosts the party at LAX, while Rihanna takes the stage at Pure Nightclub with both clubs opening their doors at 10 p.m.

Nelly brings some of the hits from his newest album, “5.0,” to Haze Nightclub inside Aria at CityCenter. The doors open at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Light Group, which owns and operates Haze and several other nightclubs in Vegas, also brings Jay Sean to The Bank at Bellagio and B.o.B to Jet inside the Mirage. The Bank opens at 10 p.m. and Jet opens at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Reality TV star and model Kim Kardashian is welcomed back to Tao Nightclub at The Venetian, where she will count down to the New Year. The $210 admission charge includes an open bar, passed hors d’oeurves from 9-11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. The doors open at 9 p.m.

Former Playboy Playmate and current star of “Peepshow,” Holly Madison hosts at Lavo inside the Palazzo, which will also boast an open bar, passed hors d’oeurves from 9-11 p.m., a champagne toast at midnight and access to Tao after midnight.

The clubs at the Palms offer four different parties with LMFAO taking over Moon Nightclub, producer/DJ Paul Oakenfold spins at Rain, a flock of Playboy Playmates host at Playboy Club and Ghostbar offers a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks show from the 55th floor of the Palms. Ghostbar opens at 8 p.m. while Moon, Rain and Playboy open at 9 p.m.

Count down to the New Year in downtown Las Vegas with Tributepalooza 3. The concerts get underway at 6 p.m. for $20 a person and include tribute bands covering the likes of Sublime, No Doubt, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. At midnight, the Fremont Street Experience will show a fireworks show on the world’s largest LED screen.

Ring in the New Year with the Spazmatics ’80s dance party at South Point Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast.


Fireworks will be shot off from Strip casino rooftops for the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations.The displays will be shot from seven casino rooftop locations, which include MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and the Stratosphere. Grucci of New York will be responsible for the New Year’s fireworks display.


The ladies of “Jubilee!,” which has been running since 1981, take New Year’s Eve off but return for two shows at Bally’s on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets for the classic Vegas showgirl act start at $72.50.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for the first time (not including its “The Ultimate Fighter,” show) since July. UFC 125: Resolution brings the octagon to the MGM Grand at 4 p.m. Jan. 1 when Frankie Edgar faces Gray Maynard for the lightweight championship.

Legendary comedian Sinbad brings his talents to the Orleans at 8 p.m. Jan. 1-2.

Pitbull performs at the House of Blues at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 with tickets starting at $69.50.

Thirty Seconds to Mars performs at The Pearl at the Palms Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. Tickets are priced from $75.

Kool & The Gang will help you boogie in the New Year at Eastside Cannery Casino. Tickets are priced from $64.95.

Legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash spins at the Island Bar in the Palms at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve. There is no cover charge.


Brand Steakhouse and Lounge at Monte Carlo presents A Red Carpet Event: New Year’s Eve 2011. Step out on the scene as your night begins on Brand’s exclusive red carpet with professional papparazzi capturing your arrival. Continue inside to Brand Lounge to join the party with sounds by DJ Guy Williams and a hosted bar from 9 -11p.m. A four-course New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner will be served in the dining room. Toast to 2011 with a special countdown at midnight and a complimentary glass of Moet White Star Champagne. Tickets are $100 for the dinner or $50 for VIP entrance to the lounge with hosted bar from 9 – 11 p.m.

Fix Restaurant & Bar in the Bellagio features a four-course New Year’s Eve menu including a glass of champagne and a special midnight countdown for $175. Reservations are offered between 5 and 11:30 p.m. A wine pairing is available for $75.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant at Bellagio offers a special seven-course Omakase dinner menu and ceremonial sake toast for all guests at midnight. Dinner is $225 and a sake pairing is available for $55. Reservations are offered between 5 and 11:30 p.m.