Las Vegas is an exciting and fun-filled city, especially on New Year’s Eve. Downtown Vegas is the perfect place to ring in 2016, with an array of amazing celebrations for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve festivities happening downtown.
Fremont Street Experience
You don’t have to travel far to have an incredible New Year’s Eve with the biggest downtown party happening just across from the Plaza at the Fremont Street Experience. This year, 13 tribute bands on three stages will be performing in “TributePalooza.” If you love musical acts like Van Halen, No Doubt, and Bon Jovi, you’ll certainly enjoy these tribute bands. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 3:30 a.m., however, you’ll want to arrive before 5:00 p.m. as the Strip is closed to vehicle traffic shortly after. Tickets for the Fremont Street Experience New Year’s Eve celebration cost $30 if purchased before December 25 and $40 if purchased after. This event is for ages 21 and up.
America’s Party on the Las Vegas Strip
This year, seven casinos will be letting off rooftop fireworks at midnight. The dazzling eight-minute display will be choreographed to music. For the best view, head to the upper levels of any downtown parking garage. You will be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks while avoiding the massive crowds on the Strip.
Remember, the Strip is closed to vehicular traffic on NYE at around 5:00 p.m., so you’ll want to arrive at your downtown destination before then.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vegas with Kids
If you’re seeking a family-friendly, all-ages celebration in Vegas, there are several options available. At Sunset Station, youngsters can have a great time playing arcade games or bowling before ringing in the New Year. Another option is the group of libraries in the Clark County District, which have celebrations from 11 a.m. to noon that are fun and appropriate for all ages.
Tips for Making the Most of New Year’s Eve
Before heading to any of the NYE celebrations happening in Vegas, fuel up with a light meal at one of the Plaza’s restaurants such as Oscar’s Steakhouse or Pop Up Pizza.
Dressing for the weather is crucial when it comes to comfort; it’s hard to have a good time if you’re too cold or too warm. Because Vegas winters can range from mild to frosty, layered apparel is recommended. To keep your celebration stress-free, arrive at your New Year’s Eve destination a little early. Last but not least, have fun!
Lastly, plan in advance and enjoy reasonable hotel room rates at Plaza while staying in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.