Your Las Vegas Guide to New Year’s Eve

The party of the year is happening once again in Las Vegas. New Year’s Eve festivities are returning to the Entertainment Capital of the World, including the biggest names dazzling firework shows, performances from some of the biggest names in the music industry, and more.

We’ve compiled the hottest New Year’s Eve celebrations and advice on how to ring in 2022 in Las Vegas.

Best Spots to Catch Firework Displays

What’s a New Year’s Eve celebration without catching some fireworks? The following resorts will be host firework displays:

  • MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
  • ARIA Resort & Casino
  • Plaza Hotel & Casino
  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino
  • The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
  • Resorts World Las Vegas
  • The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

While you may find some good views of the firework displays happening from the ground level of The Strip, there are a number of Las Vegas resorts and casinos offering elevated views and specials perfect for firework viewing.

Guests at Circa Las Vegas, the tallest building in Downtown Las Vegas, can get a bird’s eye view of the midnight celebration at Legacy Club’s Sky High New Year’s Eve Celebration.

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas overlooks the center of the Strip and offers firepits and cocktails to help revelers stay warm Friday night. The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan also offers New Year’s Eve party access to the midnight show.

The Hard Rock Café Las Vegas is another center-Strip establishment offering views of the midnight fireworks at its NYE Party, complete with a live band, DJ music, small bites, and a Champagne toast.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is offering hotel guests tickets to an exclusive, rooftop fireworks viewing party. The hotel offers multiple viewing areas for its firework shows, including a special hotel package that allows guests access to the VIP pool deck. The Downtown hotel also offers diners at Oscar’s steakhouse a unique vantage point from its iconic glass dome.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod is putting one truly elevated celebration in its SkyPod, offering partygoers incredible views of the Las Vegas Valley at its NYE party. Revelers can watch the night sky ignite from over 100 stories in the air, atop the tallest observation tower in the United States.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is offering guests two opportunities to view the midnight fireworks in style, with themed parties taking place at its Prestige Club Lounges inside its two main resort towers. A Vintage Hollywood soiree is planned for The Venetian, while the Palazzo puts on a ’70s Disco party.

Kiss 2021 goodbye at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, where guests can take in center-Strip views of the fireworks show from its 23rd-floor SkyBar. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the midnight display will illuminate its Roaring Twenties Cocktail Party.

Big-Name Concerts

Las Vegas has plenty of concerts of happenings all across the city this News Year’s Eve

Critically-acclaimed performer Usher is performing a New Year’s Eve show as part of his residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Bruno Mars is also performing a special installment of his Las Vegas residency at Park MGM this New Year’s Eve.

Other residency shows happening on New Year’s Eve include Katy Perry at Resorts World Las Vegas. Catch her New Year’s Eve performance at the Strip’s newest resort. Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth at the House of Blues Las Vegas.

Maroon 5 is also marking the band’s tenth New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ expansive yet intimate music venue, The Chelsea.

For exceptional views of the Las Vegas Strip and firework show, you can catch hip-hop legend Rick Ross at Drai’s Nightclub inside The Cromwell Las Vegas.

Fremont Street Experience is featuring a throwback concert, as the Downtown, Las Vegas attraction’s ’80s & ’90s Dance Party Celebration will feature performances by Vanilla Ice, Village People, Bobby Brown, Tone Loc, and A Flock of Seagulls.

South Point Hotel & Casino has three separate celebrations to take part in this New Year’s Eve, with live entertainment supplied by Frankie Moreno, The Spazmatics, and Donny Edwards.

Broadway fans can close out 2021 with an evening at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Kristin Chenoweth will spend NYE singing songs from her latest For the Girls album—and is sure to dazzle on the Reynolds Hall stage.

You can also ring in the New Year with one of the most beloved bands of the ’80s, as The Go-Go’s play The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve. Fans of ’80s metal Quiet Riot can catch the band playing their greatest hits at the Fremont Country Club.

Countdown to 2022 with Lizzo, as the Grammy Award-winning diva is bringing her chart-topping tunes to The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The sparkling-new resort also features a performance by Kehlani at Money, Baby! this New Year’s Eve.

DJ New Year’s Eve Parties

Some of the world’s best DJs are resident performers including Steve Aoki, so there is no shortage of world-class DJs ringing in 2022.

Steve Aoki is performing at OMNIA Nightclub, supplying the soundtrack for the Caesars Palace Las Vegas nightclub’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Downtown Las Vegas hot spot DISCOPUSSY, located in the Fremont Street Entertainment District, is throwing a New Year’s Eve party complete with DJ sets by Gettoblaster, Codes, and Franklyn Watts.

Hakkasan Nightclub caps off 2021 with a performance by Black Coffee, as the GRAMMY-nominated DJ and producer return to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino megaclub.

New Year’s Eve is all about building the hype to that final countdown—and if anyone knows how to do just that, it’s Lil Jon. Find the iconic DJ and rapper behind the booth at JEWEL Nightclub inside ARIA Resort & Casino.

Australian house music DJ and producer Fisher is back for Marquee Nightclub’s final night of 2021 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Strip resort also features performances by The 442’s at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails and DJ Blaze at CliQue Lounge.

Clubgoers can enjoy a performance by rapper O.T. Genasis at TAO Nightclub, as the recording artist headlines the nightspot’s NYE celebration at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

Multi-platinum DJ duo The Chainsmokers say farewell to 2021 with a set at XS Nightclub. Revelers can dance the night away to their poppy EDM beats at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas poolside nightspot.

The Strip’s newest resort brings back its resident headlining DJ to close out 2021, as Zedd plays Zouk Nightclub at Resorts World Las Vegas this NYE.

Other New Year’s Eve Happenings

You can ring in the new year like it’s 1999 at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Located at The LINQ Promenade, Brooklyn Bowl is hosting its The Y2K NYE Party, featuring hits from the era in addition to a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

Visitors can also soar into 2022 at FlyOver, an immersive flight ride experience offering unlimited rides for its NYE celebration. Guests can explore the Wild West or the Icelandic countryside before watching the midnight fireworks at this center-Strip attraction.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas starts the party early Friday by celebrating New Year’s Eve when the clock strikes midnight in Munich, Germany (3 p.m. PST). The celebration is complete with a balloon drop, keg tapping, and appearances from Las Vegas performers.

You can also celebrate New Year’s early at Icebar and Minus 5, as the ice attractions offer Champagne toasts every hour to mark the New Year around the globe, starting with Pakistan at 11 a.m.

The Mob Museum rings in 2022 in true Roaring Twenties fashion with its New Year’s Eve Party in the Underground. Taking place in the museum’s speakeasy and distillery, the celebration promises Prohibition-inspired cocktails, live jazz, and cabaret entertainment.

An immersive and sensory experience, Playa Playground at AREA15 is a Burning Man-inspired celebration featuring five playa-style “Sound Camps,” six art-car stages, interactive art installations, food trucks, games, carnival rides, and more.

All PT’s Taverns locations will host New Year’s Eve parties complete with Champagne toasts and party favors. Revelers can also take advantage of fantastic happy hour specials (5-7 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m.) and delightful menu items.

The New Year’s Eve Casino Party at Rampart Casino’s Round Bar features New York City and Las Vegas midnight countdowns, a Champagne toast, music supplied by a DJ, and more.

Celebrate the Irish New Year at Rí Rá Irish Pub, where the countdown to 4 p.m.—midnight in the Emerald Isle—gets the party started. The pub, located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, also features live music and an American countdown (at 9 p.m.) for its NYE revelry.

Silverton Hotel & Casino is putting on a Skip the Strip celebration this New Year’s Eve complete with a DJ Dance Party.

Some Advice for Celebrating New Year’s Eve

Make Your Reservations Ahead of Time

Do not wait until New Year’s Eve to start making reservations. Whether you’re looking for a hotel room or a VIP club package, you’ll want to book ahead to find the best deals and guarantee a spot at the party.

Do Not Drive Under the Influence

There is never a good excuse to drive under the influence, but there’s especially no reason to on New Year’s Eve. Besides the ample rideshare and taxi services that will be available, the local RTC bus system is offering free rides across the Las Vegas Valley, including 39 routes from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Click here for more route information.

Get to The Strip or Downtown Las Vegas Early

If you plan on going to The Strip or Downtown Las Vegas, GET THERE EARLY. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be in town for New Year’s Eve destinations, so it’s recommended to head out way in advance if you’re not already staying close to either of these spots.

Plan Your Route

If you do decide to drive to The Strip, be aware that Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed between Russell Road and Sahara Avenue to cross-traffic. This road closure on top of a large influx of visitors will likely bring heavy traffic, so it’s recommended to find somewhere to park near the outside of the Strip where you can easily walk to or take a rideshare service to get you to the area.

Dress Warm

The weather on New Year’s Eve is expected to be around 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll definitely want to bundle up if you’re going to be outside.

Don’t Bring Anything You’re Not Supposed To

Strollers, backpacks, glass bottles, and bags larger than a standard grocery bag will not be allowed on the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors should leave these items either at home or in their hotel rooms.

Please note: Events may be subject to change and fully booked by New Year’s Eve.

Find more entertainment happenings on VegasNews.com.