By Steve Beauregard (Updated November 15th, 2017)
Each New Year’s Eve, over 300,000 revelers crowd the Strip to party and watch the fireworks display.
At 5 PM on the 31st, traffic is shut down whereupon the Las Vegas Strip becomes the world’s largest block party
Last year, city officials estimated that 330,000 watched the NYE fireworks on Las Vegas Strip. The city spent $500,000 on the display.
New Years Eve fireworks in Las Vegas as seen from the High Roller Observation Wheel
Traditionally, seven different casinos on the Las Vegas Strip participate in a coordinated December 31st fireworks show.
The tradition continues this year. The Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Aria, Planet Hollywood, and MGM Grand will all shoot off fireworks atop their respective properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas New Year’s Eve fireworks show starts at midnight.
Just like last year, there will be 80,000 fireworks set off during a fireworks display lasting eight minutes and eight seconds. As is custom, the fireworks show will be accompanied by music. Musical selections last year included songs from artists who died in 2016, including David Bowie and Prince. Of course, they also played “Auld Lang Syne.”
Songs for 2017 have not been announced yet.
Where to watch fireworks in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve
For free? You can enjoy the fireworks from the Strip, as the road will be closed to traffic beginning at 5 PM on New Year’s Eve.
Also, any of the pedestrian bridges along the Strip act as good, free vantage-points in which to see the NYE fireworks display.
I’ve personally enjoyed the fireworks show from the pedestrian bridge linking Bally’s to the Bellagio. The pedestrian bridge from The Cromwell to Caesars is a fine spot as well.
Those of you who don’t mind paying a little (or a lot), to gain a good vantage point have plenty of options:
Although they are shooting off fireworks, Caesars has not yet announced their party plans for NYE. We’ll update this when they do.
Last year, the Roman courtyard area out in front of Caesars (near the Bellagio side) had a party area reserved from 10 PM to 12:30 AM on New Year’s Eve.
Prices started at $149 per person, and included a premium open bar, space heaters, seating areas and a dessert bar. The VIP cabana type package (they call it the VIP “Living Room”) package ran $2,000 and included seating for 8 with your own space heaters and bottles of both Belvedere and Dom Perignon.
Places like the newer Beer Park at the Paris Las Vegas have an elevated outdoor patio that offers great views. Not only do you get wonderful views of the fireworks, but the Bellagio fountains show will entertain you with their shows every 15 minutes before midnight.
The cover charge for the party welcoming in 2018 starts at of $125 (Not including a puzzling $20.42 fee). This $145.42 cover charge gets you entrance, and an open bar from 9 PM to Midnight. Plus a champagne toast at midnight too.
For $200 (plus fees), you can get the open bar, champagne toast, but with a reserved seat at the bar. More elaborate reserved seating/drink packages at the Beer Park on New Year’s Eve run up to (gulp) $3,000 per person.
2018 Las Vegas Casino Fireworks Shows for New Year’s Eve
Here are other casinos that have announced plans for their December 31st 2017 fireworks and parties.
The first casino of the seven casinos to annouce their 12/31/17 fireworks plans was the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Their Level 107 Sky Lounge atop the Stratosphere charges you $199 on New Year’s Eve (not including taxes and tips). For this you receive access to an open bar from 10 PM to Midnight, along with music from a DJ, and party favors.
There are other parties packages for the Stratoshere’s Level 108, their Top of the World restaurant, and a VIP Tower Party, which includes food stations, entertainment, and a four-hour open bar, all for $350 per person.
A pod on the highest Ferris wheel in the world isn’t a bad place to spend the first minutes of 2018, watching the Strip fireworks below, just be prepared to pay for it.
In 2018, ticket prices for the High Roller on New Year’s Eve start at $150. (For a lower view).
The $350 tickets get you a pod with what Caesars calls an “upper-tier” view and includes an open bar.
For $500, your ticket will be in a pod that stops at or near the highest point of the Ferris wheel. It too comes with an open bar, but no bathroom – be warned.
All three pricing options include a champagne toast at midnight.
Those of you with fatter wallets can go ahead and rent an entire pod. Last year it was reported this pod rental would set you back $5,000.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Each winter, the Cosmo builds an ice skating rink at the Boulevard Pool area atop the Strip. In 2018, this tradition continues.
For $150 on New Year’s Eve, partiers get access to the pool area, which offers great views of the fireworks. Also included in the $150 is an open bar, a DJ, and skate rentals.
Hotel guests staying at the Cosmopolitan don’t have to pay to get to the skating rink, however they do have to pay a fee for the open bar and skate rentals.
The party goes from 7 PM to 1 AM.
Alternatively, you can instead pay to watch the Foo Fighters who will performing a 10:30 PM show at The Chelsea, which is the Cosmo’s concert theater. Tickets for the Foo Fighters December 31st show start at $150.
NY-NY Hotel and Casino
Just as they did in 2016/2017, the NY-NY Hotel and Casino once again is hosting their “New Year’s Eve Bridge Bash” on the outdoor bridge section of the resort. This ticket price gets you an open bar from 8 PM to midnight with views of the fireworks. Tickets are $187.25 each, or $200.15 after fees.
Margaritaville Las Vegas
The tropical-themed casino attached to the Flamingo and across from Caesars Palace has a great-Strip front location and a NYE bash starting at 9 PM on December 31st, 2017.
There are two packages available.
The $99 ($109.90 after fees) ticket gets you an open bar from 9 PM to Midnight on the first floor, along with a champagne toast, live entertainment and party favors. Seating is “open” meaning you probably won’t get one.
The $199 ticket gets you better views of the fireworks on Margarita’s 2nd and 3rd floors, along with the 3 hour open bar, champagne toast, party favors, “heavy” d’oeuvres, and a D.J. The webiste says that like the party below on the first floor, seating is open and unassigned.
Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment