By Steve Beauregard (Updated today, December 31st, 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 with the following resorts shooting fireworks off of the top of their hotels:
The Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Aria, Planet Hollywood, and MGM Grand.
The Las Vegas New Year’s Eve fireworks show starts right 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 for 2018 include songs from Eric Clapton, Judas Priest, Little Richard, The Commitments, and a rendetion of “Auld Lang Syne” by Bruce Springsteen.
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.
Another option is the fun and lively Carnival Court outside of Harrah’s on the Strip. The nice thing about this is that there is no cover charge. The bad thing is that 100,000 other people may be there ahead of you in line for a drink.
Those of you who don’t mind paying a little (or a lot), to gain a good vantage point have plenty of options:
In addition to shooting off fireworks, Caesars has a viewing party in the Roman courtyard area out in front of Caesars (near the Bellagio side), running from 10 PM to 1 AM on New Year’s Eve.
There are two party options, one costing $99 per person, and the other a VIP ticket costing $149 per person.
The $99 ticket gets you access to the courtyard, along with all-you-can drink Coors Light, Miller Light, Fiji water, Red Bull and house wine. Plus there are space heaters to keep you toasty.
The $149 VIP tickets include a more premium open bar, with Heineken, Patron, Crown Royal, and Moet champagne, (among other spirits), seating areas and space heaters.
Also, DJ Calvin Harris will be playing at Omnia at Caesars on the 31st. Tickets start at $200 for men, and $125 for women. Omnia has a patio area for fireworks-viewing.
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.
The view from the Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas
Linq High Roller
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.
Linq Hotel and Casino
As they did last year, the Linq will convert their unsused space under the Linq lights facing the Strip and turn in into a NYE party at what they call “The Vortex.”
Being right across from Caesars Palace (one of the seven casinos shooting off fireworks), the Vortex’s second floor outdoor patior overlooking the Las Vegas Strip offers some of the best views of the fireworks in Sin City.
The party starts at 10:30 PM and goes until 1 AM. Tickets start at $195 (before fees).
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, (that’s the ticket price for tickets purchased from December 1st on), 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.
Via Ticketmaster, I found a standing up only ticket (in other words no seating at all) for $128.50 (after taxes and fees) for the Cosmo’s Ice Rink party.
Hotel guests staying at the Cosmopolitan don’t have to pay to get to the skating rink, (free entry for hotel guests is after 11:30 PM), 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.
Eleven stories up on top of the Cromwell is where you’ll find Drai’s Beachclub/Nightclub. Chris Brown will be performing there on New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $125 for ladies, and $175 for men.
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.
Paris Las Vegas
The view doesn’t get much better than from atop the faux Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, but the price doesn’t get much higher either.
For $250, you’ll get an open bar (but for only one hour), a ticket to watch the fireworks from the top, a souvenir photo, an “event gift,” and a champagne toast at midnight. You’ll also not have to pay the usual Paris Las Vegas Parking fee.
Situated on the 64th floor of the Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, this soaring perch on the southernmost end of the Strip gives you an incredible perspective of all the fireworks blasted off the roofs from the casinos to the North.
General admission tickets to the Skyfall Lounge start at $226.29 (after taxes and fees), and does NOT include a cash bar. Higher priced options include a VIP package for 10 guests which includes a reserved table for 10, 2 bottles of premium liquor and 2 magnums of champagne – all for $7,747.18 after taxes, fees and tips.
Weather in Las Vegas during New Years
On New Year’s Day, the average high temperature in Las Vegas is 56 degress, while the average low is 38 degrees.
As of today, December 31st, the forecast calls for a high of 64 degrees on December 31st, with a low of 41 degrees.
According to weather.com, at midnight, it’s expected to be 45 degrees in Las Vegas, with winds of 3 miles per hour.
(Go here to read about Las Vegas weather in January)
Security on the Strip for NYE
The already signifcant Strip security plan has been beefed up significantly this year, in light of the October attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. City officials have increased security funding 300%, and Nevada National Guard troops will be out in force.
Please note that per Las Vegas Metro Police, revelers are not allowed to have backpacks, strollers, or glass bottles on the Strip on New Year’s Eve.
Photos courtesy of Caesars Entertainment (top) and the Skyfall Lounge