By Steve Beauregard – Updated January 6th, 2021
(Editor’s Note: While last year’s show was cancelled, hopefully we’ll have a big NYE Strip fireworks show on 12/31/21. Once plans are announced, we’ll update this article accordingly. Below is previous year’s NYE Strip fireworks article.)
Each New Year’s Eve, over 300,000 revelers crowd the Strip to ring in the new year and watch the fireworks display.
While fireworks are shot off at midnight, the 20th annual Las Vegas Strip NYE party really begins at 6 PM on Tuesday, December 31st, when all vehicle traffic is shut down, making the Strip the world’s largest block party.
Last year, city officials estimated that 318,000 out-of-town visitors came to Sin City for New Year’s Eve. This year, LV Police estimate around 400,000 people (including locals) will gather on the Strip to see the show. The city is spending $500,000 on the display.
Seven different casinos on the Las Vegas Strip participate in a coordinated December 31st fireworks show.
Las Vegas Strip NYE Fireworks Time and Location
The tradition continues this year at midnight with the following resorts shooting fireworks off of the top of their hotels:
Just like last year, there will be 80,000 fireworks set off during a fireworks display lasting around eight minutes. It comes out to about 150 fireworks per second. New this year is the traditional countdown, only done with fireworks. In other words, the numbers from ten on down will be in the form of fireworks above the casinos. And, as is custom, the fireworks show will be accompanied by music.
The theme this year is “The Big 20” with a play list that includes songs by U2, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Brittany Spears and “Raise Your Glass” by Pink. I believe there will also be the traditional rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.”
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 6 PM on New Year’s Eve, creating a huge pedestrian walkway.
From the MGM Grand to the south, to the Stratosphere on the north end, there’ll be great spots up and down the Strip, but the center Strip (think outside Caesars Palace), is where you’ll get more bang for your buck.
Those of you who don’t mind paying a little (or a lot), to gain a good vantage point have plenty of options.
Las Vegas Strip New Year’s Eve Fireworks Viewing Parties
(Some of the links below are affiliate links. Should you purchase your Las Vegas NYE tickets through them I may receive a commission).
Below are fireworks viewing party options. A list of concerts and DJs performing on NYE is further down below.
One of best views in all of Las Vegas is from atop the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
The have 2 main parties:
(1) At Level 107
(2) At Level 108.
Both are on top of the tower.
(1) Their Level 107 Sky Lounge Celebration starts at 10 PM. It costs you $269.15 per person before taxes and fees. (It would be $623.61 for 2 people combined after all taxes and fees.
For this you receive access to an open bar from 10 PM to Midnight, along with music from a DJ, and party favors. Food is available for purchase.
(2) The “Party in the Sky” package starts at 9:30. It takes place one floor up on the Stratosphere’s Level 108 indoor Observation Deck. It’s pricier but has a longer open bar, and food included.
From 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM you get an unlimited open bar with premium brands, specialty drinks, and martini luges.
The menu from “award-winning chef’s includes various food stations. These include a “skypod of shrimp”, a North Italian Pasta Station, a Mediterranean Garden, and the Chef’s New Year’s Favorites station, which includes braised short ribs and salmon a la plancha.
The dessert station has chocolate covered fruits, pastries, and the intriguing, “Liquor Infused Cotton Candy served by a party dancer.”
In addition to cotton-candy dispensing dancers, the party features go-go dancers, and what they call “atmosphere models.”
A DJ will be performing, with dancing and of course, a midnight champagne toast. The cost is $358.41 per person. (For two guests, it will be a total of $827.13 after taxes, and fees).
Linq High Roller
A pod on the highest Ferris wheel in the world isn’t a bad place to spend the first minutes of 2020, watching the Strip fireworks below. Ticket prices for the High Roller start at $200.
There are 3 different ticket levels. All include entry on a pod that stops for fireworks viewing at midnight. All three levels also include a champagne toast at midnight, a souvenir photo, and a free parking pass.
The three levels are as follows, and all prices include taxes and fees:
(1) Roaring Good Time – $200 per person. “Mid-wheel cabin view” of fireworks. (I believe this price level is sold out).
(2) Swinging Soiree – $350 per person. Includes a pre-party with entertainment, premium open bar, heavy appetizers, and upper tier cabin view of fireworks.
(3) Grand Affair – $500 per person. Top tier cabin view of fireworks, along with the pre-party with entertainment, heavy appetizers, and premium open bar.
NY-NY Hotel and Casino
Just as they’ve done in years past, 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 a DJ and views of the fireworks. Tickets are $193.20 after taxes and fees.
For two people, the total cost would be $379.30 after taxes and fees.
Hard Rock Cafe
Not to be confused with the Hard Rock Casino a mile off the Strip, the Hard Rock Cafe is directly on the Las Vegas Strip – just north of MGM Grand and right across from Park MGM.
The restaurant and bar has 3 floors and outdoor patios for great viewing of the NYE Strip fireworks.
They have two NYE ticket options: (1) The 6 PM package and (2) The 9 PM package.
(1) The 6 PM Package is a combination of comedy show, dinner, and open bar.
Starting at 6 PM on the 31st, you get six hours of an open bar! (Whew). You also get a general admission seat to the comedy show, and a three-course dinner.
This package also includes the heavy appetizers that are offered later, a live band, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
Tickets cost $300 per person before taxes and fees. For two people, the total cost for both, after everything, is $629.85.
(2) Their 9 PM NYE fireworks package costs $195 per person, and gets you 3 hours of an open premium bar, heavy appetizers, a live band, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
For 2 people, the total cost after taxes and fees is $419.85 combined.
In addition to shooting off fireworks, Caesars has a viewing party on the Spanish Steps 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 $190.00 per person, and the other a VIP Table ticket for 3 people at at a cost of $1,200.
The $190.00 ticket ($280.09 after tips, taxes and fees), gets you standing room only access to the courtyard, along with entertainment from a live DJ (as opposed to a dead one), and an open bar. Plus there are space heaters to keep you toasty.
The $1,200 VIP table ($1,742.90 after tips, taxes and fees) is the total for three people combined. It includes a table, an open bar, and the DJ entertainment.
Paris Las Vegas
There are three different viewing parties at Paris Las Vegas.
(1) Chateau is the indoor/outdoor patio club atop the Paris Las Vegas and offers one of the more affordable parties, (especially since cover comes with an open bar).
For $146.20 per person (after taxes and fees), you get access to both venues, an open bar from 9 PM to 11:59 PM, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Eiffel Tower – 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 $300 (that’s after taxes and fees), you’ll get an open bar, appetizers, a ticket to watch the fireworks from the viewing deck, a souvenir photo, and a champagne toast at midnight. You’ll also not have to pay the usual Paris Las Vegas Parking fee.
Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas – The reserved bar seating tickets at $200 apiece have sold out, however more elaborate reserved seating/drink packages at the Beer Park on New Year’s Eve are still available. They start at $400 for a table for 2 (without an open bar), and run up to VIP packages for (gulp) $3,000 per person.
Flamingo Hotel & Casino
The resort’s Bird Bar sits right out on Strip and offers good fireworks views. For NYE, there is a $200 cover, ($236.74 after taxes and fees), for which you’ll get you a 3 hour open bar (house cocktails, wine and beer), from 9 PM to Midnight and a midnight champagne toast.
Margaritaville Las Vegas
Also at the Flamingo is the tropical-themed restaurant across from Caesars Palace. It has a great-Strip front location and a NYE bash starting at 9 PM.
There are two packages available: one for the Main floor, and one for the 2nd & 3rd floors.
Main Floor: The $99 per person (or $123.80 after taxes and fees) ticket gets you an open bar from 9 PM to Midnight on the first (main) floor, along with a champagne toast, live entertainment and party favors. Seating is “open” meaning you probably won’t get one.
2nd & 3rd Floor: The $199 ticket per person ticket (or $236.81 after taxes & fees) 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 website says that like the party below on the first floor, seating is open and unassigned.
The Book at the Linq
Being right on the Strip, The Book, and it’s attached bar called Re:Match, will be a fun, crowded party with great views.
Tickets cost $200 per person, but tons of fees and gratuities added means that for two people, the party would cost a total of $589.14 combined, (after all taxes and fees). It gets you entry, an open bar until 1 AM, games, entertainment, and a dessert bar.
Harrah’s Piano Bar
This popular bar off of Carnival Court has packages starting at $100 before taxes fees, and gratuities. It doesn’t include an open bar, but you do get two free drinks.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Each winter, the Cosmo turn their Boulevard Pool area into the only ice skating rink atop the Strip. On New Year’s Eve however, ice skating is not available, as the area is transformed into a great center-Strip party. This year’s party features a 1920’s Prohibition theme.
For $297.97 per person (after all taxes and fees), guests get access to area, which sits atop the Strip, offering great views of the fireworks. You’ll also have a three-hour open bar from 10 PM to 1 AM.
Hotel guests staying at the Cosmopolitan will have to pay to get into this event.
Drai’s at The Cromwell
Eleven stories up on top of the Cromwell is where you’ll find Drai’s Beachclub/Nightclub, with 70,000 square feet of outdoor space and great views of the Strip (and fireworks).
As was the case last year, rapper Future will be performing. The cost is $150 for ladies, ($172.50 after taxes and fees), and $200 for men (or $229.99 after taxes and fees). This does not include free drinks or anything, however there is a free champagne toast at midnight.
Skyfall Lounge at Mandalay Bay
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’s NYE Prohibition Party start at $220 (before taxes and fees). It includes a two hour open bar.
There are other packages including table reservations in the $2,000 range that give you admission for four people, long with two bottles of alcohol, and two bottles of champagne.
Cabo Wabo Cantina
Sammy Hagar’s Mexican-themed restaurant/bar across from the Bellagio has all-you-can drink patio party seating starting at $200.
NYE Shows & Concerts NYE in Las Vegas
From the numerous Cirque du Soleil shows to the Blue Man Group, from magic shows like David Copperfield to concerts by Paula Abdul and Lady Gaga, there are no shortage of shows, performances and concerts to enjoy before the fireworks.
For example, Tyga will be performing on 12/31/19 at Aria’s nightclub, Jewell. Pre-sale tickets for men start at $79.13, and it includes a 2 hour open bar, from 9 PM to 11 PM. Ladies pre-sale tickets cost $53.09.
At the Cololesseum, iconic band Journey will be playing, starting at 8 PM on NYE.
Also, DJ Calvin Harris will once again be performing at the Omnia nightclub on the 31st. Pre-sale Tickets start at $100 for men, and $50 for women. Omnia has a patio area for fireworks-viewing.
Lizzo will be performing at The Chelsea at the Cosmo, at 9 PM on New Year’s Eve.
At the resort’s Marquee Nightclub, Mustard will be performing. Tickets cost $75 before taxes and fees, and includes entry, three hours of hors d’oeuvers (9 PM to Midnight), a two-hour open bar (9 PM to 11 PM), and champagne toast at midnight.
Hakkasan at MGM Grand will feature Steve Aoki on NYE. Pre-sale tickets for men start a tad higher at $79.19. It too includes a 2 hour open bar, from 8 PM to 10 PM. Ladies pre-sale tickets cost $53.13.
As has been a recent tradition, Maroon 5 will bring in the new year with a two night performance (starting December 30th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Also, Third Eye Blind will per performing at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay at 7 PM on the 31st.
Lastly, at Mandalay Bay’s Light nightclub, T-Pain will be performing at 9 PM. Tickets start at $50 for the ladies, and $75 for men.
At the Park MGM Theater, Lady Gaga performs her popular “Jazz & Piano” show at 8 PM. Tickets start at $300 before taxes and fees and are available through Ticketmaster here:
At the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Christina Aguilera’s has a 10:15 PM show on New Year’s Eve.
An updated list of all Las Vegas shows for NYE 2020/2021 can be found here:
Wynn Las Vegas
The Chainsmokers perform at Wynn’s XS Nightclub on the 31st. Tickets start at $50 for the ladies, and $75 for guys.
Weather in Las Vegas during New Years Eve
Historically on New Year’s Day, the average high temperature in Las Vegas is 56 degrees, while the average low is 38 degrees.
Last year’s NYE fireworks show, however, was much cooler than usual. Temperatures were in the thirties, with a wind chill factor making it feel like it was in the twenties!
(Go here to read about Las Vegas weather in January)
As of this update, Weather.com’s forecast for the 31st predicts a sunny day, with a zero percent chance of rain or snow. The high is expected to be 56 degrees. At midnight on the Strip, they say it will be 41 degrees, but will feel like 39 degrees when the slight wind and humidity are factored in.
Security on the Strip for NYE
The already significant Strip security plan was beefed up significantly in 2017, in light of the October 2017 attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. City officials increased security funding 300%.
According to Deputy Chief Andrew Walsh of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, 1,700 officers will patrol the Strip on NYE, many in plains clothes to watch over the festivities. In addition, Nevada National Guard troops will be out in force to help everyone welcome in the new year safely.
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. Also, there is a curfew on the Strip for NYE. You must be 18 years or older to be on the Strip after 6 PM on the 31st.
In recent years, many casino/hotels have required you to be a guest to access the resort during specific times. For example, between 11 PM and 1 AM, all of the MGM Resorts hotels, (like Mandalay Bay), required everyone to show a hotel room key before entering the property.
* The 12/31/19 America’s Party marked the 20th anniversary of fireworks being shot off above the Las Vegas Strip.
* Please note that if there are high winds, the show could be delayed up to 1 AM. If winds persist after 1 AM, the fireworks will likely be cancelled.
(Photos courtesy of Caesars Entertainment (top), Las Vegas Blog via Flickr, MGM Resorts International, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.