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Las Vegas is one of the biggest, best and most famous places in the world to celebrate New Year’s, and this is for good reason. When the holiday hits, almost every venue and public space in the city is dedicated to welcoming the coming year. Whether your group is looking for the craziest party on the planet or a fun, family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, Las Vegas has a superabundance of amusement options for revelers of all varieties. One thing that unites all celebrations in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve is the seemingly never-ending plenitude of partygoers at almost any gala in the city.

The Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Blvd. between Sahara Ave. and Russell Road
Las Vegas, NVFor those brazen souls who gravitate directly to the center of party activity, the Las Vegas Strip is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. With street-wide celebrations on the closed-down strip as well as special events and themed entertainment in nearly every hotel lining the city’s main drag, crowds from all over the world flock to this well-known New Year’s Eve location. Getting a hotel room anywhere near this public party requires booking several months ahead. Usually, the higher the hotel room, the better view you get of the bombastic fireworks display. Parents be warned: when the New Year is nigh, an estimated 300,000 visitors line the street and the extra lively, packed-like-sardines Las Vegas Strip is clearly no friendly place for children.

Stratosphere Las Vegas
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 380-7777
www.stratospherehotel.comIf your New Year’s musts include a spectacular view of the city, Stratosphere is one of the premiere places in Las Vegas to see the sights from above. This hotel hosts a series of by-reservation-only New Year’s Eve parties in its sky-high restaurants, venues and lounges, including a special dining shindig at Top of the World restaurant. Many locals consider the Stratosphere to be the best place to catch Sin City’s exceptional New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics.

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Adventuredome Theme Park
at Circus Circus
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 794-3939
www.adventuredome.comFamilies who have decided to brave Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve will find The Adventuredome at Circus Circus to be a fun place to entertain kids on New Year’s Eve. This theme park has five acres of rides, shows and games made especially for the younger crowd. Popular attractions at the park include 4-D features with popular characters like Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants, indoor rock climbing and golfing and a high-intensity roller coaster.

Fremont Street Experience
425 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 678-5777
www.vegasexperience.com‎Fans of old Las Vegas loyally book their lodgings in this neon-clad downtown drag, but the five-block, pedestrians-only attraction featuring a huge screen coupled with a massive sound system explodes with activity on New Year’s Eve. A popular celebration getaway for locals and visitors who like a crowded party but who wish to evade legendary Strip-area traffic and the throngs of visitors who choose the Strip as their party location, an estimated 23,000 people head to Fremont Street to ring in each approaching year. New Year’s Eve hotel rooms in this area also tend to be less expensive than those in the main part of Las Vegas Blvd.

at Palms Casino Resort
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 942-7777

Slightly off-strip and away from the centrally located New Year’s Eve parties in Las Vegas, the celebration at Ghostbar in the Palms should not be overlooked as one of the best places to ring in the New Year. Notable famous guests who have hosted New Year’s Eve celebrations at Ghostbar include DJ O.B. One, Miss Nevada USA, Benny Black and Snooki from “Jersey Shore.” Make sure you dress up for this party as high-end and fashionable attire is required for entry.

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Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.