Ring in ’13 Vegas Style: Parties, Great Dining, Top Entertainers ... & Parties!

by Steve Weinstein
Thursday Dec 27, 2012

If any holiday were meant for an all-night town like Las Vegas, it would have to be New Year’s Eve, when the rest of the world finally catches up with the "world’s entertainment capital" and everybody stays up way past bedtime.

Because everything’s here, you’ve got a lot more reason to be staying up all night. Where else are you going to get Kelly Rowland and TiĆ«sto in one city? In fact, where else are you going to find so many nightclubs and DJs that it would take you days of dancing to sample them all?

Las Vegas will play host to a series of fabulous soirees, heart-pounding dance parties, concerts starring music’s biggest names, and world-class dining exclusives. Topping it all is one of the largest fireworks shows in the world -- a pyrotechnics extravaganza that lives up to its name, "America’s Party."

Legendary Entertainers, Hot Sports Event, Today’s Chart Toppers

Watch night turn to day as the sky lights up at midnight, when partygoers turn out preparing to be wowed by a fireworks display so bright it can even outshine the neon lights of the Strip. The hotel rooftops themselves will be accessible only if they have a venue (nightclub, restaurant) with access, and you have made a reservation. (Of course, the fireworks will be visible from anywhere in town.) These are the rooftops from which the fireworks will originate: The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, and the Stratosphere. Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are bringing the incomparable Fireworks by Grucci from New York.

The Killers kick off the weekend by returning to their hometown for the first time in three years at The Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom on Dec. 28 and 29. The red hot Red Hot Chili Peppers will undoubtedly live up to their name to spice up Dec. 31 the Chelsea Ballroom. The Peppers promise a "special surprise" at midnight. You have been warned! Visitors will also be able to see the Peppers on a 65-foot digital marquee facing the Strip.

The Black Keys rock in the New Year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s The Joint, with performances on Dec. 30 and 31, along with Divine Fits.

Pitbull will turn the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort into crib his Dec. 28 and 29.

Legendary rockers the Eagles return to the Grand Garden Arena for one night only, Dec. 30.

Across at The House of Blues, located inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, party with Gary Allan and special guest Beau and the Outfit.

One of the best-selling female artists of all time, and one who has played Vegas more than anywhere else in the world, Celine Dion will give another of her titanic performances on New Year’s Eve at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Partygoers can rock in the New Year with Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown starting at 6 p.m. at a street party featuring Buckcherry and Queensryche plus special guests Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise. With six more incredible bands, the party lasts all night with performances such as local faves Yellow Brick Road, Zowie Bowie, Jizzy Pearl, Rok of Ages, Party Rockers and Brazen. While Downtown, check out the giant-screen 2012 year-in-review. The city’s mayor will lead the midnight countdown.

Oldies But Still Goodies

On Dec. 31, everyone joins in "Auld Lang Syne," to remind ourselves about "old acquaintance," never to be forgot. The end of the year is a great time to go "Old School," and that’s just what the Riviera Casino & Hotel has done. Two concerts bring back some of our favorite disco. The Boogie Knights will celebrate with music by KC & The Sunshine Band, Rolls Royce and the Bee Gees, among many others. The party stars Dec. 29, with tickets only $10.

A more recent genre will be ably represented also at the Riviera by two rappers who helped create modern hip-hop. MC Hammer and Tone Loc will play the Riviera on Dec. 30. Ticket prices start at only $35.

Over at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, the Spazmatics will host an ’80s dance party that begins at 9:30 p.m. and goes all night long. General admission tickets start at $69 per person.

Ronnie Rose will celebrate New Year’s with a Rockin’ Mowtown party at the South Point’s Sonoma Ballroom beginning at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for this throwback celebration are $39. Veteran rockers Frankie Avalon and Wes Winters will host a special dinner and show with a memorable champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino in Primm will celebrate New Year’s Eve with soul at a Blues Brothers Bash that begins at 10 p.m. with an open bar. Wristbands are $20 per person, with special room packages available.


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