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New Years in Vegas?

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New Years in Vegas?

Never been to Vegas, my birthday is 12-31 and I will be celebrating my 30th. Has anyone been to Vegas for new years? What is it like and do they jack up the prices on hotels?

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1. Re: New Years in Vegas?

Had a friend of mine go 2 years ago- he said it was super crowded and the hotel prices were very high- he didn't recommend it.

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NYE is the busiest night of the year in town. I can only recommend it if you are willing to pay a steep price. Admittance to the popular clubs will be as high as $800. Hotels will only allow guest to enter after a set time in the evening. Room rates skyrocket, for example at Monte Carlo a room that normally goes for $49 two nights before jumps to $600+

If this is something you are interested in you will be well advised to make reservations now for the lowest inflated rates. The longer you wait, the higher the prices will go. Many people in town make their living off of special events by buying blocks of rooms at lesser hotels and resale them NYE to last minute visitors at very high rates. They are scalpers that call them selves Host. They get you passes to a club and a room for a fixed rate $$$$.

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It is the BUSIEST TIME of the year in Vegas. Every hotel will be sold out, and SUPER EXPENSIVE! They have an awesome fireworks show on the strip, and there will be tons of people everywhere. So many people that you can barely walk in the street.

-Jen

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Sorry, forgot to mention that if you do a "search" on "Las Vegas New Year's" or whatever...you can see pictures of what the streets look like...TONS OF PEOPLE!

-Jen

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BA: You are out of your mind if you spend New Years Eve in Las Vegas unless you are staying somewhere for free (friend, relative, etc.) As VHB said, it is RIPOFF tourist city that night. Go a few days earlier or a few days later and gamble the $1,000 you saved on that one night.

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I go every year for New Year's Eve. It is EXTREMELY crowded. Even worse than Times Square, which I attended annually as a teenager.

They close off the Strip to auto's around 4 p.m., and it becomes a street party. That can be a real hassle if your car is on one side of the Strip and you need to drive somewhere on the other side. (E.g., if you need to go from the Hard Rock Casino to The Palms.) You need to drive way up or down the Strip to cross to the other side, because Tropicana and Flamingo are both closed!!

I have seen posts on this site before claiming that you can't get into hotels that evening unless you are guests, but I have never been checked. However, I dress up for New Year's, so that might make a difference. I don't understand how they can check, given the huge streams of people moving inside after the fireworks.

They don't let you carry beer bottles outdoors that night -- in order to leave a casino with a beer, it has to be poured into a plastic cup.

The crowds are very thick. Down at the south end (Luxor/ Mandalay Bay), they thin out somewhat, at least during the fireworks. After the fireworks are over, the mass of people pushing their way into the casinos is overwhelming, whereever you are. NOT recommended for anyone claustrophobic or afraid of crowds!!

They have multiple firework launching sites up and down the Strip, all identical and synchronized. My favorite viewing place was in the middle of the intersection of the Strip and Tropicana. I could watch the ones being shot off right in front of me, and I could turn and watch multiple identical displays all up the Strip. That was great.

If you go, try to find out where the fireworks will be -- specifically! This past year, I grabbed a wonderful viewing spot on the balconies in front of the Venetian. The problem was that the fireworks were behind the Venetian, and I couldn't see a blessed [thank you, censors!!] thing!! Except the reflections in the windows in the casino across the street. That was even worse than the year I decided to watch the fireworks on the large screen monitor set up at a New Year's Eve Party. Fireworks on TV are lousy, but they are better than fireworks seen in the reflection of a hotel's windows across the street! I recommend being in the middle of the street, so you can see the fireworks without being blocked by anything.

As you've been warned, rooms get expensive. Make your reservations early, to avoid getting squeezed by the highest prices. And then let loose at a great street party!

Boston
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Hmmm.......great, thanks for all the honesty. After I posted, I did some searching online and it got me thinking that it probably is not the best way to experience Las Vegas.

Any suggestions on when the best time of year to go is? I owuld like to go when it is nice enough to go lay by the pool if I want to.

Thanks

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8. Re: New Years in Vegas?

IMO now is a great time before it reaches 100+ temps, fall is also popular after it cools in September and early October. Busiest months is March and April.

Really depends on what you call the best time. For some it is when buisness is slow like between T-day/Xmas and again in June/July/August when it is too dang hot.