The presents are unwrapped so it's time to start thinking about New Year's in Las Vegas. Here are 15 lively ways to welcome 2015 Vegas-style:
The hottest ticket for New Year's Eve is the concert featuring the combo of old-time crooner Tony Bennett and
The biggest show in town is the free fireworks display that erupts at midnight from atop seven resorts along Las Vegas Boulevard. ( the Stratosphere, the Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and the MGM Grand.) About 80,000 pyrotechnic devices will be fired during the 7-minute, 11-second performance, which can be seen from throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
The newest spot from which to view the fireworks is the High Roller Ferris wheel, which opened earlier this year. The world's tallest Ferris wheel will stop moving for the show and guests will be treated to unobstructed views. Various packages are available starting at $2,500 per cabin. (The cabins can hold as many as 40 of your closest friends.)
A bit away from the sea of humanity on the Strip, 35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel will serve a prix-fixe menu with tempting offerings such as macadamia-crusted scallops, loin of venison and two-pound lobsters stuffed with jumbo lump crab meat. The price is $120 or $140, depending on the seating time. Add $40 for wine pairings. Info and reservations: (702) 693-5500.
As New York's Times Square drops its glittery ball at 9 p.m. Pacific Time, the revelry gets underway on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York Hotel & Casino. The free "Bridge Bash" is to feature a live DJ, dancing and, of course, the midnight fireworks. Inside the resort, there will be all-you-can-drink champagne for $40. The offer is good at four bars from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m.
New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year when there’s an admission charge at the Fremont Street Experience. The “Downtown Countdown” runs from 6 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. and features various tribute bands (think Led Zeppelin, Queen and
Enjoy unlimited drinks while watching the activities on Fremont Street with the deal offered by the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. From 9 p.m. to midnight, hotel guests and non-guests can get well cocktails, domestic beer and wine at three venues for just $29. Wristbands will be available for purchase starting at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
People seeking New Year's Day nourishment can enjoy a jazz brunch at Country Club, a steakhouse at the Wynn. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests can enjoy the sounds of a Dixieland band as they sample dozens of dishes including eggs Versailles, shrimp and grits, and creole gumbo. The brunch price of $75 includes tax and tip.
New Year’s Day is appropriately designated as “National Hangover Day,” and those who aren’t too hung over themselves can witness the unveiling of the new “Hangover Room” exhibit at Madame Tussauds. A likeness of “Alan,” the character played by Zach Galifianakis in “