Las Vegas: Nick Jonas! Fireworks! Eight places to party on New Year’s Eve for $50 or less

Nick Jonas

Singer Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers will lead the “3-2-1" countdown to 2016 at Foxtail, a nightclub at SLS. Amazingly, admission and an open bar cost just $50 per person.

(Randall Slavin)

You don’t have to max out your credit card to have a good time in Sin City this New Year’s Eve. Sure, the biggest headliners and poshest hotels could put a dent in your budget, but there are plenty of celebrations that will set you back $50 or less per person. Some are even free.

Here are eight places to party at the dawn of 2016. Many of these activities will keep you away from the exuberant craziness of the Strip - unless that’s what you want.

1. Pop star Nick Jonas will prove you don’t have to dig deep to see a top pop performer count down to 2016. He’ll be hosting the party at Foxtail Nightclub. Admission is just $50 and get this: The price includes an open bar from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve

Fireworks spectacularly light up the sky along the Las Vegas Strip just after midnight this year.

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2. Join 300,000 or so of your BFFs at America’s Party, the official name for the free mega-celebration along Las Vegas Boulevard. The climax, of course, is the eight-minute fireworks show to be launched from seven resorts on the Strip.

Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve

In one of the world’s biggest New Year’s celebrations, more than 300,000 people pack the Las Vegas Strip for the annual celebrations.

(Las Vegas News Bureau)

Download the Fireworks by Grucci mobile app to enjoy synchronized music as pyrotechnics light up the sky. For better viewing, booking engine suggests making your way to the top level of one of the many parking garages.

Bartender Paul Walsh

Bartender Paul Walsh will lead the countdown as guests at Ri Ra, an Irish pub along the Strip, celebrate the arrival of 2016 at 4 p.m. Vegas time, midnight Dublin time.

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3. They’ll be shouting “Happy New Year” at 4 p.m. inside Ri Ra, an Irish pub at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Bartender Paul “Junior” Walsh, a native of County Kerry in Ireland, will lead guests in cheers of “Slainte” as the clock strikes 12 on Irish television. For $7.50, try a Black Velvet, a cocktail made with Champagne and Guinness.

Wes Winters

Pianist and singer Wes Winters will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a 5 p.m. performance at the South Point. There’s no admission charge.

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4. Talented showman Wes Winters will wow guests during a free, 5 p.m. performance in the Grandview Lounge of the South Point. The accomplished pianist and singer won the “Liberace Play-A-Like Competition” in 2003 and since then has greatly expanded his repertoire.

db Brasserie

Dining along Las Vegas Boulevard on New Year’s Eve needn’t break the bank. For early diners at db Brasserie, $50 buys a four-course meal that starts with this truffle and foie gras salad.

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5. Dine early and save money at Chef Daniel Boulud’s db Brasserie at The Venetian. For $50 at 5 p.m., diners can enjoy a four-course meal with offerings such as a truffle salad with foie gras and poached pear vinaigrette, sea bass with leek fondue or a Waygu beef duo and for dessert, a tropical temptation of mango mousse, passion fruit gelée and coconut foam.

Patina Miller

Broadway singer-actress Patina Miller, shown here at a performance at New York’s Lincoln Center, will be among the theater stars who will ring in 2016 during a concert at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas.

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6. Celebrate early at the Smith Center, where an evening of musical fireworks will begin at 7 p.m. The lineup will include Broadway leading lady Patina Miller, Erich Bergen of “Jersey Boys,” Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis and others. Tickets start at $39.

Fremont Street Experience

A jubilant crowd gathers along the Fremont Street Experience to ring in the New Year during the Downtown Countdown.

(Las Vegas News Bureau)

7. Live music will be performed on multiple stages during Downtown Countdown at the Fremont Street Experience. The revelry starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 3:30 a.m. with entertainment from 13 tribute bands. Tickets cost $30 through Dec. 25, then they rise to $40.


Away from the Strip’s crush of humanity, Vegas band WolfCreek will entertain revelers at the Palms resort on New Year’s Eve. There’s no cover charge.

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8. Away from the crowds downtown and along the Strip, the Palms on West Flamingo Road will provide live music in the Lounge Cabaret Bar starting at 10:30 p.m. There’s no cover charge to enjoy local band WolfCreek as they perform classic rock and country favorites.


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