The sky over the Las Vegas Strip explodes in an extravagant show of sound and light with fireworks coordinated from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, the Flamingo, the Venetian, Treasure Island, Circus Circus and Stratosphere.
The display synchs to a soundtrack and goes on for 20 minutes. This is the evening’s epicenter. Rooftop lounges, restaurants overlooking the Strip and clubs with altitude become prime real estate. Consider such spots as the Eiffel Tower or the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Mix at the Hotel, Sushi Roku and Boa at the Forum Shops, Top of the World Restaurant at Stratosphere, Voodoo at the Rio and Ghostbar at the Palms for places to situate in the 11th hour. (JAE C. HONG, Associated Press)
Downtown, you can take it to the streets. The celebration includes dancing to headline acts the Doobie Brothers and the Bangles. The massive street party here costs $60 but delivers in entertainment and dazzle, starting at 6:30 p.m. under the famed VivaVision canopy. Ten hotels and plenty of lounges, bars, cafes and notion stores line the five-block party corridor. Logistics seem to relax here as distances are shorter.
The Goo Goo Dolls will ring in the new year at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and ends with a complimentary Champagne toast for everyone at midnight. The concert will be an intimate one by Vegas standards: The room can accommodate only 1,800. But VIP party packages that range from $350 to $1,500 a person with dinner, show, super seats, cocktails, bottle service and a no-lines guarantee can make the night all the sweeter.
The Venetian Resort kicks off ’08 with the energy of Earth, Wind & Fire and flowing decanters of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne in the Ballroom at 10 p.m. Party prices range from $89 to $199, including hats and horns when doors open at 9 p.m.
David Copperfield will perform at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater New Year’s Eve, at 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The act includes such odd feats as the magician transporting himself and a member of the audience from the stage to a deserted island on the other side of the planet. For those revelers who have decided to skip the Strip, this show might be the answer to how to spend time on the big evening.
Info: (800) 929-1111, . (JAE C. HONG, Associated Press)
The best party in the city may be above the Strip on a weightless flight with Zero G. The company takes floaters or those who want to get away from gravity for a while and lets them fly, literally, through a series of arcing maneuvers in the stripped fuselage of a Boeing 727. Fliers experience twice the amount of weightless time achieved in a typical suborbital flight into space and get a taste of Martian gravity (one-third gravity), lunar gravity (one-sixth gravity) and zero gravity. Admission to this party? $3,500 per person.
Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce’s New Year’s party promises to be hot, sticky and loud. A surprise celebrity hostess (lips are sealed on his or her identity) will lead the campy club’s world-famous burlesque dancers for a special per- formance; then the raucous and racy show Royal Jelly will get in some rock ‘n’ roll numbers before a New Year’s toast brings out the Kane cast as they step into the spotlight and out of their clothes. General admission is $100, but special VIP seating inclusive of all costs starts at $950 for two. The precious seats also mean no waiting, no tipping, dedicated waitress service, hats and horns and all taxes and fees. Doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 8 a.m.
Party until the werewolves howl at Harrah’s at Carnaval Court, an open pavilion right off the Strip. Admission is $50 per person starting at 9 p.m. (free until then, starting at 1 p.m.), and that includes two drinks. Bartenders turn into master mixologists and jugglers for the festivities, performing bottle magic as tunes spin and crowds dance. Inside Harrah’s the Piano Bar, the Range Steakhouse and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will all invite guests to ring in the new year as well. Info: (702) 369-5000, . (Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
Vegas the old way
Round out 2007 at the JW Marriott Las Vegas at the New Year’s Eve gala nightclub Edge. Doors open at 9 p.m. DJ Mathias spins songs until 1 a.m. The nightclub will be adorned in festive New Year’s décor, and guests will be treated to party favors and Champagne to toast 2008, all for a $30 cover. At J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub, dinner is the event, including prime rib and the customary Irish “tipple.” Party favors and Champagne are compliments of John Windsor & Thompson O’Keefe. Dinner is $65 a person; a party-only option is $20 or $30 for added entrance to Edge nightclub.