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Las Vegas NYE 2020 Guide (+ Sample Itineraries)

There may be nothing more sinfully luxurious than spending New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Revelers can start their evening off right by getting pampered at one of the many spas that dot the Strip before heading out for a bite to eat at one of the best restaurants you’ve ever been to. Then, round out your evening at one of the many (many) New Year’s Eve concerts, clubs, or parties before watching the ball drop and seeing the spectacular fireworks show that takes place as the clock strikes twelve.

Whatever you decide to do, time is running short, so start planning your NYE itinerary now. If you need some extra advice, we’ve compiled some sample itineraries to get the ball rolling at the end of those post.

Travel Tips
  • Book early – Hotel rooms will be booked up quickly and tickets will sell out fast.
  • Arrive early – Las Vegas Boulevard gets blocked off for the party at 6:00 PM, and with 300,000+ people descending on the Strip, traffic will be crazy all night. To avoid traffic congestion, we recommend opting for cabs, rideshares, shuttles, or the Las Vegas Monorail.
  • Dress appropriately – if you’re spending time outside, wear layers. While Las Vegas in winter is not as cold as other locations, the desert still gets cold at night and you will want a jacket. Backpacks, coolers, and strollers are prohibited on Las Vegas Boulevard between 6:00 PM December 31 – 6:00 AM January 1.
  • Imbibe responsibly – While many tickets include open bar or bottle service, make sure you space those drinks out with some water. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
  • Shop accordingly – Between 6:00 PM December 31 and 6:00 AM January 1, glass containers are banned while on The Strip (south of Sahara and north of Sunset Avenue) and on the sidewalks bordering that portion of Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • Carry your hotel key with you – Between 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM many hotel properties require proof that you are a guest of the hotel to access the property.

New Year’s Eve 2020 Parties and Events

There are so many events happening, plus new ones being added all the time, that it’s hard to list them all! Here are a few to get you started on organizing your last night of 2019, starting with the official city of Las Vegas New Year’s Eve party:

Family-friendly

Dinners & Appetizers

Performances & Concerts

DJs, Parties & Clubs

Fireworks & Fireworks Viewing Parties

Other

New Year’s Day

While things are pretty much back to normal by the time New Year’s Day morning—or afternoon for those out extra late—rolls around, you’ll still find some special New-Year-related events:

Breakfasts, brunches & lunches

Other events

Bonus Points: Head to the Grand Canyon

Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions and cross an item off your bucket list: see the Grand Canyon. Whether you squeeze it in under the clock December 31st or start the new year off right with a healthy dose of awe, make a trip to the Grand Canyon part of your New Year’s experience.

Grand Canyon South Rim Tour Overlook

Grand Canyon South Rim
Bus Tour

Hop aboard our most popular guided luxury bus tour to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim National Parl’s many breathtaking viewpoints, including hotel pick-up and drop off.

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grand canyon west rim deluxe bus tour hoover dam stop optional skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop and Optional Skywalk

Your tour includes a drive over the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge before arriving at the stunning West Rim! Skywalk available for an additional fee.

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grand canyon west rim helicopter tour floor landing limousine upgrade

Grand Canyon Helicopter Floor Landing with Limousine Upgrade

Travel to and from your helicopter in a limo before landing on the Canyon floor and at a private ramada on the Colorado River. Return flight includes a cruise over the Las Vegas strip.

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4 Sample NYE Itineraries

With so many options for how to ring in the new year in Vegas, it can be hard to narrow down your plans and create an itinerary for your evening. To help get you started, we’ve put together some sample itineraries for families, foodies, party goers, luxury lovers, and budget travellers.

Sample Itinerary #1: Families

Yes, there are family-friendly activities to attend on NYE! Check out these events:

Start your night off early
New Year’s At Noon: The Alley CatsSouth Point Hotel Casino & Spa
Dinner time
Try this list of kid-friendly restaurants from Eater Las Vegas
When the clock strikes 12
5th Annual Wild New Year’s Eve PartyRainforest Cafe
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day DiningJW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Trip to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim or South Rim – Canyon Tours

Sample Itinerary #2: Foodies

Las Vegas is a smorgasbord for foodies any day of the year, but it’s even more enticing on NYE as different resorts and restaurants compete to put on the most scrumptious spread. Here’s what we recommend:

Start your night off early
New Year’s Eve Champagne & Caviar Dinner Sparrow + Wolf
The feast continues
Bonne Année! Bouchon at The Venetian
When the clock strikes 12
108 Party in the SkyStratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day BrunchEiffel Tower Restaurant

And later:

New Year’s Day Crab Festival3000 Graphic Center Drive

Sample Itinerary #3: Party Goers

Hoping to welcome new year on the dance floor? Here’s what we recommend:

Fuel up and pre-party
Searsucker New Year’s EveSearsucker at Caesars Palace
Parties
Steve Aoki New Year’s EveHakkasan Nightclub
Calvin Harris New Year’s EveOmnia Las Vegas
New Year’s Eve with DJ SnowRainforest Cafe
New Year’s Eve with the ChainsmokersXS nightclub
When the clock strikes 12
NYE 2020 Unicorn CandylandTom’s Urban at New York – New York
Lil Jon New Year’s Eve1 Oak Nightclub
New Year’s Eve 2020: America’s Party DowntownFremont Street Experience
New Year’s Day
Hair of the DogHogs & Heifers

Sample Itinerary #4: Budget-Conscious

Spending New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Check out these budget-friendly events:

Dinner and drinks
Crafted Buffet: New Year’s Eve Seafood Buffet Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
When the clock strikes 12
New Year’s Eve 2020: America’s Party DowntownFremont Street Experience
New Year’s Day
Trip to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, or Lake MeadCanyon Tours

Sample Itinerary #5: Luxury Lovers

Ready to spare no expense this NYE? Say hello to 2020 in the lap of luxury at these spots:

Start your night off right
Spa specials –  BATHHOUSE spa at Delano
Appetizers & apéritifs
New Year’s Eve Champagne & Caviar Dinner Sparrow + Wolf
Dinner
New Year’s Eve in Las VegasEiffel Tower Restaurant
Take in a show
Lady Gaga (Jazz & Piano) Park Theater
Parties
New Year’s Eve 2020 at Prestige Club Lounge

Or

New Year’s Eve 2020The Dorsey

When the clock strikes 12
High Roller’s New Year’s EveHigh Roller Observation Wheel

Or

New Years Eve 2020 at Chateau Nightclub & Beerpark

New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day BrunchEiffel Tower Restaurant

Followed by

Trip to the Grand Canyon by helicopterCanyon Tours

Conclusion

Ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas? There’s lots to see and do, but tickets for these events sell out quickly (and may already be sold out at the time of publishing) so start making arrangements and snap up those tickets—and hotel rooms—quickly.