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first timer: new years!!!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by eber91, Nov 16, 2015.

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  1. eber91

    eber91 Tourist

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    hey guys so ill be my first time in vegas for new years. Been in Vegas multiple times but not for this time of year. Ive had negative and positive comments about this specific holiday out there. can you guys give me opinions? best places to be? tips and maybe some personal experiences? id really appreciate it. thanks
     
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    New Years gets very crowded no matter where you are really. The last time we were there for New Years we stayed outside of the Riviera - crowd was small and the people watching was fantastic. I've also been up by TI a different year - so very crowded. Just enjoy the fireworks display anywhere on the strip and have a meeting place in case you get separated from your group.

    Also, make sure everyone in your party has their room key. Hotels will post people by the elevators to ensure that only guests can get to the rooms.
     
  3. UTE

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    Las Vegas for NYE is something to do once. Kind of like Sturgis for bikers or Moab EJS for Jeepers. Lots of people, a great vibe, and a decreased ability to get food, drinks and lodging.

    Having said the above, Wifey and I will be there - but now we watch the craziness from our balcony.

    Bill
     
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    dannyg1001 Low-Roller

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    I had a nice win at a local casino over the weekend and am seriously considering taking the wife for her 30th birthday for new year with my winnings. I've heard Fremont Street is an alternative to being on the strip for new years eve... anyone got any feedback????
     
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    FSE is indeed a viable alternative to spending NYE on The Strip. It's just as packed and has a good vibe. The bands are great. Keep in mind they secure the perimeter, charge for entry and you go through Security checkpoints to get in. As with The Strip, getting food and drinks becomes more difficult as the street loads up. They do a "fireworks" display on the overhead canopy as you cannot view the ones on The Strip on most of FSE. To view them, go to a side street or get up on the parking garages - like the one above Hennessey's on LV Blvd or Station's or Binion's or....

    Bill
     
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    dannyg1001 Low-Roller

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    Thanks Bill, good point about the fireworks I never thought about that but of course they wont be visible with the canopy over Fremont. Can you wander in and out of the casinos during the busy time? The more i read about being on the strip the more my weak bladder after 5 or 6 beers thinks its not a great idea!
     
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    The only hotel in which you can guarantee entry at the bewitching hour is the one with which you have a room. For instance, Paris hotel won't let you inside unless you can show a room key from Paris or another CEZ hotel. I recommend watching from near your hotel. Parking garage roofs are great when it comes to midnight. If you have a car, be sure it's in a lot by evening. They close a lot of roads in the area down for pedestrian use and you WILL be in a traffic jam if you take your car out.
     
  8. Canadianeh

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    We were there last New Years. Stayed at Paris, and ate that night on the (then) Sugar Factory patio until around 11:30, watching the massive crowds grow. Then we decided we just had to experience the whole event from out on the strip. We had to go into the Paris casino, out the side doors by their [tiny] sports book and out the alley through a small opening in the gates out into the craziness of the strip. I'm glad we did. For one thing, out on the strip at midnight, you realize there are fireworks all around you from most of the bigger hotel rooftops. Then as has been said here, only with our Paris keys were we allowed back into our Paris hotel. It is truly a zoo, and one of those things we tell our friends, "you have to do it once". Right at midnight, the crowd was honestly shoulder to shoulder on the strip. When the fireworks were over, the crowd just starts shifting...you can't fight it. In fact I got into quite a shouting match with some a-hole who decided I had pushed him. My response: "talk to the 300,000 people that are pushing me!"...haha...you're honestly going to get jostled around out there. Make sure valuables are strapped down!
     
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    Get ready for amateur hour.

    And be where you're going to be for midnight at 6pm because you're not getting anywhere after that.
     
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    As noted, traffic will be bad. And, public transport - though active - will be full. The Monorail suddenly becomes a good option.

    Seriously, don't drive unless it's absolutely necessary. The Strip will be shut down - and the regular alternatives will be really bad (i.e., Paradise and Industrial Road). It's just not worth the hassle. The best option is to get a hotel within walking distance from where you want to view the fireworks.

    A Drinking Tip: Load up when you get the chance. The drink lines can be long. So, make the most of it. Walk away from the bar with your hands full.

    Most of all - enjoy the show. There's a palpable vibe on NYE that equals being on Times Square. It really is something to see - at least once. Have fun.

    Bill
     
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    A Vegas New Year's is on my bucket list, but unfortunately it won't be crossed off in 2016.
    I'll be on a cruise instead...

    Have fun!!!

    -Richard
     
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