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New Year's Eve in Vegas-newbie 2015-2016

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by scarsmom, Oct 27, 2015.

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  1. scarsmom

    scarsmom Newbie

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    A friend and myself will be in Vegas over New Years...It will be our first trip to Vegas...We are staying at the Westgate Hotel...
    We are looking for things to do on New Year's Eve...The kicker is that we don't gamble or drink...so...what are the recommendations of the best things to do for New Year's
    Additionally...What other things are musts to do on a first trip to Vegas...
    Thanks in advance.:ssst:
     
  2. wellmel

    wellmel Low-Roller

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    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    Your first trip to Vegas is such a special one. I wish I could keep going back and doing that trip over. Do NOT over plan it! You probably will want to spend more time than you expect just wandering around and taking in all the sites.

    NYE the Strip will shut down to traffic and people will flood out. It's a crazy experience, but certainly one you won't forget.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Being on the strip among the massive crowds at midnight is one thing you have to do. Of course, everyone around you will be shit faced, but loving the party and the fireworks.

    Helo ride? Doubt you will be able to do it on NYE... maybe day before or after. One of the busiest nights of the year on the strip. Restaurants will be crazy as well.
     
  5. Canadianeh

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    You have to do the strip on NYE. They close it off to traffic late afternoon, and it's pretty quiet and easy to walk on it until the last hour or so before midnight, then it's shoulder to shoulder ppl. Because you aren't staying on the strip, be prepared to wander around on the strip until things really settle down after the fireworks. Immediately afterwards, you can only get onto the grounds of the hotel you are staying at, by showing your room key. There are chainlink fences put up the whole length of the strip along the sidewalks on both sides, with only a narrow entrance left open into each hotel, manned by security guards. It's a real gongshow. But one of those "you have to do it once" sort of things. Fireworks fired off most of the big hotels on the strip...very cool. When they finish, you could probably lift your feet up and be carried along with the flow...sardines. Did it this last NY, and it was a true memory...
     
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    Jameezy High-Roller

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    I've done NYE about 5 or 6 years straight now. Best advicr i can give you is decide early what you wanna do on NYE. There is no club hopping on NYE. The club you pick is the one you gotta stick with. The strip party is cool 2 but keep in mind that it will be cold and that you are rubbing shoulders with people. That's how crowded it is. I get to vegas on christmas usually and hotel checkins are pretty slow up until the 30th and 31st. So you might wanna arrive the 29th if you could. Have fun
     
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    Hopefully you will have a few days before and/or after New Years Eve if it is your first trip to Las Vegas - it is just going to be so busy on December 31st that you aren't going to be able to do too much with The Strip being closed to traffic, the crowds and the lines.

    If you don't gamble or drink there are still lots of shows, dining of just about every type, lots of sights to see, shopping, etc... I'm just saying don't plan too much of anything on the 31st :)
     
  8. Rags

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    I think that the strip at midnight is a one of a kind experience. Las Vegas on NYE is unlike any other. I've been to Vegas many times, and that night was definitely unique. Like others, I hope you have a few days before or after New Year's to experience a more 'normal busy' few days in Vegas.

    For activities, I suggest maybe one show a day or so before or after New Year's Eve. For that evening, there were some really cool options, such as an ice skating rink party at the Cosmo pool last year, where you could see all of the craziness but not be in the middle of the shoulder to shoulder folks on the strip. Just make sure to get to the strip early and understand that it will be difficult to get into most of the casinos if you're not staying there that night. We considered that last year, but decided to just jump in and watch the fireworks out on the strip in front of Caesars. Both my wife and I were really glad we did that but agreed that now that we've checked that off the list, if we go back on NYE, we'll likely check out one of the parties.

    Also for the trip in general, I suggest like others to keep the planning light. Maybe plan a few shows/dinners, but leave plenty of time to just explore and check out all there is to see.
     
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