A Perfect NYE on the Las Vegas Strip

Saturday night on the Strip is always a moment—but throw New Year’s Eve into the mix, and the reviews read “once-in-a-lifetime,” “unforgettable”and “game-changing.”

With the ball dropping on the weekend this year, expect crowds to swell beyond the usual 300,000 as hotels sell out, restaurants book up early, residency shows pack ’em in, and the clubs and lounges pop countless bottles.

Fireworks displays light up the Strip from The Strat to MGM Grand. Illuminating the showrooms are Gwen Stefani at The Venetian and The Killers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. venetianlasvegas.com; cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Bruno Mars funks up the Dolby Live theater at Park MGM; Kevin Hart and Pitbull go worldwide at Resorts World; The Original Misfits growl and gnash at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Arena; and Tenacious D unharnesses its unmatched energy on the crowd inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. parkmgm.mgmresorts.com; rwlasvegas.com; mandalaybay.mgmresorts.com; virginhotelslv.com

On the club and lounge front, ticket prices range from $50 for a party of one, up to $25,000 for a table full of people you’d better like a lot.

However, only a few venues actually have Strip views—like the patio at Caesars Palace’s Omnia Nightclub. The Strat ticks the boxes for dinner and fun with a party on its observation deck and a late seating at the Top of the World rotating restaurant; both showcase panoramic looks at the city. caesars.com/caesars-palace; thestrat.com

Center Strip, Resorts World’s top-floor Allē Lounge shakes and stirs its way into 2023 with an awe-inspiring, million-dollar view. rwlasvegas.com

— Melinda Sheckells