LAS VEGAS: Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties

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December is now upon us and it’s time to get serious about where you will be celebrating New Year’s Eve. Las Vegas is always rockin’ with a party on every corner and rooms fill up fast, so do not delay. The choices abound, but we’ve whittled down the list to a more manageable 5, to make travel planning even easier.

Here are some of our favorite choices to ring in the New Year:

COSMOPOLITAN
The Cosmopolitan has several events going on but the celebration at The Ice Rink is where I’d want to be. You’ll be high above the Strip in a winter wonderland, skating your cares away and listening to Bruno Mars in concert on a marquee made of 65 digital panels. (He’s performing live downstairs at The Chelsea.) Tickets include cocktails.
Where: The Ice Rink, Cosmopolitan
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cost: $99 – $150 (Must be 21 to attend)

DOWNTOWN/FREMONT STREET
The Fremont Street Experience hosts one of Sin City’s biggest NYE parties, spanning several blocks, under the light canopy (which will be displaying a special light show that evening). This year’s party theme is “Rock in the New Year” and will feature 9 hours of live music on 3 stages, including Vince Neil (of Motley Crue) and Loverboy. The midnight countdown includes a dazzling fireworks display and revelers can duck into any number of casinos to warm up, try their hand at a game of poker, or freshen up their drinks.
Where: Fremont Street
When: Gates open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $40 (Must be 21 to attend)

ARIA
The Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge inside the Aria hotel is throwing a NYE Countdown hosted by JabbaWockeeZ, winners of America’s Best Dance Crew (and currently entertaining guests at their new customized theater at the Luxor). In addition to the drama and dance of this high-energy group, The Bangerz will deejay the event. First two hours feature an open bar, people, so don’t be late!
Where: The Ice Rink, Aria
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $75 for gents; table reservations start at $1,200 (Must be 21 to attend)

CAESARS PALACE
Pure Nightclub at Caesers recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual Vegas Seven Nightclub Awards and on New Year’s this plush venue with gorgeous Strip views will make you a believer. This is the cream of the crop and always deserves a visit no matter what time of year you visit Las Vegas. Known for hosting celebrities on a regular basis, you can hobnob with the best at this venue. Open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Where: Pure Nightclub, Caesers Palace
When: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m..
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $100 for gents; Tickets here

PLANET HOLLYWOOD
How about a “Bottomless New Year’s Eve” at Koi Ultra Lounge? Planet Hollywood is set dead center in the middle of the Strip, giving you a bird’s eye view of all the revelry and fireworks along Las Vegas Boulevard. Tickets include an open bar and party favors.
Where: Koi Ultra Lounge, Planet Hollywood
When: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Cost: $40 for the ladies; $60 for gents;  bottle service $150 – $200 Tickets here

NOTE: The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to ALL auto traffic after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, so plan appropriately.

 

Las Vegas: Have Some Fun with 5K GlowRun

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If you feel the need to get some physical activity while in Sin City—or want an excuse to go—it’s time to sign up for the 2013 Las Vegas GlowRun. This 5k event, scheduled for October 13th, is not your typical fun run. While it is loads of fun, participants get to dress up in costume (with prizes for the wackiest) and carry glow sticks while they run in the cool evening air.  It’s like a 5k party, with thousands of revelers lining the run route, cheering you on. And when you hit that finish line, you continue the evening with world-class electronic dance music, light shows, and food and bar vendors.

Proceeds from the race go to the $50,000 Bright Future Fund, an investment fund that will be allocated to a local Las Vegas start-up. (Any registered GlowRunner from each host city may apply, and possible GlowRun funded ventures may include consumer goods, products, fashion, energy solutions, entertainment, packaging, transportation, technology and communications.)

2013 Las Vegas GlowRun
You can sign  up for the race here. (Note: Facebook Save & Share Discount $5, Group Discount $5 per runner, Military and Student Discount $10)

When: October 13, 2013

Cost: $45