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5 Unique Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

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|by Krista Diamond |

Don’t be afraid to venture off the Strip to ring in a new decade

Forget about Christmas and Thanksgiving. In Las Vegas, the biggest holiday of the year is New Year’s Eve. Not only is it one of the only two nights per year that the Strip closes to vehicle traffic and lets crowds fill the streets (the other is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon held each November), it’s a dazzling display of fireworks, wild parties, glitter and celebrity appearances. 

If you’ve done New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas before, you’ve seen how it transforms the city into one big party. You also know how hard it can be to choose which corner of town to celebrate in. If you’ve done the nightclub thing before, why not do something a little bit different this year? From memorable views to unique bars to unexpected natural destinations, here’s where you want to ring in the New Year in Vegas this time around. 

Ring in 2020 in style at these offbeat Vegas destinations (Photo: iStock)

Ring in 2020 in style at these offbeat Vegas destinations (Photo: iStock)

Foundation Room
Perched on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay, Foundation Room is a refined lounge and restaurant that offers a sweeping balcony. Thanks to Mandalay Bay’s far south Strip location, Foundation Room has one of the best views of Las Vegas Blvd. in the city. Splurge on a bottle service package and reserve a table to ensure perfect views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

The Underground at The Mob Museum
Slip into a speakeasy this New Year’s Eve at The Underground at the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas. The vintage venue features live jazz, old-fashioned cocktails and shots of moonshine distilled on-site. If you’re looking for an excuse to wear a flapper dress or a fedora, this is it.

The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The phrase “on ice” doesn’t just refer to cocktails at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Each winter, the resort’s Boulevard Pool transitions from a summertime party destination into an ice skating rink complete with falling snow, fire pits, and expansive views of the Strip below. Celebrate here and enjoy a three-hour open bar, photo stations, and a winter wonderland in the desert. 

Red Rock Canyon
Not feeling the crowds and the cover charges this year? Drive out to Red Rock Canyon LV on the west side of town and let the starry skies, desert cliffs, and twinkling city lights in the distance carry you into the next year. Drive a few miles on 159, pull over, bundle up, and find a spot in the wilderness where you can watch fireworks pop up all over the valley while coyotes howl nearby.

Lone Mountain Peak
Here’s another natural option that won’t cost you a thing. Located on the northwest side of Las Vegas near Alexander Road, Lone Mountain Peak offers something unexpected in a neighborhood setting: a short, rocky, summit that you can reach on foot. Make the roughly one-mile trek to the top and experience breathtaking views of the Strip, Downtown, and the fireworks all over the city. While this hike is short, it is rocky with steep drop-offs. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, watch your footing, and skip the champagne so you’re steady on your feet.

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