The hubbub on the Strip gets going around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve when police barricade Las Vegas Boulevard from traffic and revelers spill out on the streets to prepare for the countdown. Then at midnight, fireworks explode from the rooftops of seven casinos, including the MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and the Stratosphere. But that’s just the party if you don’t have the ticket. Check out these great New Year’s Eve shindigs in Las Vegas. Call fast and you can still get in on the celebrity sightings.
1 Coldplay and Jay-Z at Cosmopolitan
This has to be the hottest ticket in town. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates the new year and its recent opening with a by invite party with solo and mash-up New Year’s Eve headline performances by Grammy award-winning artists Coldplay and Jay-Z. The collaboration is officially dubbed “Viva La Hov featuring Coldplay and Jay-Z.” Can’t get a ticket? Watch the concert on the casino’s 65-foot screen on the Strip. Just bundle up; it's supposed to be cold that night.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
2 Kim Kardashian at Tao
Can’t get in to the big party at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas? Make your way to Tao at the Venetian to ring in the new year with Kim Kardashian. For $200, you get free appetizers beginning at 9 p.m., followed by a Champagne toast at midnight. The fan-friendly Kardashian may even let you shoot a picture of her.
Tao at the Venetian
3 Ludacris at Vanity
Get bad with Ludacris making it rain at Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel. Your $150 ticket gets you an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel
4 Rihanna at Pure
We’ve seen tickets going for more than $200 to see Rihanna at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace. Rumor has it a special guest deejay will be spinning, too.
Pure at Caesars Palace
5 Nelly at Haze
Nelly brings his chart-topping hits to Haze Nightclub at Aria at CityCenter. Countdown to 2011 for $150, or throw down $3,000 for all-inclusive table packages. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Haze at Aria at CityCenter