Happy New Year, Las Vegas. 🥂 We made it through this scary, sad, maddening, maniac, interesting and important year. There’s actually a lot to be thankful for. One, of course, is I am still here… 🤣
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is typically the most expensive eve of the year. Restaurants, shows, the clubs–all jack up their prices because Vegas is THE place to be when the clock strikes midnight. I love the excitement of the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. But you have to spend one New Year’s Eve in your lifetime on the Las Vegas Strip.
The boulevard is closed for seven miles. You will join 300,00 new friends on the street as all the Las Vegas casino marquees count down from 10 in unison. At midnight a 10-minute fireworks display lights up the sky.
None of this is happening this year, of course. So here are some FREE options that you can enjoy safely.
Zowie Bowie at Circa (kinda)
The new Circa Resort and Casino booked Zowie Bowie for its New Year’s Eve shindig. Founder Chris Phillips has put together a 17-piece show band. My fav Skye Dee Miles will sing at midnight. Fellow Yalie Michelle Johnson as well as Jaime Lynch, Christina Amato and Sina Foley are also featured vocalists.
All this is happening at Stadium Swim, the three-story outdoor pool area. Yesterday the resort decided to cancel plans to allow live, breathing people to see the show.
But you can watch it from the safety of your quarantined home on Channel 8, KLAS-TV. The televised festivities start at 9.
The corona virus just saved you the cost of an expensive drink at Circa!
Fireworks at the Plaza
The only fireworks show this year will be shot from the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Just walk down Main Street and look up!
Also FREE. Obviously.
The Strat’s Midnight Sky Jump
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away (the early 1970s), I lived in New York City. And yes I did watch the ball drop in Times Square. Ah-maz-ing!
This year Las Vegans can watch a human do the same thing.
At midnight Ryan Smith will wear a phosphorescent suit and dive like Superman 982 feet from the top of the Strat Hotel and Casino. Smith gets to do this because
- He is not afraid of heights
- He won the contest!
You can have your feet planted safely on the ground and look up at the sky and watch because the suit lights up!!!!!!
If you want to spend money, all the thrill rides at the Strat will be operating New Year’s Eve. This includes:
- The Big Shot, which shoots you up 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour
- Insanity, where you dangle more than 900 feet up 64 feet away from the building
- X-Scream, which is a roller coasts 866 feet from the ground that propels riders 27 feet over the edge of the tower
If you have a Nevada ID, you can get these adrenaline rushes for half price.
Have a safe and healthy New Year’s Eve, Las Vegas. Let’s hope we can get back to our new normal in 2021. This being Vegas, I’m betting on it! 🎲
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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