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Ringing in 2012:

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve survival guide


Christopher DeVargas

Party-goers taking pictures of the fireworks during the stoke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2010.

Here's a quick rundown of New Year's Eve events in and around Las Vegas, including what's happening on the Strip and Fremont Street, some tips for catching the fireworks shows and also some safety and weather information to help you drain off the last of 2011 and pop the cork on 2012.

The Strip

This New Year’s Eve the Strip will glitter with fireworks and celebrities and star parties. Several members of the Black Eyed Peas and the Kardashian family are just a few of the glitterati who will in town to lead the parties.

But get there early — the Strip from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere will be closed down starting around 6 p.m. and off-ramps nearby will be shut down at 5 p.m.

Fremont Street

Fremont Street will close around 5 p.m. and will reopen its gates for a slew of tribute band performances beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m.

The event features two original bands, Steel Panther and Rock Sugar. Admission into the party happening under the Viva Vision canopy is $30.


The fireworks on the Strip start at midnight — but don’t get too excited when the test fireworks go up 20 minutes before the main show starts.

The illuminations will be rocketed into the sky off the tops of Tropicana, MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and the Stratosphere. The Fireworks by Grucci show is expected to last about eight and half minutes and is timed to a mix of music from artists like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and LMFAO.

Local views

For those locals looking for a killer view of the fireworks, but not interested in breathing in the body sweat of about 300,000 tourist, try the economy lot of McCarran Airport — only $2 for the first 30 minutes.

Or catch America’s Party broadcasted live by our news partners at KSNV-TV Cox cable channel 3 at

Safety and Weather

For those planning on indulging in alcoholic beverages this New Year’s, remember the Regional Transportation Commission is offering free transit services from 6 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday. And partygoers can avoid the hassle of driving by parking in one of the RTC’s park-and ride locations.

Metro Police will have added measures to crack down on those driving under the influence. Be sure to designate a driver this weekend.

Kevin Janison, KSNV-TV meteorologist, predicts tonight's temperatures will be about 15 degrees warmer than at the same time last year — he's saying we can expect the temp at midnight to be about 45 degrees.

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  1. Happy new years everyone. Let's celebrate responsibly and make some great new years resolutions. As 2011 passes we need to look forward to find ways to make the world a better place in 2012 and beyond. Our economic problems are globally based and shared with the entire world.
    There are numerous inequities in the world with millions of people dying every year of curable diseases and hunger. It is not that people don't care; it is that they are ill informed and believe nothing can be done about it. Unfortunately the current system does reward people for alleviating suffering and we need to develop a system that will reward the alleviation of suffering around the world. There is a way forward, check out what ChengX has to say.

    It will not be easy. But I am tired of hearing how there were always people in poverty and there would always be people in poverty. Inequities were an inevitable part of mankind some claimed. The world has limited resources. One person alone can not help everyone. However if everyone challenges the status quo and looks for more imaginative solutions the world can be made a better place.
    We need to think creatively to come up with solutions and not be afraid to try to make something happen.

  2. Thank you David.

    (one other place for a good view of the fireworks, but safely removed, is the top floor level of the Self Park at the Rio. Beautiful skyline view at any time).