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People Holding 2019 New Year’s Eve Balloons

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas is the center of it all on New Year’s Eve. There are parties, grand fireworks shows, and resorts that serve you hand and foot. Let’s look at some of the amazing places to ring in 2019 in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

New Year’s Eve Parties on the Strip

You can’t go wrong heading to the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve. This party mecca draws over 330,000 visitors from all over the world (as of 2017) and it’s only getting more and more popular. Here are some hot spots to toast to the new year:

*On the Record Opening Party – On New Year’s Eve, MGM is opening their newest venue, On the Record. This record shop is going to be so much more than just a place to buy music. It’s a speakeasy, club, and “love letter to long-lost music hubs.” Come celebrate the evening with good music and even better drinks.

*Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville New Year’s Eve Party – Margaritaville is centered right on the Strip and has multiple floors to enjoy the fun. You’ll be able to look down on the crowds from the top two floors and for only $99 a person, you can enjoy a three hour premium open bar, a live band, dancing, party favors, a champagne toast, and more.

*New Year’s Eve 2019 at Chateau Nightclub & Beer Park – Chateau is a French-inspired nightclub that’s sultry, sexy, and fun. It’s location, beneath the Eiffel Tower and across from the Bellagio, gives guests some of the best views on the Strip and the rooftop garden is glamorous and elegant. For New Year’s Eve, Chateau is teaming up with Beer Park, a fun, new open air hangout area and bar, to bring guests the ultimate VIP experience. Tickets range from $125-$3,000, depending on how you want to celebrate the New Year.

Couple Kissing at Fremont Street New Year’s Eve CelebrationAttribute: VegasExperience.com

New Year’s Eve Parties Downtown

Being in Downtown Las Vegas under the dazzling lights of the Fremont Street Experience will make you feel like you’re in the center of Time Square in New York City, but with better food. You can party all night to the sounds of several popular live bands and watch fireworks on a gigantic Viva Vision LED screen. Here are some of the best parties happening right near Golden Gate Hotel & Casino:

*America’s Party Downtown at the Fremont Street Experience – The Fremont Street Experience is planning the ultimate NYE bash and they can’t wait to see you. There will be 12 bands performing across three stages, including a dazzling EDM stage with alluring dancers and aerialists. There will be the famous Viva Vision Light Shows, which will be performing a captivating “Year in Review” show. And there will be lots and lots of food and drink! Even the mayor of Las Vegas will be there.

*A DIY Bar Crawl – Downtown Las Vegas is home to some pretty awesome bars, and they’re sure to show their stuff on New Year’s Eve. Make your way to Atomic Liquors, D Bar, Velveteen Rabbit, and Commonwealth, just to name a few. Downtown is easy to walk around, or catch a quick cab or rideshare to hop around to some new spots.

*Escape Masquerade – Gold Spike and Inspire, two Downtown Las Vegas hotspots, are combining forces to bring us an incredible NYE experience. Guests can bounce between both locations and enjoy live music, multiple DJs, and a live feed of the ball drop in New York City. Plus, all guests will also receive a complimentary champagne toast!

Las Vegas Fireworks for New Year’s EveAttribute: Casino.org

Tips & Tricks When Traveling to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve

With hundreds of thousands of extra guests in the city for NYE, planning ahead will save you time and hassle. Here are some tips to make the weekend easier:

1. The Las Vegas Police will shut down the Strip to cross traffic at around 4pm. To get up and down the Strip without a car, you can use the Las Vegas Monorail or the MGM Hotel monorail which takes you between MGM’s many properties, from Treasure Island all the way to Excalibur.

2. Downtown Las Vegas is sure to be a little less crazy than the Strip, but still make sure to book a hotel close to all the action so you don’t have to stress about driving. And remember, rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are your best friends! Lyft is even offering a promo code for a few bucks off your ride. Just enter LASNYE10 when booking your car.

3. Another great transportation option is RTC, the local bus system. They’ll be providing free rides for everyone who plans on drinking till after the ball drops. This includes 39 fixed routes from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., so there’s no reason to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

4. Even though Vegas is known for its scorching temperatures, it can get quite chilly at night, especially if you’re walking outside. Make sure to layer so you can party all night without freezing.

Neon Las Vegas Christmas Sign

A Las Vegas Christmas with Christmas Lights & Neon Lights

Las Vegas isn’t a vacation only saved for the summertime – Christmas in Vegas can be an amazing winter retreat that’ll have you talking about the memories you make every holiday season! Whether you come with your partner, a group of friends, or your whole family, you’ll find a sleighful of activities to keep you as busy as Santa’s elves during your entire Las Vegas Christmas 2018 trip.

Sin City may not be the first place you think to bring the kids to for Christmas, but there are plenty of festive and fun things to do in Las Vegas in December to keep things merry and bright!

Las Vegas Christmas Town at Cowabunga Bay

Leave the swimsuits at home because Cowabunga Bay Water Park transforms into a winter wonderland smack-dab in the middle of the desert. With over 2 million twinkling lights, a Polar Express Train ride, and a Mistletoe Ice Rink, Las Vegas Christmas Town feels like the North Pole. You and the family will also enjoy an 100ft snow hill, bounce houses, a 40-foot dancing tree, the opportunity to have a “snowball” fight in Frosty’s Ball Pit, help Rudolph save Christmas by defeating the Abominable Snowman and the Grinch in a paint shootout, and a visit to Santa and his reindeer in his cozy cottage.

Springs Preserve

Another great option to keep you and your family entertained during your Las Vegas Christmas vacation is the iconic Springs Preserve. You can climb aboard the Springs Preserve Holiday Express and be transported to Santa’s very own wintery village. There, you and your family will create crafts together, decorate cookies, listen to storytelling, and have a one-on-one visit with Santa Claus!

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

For an entire day of holiday cheer, start your morning off by stopping by the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden for a truly festive treat for the eye. Each holiday season, a staff of 120 extremely talented horticulturists design and construct breathtaking scenery sculpted almost entirely from trees, plants, flowers, and seeds. The 14,000-square-foot floral fairyland is especially exceptional during the winter months with added bridges, gazebos, and water features.

 Cookie Factory at Magical Forest by Opportunity VillageAttribute: Blog.Vegas.com

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Ask any local what they like to do in Vegas during the holidays, and they’ll tell you that the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is a must-see. The Magical Forest includes a stroll through an enchanted forest lit up with thousands of lights, a Forest Express Passenger Train, a magical carousel, an inflatable avalanche slide, mini-golf, a mini-coaster, and photos with Santa, of course! You’ll also find food, nightly entertainment, and dozens of photo opportunities to share with friends and family back home.

LINQ Promenade

In the afternoon, take a stroll down The LINQ Promenade and you’ll instantly be transported to a winter wonderland with carolers, festive decorations, and your favorite holiday music ringing through the boulevard. Grab some lunch and shop as you observe singers, dancers, and showgirls along with a spectacular light show consisting of more than 2,000 LED lights which are synchronized to the music.

The famous High Roller even gets in on the action as it changes colors and “dances” along with the light show. For those adventurous at heart, fly like Santa and his reindeer 1,080 feet above the Promenade on the Fly LINQ zipline as all the busy shoppers bustle around beneath you!

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan

Cap the night off at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool where you can skate on an ice rink with more than 4,200 square feet of real ice to glide over. The cost of the ice rink admission includes all-day skating access and the cost of skate rentals, however entry into the area is completely free! You’ll find toasty fire pits with lots of seating, a menu with comfort food, hot chocolate, and a variety of warm cocktails to choose from. Catch a holiday-themed double feature and enjoy a peaceful snowfall scheduled every 30 minutes.

Nevada Ballet Theater Annual Nutcracker BalletAttribute: Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Nutcracker by the Nevada Ballet Theater

You simply can’t come to Las Vegas without seeing a live show, and the Las Vegas Christmas shows are no exception! The Nevada Ballet Theatre at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center will perform the classic story, The Nutcracker, featuring beautifully choreographed dancing to the familiar musical spectacle. If you’re hoping to catch this Christmas classic, be sure to schedule your vacation accordingly as The Nutcracker is performing from December 8th – 24th.

Wizards of Winter

Mixing classical music with progressive rock, the Wizards of Winter will also be coming to Las Vegas for Christmas! If your vacation lands around December 15th, be sure to book your tickets right away. Featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper band, and more, the Wizards of Winter is a true Christmas rock ‘n roll opera guaranteed to rock your jingle bells!

A Las Vegas Christmas is a vacation you and your family will never forget! Be sure to plan ahead when booking at the Golden Gate because our warm and cozy rooms will go quickly! Located just Downtown, close to all the things to do in Las Vegas in December, the Golden Gate is the perfect place to either continue the festive fun or rest and relax from all your holiday adventures!

Woman Shopping on Black Friday in Las Vegas

How to Plan for Black Friday in Las Vegas

In November, people often look forward to enjoying a larger-than-life meal with friends and family. But there’s something else exciting this month… larger-than-life Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with strangers fighting over the hottest items. After spending a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving in Vegas, prepare to go on the hunt for the best deals this season with these Las Vegas Black Friday and Cyber Monday tips:

Pack Light

If you’re heading to Vegas for the holidays, be sure to pack light or plan on bringing home extra luggage. With Las Vegas Black Friday deals aplenty, there’s no doubt you will be coming home with some extra items. If you don’t have enough space in your bag, don’t worry! There are probably some killer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on suitcases. Just double check to make sure all your new goodies are TSA-approved if planning to bring as a carry-on.

Couple Traveling to Las Vegas for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Have a Home Base

Obviously, you’ll need a place to store all your Las Vegas Black Friday finds – and a place to sleep. Booking a room at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino puts you right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, keeping you far enough from the crowds of the Strip but still close enough to the Black Friday deals. Bonus: Between November 23 and November 30, 2018, book another stay at Golden Gate with our very own Vegas Black Friday/Cyber Monday room deals – learn more here!

Follow Social Media

In the days leading up to Black Friday in Las Vegas, keep an eye on your favorite stores and brands on social media. Some stores won’t even advertise their sales online. If a Black Friday sale isn’t announced yet, don’t lose hope. They may announce holiday savings the day before, or even the morning of. Turn on post notifications, sign up for email newsletters, and stay in the loop with any of their Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals.

Man Checking Las Vegas Black Friday Deals on Phone

Make a Plan

The night before you get ready to wear out your wallet, make sure you have a plan in place. Many stores have special, early Black Friday hours, which means you should be ready to set that alarm – even if you’ve had a late night out. Plan out where your favorite stores are located, what time they open, and factor in some extra time for waiting in line. It doesn’t hurt to put together a priority list to make sure you hit your must-haves before someone snatches the last one.

Brave the Outlet Malls

Sometimes, avoiding the crowds means avoiding all the fun. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of frenzied holiday shoppers, make your way over to the Premium Las Vegas outlet malls on the South and North ends of Vegas. With stores ranging from Dolce & Gabbana to the Disney Store, there’s a store for everyone to find those perfect Black Friday Deals. While all stores may not have Black Friday sales going on, the outlets in general offer generous discounts year-round.

The holidays in Las Vegas are a special and unique experience. Whether you’re hitting the shops or are booking awesome Las Vegas Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals for future stays, you are sure to find some great deals. Use that extra money at the casino, on some fun experiences, or just to buy more things!

Traditional Thanksgiving Feast with Fall Harvest

How to Plan a Las Vegas Thanksgiving Weekend

The wonderful thing about Thanksgiving is you don’t have to spend the holiday the exact way it’s glamorized on television shows and in movies. Thanksgiving is about celebrating the things you’re thankful for in life – and that doesn’t always need to include a cornucopian spread of multicolored gourds and fruit pies every year. Whether you have a large family, it’s just two of you, or you prefer a feast with your closest friends, Las Vegas is a great place to commemorate this wonderful “Fall-iday”!

Family Time

If you’ve chosen Vegas for your family Thanksgiving get-away, you can cross “cooking up a huge meal” off your list! Las Vegas might be the city of entertainment, but it takes a close second for great places to eat, and that doesn’t exclude Thanksgiving meals. Vegas hotels and casinos offer a plethora of buffets and gourmet restaurants that will leave you in a food coma and loosening your belt afterwards.

At Carmine’s, located at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, you can order a Las Vegas Thanksgiving feast for the whole family that includes an 18-pound roasted turkey, sausage and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, a variety of vegetables, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and maple syrup, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a choice of pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie for dessert. This option is perfect for families of six to eight. The best part is, you can sightsee the Strip while burning off the Thanksgiving Day carbs!

Couple Taking Thanksgiving Hike on Mt. Charleston

Just the Two of Us

Just because you came to the desert for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some beautiful fall scenery. Just 20 minutes north of Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston has colorful forests, plentiful wildlife, and cozy lodges to make your get-away holiday as charming as ever. What better way to embrace thankfulness for your loved one than to walk side by side on beautiful trails lined with scenic views and cascading waterfalls?

You can stop and enjoy a Thanksgiving picnic or even explore the terrain by horseback. Perhaps even spend your Thanksgiving evening warm and toasty in a cozy cabin. Once you visit Mt. Charleston, you’ll have one more item to add to your list of things you’re thankful for.

Friendsgiving

If you and a group of your closest pals opted for a “Friendsgiving” in Vegas this year, then why not go big? Big entertainment, big drinks, big city lights, big fun – you can find all this in classic Downtown Las Vegas! Book a room at Golden Gate and you’ll be close to all the action for your Friendsgiving celebration. Golden Gate’s penthouses are perfect for group get-togethers, equipped with a kitchen to snack on your Thanksgiving fixings and three giant flat-screen TV’s so there’s no arguing between watching the parade or the football game.

Golden Gate’s penthouses also include a large outdoor patio with lounge seating, a gas grill, a full wet bar, and a 50-inch flat-screen TV. When you’re not celebrating in your brag-worthy penthouse, you can take a zipline ride on Slotzilla or stroll under the massive Fremont St. LED canopy. A Friendsgiving like this would definitely be one-of-a-kind!

Friends Black Friday Shopping at Vegas Outlet Mall

Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without a little competitive shopping the next day, which is why Vegas is the perfect place to visit during this holiday. Once your food has digested and you’re well rested from all the excitement, Sin City offers several places to score some shopping deals. With one location near Downtown and another just south of the Strip, Las Vegas’ Premium Outlets are your one-stop-shops to fulfill all your gift ideas without emptying your wallet.

With stores like Michael Kors, Converse, Lucky, Perfumania, and Saks Fifth Avenue, you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your list at not only Black Friday prices, but outlet Black Friday prices. Make sure to bring an extra suitcase to take home all your goodies!

A traditional Thanksgiving is lovely, but it’s completely okay to deviate from the norm from time to time. Because of the endless entertainment, beautiful weather, and delectable restaurants, Las Vegas is a fantastic place to visit year-round. With a little creativity, you can make your Las Vegas Thanksgiving weekend an exciting, stress-free Thanksgiving tradition!

American Flag painted with watercolors.

Preparing for Your 2018 Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations to visit for Labor Day weekend, and there’s a reason for that. Everybody wants to celebrate the final holiday of the summer in a big way, and that is precisely what Vegas is known for… going BIG! Big pool parties, big drinks, and big personalities! Don’t let the flood of visitors scare you away from making Vegas your Labor Day hot spot. Embrace the crowd and be a part of one of the biggest parties in the nation!

With September 3rd fast approaching, it’s important to start planning your Las Vegas Labor Day weekend sooner rather than later to avoid last-minute stress and high travel prices. Use these holiday weekend planning tips to ensure you can go BIG in Vegas without BIG stress.

Where to Stay for Labor Day in Vegas

First things first, you’re going to need a place to crash for the weekend. It’s better to book your room now before they’re all snatched up, and the Golden Gate Casino has some really great rates right now. Rest and recover in one of Golden Gate’s cozy rooms equipped with an iron and ironing board so you stay looking fresh at the nightclubs and bars, an in-room safe to store all your poker winnings, a hair dryer to use after your day at the pool, and high-speed internet so you can share and post your party pictures at will. The best part is once you’re feeling up for it, the party continues on right outside your doorstep. With dancing flapper girls, flare bartenders, and Fremont Street at your fingertips, you won’t have to “labor” much to find a good time at the Golden Gate.

Because Labor Day weekend is such a popular time to travel, you may see plane ticket prices a little higher this time of year. Be sure to do your research on flights so you can book the best bang for your buck. There are several websites that offer packages which include flights, rooms, and car rentals. Decide what you think will be most convenient for you and don’t wait to book. CheapOair.com recommends booking your Labor Day flight 21 – 90 days in advance.

Crowd from the DJ’s perspective at the DLVEC.attribute: FB – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

How to Play on Labor Day in Vegas

On Labor Day weekend, Las Vegas is best known for our epic pool parties hosted by world-famous DJs. You may see a shortage of clothing over the weekend, but definitely not a shortage of entertainment. This Labor Day weekend, don’t miss out on the ultimate party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Block Party. Not only will you be a part of an epic gathering, but this is the first ever Collective Zoo Block Party to make a splash in Downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy performances from electronic music, to Chris Lake, to Golf Clap, to much more! Along with some amazing music from Collective Zoo, this event will also offer art, food, and culture for all to enjoy. Tickets are on sale now, so get yours today so you don’t miss out on amazing food trucks, a full-service beer garden, live art displays and experiences, a pool to escape the heat, and a variety of games and fun to make your night one that you won’t soon forget.

If you’re looking to personalize your Labor Day Block Party a little more, reserve your very own cabana at the DLVEC Block Party. Pricing starts at $500 and includes a private cabana for 20 guests, a bottle with two mixers, a personal server, and access to the private upper deck viewing area and swim up bar! However you plan to celebrate the Labor Day weekend, you’re sure to have an outstanding time in Fabulous Las Vegas. Check out the Lavish Labor Day DJ lineup and plan out your weekend.

Play Smarter

The most important thing to remember while you’re having fun on your summer vacation in Vegas is to stay safe. Even though September is that start of the fall season, Vegas temperatures can still reach dangerous levels. Be sure to drink lots of water in between your cocktails and slather on that sunscreen like it owes you something. It can be a bit of a downer when you’re stuck indoors dehydrated and sunburnt while your safety-savvy friends continue on with their fun.

Speaking of friends, try to stay with your group while you’re out and about and don’t talk to strangers… just kidding. But DO be mindful of who you’re making friends with and always be sure that the people you came with know where you’re at or where you’re going. With so many visitors coming and going this Labor Day weekend, the “buddy system” that we learned in elementary school will come in handy.

Labor Day weekend often signifies the end of summer and nobody wants to end the warm months with a flop. As long as you prepare ahead of time and plan out major details, your Las Vegas Labor Day weekend will be memorable for years to come. Take advantage of all that Vegas has to offer for the holiday because the reality of “labor” will come back around all too fast.