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The Las Vegas Official New Year's Eve Countdown
Fireworks & Champagne Glasses Will Be in the Air at America's Party

December 14, 2011

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is once again the place to be and be seen to ring in the New Year.
Nightclubs, casinos, and our top-rated restaurants are geared up and ready to treat visitors to the most mystifying and electrifying New Year's celebration on the planet.

Appropriately dubbed, America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2012, the destination will be hosting fabulous events, parties, and happy happenings, which will grandly usher in the New Year for all types of holiday revelers.

Headline Concerts

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will ring in the New Year with the legendary Stevie Wonder.
The acclaimed artist, songwriter, musician and producer will headline an explosive celebration that kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at The Chelsea, The Cosmopolitan's intimate concert venue. General admission ticket pricing begins at $250 and includes an open bar throughout the show. Tickets are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com, at 702.698.7778, toll-free at 877.551.7778 or through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. Guests must be 21 or older.

Vanessa Williams will grace the stage inside the Royale Pavilion at Riviera Hotel & Casino this New Year's Eve. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.RivieraHotel.com and are priced at $95. VIP tickets, priced at $150, include unlimited drinks are also available.

Celebrating the end of their first U.S. tour in five years, legendary rockers Guns N' Roses are performing a two and a half hour show inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this New Year's Eve. Tickets start at $95 and are available through the Hard Rock box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

John Legend will be living up to his name by performing at the Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort on December 31. Tickets start at $99 and are available through the Pearl Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

TributePalooza 4 is a celebration of tribute bands featuring 12 separate acts at the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. The show begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available through Fremont Street hotels or at the gate.

DINING

Las Vegas' world-class dining scene will be bristling and hopping for New Year's Eve. Check out these special dining offers happening for the New Year's Eve weekend. Many of the best restaurants in the city will be featuring special menus and VIP dining events.

FIX Restaurant & Bar, the hot dining destination at Bellagio, will host a stylish New Year's Eve soirée. The cost is $150 per person, including tax and gratuity, for a four-course New Year's Eve Gala dinner. Reservations are offered between 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and unlimited glasses of champagne are available for an additional $45 per guest.

Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace will host its third annual New Year's Eve bash. The Strip-side hot spot invites guests to indulge in unrivaled Strip views while noshing on an over-the-top buffet prepared by chef Michael Wolf. The buffet will be complemented by a cash bar and live entertainment from DJ Adventure. Guests will celebrate 2012 with a complimentary champagne toast and cake as fireworks dazzle overhead at midnight. The New Year's Eve party lasts from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Fountains of Bellagio, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant will treat partygoers to an exclusive New Year's Eve dining experience featuring a special seven-course Omakase menu prepared by world-renowned chef Akira Back. The cost is $350 per person, including tax and gratuity, for the seven-course New Year's Eve Omakase menu.

Spend New Year's Eve situated high above the Las Vegas skyline on the 50th floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Voodoo Steak will offer a New Year's Eve menu created by Chef Mecinas complemented by celebratory libations. Seatings are available at 8:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Guests will also receive access to the 50th floor patio to view firework displays across the Las Vegas valley along with a champagne toast at midnight and access to the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub after midnight.

Bacio by Carla Pellegrino inside the all new Tropicana Las Vegas will host a special New Year's Eve Bacio Bash. The evening, featuring champagne, surprise DJs, party favors, a special four-course prix fixe menu and private viewing of the fireworks, will commence at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. The New Year's Eve Bacio Bash costs $120 per person plus tax and gratuity.

BRAND Steakhouse and Lounge at Monte Carlo will shine this new year with a spectacular four-course New Year's Eve Gala dinner. The cost is $125 per person, including tax and gratuity; unlimited glasses of champagne are available for an additional $45 per guest. Reservations are offered between 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Access to Brand Lounge is $75 per guest, permitting VIP access throughout the evening and a hosted bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Vegas' newest hidden gem, The Barrymore, will offer an exceptional New Year's Eve experience of food, wine and atmosphere. The prix fixe menu, which will include veal sweet breads, white truffle gnocchi, petite Buffalo filet mignon and roasted Maine lobster and finish with a white chocolate dome for dessert, will be offered for $59 per person. Guests may add a wine pairing for $26. For reservations, guests may call 702.407.5303.

Comme Ca, the sensational French brasserie brought to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by acclaimed chef David Myers, will celebrate New Year's Eve with an exquisite prix fixe dinner created by Myers and Executive chef Brian Howard on Saturday, December 31. The first seating features a decadent five-course dinner priced at $125 per person. The second seating features a decadent seven-course meal priced at $195 per person. Reservations are available by calling 877.893.2001 or 702.698.7910

NIGHTLIFE PARTIES

The Las Vegas nightclubs enjoyed a tremendous year and to celebrate 2011 and welcome 2012 the hottest Vegas nightlife venues are throwing fabulous parties with A-list guests. Las Vegas will be also be welcoming three new clubs to the nightlife family New Years Eve. The RPM Nightclub will open at Tropicana, Hyde Lounge at Bellagio, and 1 Oak Las Vegas at the Mirage.

1 Oak Las Vegas will debut with the multitalented singer-songwriter, fashion designer and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Fergie, enlisted to host the glamorous bash at the highly anticipated new nightclub at The Mirage. Guests will dance to the beats of New York native DJ Jesse Marco and ring in the New Year with The Duchess herself. Individual tickets are $150 per person, permitting VIP access all night and a champagne toast at midnight.

Hyde Lounge at the Bellagio will be opening its doors and exquisite views of the Las Vegas Strip this New Year's Eve. The prime location inside the Bellagio offers guests a front row seat for all of the Strip excitement this New Year's Eve.

RPM night club inside the Tropicana will welcome a new era to the property on December 31. Mary J. Blige will celebrate the arrival of this new venue while ringing in the New Year in style at the new venue on the Strip.

At HAZE in MGM's ARIA, GRAMMY Award-nominated duo LMFAO, notorious for its smash hit "Party Rock Anthem," will host a blowout New Year's Eve bash. With its cutting-edge light and sound technology, HAZE will treat partygoers to an unparalleled sensory experience. Individual tickets are $125 per person, permitting VIP access all night and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Countdown to midnight starts with chart-topping artist Chris Brown as he dances his way into 2012 at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. Doors open at 8 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older.

Revelers will kiss 2011 goodbye with "Peepshow" headliner Holly Madison, as she hosts a glamorous New Year's Eve bash at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Please call 702.818.5700 for reservations and for more information call 702.818.3700 or visit www.GalleryLV.com. Doors open at 10 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.

The Bellagio's Bank Nightclub, Las Vegas' most exclusive nightclub, will toast to 2012 with soulful and sultry singer and music producer Bruno Mars. The GRAMMY Award-winning musical artist will perform an extraordinary set, including his chart-topping hits, while mixing in some classic covers. Unlike anything he has done before, Mars will act as the house band at The Bank's star-studded, champagne-filled New Year's Eve affair. Individual tickets are $150 per person, permitting VIP access all night and a champagne toast at midnight.

Decked out in full New Year's Eve décor, LAX Nightclub inside Luxor will transform into a party playground for discerning club goers as GRAMMY(r) Award-winning artist B.o.B. takes center stage and leads the countdown to 2012. Known for his chart-topping hits "Nothin' On You" and "Airplanes," the Billboard Hot 100 artist will deliver a special live performance at this champagne-filled affair. VIP tables are available starting at $1,500. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. For reservations or more information, call (702) 731-7873.

XS, the luxurious nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, rings in the New Year with a phenomenal sequence of international talent that will set the tone for what's to come in 2012 at the award-winning venue. Swedish superstar Sebastian Ingrosso will launch the holiday weekend on Friday night, Dec. 29; and Saturday, Dec. 31, one of the largest talents in electronic music today, Steve Angello will produce an unforgettable set to count down the final moments of 2011 and ring in the New Year. And, Afrojack will burst into 2012 with an enthralling set on New Year's Day.

Chateau Nightclub and Gardens, one of the newest venues on the Strip, located inside Paris Las Vegas, will provide a tremendous boost of excitement to ring in the New Year. Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick will host E!'s official New Year's Eve bash from the rooftop, overlooking the Strip. Good Charlotte will also perform a special DJ set on the rooftop of Chateau Gardens for partygoers. Tickets for these events are available online at www.ChateauNightclubLV.com/tickets.

Revelers can ring in the holiday under the stars of Tryst's outdoor patio while admiring Rob Kardashian's new-found moves on Tryst's signature sunken dance floor. Tickets to attend the bash at Tryst inside Wynn Las Vegas are available, starting at $50 for women and $125 for men, by calling (702)770-3375 or online at www.wantickets.com.

Tao inside The Venetian will help to celebrate the New Year with Kim Kardashian. This prime nightlife hot spot has tickets available for $200 at www.taolasvegas.com.

FIREWORKS

The gorgeous Las Vegas sky will be lit up with a dazzling fireworks show at midnight. The Strip will be closed to vehicle traffic and will be the perfect spot to watch the one-of-a-kind midnight pyrotechnic show. The dazzling display will be fired from eight rooftops along the iconic Strip and is being produced by the world-renown Fireworks by Gucci of New York.

The firing locations (from the south, heading north) include the following resort properties: Tropicana Las Vegas, MGM Grand, ARIA, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian and the Stratosphere.

Video package of 2011 fireworks display are available from the Las Vegas News Bureau. To download: register at our Media Center at http://br.thenewsmarket.com/lvcva. The 2012 fireworks display will be available for download January 1.