New Years in Las Vegas can be a great experience as long as you are prepared for it.
Here is a quick list of things to be prepared for.
1. With New Years Eve landing on a Monday, it will basically turn into a 4 day party starting on Friday the 28th. Expect large crowds and long lines everywhere you go from the 28th through the 1st.
2. Starting around 8pm on the 31st, most hotels on the Strip go on a mini lock-down and only let in hotel guests and people holding tickets to New Years Eve parties at that hotel.
3. The Strip closes to traffic around 6pm on the 31st. From that point on, it becomes a sea of people.
4. The Strip closure means that buses like the Deuce and SDX are rerouted from 4pm on the 31st until 4am on the 1st to avoid the Strip between Sahara Ave and Mandalay Bay. You can ride for free from 6pm 31st until 9am on the 1st. You can find the specifics at http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/routes-maps-schedules/rider-alerts-detours/
5. The Downtown Countdown closes the Fremont Street Experience to the public in the mid-afternoon and it is only open to event ticket holders from 6pm until after midnight. Tickets can be purchased online for $30 until December 27 and go up to $40 on the 28th. If you don’t have a ticket or the proper wristband, you won’t be able to get under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Right now, there is a Groupon available which gets you a ticket for $16.
6. If you have the time available, extend your stay. There is a lot of availability and room rates are really low for January 2-6. If you are willing to stay at The Quad, you can even be on the Strip for the extra days for less than $30 per night. That includes taxes! That drops to around $20/nt (incl taxes) with offer code IIRT3.