Only twelve months ago we stepped eagerly into 2020, unaware of what a trying year it would be. It is understandable then that the step from 2020 to 20201 is being treated with trepidation as we struggle to understand what the New Year may bring.
So where should you spend the end of 2020? Nevada is a state that is full of excitement and wonder, whatever time of the year you decide to visit, with the New Year celebrations one of the highlights of the year.
The Las Vegas Strip is one of the busiest, flashiest and exciting areas in the US and December holds many extra activities. As well as the huge fireworks displays that marks the holidays the rich and famous head to the area to party throughout the period. This year may be slightly different, with some businesses still not fully reopened, but there is still fun to be had in the state this New Year’s Eve.
However those looking to plan their holidays in 2021/22, the New Year celebrations in Las Vegas are promising to be one of the biggest yet in Nevada history. The state closes to traffic between Russell and Sahara during the holidays to ensure that Nevada has one of the biggest block parties in the world!
If you are heading to Las Vegas this year you can guarantee you will have a fantastic time, as there is something for everyone around every corner! Unfortunately there will be no fireworks this year but it is hopeful that 2021/22 will see the return of the bangs and light show that everyone loves.
There are still many parties and events in the region taking place at venues including The Venetian, Sahara Las Vegas and The Cromwell. Many more events are taking place at famous destinations such as Caesars Palace, who are hosting a ticket only event from 9pm, and Area15 where packages start from $300 to $1000 and include seats at a socially distanced table (or a private lounge table depending on the value of your ticket) and drinks as well as music and entertainment.
Reno is one of the most popular places to visit if you are looking for a good time and New Year’s Eve is no different. There are many activities to be found including the NYE Street Party that starts around 10pm and continues to the early hours of the morning. While crowds usually head to Reno Arch and the surrounding areas you can still see the festivities from further afield if you are worried about the large numbers of spectators.
During the party is the famous Downtown fireworks and countdown. Usually lasting around 13 minutes, the display can be seen for miles around due to being launched from 3 different rooftops. However if you cannot make Reno the event is streamed online as well as on television.
Nevada may be famous for Las Vegas and Reno but the state has offerings from towns and counties that are a must visit. Carson City, the capital of ‘The Silver State’, is probably most known for the gold and silver that were discovered there in the 1800s. However the town is home to a plethora of dining, shopping and cultural experiences and while many of the hospitality establishments still have restrictions – as does most of the industry across the country – you will still be able to enjoy a full-packed New Year’s Eve. Casino Fandango, Jimmy G’s and Bodines Casino are just a few of the places that you can head to for an entertaining end to the year.
For those with families a trip to South Lake Tahoe is the perfect setting. With events such as the Heavenly Holiday New Year’s Eve party at Heavenly Village there will definitely be something for every generation.
The party usually includes a line-up featuring magicians, ice sculptures and live music – as well as DJs – and even has an extra countdown and ball-drop at 9pm for the younger ones.
The area is not just for families though and adult only parties can visit one of the many casinos in the area or even take in some music at the SnowGlobe Music Festival that held at the Lake Tahoe Community College.
With events also held in Mesquite, Lamoille, Sparks and many other towns across the state you are sure to find something to do. Including places that are a more quiet affair, such as Ely where you can explore the Native American ruins before heading to your secluded vacation rental home to celebrate the New Year with your family and/or friends.
However, it is important to remember that this year we are still adhering to restrictions imposed due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic, including social distancing and limited opening hours. This New Year’s Eve has seen the majority of events turn into ticket only affairs so it is advisable to visit the venue’s website to avoid disappointment.