New Year's Eve is one of those annual events that allows Las Vegas to flex its muscles as a world class tourist destination and Monday night should be no different.
America's Party 2013 will be highlighted by midnight fireworks from the rooftops of the MGM, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Venetian and Stratosphere resorts courtesy of Fireworks by Grucci of New York.
Party revelers will also be able to welcome 2013 in style at numerous venues around town. These are but eight that have been highlighted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
1. Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan -- The Red Hot Chili Peppers will bring their Grammy Award-winning sound to the ballroom stage at 11 p.m. New Year's Eve. General admission tickets to see the California rock band are $150 each, but visitors will also be able to see the Chili Peppers on the resort's 65-foot digital marquee facing the Strip. The band's top singles include "Give it Away," "Under the Bridge," "Scar Tissue," "Californication," and "Dani California."
2. The Joint at the Hard Rock -- Another Grammy Award-winning rock band, the Black Keys, will kick off their show at 9:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $99 each. The Ohio band has had much success with songs such as "Tighten Up" and "Lonely Boy." Opening for the Ohio band will be the rock group Divine Fits.
3. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace -- Yet another Grammy Award winner, Canadian pop star Celine Dion, will perform at 7:30 p.m. with tickets ranging from $55 to $250 each. Her hits have included "Beauty and the Beast," "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," "The Power of Love," "That's the Way It Is," and "My Heart Will Go On."
4. Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown -- The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with a street party featuring the bands, Buckcherry, Queensryche, Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise. Local bands Yellow Brick Road and Zowie Bowie also will be there, as will performers Jizzy Pearl, Rock of Ages, Party Rockers and Brazen. There will also be a 2012 year-in-review on the Viva Vision screen and a midnight countdown led by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
5. The South Point -- The resort will kick off festivities early on Monday with a noon performance from impressionist Tom Stevens, with tickets starting at $19. The Spazmatics will host a 1980s dance party that begins at 9:30 p.m., with a $69 general admission. The Sonoma Ballroom will be the setting for a Rockin' Motown party led by Ronnie Rose, also beginning at 9:30 p.m., with tickets going for $39. Frankie Avalon and Wes Winters will also host a special dinner and show with a midnight champagne toast. Doors for that event will open at 8 p.m. and the show is sold out, according to the resort.
6. House of Blues at Mandalay Bay -- Country music singer Gary Allan headlines a 10 p.m. show that also will include Beau and the Outfit. Tickets range from $79.50 to $124.50. Allan, a California native, has recorded songs such as "Watching Airplanes," "Life Ain't Always Beautiful," and "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)."
7. Lavo at the Palazzo -- The Italian restaurant and nightclub is promising one of the sexiest parties on the Strip, with Grammy Award-winning pop artist Brandy leading the festivities. Her hits include "I Wanna Be Down," "Baby," "The Boy is Mine," and "Have You Ever?"
8. SHe by Morton's in Crystals at CityCenter -- The nightlife and dining spot will be holding its grand opening on New Year's Eve. Table packages will cost as much as $10,000 for 10 admissions, a price tag that will include three bottles of Belvedere vodka and three bottles of Dom Perignon champagne. General admission for those on tighter budgets will be $150 for men and $75 for women.