Whenever we’ve told locals that we’d planned to spend new year’s eve on the Strip in Vegas, without exception they’ve told us we were either a) mad b) brave or c) completely bonkers. We made the decision armed with most of the facts and chose to go ahead anyway because it would either be an experience that was so brilliant that we’d want to do it again or one that would never be repeated.
In the finish, it turned out to be brilliant: we headed down to the strip at about 4 o’clock to be able to park, and spent a while walking along through the slowly-growing crowds, stopping at the Bond Bar at the Cosmopolitan for cocktails (Tree and I had a ‘Teddy’ which consists of raspberry vodka, Godiva chocolate and chocolate vodka – delicious). We wondered around The Bellagio and marvelled at the Christmas decorations in the Atrium: giant everything, including polar bears made from white carnations, wooden toy soldiers and baubles; we visited the largest chocolate fountain in the world at the Jean-Phillipe Patisserie, and played the Big Wheel at the Paris casino before experiencing a fab five-course dinner at Mon Ami Gabi, sitting out on the patio, overlooking the revellers on the strip. Afterwards, we crossed the road to the Bellagio again and watched the fountains – the first display was accompanied by Frank Sinatra’s Luck Be A Lady, very old-school Vegas and I loved it. This is the second time we’ve watched the fountains and they’ve made me misty-eyed each time. The fireworks at midnight were great – several casinos up and down the strip put on identical displays so you could see the same thing all the way down.
We had a brilliant time – not once did we come across unbearably busy crowds or unpleasant drunken behaviour, quite the opposite – everyone was truly entering into the spirit of the night and having a very jolly time. If we ever find ourselves in Vegas at Christmas time again, we would most certainly consider a Vegas new year. Great company, great food, and great entertainment. Happy New Year!