New Year’s Eve? It’s Vegas, Baby!

Whassup for Sin City on the last night of the year?  John Legend, Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 are among the acts booked for New Year’s Eve shows in Las Vegas.  But the fun in the desert metropolis begins way before sunset.

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Performing at The Chelsea located in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

You can bet there will be plenty of bubbly available to grease those emotional rails as revelers bid adieu to 2013.  Especially at the Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay where customers will receive free champagne for hourly toasts beginning at 11 a.m. this morning.

But if you’re still sitting on the fence regarding a Vegas NYE, you’ll be happy to know that accommodations are still available.  Although the Associated Press is reporting that the city’s hotels are approaching 100 percent occupancy, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spokeswoman Heidi Hayes said there are still beds available for anyone making a last minute decision.

Las Vegas has plenty of temptations to send you scurrying for a last minute flight to southern Nevada.  John Legend will perform at the Haze nightclub at Aria.  You’ll find Ne-Yo at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace, Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay and Bruno Mars at the new Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan.

But New Year’s Eve in Vegas doesn’t start and end on The Strip.  A block party at the downtown Freemont Street Experience pedestrian mall includes entertainment by Blues Traveler, Papa Roach and others.  Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth will be singing her heart out at the Smith Center.

Of course, there will lots of fireworks to welcome the new year.  Partiers can expect more than eight minutes of coordinated pyro shot from the rooftops of seven hotel-casinos on the strip.

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Technicians from Fireworks by Grucci on the roof of the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas.

You’ll also have plenty of walking space with Las Vegas shutting down Strip traffic for six hours beginning at 6 p.m.

 And don’t forget that advertising slogan that promised whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  Evidently, that vibe will be in full-force tonight.

“The Las Vegas brand is about freedom, and that means different things to different people,” Hayes said.  “Adult freedom is on display everywhere on New Year’s Eve.”