Las Vegas Strip
Highlights: After last year's fizzle -- when the pyrotechnics were launched from parking garages instead of hotel rooftops -- the midnight show will be up top once again. Seven hotels, including the new Aria at CityCenter, will host the midnight show in the sky.
Highlights: Watch the fireworks from the indoor/outdoor party at the top of the tall tower. Admission includes a curious combination: an open bar and unlimited thrill rides.
Info: (888) 236-8698, www.stratospherehotel.com/
The Spectacular Spectacular
Where: Playboy Club (the Palms)
Highlights: Party with the Playmates while enjoying a great view of the fireworks on the nearby Strip.
Info: (702) 942-6832, www.n9
Fireworks at One SixWhere:
One Six Sky Lounge (Eastside Cannery)
Highlights: Visitors wanting to watch fireworks and avoid the huge crowds should consider this new resort along Boulder Highway, a few miles east of the Strip. Admission includes finger food, a champagne toast, favors and a DJ.
Info: (702) 856-5300, www.eastsidecannery.com
Party on the PatioWhere:
Serendipity 3 (Caesars Palace)
Highlights: A tasty buffet, signature Frrozen Hot Chocolate and a ringside seat for watching partyers along Las Vegas Boulevard are among the offerings.
Info: (800) 901-1170, www.caesarspalace.com
Firefly (the Plaza, downtown)
Highlights: Locals love Firefly's tapas, and on New Year's Eve the restaurant will celebrate with a flamenco show. Also, the Fremont Street Experience is steps away.
Info: (702) 380-1352, www.fireflylv.com
New Year's Eve - at EveWhere:
Beso (Crystals at CityCenter)
Highlights: Dec. 31 is opening night of Eva Longoria Parker's new nightclub, Eve, above her restaurant. She and Kim Kardashian will greet guests.
Info: (702) 227-3838, www.evethenightclub.com
Mandalay Block PartyWhere:
Highlights: The resort's Restaurant Row will feature dishes from various eateries. Several booths will offer festive adult beverages.
Info: (877) 632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com
John Mayer TrioWhere:
the Joint (Hard Rock)
Highlights: Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Mayer and his band start their show at 9 p.m., allowing plenty of party time after the concert.
Info: (800) 745-3000, www.hardrockhotel.com
the Pearl at the Palms
Highlights: With the band's eclectic mix of music -- including pop and R&B -- and a starting time of 11 p.m., things are sure to be rockin' as 2010 arrives.
Info: (702) 942-7777, www.palmspearl.com
-- Jay Jones