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Britney, Adam Levine and New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Does it get any better?

We may still have three months before New Years Eve 2017 sends us all into off-key renditions of “Auld Lang Syne,” but already astute travelers have begun to book their New Years Eve destinations–and everything in the festive months leading up to it.

One hot location this year as always: Las Vegas. In recent years the hosts of Vegas’ nightlife cater to the LGBTQ crowd, as if recent residencies from Cher, Ricky Martin and Elton John didn’t already offer fans of fabulousness a warm welcome. And that’s just the start. From world class cuisine to spectacular helicopter tours, it offers one awesome adventure after another, all in the same glittering city.

So, channel your inner Nomi Malone, and dive into these great excursions…

 1. The Entertainment

This year, New Year’s Eve entertainers include gay fave Celine Dion at the MGM Grand, Bruno Mars at the Monte Carlo, and Maroon 5, featuring hunky pro-gay activist Adam Levine at Mandalay Bay.

  • Fans of Britney Spears will have one last chance to check out her Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood before she checks out
  • Cirque Du Soleil has a gaggle of shows around town, featuring the music of everyone from The Beatles to Michael Jackson, not to mention the hot trapeze artists
  • Magician David Copperfield will perform at the MGM Grand
  • Fans of drag should also check out Divas at the Linq an all-female impersonator revue starring noted drag performer Frank Marino
  • For visitors craving some erotic entertainment, the Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel show features some steamy male dancers performing for…tips

2. The Food

Mon Ami Gabi

Vegas may have attracted tourists with its casinos and shows, but anyone who visits will attest to one more treasure: the cuisine. Vegas plays home to a number of world-renown celebrity chefs. Several notable eateries will also offer special New Year’s Eve menus as well as their usual delectable and romantic settings, including:

3. The Clubs

DJ Calvin Harris at Omnia

The spectacle and glamour of Vegas carries over into its famed club scene—the kind of nightlife that attracts celebrities—and noted DJs—the world over. A number of noted nightclub venues will host special New Year’s Eve parties.

4. The Adventure

Sundance flyover tour

Visitors to Vegas can also enjoy a plethora of adventures before hitting the shows and clubs.

  • Sundance Helicopters offers chopper rides during the actual fireworks, letting visitors check out a surreal, romantic view of the festivities
  • Serenity Helicopters offers their usual tours over the city and an aerial Grand Canyon tour
  • For visitors who prefer ground transport, a Hoover Dam bus tour visits the local scenery
  • Tours also run in the daylight hours, including a limo tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Exotics Racing lets you get behind the wheel of high-end and racing automobiles

5. High Spirits

Laundry Room

Vegas sets the standard with bars and clubs to hang out at with your friends–and more than a few new ones to check out. Like any New Year’s Eve party, a number of these venues may require reservations, so call or book ahead.