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Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- ringing in the New Year!

     New Year's weekend in Vegas is about much more than just watching a ball drop and waving goodbye to one year to usher in another -- it's about celebration, revelry, and a lineup of entertainment that you won't find anywhere else in the world.

     This year, Las Vegas has three new club experiences opening around New Year's Eve -- 1OAK at The Mirage and Hyde at Bellagio. And that's just the beginning. Here's a look at the weekend scene:

     Get your weekend started early on Thursday with Fedde LeGrand spinning at Tryst inside Wynn Las Vegas and Benny Benassi at TAO at The Venetian.

Guns N' Roses performs Dec. 30-31 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock.     On Friday, rock icons Guns N' Roses play the first of two nights at the Joint inside the Hard Rock.

     You've also got plenty of nightlife options to fit every musical taste. Get "crunk" with Lil Jon and Steve Aoki & Lil Jon at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas; enjoy a taste of SHM with Sebastian Ingrosso at XS inside Wynn Las Vegas; catch Laidback Luke at Haze at ARIA; witness Tinie Tempah performing at The Bank inside Bellagio, rock out with Good Charlotte & The Situation at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens inside Paris Las Vegas; DJ Pauly D spins at the Hard Rock's Vanity; Dirty South spins at TAO; or party at the Palms with T-Pain at Rain or Clinton Sparks at Moon.

     On New Year's Eve, the stars come out all to ring in 2012! Keep up with the Kardashians -- Kim will be at TAO, Rob at Tryst and Kourtney and Scott Disick will host at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens  -- or celebrate with "Peepshow" star Holly Madison at Gallery inside Planet Hollywood.

John Legend plays at Pearl Theater on New Year's Eve before hosting the afterparty at Moon Nightclub.     The biggest names in music are hosting and performing, too, including: Black Eyed Peas members Will.I.Am at Surrender and Fergie at the opening of 1OAK; Chris Brown at Pure inside Caesars Palace; B.O.B. at Luxor's LAX; Bruno Mars at The Bank, John Legend follows his show at Pearl Theater with an after party at Moon and Iyaz at Revolution Lounge inside The Mirage.

     LMFAO brings some party rock to Haze; Kaskade spins at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan; Steve Angello is on the turntables at XS; Robbie Rivera is at Vanity; Samantha Ronson is at LAVO at The Palazzo and Paul Oakenfold rings in the new year at Rain.

     Other parties include the Cirque du Soleil NYE at Gold Lounge inside ARIA; The NYE Spectacular Spectacular at the Palms' Playboy Club and Foundation Room NYE Gala at Mandalay Bay and Rhumbash at Rhumbar at The Mirage.

America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2012 will include a fireworks spectacular from the rooftops of resorts up and down the Strip.     There's even more revelry at America's Party Las Vegas 2012 with fireworks launched from the rooftops of hotels up and down the Strip!

     The fun doesn't end on New Year's Eve, however. On Sunday, kick off 2012 with Drake at the Joint, with an afterparty at Vanity, Afrojack spinning at XS an Akon at The Bank.

     You can also take advantage of the extended weekend and witness the debut of Deadmau5's residency at XS, or party with Avicii at Marquee.

Treat Dad to some Vegas excitement

Please, not another pair of socks. Or a snakeskin-made anything. What Dad really wants is a memory -- so show him your appreciation with a trip to Vegas for Father's Day (then tag along ... you know, just to make sure he has a good time and all that. If you have some fun in the process, well -- bonus!)

Start with a relaxing round on the links. Las Vegas has more than 55 championship golf courses crafted by some of the game's greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer.

Then, help Dad update his wardrobe with some stylish threads. You'll find everything you need to get Dad decked out in Las Vegas' amazing shopping centers.

Charlie Palmer Steak 

Once he's dressed to kill, it's time to fuel up. First, dinner -- most Dad love to eat, and Las Vegas has some of the most decorated restaurants anywhere on the globe. Treat him to a memorable steak dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, or Cut by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo. If he's a seafood lover, American Fish by Michael Mina at ARIA Resort has dishes ranging from Copper River salmon to Great Lakes walleye, or treat him to fresh steamers, shrimp, lobster, crab, clam chowder and calamari at the Oyster Bar at Harrah's.

Finally, treat Dad to any of Las Vegas' unbeatable shows and you've got the perfect Father's Day gift -- a Las Vegas excursion that he'll think about fondly all year long.

Billboard week begins in Las Vegas

The biggest names in the music industry are ready to descend on Las Vegas for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. The main event is this Sunday, May 22, at the MGM Grand, but the buzz and excitement is already under way.

Check out this Las Vegas Spotlight page featuring Keri Hilson and watch the video, where she discusses what makes playing in Las Vegas more fun for an artist, why Vegas is unparalleled when it comes to shows and shopping, and more!

If you're already in Las Vegas, head down to the Fremont Street Experience tonight for a FREE Battle of the Bands competition featuring six bands from all across the country vying for a chance to performing live at the Billboard show on Sunday. Tonight's outdoor show starts at 8 p.m. and judges include Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, so come see which group will get the opportunity of a lifetime!

'New in Vegas' happens weekly -- check out the latest!

     There's always something new to see when you come to Vegas, so be sure to carve out some time on your next visit to check out some of the city's newest restaurants and nightclubs.

      For a scrumptious gourmet burger experience, join KGB - that's KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers from celebrity chef Kerry Simon, at Harrah's Las Vegas Rock & Rita's at Circus Circus hosts the "Great American Party" nightly - including some of the best flair bartenders in the world - mixing your favorite cocktails!

     If you like variety, dig into some Spanish tapas, Asian dim sum, Italian antipasti, Mediterranean mezze and more at Johnny Smalls at the Hard Rock Hotel. For masterful Pan-Asian cuisine, relax at the new Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter on the Strip by Aria Resort.  There's a new cowboy in town! If you're looking for a delicious meal with a rockin' feel, check out the PBR Rock Bar & Grill outside Planet Hollywood with its spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and a modern vibe.

   Want the chance to experience time travel ?? live on stage! You can at the new grand-illusion show Triumph at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  

     You can also experience a unique nightlife setting inside the Crown Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel, which converts into a multi-tiered nightclub providing a mixture of themed nights with a variety of musical guests in an intimate club setting. 

     Take a stroll downtown to the Fremont East District and stop by the Maharaja Hookah Cafe, which features more than 50 combinations of hookah flavors.  Discover new venues alongside vintage casinos in Downtown Las Vegas! Book your trip today and experience the "new" in Vegas.

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