Britney Spears was greeted by excited fans as she launched her Las Vegas residency.

The star is set to kick off her two-year residency in the gambling capital on December 27 and was welcomed to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Tuesday (03.12.13) with a spectacular display which included fire-breathers, snake charmers, dancers, contortionists and acrobats.

Britney was thrilled with the warm welcome she received to mark the beginning of her 'Britney Spears: Piece of Me' concerts which will largely take place over 2014 and 2015.

She tweeted: ''In Vegas! Celebrating #BritneyJean & #PieceOfMe with my new Vegas family. :) (sic)''

The star made her way past fans after signing autographs, before she was presented with a bouquet of roses as she turned heads in a well fitting black dress.

According to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, she said: ''I already feel like home here at Planet Hollywood.

''It's so nice to celebrate with this incredible welcome. I'm so excited for everyone to experience the new show. Now it's just a few weeks.

''I'm so happy to be here right now. This is my city. I can't wait to see you guys opening night.''