Year of the Horse on display in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is preparing to kick off Chinese New Year 2014 with a ton of festivities in honor of the Year of the Horse. Although the New Year doesn’t officially start until Jan. 31, you can already find quite a few celebratory decorations and displays on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, as well as more to come:

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The Conservatory at the Bellagio is honoring the Year of the Horse through March 1 with a colorful display featuring eight life-size horses frolicking atop a three-tier mountain, burning incense, flowing rivers of water, a tranquil temple, an 18-foot-tall custom-made Chinese money tree and several large gold coins. Read more.

Bellagio conservatory (Photo by Aleza Freeman).

Aria lobby

Enjoy celebratory decor in honor of the Year of the Horse in the main lobby at Aria beginning on Friday.

The lobby will feature an 8-foot-tall stallion constructed from steel by an equestrian sculptor. A 70-meter long dragon and 144 traditional Chinese lanterns will hang from the lobby’s ceiling.

Wynn Atrium & Encore Garden

Wynn and Encore  hotels are celebrating the Chinese New Year with three 800-pound Tang Dynasty horse sculptures — two in the Wynn atrium and one in the garden outside the baccarat room at Encore. The 9-foot-tall, 10-foot-long horses were created by master sculptor Sillipachai “Mod” Toonrud. They are painted red and gilded in gold leaf. They will be on display through Feb. 14.

Tang Dynasty horse at Encore (Courtesy photo).


In honor of Chinese New Year, artist Alexander Lee will present an interactive exhibit, The Botanical Factory, inside P3Studio at The Cosmopolitan.

Through Feb. 16, Lee will dip leaves from a breadfruit tree into ink and hand press them onto sheets of polypropylene to create compositions ranging from Polynesian head ornaments to Chinese ink paintings. Guests will be invited to participate.

Waterfall Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo

The floral and horticulture department at the Palazzo worked with a team of artisans — and consulted with a Feng Shui master — to produce a tranquil Year of the Horse art installation in the waterfall atrium. The instillation features eight unique hand-sculpted, hand-painted horses ranging from 48 inches to 18 feet tall and one sculpted lamb.

Palazzo atrium (Photo by Jennifer Whitehair).

Fremont Street Experience

Paper lanterns created by elementary school students in the Clark County School District will be on display throughout Fremont Street Experience during the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival Feb. 7-9.

During the festival, guests and passers-by will be invited to build their own lantern at a booth located near the 3rd Street Stage to display on Fremont Street Experience.  The lanterns commemorate the Lunar Lantern Festival, the official end of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Horse chandelier at Crystals.

The Shops at Crystals

A flower carpet featuring a 12-foot-tall horse sculpture will grace the first floor of The Shops at Crystals at CityCenter starting on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The horse will stand among an elegant orchid garden filled with more than 2,400 flowers. I-Ching coin tree sculptures and bamboo gardens will flourish throughout Crystals and handmade red silk lanterns will adorn the ceilings.

Additionally,  a horse chandelier made from 7,000 Swarovski crystals is suspended within the 14-foot-ceiling space at the Stella McCartney store. The sculpture, named Lucky Spot, is named for an Appaloosa horse belonging to McCartney’s mom.