Chinese New Year – Vegas style

In Vegas, we go all out for everything. And while we’re not in China, we sure celebrate like we are! Below are events for Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) you don’t want to miss.

Palazzo and Venetian

The Palazzo and Venetian celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger with a bang. On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m., you’ll be able to see a ceremonial dragon and lion dance, complete with firecrackers and eye painting ceremony. The dance begins at Venetian’s porte-cochère and makes its way through the casino, into The Shoppes at the Palazzo’s waterfall atrium, through the Palazzo casino and finally ending at the upper Palazzo porte-cochère. Make sure to take pictures of the colorful parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes.

There will be an encore celebration (minus the eye painting ceremony) on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.


Photo courtesty of Photography

While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the waterfall atrium at The Shoppes at the Palazzo. The festive decorations include a 16.5-foot long custom-designed tiger, the zodiac symbol of 2010; citrus trees; six-foot-tall red, orange and yellow lanterns; an Asian garden with red, orange and yellow flowers including mums, orchids, bromeliads, kalonchoes, as well as a bridge with 35-foot-tall bamboo.

In addition, the lobbies at Palazzo and Venetian also follow the themed decor of Chinese New Year.

Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

The parade doesn’t stop at the Palazzo and Venetian. If you plan on going shopping, stop by the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.,  where you’ll see a festive parade performed by Las Vegas students (ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade). The parade begins near Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab and continues throughout the entire mall. The first performance is located at the Fountain of the Gods, right in front of the Gucci store. The parade continues, ending at The Forum Shops’ lower valet area.


Photo courtesy of MGM Mirage

Bellagio Conservatory

While you’re on the Strip, don’t forget to stop by and see the Bellagio Conservatory’s Year of the Tiger display. Through Feb. 28, you’ll see everything from a tiger made of dried botanicals standing among a garden of Taibu rocks and even a trio of six-foot-tall pandas. Made up of more than 9,000 living plants, you can see these cute creatures within a garden of towering bamboo. The Conservatory also features a zig-zag bridge leading to a Ming Dynasty-styled gazebo, as well as oversized Chinese lanterns.

Yan Kung Moon Dance Group

Get ready to embrace the lion. Considered one of the best and most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations in the world, the Yan Kung Moon Dance Group makes its way to Vegas. Within the lion dancing culture, Yau Kung Moon has set exceptionally high standards with its many routines, competitions and performances. Yau Kung Moon is recognized as the seven-time undefeated Chinese National Lion Dance Champions. Open to the public, guests can see the talented group perform at the following resorts’ main valet and porte-cochère:

Sam Hui

Sam Hui, a Cantopop musical legend throughout Hong Kong, performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Hui’s popular hits include “Tian Cai Yu Bai Chi” and “Ban Jin Ba Liang.”  Tickets range from $50.40 – $176.40.

With all of the Vegas celebrations, visiting all of these different Chinese New Year events is a vacation on its own.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. j Tierce at 7:52 pm

    where would one purachase a lantern like those displayed in Vegas hotels for Chinese New Year —

  2. Jeannie Borbe at 10:25 am


    You might want to reach out to Bellagio Conservatory and ask to speak with someone in horticulture. Call (702) 693-7111 and ask to be transferred to the conservatory’s horticulture department.