Vegas Weekender: A weekend of holidays in Vegas

Devending the Caveman's Kevin Burke

Defending the Caveman's Kevin Burke

This weekend in Vegas is going to be one of the busiest ever. Not only is it a three-day weekend for President’s Day, but Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day both fall on Feb. 14. It’s just more of a reason to come to Vegas.


Take a stroll through Lover’s Lane

For all of you who love chocolate, Ethel’s Chocolate Factory and Desert Botanical Gardens presents a romantic Lover’s Lane. From Feb. 12 – 14, stroll for free through the 3-acre garden and admire all the pink, red and white twinkling lights. End the evening on a sweet note by sipping on a hot cup of Cupid’s Cocoa or indulging in chocolate-covered strawberries. Treat your sweetie to the Ethel’s Valentine’s Day Collection, including the popular seasonal favorite, a lemon caramel heart drenched in white chocolate (prices range from $28 to $55). The chocolate factory is open until 8 p.m. Lover’s Lane lights stay on until 10 p.m.

You’ll be on Top of the World at Stratosphere

At the Stratosphere, celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a variety of wine and dining specials. The Level 107 Lounge Sweetheart Package (Friday, Feb. 12 from 5 – 9 p.m.) includes a glass of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, live music and breathtaking views of the city, all for $22.70 a person. The Top of the World Brunch is Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for $36.57 a person. Finally, enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Top of the World. All ladies will receive a single rose. Dinner prices are $108.89 per person. All packages include tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call (702) 380-7711 for more details.

Spend a night in Paris, in Las Vegas

This Valentine’s Day you may not literally be in Paris, but the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas offers a package meant for a romantic evening. For $60 per couple, guests can enjoy a photo, two tickets to the Eiffel Tower observation deck and two glasses of champagne. For reservations, call (888) 266-5687 or click here.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. see a ceremonial dragon and lion dance, complete with firecrackers and an eye painting ceremony at Palazzo and Venetian. The event begins at the Venetian’s porte-cochère, making its way through the casino, into the Palazzo’s waterfall atrium, through the Palazzo’s casino and finally in the upper Palazzo porte-cochère. The colorful spectacle features a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music. Visitors may see an additional dragon dance (minus the eye painting ceremony) on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. All dragon dances are free and open to the public.

At the Palazzo’s Waterfall Atrium you can see a custom-designed tiger, oversized bamboo towers with fresh orchids, an Asian garden with red, orange and yellow floral displays including mums, orchids, bromeliads, kalonchoes, and a Chinese bridge with 35-foot bamboo. The decorations will be on display through the third week of February.

The Bellagio Conservatory’s Chinese New Year display will be open until Feb. 28. See a tiger made of dried botanicals, a trio of six-foot-tall pandas made of more than 9,000 living plants and oversized Chinese lanterns. For more information, visit


Headliners take the stage in Vegas

Even with all the festivities for Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, you can still squeeze in time for a romantic show like “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian. Show times are daily at 7 p.m., with additional 9:30 p.m. shows this Saturday and Monday.

If you want to laugh about the battle of the sexes, but still want to leave on a happy note, “Defending the Caveman” at Excalibur plays daily at 3 p.m., with additional shows at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

If you’re fan of George Constantza’s character on “Seinfeld,” see his one-man show, “Jason Alexander as Donny Clay “ at Planet Hollywood Feb. 11 – 14 at 7 p.m. This weekend is also your chance to catch Carlos Santana’s “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” at the Hard Rock Hotel, Feb. 12-14 at 8 p.m.

If you’re a fan of Richard Marx, hear him sing his hits like “Right Here Waiting” and “Now and Forever” at The Orleans on Feb. 13-14 at 8 p.m. Not easily offended and harsh humor is up your alley? Lisa Lampanelli (known as the “queen of mean”) brings her brashness to the Palms on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.