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Experience Chinese New Year at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, the only Triple Forbes Five Star hotel in Nevada

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas' Tea Lounge.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas' Tea Lounge, perched 23 floors above the world-famous and stellar Strip. The Tea Lounge will offer an authentic Gong Fu Cha tea service to help celebrate the Chinese New Year. Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony is also available.

Additionally, a Year of the Sheep Dim Sum menu is available all day at MOzen Bistro, located on the third floor of the hotel, and a special Prosperity Yu Sheng menu is available from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year the "Good Luck Ritual" that is part of the dining experience can be customized to a guest's personal tastes with choices of select fish and seafood. The chef will guide all diners at the table in the traditional prosperity toss.

For more information, visit the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas’ website.

Chinese New Year Las Vegas

The Chinese New Year Las Vegas 2022 starts on February 1st. Known in China as Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the chinese lunar calendar.

For a city that enjoys celebrating cultural diversity, Chinese New Year in Las Vegas is a sight to see. Every Chinese New Year, Las Vegas resorts transform their properties with extravagant displays and elaborate décor.

Next year expect the Vegas mega resorts to go all out with stunning showcase of festive decorations, traditional Chinese cuisine and activities to commemorate the Year of the Tiger as they usher in the Chinese New Year and wish wealth, good health and good fortune to all.

The festival ushers in the lunar New Year and is the western world Christmas and New Year's Eve all rolled into one.

Gong Xi Fa Cai Hong Bao Na Lai

People born during the Year of the Tiger (a symbol of bravery) are friendly, brave, competitive, love a challenge, charming and endowed with good luck and authority.

2022 is the Year of the Tiger. The symbol is the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs.
This is your year if you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022

Past and Future Chinese New Years

Chinese New Year Las Vegas Facts

The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle with each of the years being named after an animal. The Chinese believe that the animal ruling one's birth year has a profound influence on personality and destiny.

The Chinese New Year varies per year but normally falls between January 21 and February 20.
The entire holiday lasts for 15 days and traditionally begins on the first day of the month in the Lunar calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.
People in China take up to a week off to celebrate and people in Hong Kong take 2-3 days
Chinese workers travel home, making this holiday the world's largest human migration.
Approximately 210 million people traveled by plane, bus and train in 2018 for Chinese New Year.
During Chinese New Year, the world record for most texts sent in a day is always broken.
In China, the official name of the Chinese New Year holiday is "Spring Festival", in Korea it's "Seol-lal" and in Vietnam it's "Tet New Year".
Apart from being a time to feast and reunite with family, the festivities are accompanied by a large array of customs and rituals.
Traditions of this holiday include wearing red clothes, hanging red signs and noise-making.
Round food items are an important part of the holiday and represent never-ending wealth.
Red envelopes containing money are given and symbolizes good luck and wards off evil spirits.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year. - 我们祝大家新年快乐

The Chinese Zodiac Calendar

1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

The Ox, or Buffalo symbolizes prosperity, self-assurance, inspiration and leadership. People born in the year of the Ox are hard working, honest, creative, dependable and determined.

1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Tigers are the symbol of brave. People born in the year of the Tiger are friendly, brave, extremely competitive, love a challenge, charming and endowed with good luck.

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

The Rabbit symbolizes compassion, sensitivity and creativity. People born in the year of the Rabbit are kind-hearted, friendly, intelligent, cautious, skillful, gentle, quick and live long.

Things you should know about Chinese New Year Las Vegas 2022

Chinese New Year 2022, the Year of the Tiger, falls on February 1st.

With the pandemic hopefully over, this coming years Chinese New Year in Las Vegas will be very festive.

During Las Vegas Chinese New Year, visitors to the city can enjoy auspicious dishes at the best Chinese restaurants in Las Vegas.

If money is not an issue here is a list of highly recommended restaurants you might consider calling ahead of time to make a reservation.

With that said, if Las Vegas is beckoning you this coming Chinese New Year, below are a few things you might want to put on your to-do list. You'll also find lots of resources and some money saving tips on this site while planning your Las Vegas Chinese New Year.

4 Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year In Las Vegas

Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year or Spring Festival — no matter what you call it, the annual holiday that signifies the turn of the Chinese calendar is a major affair in Las Vegas.

Around almost every corner you’ll find ceremonial lion dances, red lanterns and gold coins strung amply throughout the casinos, and large displays of the zodiac animal, which this year happens to be a lovable dog.

Occurring on the second new moon after the winter solstice, Chinese New Year 2018 runs from February 16 to March 2, with many of the city’s top Asian eateries offering special menus of traditional foods meant to bring good fortune and prosperity.

Here are four Vegas spots that will make you say, “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” (Happy New Year!).

Hong Kong Café
You’ve never had dinner with a view quite like this. Just outside The Palazzo’s Hong Kong Café rests a 16-foot-tall Chinese Shar-Pei named Vincenzo Li, this year’s Lunar New Year mascot, symbolizing good fortune and protection.

The colossal canine took 10 months to create, requiring a team of 86 artisans, a feng shui master and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Stars The Venetian and The Palazzo’s in-house floral and horticulture team to complete. Vincenzo is covered in artificial fur and has nine other friends positioned throughout the resorts, including a three-foot hare.

Inside Hong Kong Café, you’ll find even more to capture the eye, starting with the Chinese New Year-themed cocktail offerings. Some of the drinks are made from Johnnie Walker Blue, which unveils a special artist series bottle for the holiday every year.

Another attention-grabbing aspect of the restaurant’s holiday fun is the curated menu of snacks, such as salt-and-pepper beef skewers and crabmeat wontons.

China Tang. Credit: MGM Grand

China Tang
This recently opened retro Chinese eatery located within MGM Grand may be the new kid on the block, but it certainly isn’t shy. Inside the elegant, pop-art-lined dining room of China Tang, you’ll be entertained by visual delights that transport you to Concession-era Shanghai. A glamorous torch singer serenades you in front of a pink grand piano with spontaneous noodle-pulling shows in between performances.

Start your evening off with a creative selection of sips from the bar. The historically based cocktail menu is divided into two parts: pre-Opium War era (refreshers like the classic gin-based Singapore Sling) and post-colonial era with the sweet and tart Hong Kong Gimlet (vodka, lime juice and yuzu foam).

One of the restaurant’s grand dinner presentations contains duck carved tableside and served with paper-thin pancakes, sweet bean paste, fresh garlic and refined sugar that, when sprinkled on the gamey bird’s fatty skin, makes it melt on the tongue.

Other must-trys are the perfectly tucked soup dumplings, the whole fish with bean curd and the surprisingly light shrimp fried rice — all dishes sure to bring the best of luck in the New Year.

China Poblano’s Lucky Lamb. Credit: Elizabeth Sutherland

China Poblano
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with something a little different at renowned chef José Andrés’ temple to the dynamic fusion flavors of Chinese and Mexican cooking.

Situated within Four-Star The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, China Poblano hosts a sensational annual Chinese New Year tasting menu that you won’t want to miss. This year’s six-course offering, available from February 16 through March 2, is tasty and approachable with traditional elements prepared for modern palates.

Look for succulent savories, such as mung bean noodle dumplings, raw yellowtail with Chinese mustard and a “lucky lamb” dunked in an addictive, slurp-worthy broth with silver needle oat noodles.

And while it may not be the year of the dragon, the Dragon’s Pearl dessert comes as a rewarding finish with fresh flavors of coconut tapioca, white sesame ice cream, matcha meringue and lychee boba.

Hakkasan’s Golden Fortune. Credit: Hakkasan Restaurants

Hakkasan Las Vegas
During February, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant is serving up a menu of traditional tastes to help you ring in the New Year.

Dried oyster with lotus root, braised beef tongue, wok-fried native lobster and baked Chilean sea bass with kumquat glaze are some of the time-honored plates found on Hakkasan Las Vegas’ thoroughly modern Cantonese menu. Each dish is meant to bring luck, joy and prosperity.

Save room for dessert, when you’ll be served the Golden Fortune — a sweet and earthy treat made of ginger caramel, roasted macadamia nuts and lemongrass.

In what has become a yearly tradition plucked from Chinese lore, find a “wishing tree” of red ribbons hung on the restaurant’s wooden lattices, where you can anonymously share your hopes for the coming year.

5 ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Gong Hay Fat Choy. And welcome to the Year of the Dog. (Which, if you’re keeping score, is the 11th position in the Chinese zodiac).

Gong Hay Fat Choy. And welcome to the Year of the Dog. (Which, if you’re keeping score, is the 11th position in the Chinese zodiac).

Las Vegas may not be in China, but if you’re in the mood to celebrate Chinese New Year, you’re in the right spot, with dozens of places — and almost as many ways — to mark the occasion.

Vibrant floral displays mark the holiday in Strip casinos, along with traditional lion and fan dances. Cultural festivals offer colorful lanterns and celebratory parades. There’s even an invitational art exhibit showcasing unique interpretations of the Year of the Dog.

A few ways to light up the lunar new year:

Lights up on China Lights

The China-based China Lights lantern festival, which has played multiple cities around the globe, makes its Southern Nevada debut this year, continuing through Feb. 25 at North Las Vegas’ Craig Ranch Regional Park.

More than 40 oversize lantern displays featuring high-tech lighting and animation — led by an illuminated dragon 200 feet long and three stories high — stretch along trails. Beyond the lights, the festival includes performances from acrobats to a quick-change mask artist, along with Asian cuisine and artisans demonstrating Chinese crafts.

Tickets are $12 to $20 (plus a $10 surcharge for Friday’s Chinese New Year festivities) the festival is open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Feb. 25. For full details, visit

Takin’ it to the streets

CNY in the Desert’s kickoff celebration Friday at Fashion Show mall may be sold out, but there’s still plenty of time to celebrate the Year of the Dog at the group’s sixth annual Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fremont and 11th streets (continuing to Seventh Street).

A parade after-party follows at Downtown Container Park, which will host free children’s activities from noon to 5 p.m. At 11:30 a.m., a lions blessing kicks off multiple performances by dance troupes, kung fu teams and other community cultural groups.

Downtown Summerlin, meanwhile, celebrates the Year of the Dog at 6 p.m. Friday with a parade featuring a decorative Chinese dragon weaving through the outdoor mall. A percussion ensemble will accompany the dragon and lion dance traditional fan dancers and Asian-themed stilt-walkers also will participate.

Floral decor and more

The Year of the Dog bursts into bloom with free floral displays at various Strip casinos.

Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens continues its Chinese New Year celebration through March 3. In addition to a larger-than-life dog as a centerpiece, 17 other dogs pop up throughout the display, which also features flowing fountains, thousands of I-Ching coins, colorful lanterns — and more than 22,000 flowers — around the clock.

Commemorating the Year of the Dog, the horticulture team at The Venetian and the Palazzo consulted a feng shui master before creating Vincenzo Li, a 16-foot Chinese shar-pei installation symbolizing good fortune and protection.

Aria’s main lobby, meanwhile, features celebratory decor including a 196-foot dragon hanging from the ceiling and weaving its way through a money tree made up of golden coins that symbolize wealth and luck. And a 22-foot dragon — decked out in thousands of LED lights — returns to the Forum Shops at Caesars.

Dancing on the Strip

With multiple casinos on (and beyond) the Strip, Caesars Entertainment resorts will host multiple lion dances to spread good fortune. Starting Friday and continuing throughout February, lion dances — starting at the porte cochere and continuing through the casino — will take place at Caesars Palace, Bally’s, The Cromwell, the Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Linq Hotel, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort and the Rio.

Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Looking for a little extra luck while visiting Las Vegas? Come visit during Chinese New Year!

Photo courtesy Bellagio FB, last year’s Chinese New Year Botanical Gardens.

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, February 12, initiating the Year of the Ox.

Every year Vegas likes to throw a party for Lunar New Year. You might see parade-like lion dances winding through casinos. There may be special menus at restaurants to celebrate, and you can see a beautiful display of flowers at the Bellagio Conservatory. Many hotels put up decorations and symbols of luck throughout their properties in honor of the New Year. Who couldn’t use a little more of that when they’re in Vegas?

Here is a list of some events and exhibits celebrating the “Year of the Ox” in February 2021 in Las Vegas:

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens-Chinese New Year display
FREE-all day access
Bellagio Las Vegas
Just past the front desk you’ll find the 14,000 square foot Conservatory. This is where the talented horticulture staff transforms the space seasonally using thousands of flowers and trees. This masterpiece is open day and night and is always FREE to view. Chinese New Year display begins January 16th and runs through March 6th, the Spring show runs in March, April and into May. The Summer display runs June -September, the Harvest Show runs September – November, and the Holiday display runs December – early January. They offer a web cam view of the current display on their website, though it doesn’t seem to be updated as of yet. You can see the past shows posted for viewing as well.

Chinese Heritage: The Year of the Ox Art Exhibition
The City of Las Vegas’s Year Of The Ox exhibition invited artists to learn about the year’s animal & interpret that into artwork to honor the holiday. It is open by appointment only at the Historic Fifth Street School Mayor’s Gallery. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

10th annual Chinese New Year in the Desert virtual Party
Virtual video for 2021. See the link and watch the entertainment right from your own home. About CNYID: In response to ALL the restaurants’ struggles and challenges this past year, we would like to dedicate this year’s Lunar New Year Celebration in honor of our AAPI business owners in the food and beverage industry NATIONWIDE. This year, we are co-hosting our virtual celebration with National ACE, Asian Foodie Network, Asian Chefs Association, Wells Fargo, and AARP. We want to thank our Beverage Sponsor, The House of Suntory, and also our partners: AAEN, AAUC, Nevada Small Business Council, Chicago Asian Network, and Grand Canal Shoppes! Our CALL TO ACTION: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL AAPI BUSINESS OWNERS in the FOOD and BEVERAGE Industry! #AAPIFoodies

Chinese New Year Celebration
Through Friday, February 26
, 2021- 1Pm-5 PM Daily
Fashion Show Mall
Come experience the enchanting traditions of Lunar New Year. Watch in awe as Chinese dragons and lions parade through the center on February 13. Stroll down to the Great Hall to see our annual Lantern Garden Dance performances February 12 – February 26, every Thursday – Sunday. Plus, spend $200 and receive a gift with Dropit passes, surprises, and more. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the Year of the Ox. See the Lantern Garden Dance: February 12 – February 26, Thursday – Sunday | 1PM, 3PM, 5PM in the Great Hall

Panda Express Lunar New Year Tradition

Through February 28, 2021, customize and send a red envelope via email. Your loved one will get $2 off Firecracker Chicken Breast® with the purchase of a 2-entrée plate and one free 22 oz drink. And you’ll get a coupon for a free order of spring rolls to bring prosperity this Lunar New Year!

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Our New Year in the United States has come and gone (hopefully some of your resolutions are still around!), but that doesn’t mean that ringing in 2018 has to end. This year, the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is February 16th and there’s no better place to celebrate the Year of the Dog than in Las Vegas.

Whether you want to feast on an elaborate Chinese meal, enjoy amazing ceremonies, or just see everything this diverse city has to offer, the Chinese New Year 2018 is your chance to do it. Let’s dive into a brief history of the holiday, what it means to the Chinese, and how we can honor this celebratory day.

A History of the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is one of the oldest holidays in the world, with some experts dating it back to Emperor Yao in 2300 BCE! It was originally based on the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, which counts moon and sun cycles from one spring season to the next. The holiday signified the beginning of the year and was a chance to honor Chinese ancestors and deities.

Today, though, China has adapted the Western calendar, but Chinese New Year is still a holiday to celebrate the luck of the upcoming year, spend time with family, and eat lots of great food! Every region and culture does the Chinese New Year a little differently, and in Las Vegas we go all out and enjoy the festivities.

The Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

The Chinese New Year is the perfect time of the year to channel good energy and luck for 2018, and Las Vegas is full of events to ring in the Year of the Dog in style. Check out the following highlights for ways to celebrate the New Year in this amazing city.

1 ) Las Vegas Spring Festival 2018

There’s a reason why the annual Chinese New Year in the Desert™ has been voted as “one of the top 8 places in the United States to celebrate Chinese New Year” by Forbes Magazine! This event features concerts, art, a parade, and an after party! And all of it is just blocks away from The Ogden in downtown Las Vegas. Residents won’t miss a second of the action as the parade tours through Fremont Street and ends at Container Park.

2 ) China Lights Las Vegas

In Chinese culture, lighting lanterns in the new year symbolizes a wish for a bright future and you will often find red and gold as the main colors because red symbolizes happiness and gold symbolizes wealth. At the China Lights Las Vegas display, you will see these traditions celebrated in the hundreds of larger-than-life, fully-illuminated lanterns, including displays of lions, dragons, and more. Visitors can also enjoy Chinese cultural performances and artwork. The festival, located in the Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, takes place between January 19th and February 25th, with a special new year celebration on February 16th. Learn more about the festival here.

3 ) The Venetian and The Palazzo Celebration

If you want to hit the Strip to celebrate the Chinese New Year, check out The Venetian and the Palazzo for their amazing decorations and festive parade. In the Waterfall Atrium, guests are greeted by a 16-foot tall Chinese Shar-Pei, complete with artificial fur! According to Chinese tradition, The Year of the Dog is said to bring prosperity to those who are proactive, work hard, and communicate well (much like man’s best friend!). And what better way to celebrate this four-legged friend than with a huge sculpture of one! The Venetian and Palazzo will also host a ceremonial lion and dragon dance and parade on February 16th.

4 ) The LINQ Promenade

The LINQ Promenade also does an elaborate celebration for the Chinese New Year weekend celebration, February 16-19th. The promenade will be adorned with traditional Chinese lanterns and decorations to ring in the Year of the Dog, and there will be nightly performances, including dancing, magic, and live Chinese culture performances. The hotel will also feature food and drink specials and daily prize drawings.

5 ) Bellagio

As the seasons change in Las Vegas, so does the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden. Even though the Chinese New Year is not a specific season, it is a holiday that the Bellagio celebrates with their guests. As we already know, this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Dog, but Bellagio is also celebrating the Lunar New Year with burning incense from the ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortune and promote good luck. This Chinese New Year you can expect to see four fountains lining the dome and the fifth fountain, in the middle, filled with giant coins. Alongside the fountains there will be representations of children playing as the loyal and brave dog watches over. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing and unique Chinese New Year display.

6 ) Chinatown

What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than in the heart of Chinatown Las Vegas! Head out to the Chinatown Plaza Inc. to celebrate the Year of the Dog along with 5,000 other attendees. The celebration goes from 10am – 5pm and is filled with food, fun, and friends. Indulge in the “biggest Authentic Asian Food Gathering in the whole city” at this potluck-style gathering. Attendees can also enjoy entertainment all day long with lion dancing, Japanese Taiko drums, a dragon parade, and even more for a fun-filled Chinese New Year!

Chinese culture is steeped in tradition and in Las Vegas, we are lucky enough to celebrate this diverse holiday. The Chinese New Year is a time for friends, family, and hopes for the new year.

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I high-five Lucky Cat, a nine-foot-tall silver sculpture in the Cosmopolitan, and the maneki-neko&mdashboth larger-than-life Vegas flamboyance and beloved Asian talisman&mdashspits out my fortune, telling me to meander. Given that I&rsquom in fast-paced and luck-obsessed Sin City, I take it as a sign to explore another side of the Strip during Chinese New Year amidst crimson paper lanterns, dancing dragons, symbolic menus and inventive cocktails. Las Vegas celebrates this holiday, known simply as CNY, like nowhere else in North America, pulling out the red carpet, quite literally.


After checking in at the lantern-festooned lobby of the Aria, my weekend starts with a gung hay fat choy greeting at Blossom, where embroidered cherry-blossom wallcoverings and hanzi-adorned banners set the CNY scene. Here, 80 to 90 percent of the VIP guests are from China. I sample Peking duck, lotus root, sea cucumber, mango sago&mdashjust some of the 100 dishes served at this Epicurean Award winner for Best Chinese Restaurant in Las Vegas. And between all those bites, there&rsquos plenty of baijiu (a funky Chinese spirit that&rsquos pronounced &ldquobye-joe,&rdquo to the merriment of anyone familiar with its potent punch). Gan bei!

After dinner, I head to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where a team of 140 horticulturists creates a Year-of-the-Monkey extravaganza. Overwhelmed by the 20,000-plus flowers, 600-plus trees and 80,000-litre koi pond, I have a nightcap in the hotel&rsquos Petrossian Bar. Despite there being 399 cocktails to choose from at the Bellagio alone, I opt for a simple gin and tonic, although with kaffir lime leaves and a diamond-shaped ice cube, it&rsquos anything but.


As one of Vegas&rsquos busiest times of year, with Asian visitors and shoppers jamming the city, the retailers get in on the CNY spirit. At the Forum Shops at Caesars, the Roman theme is glitzed up even more (if possible), with decorations like a glowing 22-foot dragon. Amidst a killer group of luxury brands ranging from Longchamp to Tom Ford (and, um, a spiral escalator), I watch local school kids put on a Chinese cultural show before switching my shopping appetite for lunch at Beijing Noodle No. 9, where I get a deft demo in the hand-pulling of this symbol of longevity (think dancing with noodles).

Feeling like I&rsquove gained an extra life in noodle consumption, I decide I need some wellness at the oasis of the Cosmopolitan&rsquos Sahra Spa and Hammam, where natural-stone walls mimic the slot canyons of the surrounding desert. Post-restoration (via the Moonflower Ritual, which erases some of Sin City&rsquos effects with a jasmine rose clay wrap and fragrant moonflower oil massage for a new-year-new-you glow), I feel free to fuel up with another CNY meal at China Poblano, a mash-up of Chinese and Mexican fare. CNY specialties include Leaping Over the Dragon&rsquos Gate (red snapper that&rsquos a nod to the myth of a koi turning into a dragon), xiao long bao (soup dumplings garnished with edible gold flakes) and the tasty Lu Yang cocktail (bourbon, orange liqueur, ginger star anise syrup and green tea foam).


After much revelry, dragons, cats and monkeys, a New Year&rsquos cleansing of sorts is in order. I make like a flying monkey into the Grand Canyon via Sundance Helicopters. As the chopper rises, the city becomes a diorama of flashy excess that fades fast against the contrast of the Mojave Desert. There&rsquos the now-miniature-looking Hoover Dam, Bowl of Fire, Lake Mead, Colorado River and then just billons of years of geological majesty. As the helicopter descends into the canyon (to the dramatic notes of Wagner&rsquos &ldquoRide of the Valkyries&rdquo), I feel like faraway Sin City might be a CNY mirage. And then I&rsquom greeted with a glass of Champagne, Vegas-style. Now that&rsquos how you celebrate a new beginning.

Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen Sahara [Official Site]

Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen at the Sahara has a special Chinese New Year menu, created by chef Guoming “Sam” Xin, available through Sunday, February 28, from 5 to 10 p.m. Dishes include scallops with XO sauce, ($26), honey walnut prawns ($22), salt and pepper calamari ($18), Mongolian beef ($18), orange beef ($18), kung pao chicken ($16), orange chicken, ($16) Yangzhou fried rice ($14), chicken or beef chow mein (starting at $14), oxtail soup ($16), and congee ($6).


Las Vegas, Nevada (Jan. 21, 2021) – The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas invites guests to celebrate
Chinese New Year with a photo-worthy art installation, special food and beverage menus, and retail offerings for the holiday.


To commemorate the Year of the Ox, the resort’s floral and horticulture team worked with artisans to create the feature animal of the custom display, which stands 13 feet tall and is surrounded by IChing coins displaying the symbols for prosperity, good health, happiness, and luck.

The colossal ox is female and named Alessandra Heng. The name Alessandra pays tribute to her Italian home and means “defender of mankind”. Her surname means “steady and persistent.” The ox is the second animal in the Chinese zodiac and is known as intelligent, honest, and reliable.

The element for the Year of the Ox is metal, which is represented by her metallic gold horns, tail, nose, and hooves, and the gold armor on her legs.


Celebrate the Year of the Ox with lunar libations at The Cocktail Collective bars, each offering one Chinese New Year cocktail exclusive to its location.

St. Remy VSOP, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Maraschino, lime and orange

Remy XO, Mount Gay XO Rum, Angostura bitters and cane syrup

Electra Cocktail Club

Gin, fresh pineapple juice, coconut, lime, and a dash of cream

Additionally, guests who order Electra’s signature Chinese New Year cocktail will receive a custom red envelope with a complimentary offer to return to and try either Rosina, The Dorsey or Electra’s specialty Chinese New Year cocktail, available February 12 – 28.


Mott 32, with its award-winning Asian cuisine, is offering a special menu to celebrate Chinese New Year. The a la carte menu features whole Maine lobster, pan fried prawn, and other traditional Chinese delicacies. This menu is available from Feb. 11-14.

Chef David Chang’s Majordomo Meat & Fish is also getting in on the Lunar New Year celebration with a special menu that includes Dungeness crab, Wagyu ribeye cap, whole fried snapper, and the longevity lo mein that includes two pounds of lobster.

Restaurant reservations are required. Party size is limited to four per table. Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. To make a reservation, visit or call 844-219-1026. Seating at all restaurants has been arranged to allow for physical distancing and state-mandated capacity limits. Space is limited and availability is not guaranteed.

For more information on Chinese New Year at The Venetian Resort, visit

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort is celebrating Lunar New Year with a magical new experience at its Wishing Tree art installation. Guests can add a personal wish to the wishing tree by scanning a QR code with their smartphone, unlocking an Instagram filter that uses voice-activated technology for the guest to say their wish and watch it fly to the tree where it will live virtually with all the other wishes.

G aming N ews

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas commemorates the Chinese New Year with an array of decadent culinary offerings, breathtaking décor and lively entertainment for visitors throughout January and February. Remembering the significance of the sacred Spring Festival, Las Vegas will extend good fortune and prosperity to all who revel in the destination’s cultural festivities.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) continues to aggressively promote Las Vegas as the premier tourism destination and has increased efforts directed toward the Chinese travel industry to promote the Entertainment and Meetings Capital of the World. Visitation from China has steadily increased over the past several years including a nearly 12% jump in 2017, making China the top Asian market for Las Vegas visitation. China recorded the most visitors in history with more than 260,000 guests traveling to Las Vegas in 2017. The second of December 2018 marked the second anniversary of Hainan Airlines' inaugural nonstop flight from Beijing Capital to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. This historic route connects mainland China to Las Vegas and introduces the destination to millions of prospective visitors. The service provides additional convenience and accessibility for Chinese guests for the holiday and throughout the year.

The annual celebratory dragon display returns for another year at The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace. The 22-foot-long dragon is not only a great photo opportunity for visitors, but is also a traditional symbol of power, strength and good luck. The decorative display is dressed in thousands of LED lights, flickering to give the mythical creature a vibrant look and dynamic feel.

Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the world’s tallest observation wheel, The High Roller at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, will be illuminated in red and gold to mark the beginning of Chinese New Year, Wednesday, 6 February. The famous Las Vegas skyline landmark will serve as the backdrop to nightly dance performances on the promenade’s fountain stage as well as exciting prize drawings. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Pig with a captivating display through the beginning of March. Four happy, golden pigs welcome guests as they enter the Conservatory through a breathtaking pavilion made of jade stone, which signifies wisdom, bravery and honesty. Five pendants crown the top of the rotunda, each individually decorated with a gilded dragon intended to watch over guests on their journey through the Conservatory.

To commemorate the Year of the Pig, The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino’s horticulture team consulted a feng shui master to transform the waterfall atrium with an installation of a colossal golden pig sculpture. The feature sculpture is a 3,000-pound golden pig that stands 16 feet tall and is surrounded by tangerine trees, chrysanthemums, orchids, succulents and bromeliads. Additionally, nine smaller pigs are placed throughout the waterfall atrium and the resorts’ lobbies.

The main lobby of Aria Resort & Casino will be adorned in celebratory décor to honor the beginning of the Lunar New Year starting Friday, 25 January. Three Chinese Deities personifying happiness, wealth and longevity: Fuk, Luk and Sau, will greet guests upon check-in at ARIA’s front desk. An extraordinary 196-foot dragon will hang from the lobby’s ceiling, weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune with pigs surrounding the base of the tree.

Fashion Show will host the 8th Annual CNY in the Desert Opening Ceremony and ring in the Year of the Pig with a special ribbon cutting and dinner Friday, 8 February. To commemorate Chinese New Year, guests will be treated to a special ticketed VIP event, including lion blessings, traditional dances and a cultural fashion runway show. Following the ceremony, guests also have the option to enjoy a special Lunar New Year family-style dinner and cocktails sponsored by Remy Martin.

Spreading wishes of prosperity throughout the valley, CNY in the Desert will also host celebrations in Downtown Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Vegas Golden Knights and now in its seventh year, the parade, featuring gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes and dragons is quickly becoming a Las Vegas tradition that entertains thousands who come to watch. Live stream coverage of the parade is available to view worldwide. The 7th Annual Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will march through the heart of downtown, beginning at 11th and Fremont Streets, Saturday, 9 February at 11 a.m., followed by a parade after-party at Downtown Container Park. The family-friendly celebration will include lion dances, youth hockey clinic by Vegas Golden Knights, martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, traditional Chinese music performances and folk dances. Due to popular demand, the day of festivities with conclude with “Dance-4-for-a-Cause” benefiting the Las Vegas China Town Lions Club and the Las Vegas Vietnamese-American Lions Club.

The Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian and The Palazzo will ring in the Year of the Pig with two traditional Chinese fan dances, as performers distribute more than 250 red envelopes filled with special gifts to guests 5 February. From gift cards to chocolate gold coins, each envelope contains special offers available at participating Grand Canal Shoppes stores and restaurants.

Guests celebrating the Lunar New Year early in Las Vegas can kick off the Year of the Pig with special priced tickets to one of the most epic productions on the Strip, KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand. The gravity-defying adventure is offering Lucky Circle tickets for $88.88 on performances 15-30 January.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host a dragon and lion dance, beginning at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance on the first floor of the Boulevard Tower 7 February at 3 p.m.

Celebrating throughout February with casino games and events, Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a traditional lion dance, 9 February at 9:30 p.m.

Honoring Chinese tradition, Caesars Entertainment resorts will host 13 lively lion dances to bring good luck across Las Vegas, including nightly performances at The LINQ Promenade from Wednesday, 6 February through Saturday, 9 February. At each of the nine resorts, the lion dance performances will start at the porte-cochère and make their way through the casino from Friday, 8 February through Wednesday, 13 February. Participating resorts include The Cromwell, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's - Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace.

Las Vegas South Premium Outlets will host the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy for a dragon and lion dancing performance on Saturday, 9 February at 12 p.m. In addition to themed arts and crafts in the shopping center, the Outlets will be handing out lucky red envelopes to shoppers that will contain special offers and discounts from select retailers.

Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Pig at MGM Grand Las Vegas Tuesday, 5 February at 4 p.m., Bellagio Hotel & Casino Wednesday, 6 February at 4 p.m. and Aria Resort & Casino Thursday, 7 February at 6:30 p.m. performed by Yau Kung Moon in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with a modern flair. Known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, Yau Kung Moon has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia.

Patrons can indulge at China Poblano by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with a 14-day celebratory menu beginning 4 February. Specialty dishes include “The Chicken or the Egg,” “Goose Goose Duck” and a variety of Chinese fare. The dining hotspot will also offer a specialty cocktail, “Grass is Always Green,” featuring HK Baijiu, Bombay Sapphire East and Szechuan pepper.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at The Venetian will usher in the Chinese New Year with a signature shake to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Starting 5 February, this Almond Cookie Shake starts with a vanilla frosted rim with gold and red sprinkles, topped with Almond Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich, a pig lollipop, red and gold sprinkles, whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

Guests will be treated to a special menu commemorating the Year of the Pig at TAO at The Venetian 5 February. The exclusive menu features sesame scallion bread topped with glazed roast pork and roasted sesame dip, black truffle and spicy pork soup dumplings, crispy Cantonese pork belly and orange pork chow fun and “Chinese New Year Firecracker,” a Mandarin Cheesecake with Valrhona’s Illanka chocolate cremeux and Pop Rocks.

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