The 2015 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas falls on February 19th, 2015. 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. This 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 Sheep 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 Sheep (a symbol of creativity, dependability, intelligence, and calmness) are mild mannered, pessimistic, shy, and sympathetic.
This is your year if you were born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
|Year||Chinese New Year Date||Symbol|
||Year of the Horse|
||Year of the Sheep|
|2016||February 8||Year of the Monkey|
|2017||January 28||Year of the Rooster|
|2018||February 16||Year of the Dog|
|2019||February 5||Year of the Pig|
|2020||January 25||Year of the Rat|
|2021||February 12||Year of the Ox|
|2022||February 1||Year of the Tiger|
|2023||January 22||Year of the Rabbit|
|2024||February 10||Year of the Dragon|
|2025||January 29||Year of the Snake|
The Chinese Zodiac Calendar
Things you should know about Chinese New Year in Las Vegas 2015
Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Sheep, falls on February 19th.
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.
Las Vegas Chinese New Year Facts
The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle, 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 always falls in January or February
The entire holiday lasts for 15 days
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 2014 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.
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.
Las Vegas Chinese New Year Events
In Chinese astrology, people born during the Year of the Sheep are mild mannered, pessimistic, shy, and sympathetic. They are reserved and quiet and never want to be the center of attention.
Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Horse during Chinese New Year with a vibrant display that features as it's centerpiece a fabricated three tier mountain featuring eight massive stallions - as the number eight represents good luck. The East Garden will feature an 18-foot-tall custom-made prosperous Chinese money tree with 384 oversized gold coins on its branches, as mounds of I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese symbol for money, surround its base.
A serene sanctuary guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui – the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy.
Live music performances by the Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio will take place in the South Garden from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. nightly.
On view January 11 through March 1, 2014
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours. More Info.
Year after year, The Venetian and The Palazzo commemorate this prosperous holiday in a big way.
This year's Year of the Horse art instillation features
8 unique hand-sculpted and hand-painted horses
and one sculpted lamb (The Horse's secret friend).
The Year of the Horse art installation will run through Feb. 16, 2014
Also included in this years Chinese New Year celebrations will be a ceremonial dragon dance, lavish feng shui-inspired décor, auspicious dish offerings and festive cocktails.
Other planned activities will include a ceremonial dragon and lion dance, complete with firecrackers and eye painting ceremony. The dance will begin at The Venetian's lavish Porte‐Cochere, making its way through The Venetian Casino, into The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, through The Palazzo Casino and end in the upper Palazzo Porte‐Cochere. The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.
Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas is the site of the historic Chinese New Year event, CNY in the Desert.
Chinese New Year in the Desert will host a series of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultural celebrations throughout the Fremont Street Experience. This inaugural event will feature a live authentic dragon dance by the Las Vegas Lohan School of Shaolin, as well as a digital dragon dance, complete with virtual firecrackers on Viva Vision, and cultural entertainment.
Dates: February 7, 2014 - February 9, 2014
Times: Friday, 5pm - 10pm; Saturday, 12pm - 10pm; Sunday, 12pm - 9pm
Location: 3rd Street, between Fremont and Stewart Avenue
Each day, the festival will feature a live dragon and lion dance, an International Vendor Village with Asian food and arts and crafts, and virtual dragon dance on Viva Vision. Live entertainment will include many cultural presentations on the 3rd Street Stage. Among the performers will be:
Lohan School of Shaolin, Desert Winds Ensemble, Korabo Taiko Drummers, Hong Lin Singing Group, The Meadows Lower School Orchestra, Sung's Korean Dance Studio, Hong Lok Chinese Singing Group, Bon Odori Dancers, Rau Tama Nui, Philippine American Youth Organization, Wai Crew Dance,
The Divas, Kaminari Taiko, Isla Vegas Young Stars, Heart of Polynesia, Tendo Baikoki Cultural Dance Group, Philippine American Youth Organization, Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club Choral Group, Las Vegas Teine Ole Toafa, Li Lin Hong Chinese Music Ensemble, Filipiniana Dance Company of Las Vegas and Maori Volcanics
For a detailed entertainment schedule go to www.cnyinthedesert.com. All entertainment is FREE and open to the public.
Again in 2014, McDonald's will host the Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11am.
To commemorate the rich history and celebrate the most important holiday of the Asian community, McDonald's Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade is meant to bring the community together and showcase the most extravagant and colorful floats.
Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza
4255 Spring Mountain Road. Las Vegas
Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the largest and most exciting New Year Celebration destination in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza.
Sample the biggest authentic Asian food gathering in Vegas. Everything from Canton, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese, Hong Kong, Hawaiian cuisine, you name it, it will be on display.
Performances: Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Chinese Acrobat, Chinese Martial Arts, Japanese Taiko Drums, Japanese Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, Polynesian Dance, Korean Dance and Vietnamese Dance.
Other activities: Chinese Arts & Crafts, Calligrapher, Chinese Fortune teller and Lots of vendors.
Celebration starts at 10am until 5pm.
Admission will be $3.00 for adults and $1 for Children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.
Chinatown is located on Spring Mountain Road and Valley View Blvd. From the Vegas Strip, board Route 203 westbound on Spring Mountain Road alongside Fashion Show Mall.
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore welcome guests with Three 800-pound Tang Dynasty Horse Sculptures that greet you as you enter the property in the Wynn atrium and in the garden outside the baccarat room at Encore. The 9-foot-tall, 10-foot-long horses will be on display from Jan. 9 to Feb. 14, 2014 in honor of Chinese New Year.
Celebrate The Year of the Horse at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore with a traditional lion and dragon dance ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. starting at South Valet at Wynn. Guests can participate in the ceremony and follow the 90-foot-long dragon, and eight lions as they parade through Wynn and Encore to live music, firecrackers and special acrobatic shows performed by the lions.
Wynn's atrium will feature Chinese-inspired floral and sculpture displays, including more than 8,000 red and yellow chrysanthemums, silk dragons, and 8-foot-tall golden dragon sculptures. Gilded snake statues will also be displayed in the Atrium as well as near the Baccarat Room in Encore, in which more banners that encourage good fortune can be found.
'Dotting of the Eyes' ceremony at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
In celebration of the Year of the Horse, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will hold the traditional 'Dotting of the Eyes' ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
Location: The resort's entrance at the East Side entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard.
During the ceremony around 30 performers will 'awaken' a dragon and lions by dotting their eyes with red paint. Once awakened, the twisting and turning dragon will lead a parade of lions and dancers throughout the casino floor.
Polynesian artist Alexander Lee will present The Botanical Factory inside P3Studio.
Lee will display his ink paintings using breadfruit tree leaves as he creates compositions ranging from Polynesian head ornaments to Chinese ink paintings. Dates: Jan. 22 through Feb. 16, 2014
2014 Las Vegas Dragon and Lion Dance schedule
Symbolizing good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year, the dragon dance is an important ritual of Chinese culture. The Las Vegas annual celebration of Chinese New Year is marked by a spectacle and pageantry of the traditional Lion Dances throughout the city. Below is the location and schedule of some of the dances.
|Wynn Las Vegas||Saturday, Feb. 1||6 p.m.||Starting at South Valet at Wynn|
|The Venetian & The Palazzo||Friday Jan. 31||3pm||
The Venetian porte cochere and
through the casino to The Palazzo
|Gold Coast||Wednesday, Feb. 5||7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.||On the casino floor|
|Harrah's Las Vegas||Feb. 1||7 p.m.||Harrah's Hotel Lobby|
|The Quad Las Vegas||Feb. 1||6 p.m.||The Quad Hotel Lobby|
|Flamingo Las Vegas||Feb. 1||5 p.m.||Flamingo's South West Entrance|
|Rio All-Suite||Feb. 12||7 p.m.||Rio's Hotel Lobby|
|Planet Hollywood||Feb. 8||12 p.m.||Through casino floor|
|Paris Las Vegas||Feb. 8||1 p.m.||Paris Hotel Lobby|
|Bally's Las Vegas||Feb. 8||2 p.m.||Bally's North Entrance|
|Caesars Palace||Feb. 8||5 p.m.||
Caesars' Main Entrance
|Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas||Saturday, Feb. 1||2 p.m.||East Side entrance off Las Vegas Blvd|
|ARIA||Monday, Feb. 3||6 p.m.||
Main porte cochere/valet
and through the casino
|The Shops at Crystals||Friday, Jan. 31||1 p.m.||Entrance near Todd English P.U.B.|
|MGM Grand||Friday, Jan. 31||6 p.m||
Main lobby and
through the casino
|Bellagio||Saturday, Feb. 1||4:00 p.m.||
Main porte cochere
and through the casino
|Fremont Street Experience||Friday, Feb. 7||7:30pm - 7:55pm||
Lion Dance & Martial Arts
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
|Fremont Street Experience||Saturday, Feb. 8||7:10pm - 7:20pm||
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
|Fremont Street Experience||Sunday, Feb. 9||6:10pm - 6:25pm||
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
|Palms||February 14th||6pm & 9pm||Lion Dance - at the main entrance|
Las Vegas Premium Outlets North
Chinese New Year Celebration: The Year of the Wood Horse
Sat: Feb 1: 11am-1pm
Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance
The Meadows School Chinese New Year Parade
Kindergarten and fifth grade students of The Meadows School will hold their annual Chinese New Year Parade on January 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Good places to eat in Las Vegas on Chinese New Year
Below is a list of list of Las Vegas restaurants that will prepare specialty menus and dishes for the Chinese holiday celebration.
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Saturday, Feb. 8
Dim Sum Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Sunday, Feb. 9
Dim Sum Lunch
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 - Sunday, Feb. 2
Lunch and Dinner
11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 - Monday Feb. 10
Dim Sum Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Thursday, Feb. 6
Lunch and Dinner
Sunday – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 - Sunday, Feb. 9
Sunday - Thursday, 5 - 11 p.m.
Friday & Sat. 5 p.m. - 12 a.m
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar
All day Friday, Jan. 31
3-course Chinese New Year menu
11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
$29 per person
|Fleur by Hubert Keller||Mandalay Bay||5 p.m. –10:30 p.m.||702-632-7200|
Rice & Company
Friday, Jan. 31 - Friday, Feb. 14
4-course prix-fixe dinner menu
Sunday -Thurs. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday & Sat. 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
$49,99 per person
|China Poblano by Jose Andres||The Cosmopolitan||Jan. 31 - Feb. 14
open daily - lunch & dinner
|Beijing Noodle No. 9||Caesars Palace||Special Lunar New Year menu||702-731-7267|
|MOzen Bistro||Mandarin Oriental||Specialty menus|
Jan. 30 through Feb. 9
|Wynn Las Vegas||
Dim sum lunch buffet
11 a.m. to 3 p.m
$68.88 per person
|Ping Pong Pang||Gold Coast Hotel|
|Noodle Exchange||Gold Coast Hotel|
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Sunday, Feb. 2
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Recommended Las Vegas shows to see this Chinese New Year
KA by Cirque du Soleil
KA combines acrobatics, martial arts and puppetry to create an unprecedented, gravity-defying production that takes adventure to an all new level.
You can see it. You can experience it. But, you won’t believe it!. Be awed by a dynamic theatrical landscape of KÀ.
Showing at the MGM Grand
Featuring high-flying acrobatics from artists of the China National Acrobatic Troupe, PANDA! is a visually stunning show follows the heroic quest of LongLong, a warm and caring panda, on an adventurous mission to rescue his beloved Peacock Princess from the malicious Demon Vulture, who has kidnapped her on their wedding day. In the face of desperation, LongLong seeks counsel from Immortal Old Man, who prepares him for the dangerous mission to save his true love.
PANDA! is a one-of-a-kind production that features high-flying acrobatics from artists of the China National Acrobatic Troupe, sensational Masters from the Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Kung Fu, stirring music and beautiful dance. (more info...)
Showing at the Palazzo
Show time: Tuesday-Sunday: 7:30 P.M.; Monday: Dark
O by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in the timeless production, “O.”
A continuous visual montage that combines circus acts, acrobatics, synchronized swimming and high diving. (more info..)
Showing at the Bellagio No Shows - December 3 - 18
Terry Fator – Ventriloquism in Concert
Packed with new impressions, new celebrity voices, new puppets and more laughs than ever -- Terry Fator & His Cast of Thousands fills the stage with celebrity singing impressions and unparalleled ventriloquism, backed by a sizzling live band. (more info....)
Showing at the Mirage
Jersey Boys is a dynamic, crowd-pleasing production. Broadway’s biggest success story takes viewers behind the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and follows their rags-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way to the heights of stardom.
Showing at the Paris Las Vegas
The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil
LOVE brings together the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the spirit and passion of the most beloved rock group of all time – The Beatles. The exuberance of The Beatles will be channeled through the youthful, urban energy of a cast of 60 international artists. Explores the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their astonishing adventure together
Performance: 7:00pm & 10:00pm, Thursday through Monday
Showing at the Mirage
Blue Man Group
Although almost impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group's Las Vegas Show at The Venetian is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. Join the celebration and experience this one-of-a-kind performance for yourself at the 1,760-seat theater created especially for the trio’s unique brand of excitement.
Showing at the Monte Carlo
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