Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

2017 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas


The 2017 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas falls on January 28th, 2017. 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 Rooster 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 Rooster (a symbol of fidelity and punctuality) are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous and honest.

2017 is the year of the Rooster. The symbol is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. The number "ten" in Chinese symbolizes perfection.
This is your year if you were born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029

Past and Future Chinese New Years

Year Chinese New Year Begins Symbol
2015 February 19
Year of the Goat, Sheep, or Ram
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
2026 February 17 Year of the Horse

The Chinese Zodiac Calendar




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 2015 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.

Things you should know about Chinese New Year in Las Vegas 2016

Chinese New Year 2017, the Year of the Rooster, falls on January 28th.

This years Chinese New Year in Las Vegas will be very festive and crowded because two other major events concedes with the celebrations, namely Valentine's Day and College Basketball's "Road to the Final Four".

Everything will be open. I mean everything. shops, casinos, bars, restaurants, buffets, attractions. You name it, it will be open on Chinese New Year.

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.

Below is a list of Las Vegas Chinese New Year Events from 2016

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Monkey during Chinese New Year with a vibrant display through March 12, 2016.

Featuring a garden representative of monkeys and their natural habitat, Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, displays a family of 12 Macaque monkeys atop a 14-foot mountain reaching the peaches descending from the sky.

On entering the Conservatory, one will notice six colorful Chinese children topiaries play on each side of the moon gate bridge above a tranquil pond that holds 21,000 gallons of water and filled with live Koi fish. Also noticable are custom lantern chandeliers displayed overhead with beautiful flowers below.

The North Garden features a 3,000 pound, 18-foot tall Chinese money tree made of 384 sparkling gold coins. At the base of the tree is four-foot-tall Ingot fountains and I-Ching coins.

The center-piece of the South Garden, is a 12-foot lantern, accompanied by two illuminated. wooden lanterns. At the base of each lantern you will also find I-Ching coins and Ingot fountains.

Live music performances by the Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio will take place in the South Garden from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. nightly.

On view: January 7 - March 4, 2017
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours. More Info.

The Venetian and The Palazzo

The Palazzo Las Vegas

Year after year, The Venetian and The Palazzo commemorate this prosperous holiday in a big way.

Throughout The Venetian and The Palazzo, guests will find 78 handcrafted monkeys, each with a unique, hand-painted face. The main feature on display at The Venetian and Palazzo's Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is a 5-foot tall, 300-pound Monkey King seated at the base of the 38-foot-tall wishing tree with a chest plate made up of more than 8,000 hand-sewn gold coins and draped in Swarovski crystals. Playing among the wishing tree's 8,000 branches of golden foliage are 28 mischievous monkeys. There are also eight giant, hand-painted peaches covered in Swarovski crystals. The monkeys that are extending a peach are wishing guests a long life.

Suspended from the Atrium ceilings are six-feet-tall hand-loomed brocade silk and jade gold and red lanterns and sitting among the mountain of the main art installation are Fifty-eight traditional I Ching coins, representing fortune and wealth. Guests will also find I Ching coins around the Lalique statues of The Palazzo lobby.

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. Date/Time: February 8 at 3 p.m.

ARIA Las Vegas

Year of the Monkey ARIA Las Vegas

in honor of the Year of the Monkey, the main lobby at ARIA Hotel and Casino will delight visitors with celebratory decorations. Starting from Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, upon entry to the main lobby, guests will be greeted by a 229-foot dragon weaving its way through clusters of Chinese lanterns and around the money tree made up of 88 golden coins. Throughout the resort, guests also will encounter eight lions resembling attire worn during traditional dragon and lion dance on February 8.

Upon check-in guests will be greeted by 3 Chinese Deities: Fuk, Luk and Sau, while standing on a platform behind ARIA's front desk. The deities are about five feet tall each and personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity.

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas

Chinese New Year at Wynn Encore Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore welcome guests with sculptures symbolizing the year of the Monkey as you enter the property in the Wynn atrium and in front of the High Limits area at Encore.

Celebrate The Year of the Monkey at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore with a traditional lion and dragon dance ceremony starting at South Valet entrance at Wynn and and concluding at the Encore front desk. 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, and more than 100 fruiting tangerine trees, which are symbols of good luck in the Chinese culture, will be on display throughout the resorts.

Chinese New Year in the Desert at The LINQ Promenade

Chinese New Year In The Desert

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a series of events at The LINQ Promenade during the 6th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert from January 28 – 30, 2017.

Chinese New Year in the Desert will host a series of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultural celebrations throughout The LINQ Promenade. All events are complimentary and open to the public.

Date/Time: January 28 – 30, 2017
Location: The LINQ Promenade just behind the High Roller.

Each day, the festival will feature a live dragon and lion dance performances by Lohan School of Shaolin held nightly at 7 p.m. Also expect an eye painting ceremony, International Vendor Village with Asian food and arts and crafts. Live entertainment will include many cultural presentations from various Asian entertainers on The LINQ Promenade Stage.

For a detailed entertainment schedule go to www.cnyinthedesert.com. All entertainment is FREE and open to the public.

Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade

Spring Festival

To commemorate the rich history and celebrate the most important holiday of the Asian community, Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade is meant to bring the community together and showcase the most extravagant and colorful floats.

The Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11am. The Parade route will start at the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street and will end at the entrance of the Downtown Container Park, on Fremont and 7th Street. Immediately after the Parade, there will be a Parade after Party at the Container Park from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza

Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza

Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza
4255 Spring Mountain Road. Las Vegas
Phone 702-221-8448

Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the largest and most exciting New Year Celebration destination in Las Vegas, The Chinatown Plaza in Chinatown Vegas.

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 displaying merchandise from various parts of Asia.

Chinatown Festival
Date: February 12, 2017
Time: Celebration starts at 10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission: $3 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.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
The Forum Shops LED Dragon

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace welcomes a 22-foot-long, 6-foot wide and 12-foot-high high dragon illuminated dragon on display throughout the Chinese New Year celebratory season. A traditional symbol of power and good luck, the massive 950 lbs steel-framed dragon is covered in 30,000 flickering red and amber LED lights. The dragon can be seen at the Fortuna Terrace and goes on display January 5 throughout the Chinese New Year celebratory season.


The Meadows School Chinese New Year Parade
Meadows School Chinese New Year Parade Las Vegas

Event Date: February 8th
To celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Monkey, The Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade. Special guest Mayor Carolyn Goodman will be on hand at the parade.

The parade will originate on the Fortuna Terrace near the giant, illuminated Chinese Dragon. A legendary creature in Chinese mythology and folklore, the dragon is a traditional symbol of power, strength, and good luck.

Chinese New Year Las Vegas 2016 Dragon and Lion Dance schedule

Chinese New Year Dragon Dance Las Vegas

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.

Year of The Monkey Celebrations

Resort Location Date Time Location
ARIA   3 p.m. Main porte cochere/valet
and through the casino
The Venetian & The Palazzo   3 p.m. The Venetian porte cochere and
through the casino to The Palazzo
M Resort Spa Casino   5:00 p.m. Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby
Monte Carlo   6 p.m.  
Palace Station   7 p.m.  
The LINQ Promenade   7:00 p.m nightly Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
The Shops at Crystals   1 p.m. Entrance near Todd English P.U.B.
MGM Grand   3 p.m. Main lobby and through the casino
Bellagio   6:30 p.m. Main porte cochere
and through the casino
Mandalay Bay   7:45 p.m  
Caesars Palace   5 p.m.

Caesars' Main Entrance

Hard Rock Hotel   5 p.m. Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby
Wynn Las Vegas   6 p.m. Starting at South Valet entrance at Wynn
The LINQ Hotel & Casino   8 p.m. The LINQ Hotel Lobby
The Cromwell   9:00 p.m  
Planet Hollywood   12 noon Through casino floor
Treasure Island   12 noon Through casino floor
Downtown Las Vegas   11 a.m. Starting at the intersection of Fremont and
11th Street, ending at entrance of Downtown Container Park
Paris Las Vegas   1 p.m. Paris Hotel Lobby
Bally's Las Vegas   2 p.m. Bally's North Entrance
Harrah's Las Vegas   5 p.m. Harrah's Hotel Lobby
Flamingo Las Vegas   6:00 p.m. Flamingo's South West Entrance
The LINQ Promenade   2:30 p.m. The LINQ Promenade
Silverton Hotel Casino   6:00 p.m  
City Hall   9:00 a.m  
Rio All-Suites Hotel Casino   7 p.m. Rio's Hotel Lobby
Gold Coast Hotel   7:30 On the casino floor
Suncoast Hotel   6 p.m.  
Westgate Hotel   6 p.m.  
Chinatown Festival   10:00am - 5:00pm Lion / Dragon Dance & Martial Arts
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
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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.

Restaurant Location Dining Times Reservations
January 22 to February 22
MGM Grand Eight-course festive feast
perfect for family and friends
(702) 891-7888
Blossom ARIA Cantonese Dim Sum Lunch February 5-12,
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
Chinese Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
(702) 590-7111
Jasmine Bellagio Dim Sum Lunch February 5-14
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Chinese Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
(702) 693-7111
Bellagio Lunch and Dinner
11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
MGM Grand Dim Sum Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(702) 891-1111
The Grand Wok
MGM Grand Lunch and Dinner
February 6-7 & 12-13, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., February 8, 11 a.m. – midnight and February 9-11, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(702) 891-1111
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar Monte Carlo

3-course Chinese New Year menu
11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
$28.88 per person

(702) 730-7777
Fleur by Hubert Keller Mandalay Bay 5 p.m. –10:30 p.m. 702-632-7200
Rice & Company Luxor 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
(702) 262-4774
China Poblano by Jose Andres The Cosmopolitan Jan. 31 - Feb. 14
open daily - lunch & dinner
(702) 690-7900
Beijing Noodle No. 9 Caesars Palace Special Lunar New Year menu 702-731-7267
MR CHOW Caesars Palace Special Lunar New Year menu 702-731-7888
MOzen Bistro Mandarin Oriental Specialty menus  
Wing Lei Wynn Las Vegas

Dim Sum Chinese New Year Brunch
February 8–14, 2016

Ping Pong Pang Gold Coast Hotel    
Noodle Exchange Gold Coast Hotel    
Fin The Mirage Dinner
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
(702) 791-7111
Studio B Buffet M Resort Variety of Asian favorites Feb. 8-23  
Hong Kong Café
February 5 - 12, 2016
The Palazzo Casino Floor Asian cuisine with Western fare 702-607-2220


I Ching coins

The Chinese symbols on the coins read, "may your happiness be according to your wishes," and the reverse of the coin reads, "live as long as the tortoise and the crane."

I Ching coins

Recommended Las Vegas shows to see this Chinese New Year

KA by Cirque du Soleil

  • KAKA 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

O by Cirque du Soleil

  • "O" by Cirque Du SoleilO 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.

    Showing at the Bellagio No Shows - December 3 - 18

Terry Fator – Ventriloquism in Concert

  • Terry FatorYou've never seen Terry Fator until you've seen Terry Fator & His Cast of Thousands, only at The Mirage Las Vegas.

    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.

    Showing at the Mirage

The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil

  • Love by Cirque Du SoleilLOVE 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
    Dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    Showing at the The Mirage

Blue Man Group

  • Blue Man GroupAlthough 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 Luxor Las Vegas

How to get to Chinatown Las Vegas from the Vegas Strip by bus

Chinatown is located on Spring Mountain Road and Valley View Blvd. From Las Vegas Blvd and Spring Mountain Road, board Route 203 westbound on Spring Mountain Road alongside Fashion Show Mall.

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