2018 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

The 2018 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas starts on February 16th, 2018. 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 Dog 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 Dog (a symbol of loyalty and honesty) possess the best traits of human nature and are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility.

2018 is the year of the Dog. The symbol is the eleventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs.
This is your year if you were born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042

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

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.

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

The Chinese Zodiac Calendar


Things you should know about Chinese New Year in Las Vegas 2018

Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog, falls on February 16th.

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 2017

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Chinese New Year in Las Vegas Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Roaster during Chinese New Year with a vibrant display from January 8 - March 4, 2017.

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens features a display that includes incense, red lanterns and in the Center Bed, perched atop a 35-foot-tall mountain, is a 10-foot animated Rooster that ruffles its wings and welcomes visitors.

On entering the Conservatory, one will walk through a 16-foot Moon Gate. Noticable are four ding pots that burn incense to protect against bad fortune and four 17-foot standing red roses made from lentils line the corners of the East Bed from a shallow pond. Light from a 19-foot crystal chandelier adds a warm glow, complementing the beautiful flowers found throughout the East Bed. Also featured is a bridge above a tranquil pond that holds 21,000 gallons of water and filled with live Koi fish.

On view: January 8 - 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 symbols that celebrate the Year of the Roaster. The main feature on display at The Venetian and Palazzo's Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is a hand-painted fire rooster that stands 15 feet tall, 16 feet long and weighs 3,500 pounds, all covered with approximately 60,000 crystals. Adorning the infinity pond in the middle of the Atrium is an 18-foot dragon.

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: January 28 at 3:00 p.m.

The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino Marvel at Las Vegas' newest and the first Casino & Resort designed to create an authentic Asian cultural & gaming experience. The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino with it's authentic Asian cultural theme is definitely a place to stop-in this Chinese New Year.

Experience an extravagant series of Asian demonstrations which will include firecracker shows, and a lion and dragon dance to bring good luck and good fortune to all. Lucky Dragon begins its 15-day Year of the Rooster celebration on Jan. 28 with a traditional lion dance followed by giveaways.

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas

Chinese New Year at Wynn Encore Las Vegas Wynn Las Vegas and Encore welcome guests with more than 100 tangerine trees and sculptures symbolizing the year of the Rooster as you enter the property in the Wynn atrium and in front of the High Limits area at Encore. Statues of roosters are also placed throughout the properties.

Celebrate The Year of the Rooster 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, February 24, 2018 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 5 p.m. Guests are invited to build their own complimentary lantern and toss red ribbons up into the wishing tree for good fortune in the coming year.

ARIA Las Vegas

Year of the Rooster ARIA Las Vegas in honor of the Year of the Rooster, the main lobby at ARIA Hotel and Casino will delight visitors with celebratory decorations. 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. Roosters are found throughout the floral décor. Also throughout the resort, guests also will encounter eight lions resembling attire worn during traditional dragon and lion dances.

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

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Fashion Show Mall
Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Desert at the Fashion Show Mall with dragon dance and cultural performances. Participate in the opening ceremonies, ribbon cutting and experience cultural performances by the Sichuan Song and Dance Theater Company on the Runway.

The New Year will be greeted with a live authentic dragon dance and an eye painting ceremony by Las Vegas Lohan School of Shaolin.

Location: The Great Hall
Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 6 – 8 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: Monday, Jan. 30
To celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rooster, 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 2017 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 Rooster Celebrations

Resort Location Date Time Location
CNY/The LINQ Promenade TBA 6:00 p.m. Fountain Stage
Fashion Show Mall TBA 6:30 p.m. Live authentic dragon dance
and an eye painting ceremony
Downtown Container Park TBA 11:00 a.m. Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade - Starting at
the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street, ending
at entrance of Downtown Container Park
Treasure Island TBA 12:00 p.m. Through casino floor (lions/dragons)
Planet Hollywood TBA 12 noon Through casino floor
Paris Las Vegas TBA 1 p.m. Paris Hotel Lobby
Bally's Las Vegas TBA 2 p.m. Bally's North Entrance
The Venetian & The Palazzo TBA 3:00 p.m. The Venetian porte cochere and
through the casino to The Palazzo
ARIA TBA 3:00 p.m. Main porte cochere/valet
and through the casino
M Resort Spa Casino TBA 3:00 p.m. Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby (lions/dragons)
Caesars Palace TBA 5 p.m.

Caesars' Main Entrance

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas TBA 6:00 p.m.  
CNY/The LINQ Promenade TBA 6:00 p.m. Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
UNLV TBA 7:30 pm (lions)
The LINQ Theater TBA 2:00 p.m. - 4pm DragonFest Benefit Concert
The Cromwell TBA 3 p.m.  
Flamingo Las Vegas TBA 3:45 p.m. Flamingo's South West Entrance
MGM Grand TBA 4 p.m. Main lobby and through the casino
The LINQ Hotel & Casino TBA 5 p.m. The LINQ Hotel Lobby
CNY/The LINQ Promenade TBA 6:00 p.m. Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
Palms Casino Resort TBA 8:00 p.m. (lion/dragon)
CNY/The LINQ Promenade TBA 6:00 p.m. Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
Bellagio TBA 6:30 p.m. Main porte cochere
and through the casino
Palace Station TBA 7:15 pm (lions)
Golden Nugget TBA 5:00 p.m. (lions/dragons)
Gold Coast Hotel TBA 7:30 p.m. On the casino floor (lions/dragons)
Hard Rock Hotel TBA 4:30 pm Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby (lions/dragons)
SLS Las Vegas TBA 6:00 p.m. (lions/dragons)
Suncoast Hotel TBA 2:00 p.m. (lions/dragons)
Harrah's Las Vegas TBA 5 p.m. Harrah's Hotel Lobby (lions)
Rio All-Suites Hotel Casino TBA 7:00 p.m. Rio's Hotel Lobby (lions)
Chinatown Festival TBA 10:00am - 5:00pm Lion / Dragon Dance & Martial Arts
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
Top 10 Las Vegas Chinese Restaurants

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
MGM Grand Eight-course festive feast
perfect for family and friends
Jan. 13 - Feb. 11.
(702) 891-7888
Blossom ARIA Cantonese Dim Sum Lunch
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
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.
Pearl Ocean Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino Prix fixe menu Jan. 28 to Feb. 5 702-579-1287
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
(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
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
Jan. 27 to Feb. 5

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  
Hong Kong Café
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

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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