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2016 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

The 2016 Chinese New Year in Las Vegas falls on February 8th, 2016. 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 Monkey 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 Monkey (a symbol of intelligence, wittiness, and magnetic personality) are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive, cheerful, clever and energetic.

2016 is the year of the Monkey. The symbol is the ninth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. The number "nine" in Chinese symbolizes luck.
This is your year if you were born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

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




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

Chinese New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey, falls on February 8th.

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.

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.


Below is a list of Las Vegas Chinese New Year Events from 2015

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Goat during Chinese New Year with a vibrant display that features as it's centerpiece, a 14-foot-tall grassy mountain. A family of five animated goats that stand proudly on the mountaintop, turning their heads to observe the gardens below.

The West Garden's front fence is lined with I-Ching coins, while in the East Garden, a 12-foot-tall lantern sits atop a pond that holds 21,000 gallons of water, live Koi fish and four bonsai trees perched atop pedestals.

Beneath a moongate wall in the South Garden, three Chinese children, with clothes adorned with 1,000 hand-cut flowers each, dance around a pond surrounded by bamboo and trees brimming with lanterns.

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 9 - March 15, 2015
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.

2015 being the Year of the Goat and also celebrating the sheep and ram, the art instillation at The Venetian and The Palazzo features three unique, hand-sculpted, life-size rams. Together with eight sheep adorned with fleece of fresh carnations.
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.
The Year of the Goat art installation will run through March. 1, 2015

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.

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas

Chinese New Year at Wynn Encore Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore welcome guests with three 600-pound ram sculptures gilded in gold leaf that greet you as you enter the property in the Wynn atrium and in front of the High Limits area at Encore. The nine-foot-tall, 13-foot-long. 600-pound ram sculptures will be on display through March 4, 2015 in honor of Chinese New Year.

Celebrate The Year of the Ram at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore with a traditional lion and dragon dance ceremony on Saturday, February 21 at 6 p.m. 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 beginning Feb. 17.

Chinese New Year in the Desert at The LINQ Promenade

Chinese New Year at Fremont Street

Moved from its former venue at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas, the 4th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert/Las Vegas Spring Festival will now be held at The LINQ Promenade.

Chinese New Year in the Desert will host a series of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultural celebrations throughout the LINQ Promenade. This inaugural event will feature a live authentic dragon dance by the Las Vegas Lohan School of Shaolin, and cultural entertainment.

Dates: February 20, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Times: 1:00pm-10:30pm
Location: The LINQ Promenade just behind the High Roller.

Each day, the festival will feature a live dragon and lion dance, an International Vendor Village with Asian food and arts and crafts. Live entertainment will include many cultural presentations. 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.

Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade

Again in 2015, McDonald's will host the Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11am in Downtown Las Vegas on 4th Street and Gass Avenue.

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

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 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.

Date: Feb. 22nd, 2015
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.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chinese New Year at Wynn Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

'Dotting of the Eyes' ceremony at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

In celebration of the Year of the Sheep, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will hold the traditional 'Dotting of the Eyes' ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 22 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.

Also in honor of Chinese New Year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes "Lucky Cat". A 9-foot-tall interactive art exhibit, "Lucky Cat" is based on the fabled Japanese cultural icon of good fortune, maneki-neko. Designed to reward the curiosity of those who stop and explore, "Lucky Cat" dispenses a fortune card to all who place their hand on its paw. For a select few, this fortune will function as a golden ticket to a variety of experiences at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Hours of Operation: Daily 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Terms & Conditions

ARIA Las Vegas

The Aria hotel and casino will transform its main lobby with a 7-foot-tall, gold, energy efficient LED illuminated ram made from recycled aluminum to celebrate the Year of the Ram.

Hanging from the lobby ceiling will be a 229-foot dragon surrounded by 140 red lanterns and located behind ARIA Resort & Casino's front desk will be three 5-foot-tall Chinese Deities personifying happiness, wealth and longevity.

The Forum Shops at Caesars
The Forum Shops

The Forum Shops at Caesars 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 red and amber LED lights. The dragon can be seen at the Fortuna Terrace.

The Meadows School Chinese New Year Parade

Event Date: 2/19/2015 @ 10 a.m.
To celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Goat/Sheep, 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.

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.

2015 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.

Resort Location Date Time Location
Hakkasan Restaurant Feb. 19   Hakkasan at MGM Grand
The Venetian & The Palazzo Feb. 19 3pm The Venetian porte cochere and
through the casino to The Palazzo
Bellagio Feb. 19 5:00 p.m. Main porte cochere
and through the casino
M Resort Spa Casino Feb. 19 6 p.m. Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby
Palace Station Feb. 19 8:00 p.m.  
MGM Grand Feb. 20 1 p.m Main lobby and
through the casino
Harrah's Las Vegas Feb 20 5 p.m. Harrah's Hotel Lobby
The LINQ Hotel & Casino Feb 20 6:30 p.m. The LINQ Hotel Lobby
The LINQ Promenade Feb 20 7:00 p.m Full team. Lions, dragon and martial artists
Flamingo Las Vegas Feb 20 7:30 p.m. Flamingo's South West Entrance
The Cromwell Feb 20 8:30 p.m  
Downtown Las Vegas Feb 21 11 a.m. on 4th Street and Gass Avenue
Planet Hollywood Feb 21 12 p.m. Through casino floor
Paris Las Vegas Feb 21 1 p.m. Paris Hotel Lobby
Bally's Las Vegas Feb 21 2 p.m. Bally's North Entrance
Caesars Palace Feb 21 5 p.m. to 7 p.m

Caesars' Main Entrance

Wynn Las Vegas Feb 21 6 p.m. Starting at South Valet entrance at Wynn
ARIA Feb. 21 6:30 p.m. Main porte cochere/valet
and through the casino
The LINQ Promenade Feb. 21 7:30 p.m.  
Chinatown Festival Feb 22 10:00am - 5:00pm Lion / Dragon Dance & Martial Arts
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
Palms Feb 22 6pm Lion Dance - at the main entrance
The Shops at Crystals   1 p.m. Entrance near Todd English P.U.B.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Feb. 22 2 p.m. East Side entrance off Las Vegas Blvd
Rio All-Suite Feb 25 7 p.m. Rio's Hotel Lobby
Gold Coast Feb 26 7:30 and 10 p.m. On the casino floor
Treasure Island Feb 28 12:00 p.m.  
Hard Rock Feb. 28 5:00pm Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby


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
Sunday, February 8 to Sunday, March 1
MGM Grand Eight-course festive feast
perfect for family and friends
(702) 891-7888
Blossom ARIA Dim Sum Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
Chinese Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
(702) 590-7111
Feb. 19 thru. March 1.
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.
MGM Grand Dim Sum Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(702) 891-1111
Grand Wok
MGM Grand Lunch and Dinner
Sunday – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
(702) 891-1111
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Ba Monte Carlo

3-course Chinese New Year menu
11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
$29 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
MOzen Bistro Mandarin Oriental Specialty menus  
Wing Lei
Feb 18 through Feb. 25th
Wynn Las Vegas

Dim sum lunch buffet
11 a.m. to 3 p.m
$68.88 per adult
$58.88 per child

(702) 770-3463
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
Thursday, Feb. 19 - Wednesday, Feb. 25.
M Resort Variety of Asian favorites  
Zine Noodles Dim Sum
Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
The Palazzo Variety of authentic dishes on the special menu 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

Jersey Boys

  • Jersey BoysJersey 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.
    Featuring such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Oh, What a Night,” and more, “Jersey Boys” has everyone singing along just like the crowds of Broadway.

    Showing at the Paris Las Vegas

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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