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.

2018 Las Vegas Chinese New Year Events

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Chinese New Year in Las Vegas Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Dog during Chinese New Year with a vibrant display from January 8 - March 3, 2018.

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens features a display that includes - At the garden's edge, ding pots which are ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortune and burn incense from their peaks for good luck. In the center of the walkway, four fountains line the dome and a fifth filled with giant coins. Noticable as you walk through the entryway is an 18-foot Siberian Husky standing guard atop a mountain overflowing with I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese symbol for money. The dog, represents loyalty and bravery, and watches over two children as they play with lanterns and fireworks, and joined by other dogs running and jumping through the West Garden.

Nearby, a 16-foot Moon Gate towers over the South Garden and highlights the lush vegetation and tranquil pond. Across the Conservatory in the North Garden is an 18-foot money tree symbolizing good fortune, wealth and nobility. Giant red lanterns brighten the gardens overhead while tranquil pond filled with live Koi fish encompass each garden.

On view: January 8 - March 3, 2018 Free
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 Dog. The main feature on display at The Venetian and Palazzo's Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is an installation that features a Chinese Shar-Pei, named Vincenzo Li, that sits 16 feet tall. The featured Shar-Pei was hand-sculpted and covered in artificial fur to achieve his robust appearance. There are also nine additional Shar-Peis positioned throughout the resort, as well as a three-foot hare, the secret friend of the dog.

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 lobby and casino, into The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, through The Palazzo casino, lobby 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 16 at 3:00 p.m. Free

Traditional Fan Dance at Grand Canal Shoppes

Traditional Fan Dance at Grand Canal Shoppes Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will kick off the Year of the Dog on Feb. 16 with a traditional fan dance above the waterfall at 4 p.m.

This is one festivity you don't want to miss. During and after the fan dance, more than 250 red envelopes will be handed out to guests. The envelopes will be filled with prizes - from gift cards to chocolate gold coins. Each red envelope will also be bundled with store coupons for participating Grand Canal Shoppes stores and restaurants. Date/Time: February 16, 2018 - 4:00 p.m. Free

Chinese New Year 2018 at The LINQ Promenade

Chinese New Year at The LINQ Promenade Celebrate the Year of the Dog at The LINQ Promenade with four days of festivities from Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19, 2018.

Throughout the Chinese New Year celebration, The Promenade will be adorned with Chinese lanterns and decorations. Enjoy nightly performances at the LINQ Promenade Fountain Stage includes live Chinese cultural performances, dramatic and energetic Lion dances at 6 p.m., sneak peeks of Caesars Entertainment shows with live music, dance, acrobatic performances and magic. Also food and drink specials and daily prize drawings.

Four-Day Chinese New Year Celebration at The LINQ Promenade

Friday, Feb. 16
5 p.m. - Ribbon cutting with Chinese dignitaries and government officials.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Live performances, prize drawings and more.
Saturday, Feb. 17
3 - 9 p.m. - Live performances, prize drawings and more.
Sunday, Feb. 18
3 - 9 p.m. - Live performances, prize drawings and more.
Monday, Feb. 19
6 - 9 p.m. - Live performances, prize drawings and more.

Dates: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19, 2018
Location: The LINQ Promenade
All entertainment is FREE and open to the public. Free

High Roller at The LINQ Las Vegas

the High Roller Las VegasAs you explore the $550 million dining, retail and entertainment district, LINQ Promenade, feast your eyes on the world's tallest observation wheel and iconic Vegas landmark, which will be lit up in red and gold on Friday, Feb. 16 to mark the start of Chinese New Year festivities.

While you're at it, ride the Las Vegas High Roller, soaring 55 stories over Sin City. Adorned with 1,500 LED lights and offering spectacular aerial views of Las Vegas during the half-hour rotation, each pod is designed to transport up to 40 people at a time. More info.


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 17, 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. with cultural performances and lots of kids activities. 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. Free

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 a Cultural Performance Troupe from China. Also a Fashion Runway Show (Saks Fifth Avenue)

Location: The Great Hall
Date: February 16, 2018: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free

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 7 throughout the Chinese New Year celebratory season. Free

Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza

Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza Come celebrate the "Year of the Dog" at the largest and most exciting Chinese New Year Celebration destination in Las Vegas, The Chinatown Plaza in Chinatown Vegas on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chinatown Plaza Chinese New Year Celebration will feature traditional foods, vendor exhibits and entertainment for the entire family. Entertainment will feature the 150-foot long dragon parade, Chinese lion dance, Chinese kung-fu and martial art demonstrations, Chinese acrobat, Japanese taiko drummers and Korean dance.

"Chinese New Year Celebration" at Chinatown Plaza
Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: Celebration starts at 10:00am - 5:00pm; Entertainment: between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission: $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12.; Children 5 and under are free.
Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza is located on Spring Mountain Road and Valley View Blvd. (4205 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas NV 89102). From the Vegas Strip, board Route 203 westbound on Spring Mountain Road alongside Fashion Show Mall.

China Lights Lantern Festival

China Lights Lantern Festival Las Vegas Don't miss China Lights lantern festival at the Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. The Lantern Festival will bring hundreds of larger-than-life, fully-illuminated, lanterns, as well as Chinese cultural performances and special handicrafts to Las Vegas for six weeks from Jan. 19th to Feb. 25th.

Craig Ranch Regional Park,
628 Craig Rd. North Las Vegas, NV. 89032
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 5:30 - 10:00 pm. (Closed on Mondays)
Tickets: Adults 18+ $20; Youth 5 - 17 yrs & Seniors 60+ $12; Kids 4 and under Free.
Add a $10.00 surcharge on admission for February 16, 2018 Chinese New Years Celebration.

Chinese New Year Las Vegas 2018 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. Free

Year of The Dog Celebrations

Resort Location Date Time Location
The Cromwell Feb. 16 2 p.m.  
Flamingo Las Vegas Feb. 16 3:00 p.m. Flamingo's South West Entrance
The Venetian & The Palazzo Feb 16 3:00 p.m. The Venetian porte cochere and
through the casino to The Palazzo
Harrah's Las Vegas Feb. 16 3:45 p.m. Harrah's Hotel Lobby (lions)
The LINQ Hotel & Casino Feb. 16 5 p.m. The LINQ Hotel Lobby
The LINQ Promenade Feb 16 6:00 p.m. Fountain Stage
Fashion Show Mall Feb 16 6:00 p.m. Live authentic dragon dance
and an eye painting ceremony
Downtown Container Park Feb 17 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
Planet Hollywood Feb. 17 12 noon Through casino floor
Paris Las Vegas Feb. 17 1 p.m. Paris Hotel Lobby
Bally's Las Vegas Feb. 17 2 p.m. Bally's North Entrance
Caesars Palace Feb. 17 5 p.m.

Caesars' Main Entrance

The LINQ Promenade Feb. 17 6:00 p.m. Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
The LINQ Promenade Feb. 18 6:00 p.m. Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
The LINQ Promenade Feb. 19 6:00 p.m. Full team of Lions, dragon
and martial artists
Chinatown Festival Feb 25 10:00am - 5:00pm Lion / Dragon Dance & Martial Arts
(Lohan School of Shaolin)
Rio All-Suites Hotel Casino Feb. 28 7:00 p.m. Rio's Hotel Lobby (lions)
Palms Casino Resort TBA 8:00 p.m. (lion/dragon)
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)
Treasure Island TBA 12:00 p.m. Through casino floor (lions/dragons)
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)
UNLV TBA 7:30 pm (lions)
The LINQ Theater TBA 2:00 p.m. - 4pm DragonFest Benefit Concert
MGM Grand TBA 4 p.m. Main lobby and through the casino
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.
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

Prices from $69
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

Prices from $98
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

Prices from $59
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

Prices from $79

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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