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.
People born during the Year of the Dog (a symbol of loyalty, honesty and hardwork) 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, and 2018
|Year||Chinese New Year Begins||Symbol|
||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 normally falls between January 21 and February 20.
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 2017 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.
Apart from being a time to feast and reunite with family, the festivities are accompanied by a large array of customs and rituals.
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.
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".
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.
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 flourishing with 384 oversized gold-leafed coins on its branches and 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.
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
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore welcome guests with three, nine-foot-high golden dog sculptures symbolizing the year of the Dog as you enter the property in the Wynn and Encore atriums and in front of the High Limits area at Encore. More than 7,000 vibrant begonias, mums and calandiva flowers also adorn the Wynn and Encore atriums and throughout the resorts to wish celebrators a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Celebrate The Year of the Dog 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. Free
In honor of the Year of the Dog, 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 196-foot dragon, hanging from the lobby's ceiling and weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Dog sculptures covered in silver and gold leaves are found throughout the floral décor. Also throughout the resort, guests also will encounter cherry blossoms, Chinese lanterns and lions.
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. Free
To celebrate of the Year of the Dog, the main lobby at MGM Grand Las Vegas is transformed into a Lunar New Year spectacle with a vibrant display featuring the iconic Leo the Lion surrounded by eight panda bears and eye-catching floral décor. Custom filigree arches with Year of the Dog medallions will hang between the lobby's columns. Upon check-in, guests will be greeted by six panda bears on the banks of the front desk. Free
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
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.
|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
As 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.
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
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 Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas celebrates the Year of the Dog in a glamorous way. On display in the common area is a Golden Dragon measuring 25-feet tall and 55-feet long. The Chinese New Year Dragon weighs 3,000 pounds and is illuminated by more than 28,000 LED light points.
A traditional blessing by a monk will take place on Feb. 16 during a private celebration and a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance in the mall common area on Feb. 16. Time:TBA
Date: February 16, 2018: Time: TBA Free
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
Event Date: Friday, Feb. 16th at 10:00 a.m.
To celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Dog, The Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The cast of singers and dancers includes 100 Meadows students – 50 from kindergarten and 50 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. Free
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.
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at Downtown Summerlin on Friday, February 16 at 6 p.m. with a host of activities that will include:
Dragon & Lion Dance with Percussion Ensemble
Traditional Fan Dancers
Lucky red envelopes randomly filled with chocolate gold coins, DTS and Macy's gift cards
Event Date: Friday, February 16 at 6 p.m.
Location: Park Centre Drive Free
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.
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
|The Cromwell||Feb. 16||2 p.m.|
|Flamingo Las Vegas||Feb. 16||3 p.m.||Flamingo's South West Entrance||The Venetian & The Palazzo||Feb 16||3 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)|
|MGM Grand||Feb. 16||4 p.m.||Main lobby and through the casino|
|The LINQ Hotel & Casino||Feb. 16||5 p.m.||The LINQ Hotel Lobby|
|The LINQ Promenade||Feb 16||6 p.m.||Fountain Stage|
|Fashion Show Mall||Feb 16||6 p.m.||Live authentic dragon dance
and an eye painting ceremony
|Downtown Container Park||Feb 17||11 a.m.||Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade - Starting at
the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street, ending
at entrance of Downtown Container Park
|Crystals at CityCenter||Feb 17||12 noon||Live dragon dance.|
|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|
|Bellagio||Feb. 17||4 p.m.||Main porte cochere
and through the casino
|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
|ARIA||Feb. 18||6:30 p.m.||Main porte cochere/valet
and through the casino
|Suncoast Hotel||Feb. 21||2:45 p.m.||Lion Dance celebration around the casino floor|
|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)|
|Palace Station||TBA||7:15 pm||(lions)|
|Golden Nugget||TBA||5:00 p.m.||(lions/dragons)|
|Gold Coast Hotel||Feb. 22||7:30 p.m. and 9:30 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)|
|Treasure Island||TBA||12:00 p.m.||Through casino floor (lions/dragons)|
|M Resort Spa Casino||TBA||3:00 p.m.||Beginning and ending in the hotel lobby (lions/dragons)|
|The LINQ Theater||TBA||2:00 p.m. - 4pm||DragonFest Benefit Concert|
Good places to eat in Las Vegas on Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with festive menus and specials. Below is a list of some Las Vegas restaurants that will prepare specialty menus and dishes for the Chinese holiday celebration.
|Red 8||Wynn Las Vegas|
|Bacchanal Buffet||Caesars Palace|
|Hakkasan||MGM Grand||(702) 891-7888|
||MGM Grand||(702) 891-1111|
|The Grand Wok
||MGM Grand||(702) 891-1111|
|Fleur by Hubert Keller||Mandalay Bay||702-632-7200|
|Rice & Company||Luxor||Menu||(702) 262-4774|
|Noodle Shop||Mandalay Bay||Menu||702.632.6071|
|China Poblano by Jose Andres||The Cosmopolitan||(702) 690-7900|
|Beijing Noodle No. 9||Caesars Palace||702-731-7267|
|MR CHOW||Caesars Palace||702-731-7888|
|MOzen Bistro||Mandarin Oriental|
|Wing Lei||Wynn Las Vegas||(702)770-3463|
|Ping Pong Pang||Gold Coast Hotel|
|Noodle Exchange||Gold Coast Hotel|
|Fin||The Mirage||(702) 791-7111|
|Studio B Buffet||M Resort|
|Hong Kong Café
||The Palazzo Casino Floor||702-607-2220|
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."
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