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Chinese New Year Events Light Up Las Vegas In 2018

Last updated: February 6, 2018 at 10:03 am. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Chinese New Year Events Light Up Las Vegas In 2018.

Lions, dragons and … dogs (!) are taking over Las Vegas Strip this February as the city celebrates Chinese New Year and welcomes the Year of the Dog.

Also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, this worldwide celebration marks the turn of the Chinese calendar and is full of fun and cultural activities. In Vegas, you’ll be greeted with citywide celebrations including shows, lion dances, Chinese cultural performances, special light and floral displays, and food and drink specials.

Here’s how to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dog.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year Celebrations is at The LINQ Promenade

The epicenter of Chinese New Year’s celebrations is The LINQ Promenade with events scheduled all weekend long. Photo courtesy of the LINQ Promenade.

The LINQ Promenade Welcomes The Year Of The Dog

The LINQ Promenade features four days of Chinese New Year celebrations from Feb. 16 – 19. Throughout the festivities, The LINQ Promenade will be adorned with Chinese lanterns and decorations. Guests can also enjoy nightly cultural performances on The LINQ Fountain Stage, as well as food and drink specials.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year Celebrations

Events kick off Friday, Feb. 16 with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and continue with live entertainment. The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, will be lit up in red and gold to mark the start of festivities. Events throughout the weekend include:

  • Live cultural performances: Nightly cultural displays by professional dancers from the Beautiful Tianjin Arts Troupe and local Chinese community groups supported by American Culture and Art Association of Nevada. The troupe will be be showcasing their stunning skills which include music, dance and mesmerizing costumes and tricks.
  • Lion dances: Entertaining and acrobatic lion dances will be performed by Lohan School of Shaolin at 6 p.m. nightly.
  • Shows: Enjoy sneak peeks of Caesars Entertainment shows with live music and dance from the X Country Girls, acrobatic performances from “WOW – World of Wonder” and magic from Jeff Civillico and “Masters of Illusion.
  • Prize Drawings: Each day guests can enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced nightly at 8:45 p.m.

Also, don’t miss David Tao in concert at The Colossem at Caesars Palace. Tao’s “Las Vegas I Love You Live!” show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Tickets start at $48.00 plus taxes and fees.

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Las Vegas Chinese New Year Celebrations featuring Lion Dancers

Ring in the Year of the Dog with lion dances and more. Photo by Jennifer Whitehair / Total Vegas Blog

Lion Dances

Lion dances will be held not only at The LINQ Promenade, but throughout Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas resorts. The schedule includes:

Friday, Feb. 16: The Cromwell at 2 p.m.; Flamingo Las Vegas at 3 p.m.; Harrah’s Las Vegas at 3:45 p.m.; The LINQ Hotel & Casino at 5 p.m.; and The LINQ Promenade at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino at 12 p.m.; Paris Las Vegas at 1 p.m.; Bally’s Las Vegas at 2 p.m.; Caesars Palace at 5 p.m.; and The LINQ Promenade at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18: The LINQ Promenade at 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19: The LINQ Promenade at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 28: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at 7 p.m

Get a photo or selfie with the LED Dragon at Caesars Forum Shops - Las Vegas Chinese New Year celebrations

A giant LED dragon greats visitors to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Photo courtesy of The Forum Shops.

Dragon Days at The Forum Shops

Grab your phone and take a selfie with a 950-pound dragon. The giant illuminated beast sits at the entrance of The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. You’ll be awed by stunning dragon made of 30,000 red and amber LED lights. The creature, which sits on its own red carpet, is 22 feet long, 6 feet wide and 12 feet high. A tip from us, bring a selfie stick to get everyone (including the dragon) in the shot.

For the 22nd year at The Forum Shops, students from The Meadows School will be marching in their own Dragon Parade on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. The 100-member team, which features 50 fifth graders and 50 kindergartners, will be joined by school founder and current Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman.

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Pick up a Ghiradelli chocolate tin for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Las Vegas

Chinese New Year chocolates at Ghiradelli. Photo courtesy of Ghiradelli Chocolate.

Chinese Food Specials And Other Deals

There a multitude of food deals going on for Chinese New Year as well. At Caesars Palace, Beijing Noodle No. 9, Tiger Work & Ramen, MR. CHOW and the Bacchanal Buffet will all feature special menus or menu items in honor of the holiday.

Guests attending Chinese New Year events at The LINQ Promenade are also able to partake in multiple restaurant discounts. Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips, ameriCAN beer & cocktails and Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop will all be offering 15% off. Also offering 15% off is VR Adventures, for all visitors who need to satisfy their virtual reality playing appetite.

Other food deals at The LINQ from Feb. 16 – 18 include:

Feb. 16 – 19, guests can use promo code HRWCNY to purchase a daytime ride on the High Roller for $18.88.

Alipay and WeChat Pay will be giving an instant rebate to their customers throughout more than 100 Caesars’ owned outlets. China UnionPay will hold a High Roller ticket giveaway for China UnionPay customers (restrictions, terms & regulations apply).

Finally, guests who book hotel rooms at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas through WeChat Pay will be entered into a drawing to win Lunar New Year themed gifts and more prizes.

Dragon lantern at Chinese Lights festival at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas

A dragon is seen on the opening night of the China Lights lantern festival at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. The festival runs through Feb. 25. Photo by Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau.

Light Up The Night

For the first time in Las Vegas, China Lights cultural festival illuminates the night with more than 50 silk and LED light displays comprised of over 1000 elements. The festival, held at Craig Ranch Regional Park, runs  until Feb. 25. The month-long exhibit also features nightly stage performances, Asian and American food offerings and more than 40 artistic displays made by Chinese artisans.

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