For a city that enjoys celebrating cultural diversity, Chinese (or Lunar) New Year in Las Vegas is a sight to see. Up and down the Strip, you saw stunning showcases of festive decorations, traditional Chinese cuisine and activities that commemorated the 2020 Year of the Rat.
Red and Gold Galore
The annual celebratory dragon display returned once again to The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace. The 22-foot-long dragon was not only a great photo opportunity for visitors, but is also a traditional symbol of power, strength and good luck.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrated the Year of the Rat with a captivating Lunar New Year display designed to bring prosperity and good fortune to the 20,000 visitors who visit daily. You couldn’t miss the two, grand 20-foot gold coin trees that stood om both sides of the garden symbolizing prosperity.
Caesars Entertainment resorts featured elaborate decorations in the lobby and common areas in all nine of their Las Vegas resorts including hanging lanterns, banners, firecrackers and floral arrangements, bringing good luck across Las Vegas.
MGM Grand transformed into a Lunar New Year spectacle with vibrant displays of eye-catching floral décor and playful panda bears surrounding the resort’s iconic lion, that included 1,400 yellow chrysanthemums grown specifically for the resort.
The Shops at Crystals displayed a 25-foot-tall and 55-foot-long custom-designed Golden Dragon adorned with 28,000 LED lights that shone throughout the shopping esplanade.
The Venetian and The Palazzo’s horticulture team consulted a feng shui master to transform the waterfall atrium with an installation of a colossal 18-foot-tall, 2,000-pound golden rodent sculpture. There were also nine smaller versions of the rat placed throughout the waterfall atrium and the resorts’ lobbies.
Wynn Las Vegas welcomed you with two eight-foot golden dragons outside the resort, and inside, the main atrium featured spectacular 45-foot long silk dragons hanging above 7,000 vibrant orange, yellow and red mums, begonias and calandivas. 60 tangerine trees were placed throughout the resort honoring the traditional gifting of this fruit to others as a wish of good fortune.
CNY in the Desert™ hosted Year of the Rat celebrations in Downtown Las Vegas, with the ninth annual Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade, that included gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes and dragons, followed by a parade after-party with martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese music performances and folk dances.
Mystical and dramatic traditional Chinese dragon and/or lion dances symbolizing the spread of good luck and prosperity will take place January 25 and 26 up and down the Strip, including:
- The Venetian and The Palazzo – followed by a selection of cultural dances and a one-of-a-kind lantern light show.
- Fashion Show Las Vegas
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
- Wynn Las Vegas
- Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
- Paris Las Vegas
- Bally’s Las Vegas
- Caesars Palace Las Vegas
- Harrah’s Las Vegas
- The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace
- The LINQ Hotel + Experience
- Flamingo Las Vegas
- The Cromwell
- Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
- MGM Grand Las Vegas
- Park MGM
- ARIA Resort & Casino
- Bellagio Hotel & Casino
- Tropicana Las Vegas
- The Shops at Crystals – also included the country’s largest Yusheng noodle toss
What’s a celebration without food? Special menus were found throughout the destination and included authentic and modern takes on Asian cuisine. Guests indulged at China Poblano by José Andrés or the luxury Cantonese restaurant, Red Plate at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Some tucked in to Chinese New Year Dim Sum Brunch at Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas and Jasmine at Bellagio Resort & Casino, or got a taste of the authentic at Red 8 also at Wynn Las Vegas and Red Lotus Asian Kitchen at Tropicana Las Vegas. Festive dishes at Beijing Noodle No. 9 and MR CHOW inside Caesars Palace, Mott 32 and Hong Kong Café at The Venetian and Tim Ho Wan at Palms Casino Resort delighted your taste buds. A traditional nine-course family-style dinner at Ping Pang Pong restaurant inside of the Gold Coast Hotel was enjoyed by many. You stretched your pallet with Ginger Scallion Lobster Noodles at Lemongrass at ARIA Resort & Casino, Fresh Abalone with Sea Cucumber at Blossom at ARIA Resort & Casino and Japanese Uni Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand.
Las Vegas wishes wealth, good health and good fortune to all. Gong hei fat choy!