Lunar New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Lunar New Year in Las Vegas is a sight to see with festivities planned both on and off the Strip.
Guests are treated to parade-like lion dances winding through properties along with beautiful, traditional displays of elaborate flowers and décor that symbolize good luck. Restaurants offer special celebratory meals filled with traditional Asian delicacies. Each year is a new celebration, and 2020 is the Year of the Rat.
Check out these notable attractions around town to celebrate!
On Saturday, January 25, Downtown Summerlin® celebrates Lunar New Year with a festive parade at 6 p.m. on Park Centre Drive. Guests will be entertained with an oversized Chinese dragon, a lion dance in partnership with Guan Strong Lion Arts and glorious fan dancers. Red envelopes filled with chocolate gold coins and surprise gift cards will be distributed randomly to patrons and children in attendance, while supplies last. The event is free and open to the public.
According to Halee Harczynski, marketing director, Downtown Summerlin, “This is our third year hosting the Lunar New Year parade. It’s a big draw for our customers and one of the only festivities off-Strip. We look forward to paying homage to the Asian culture during this celebratory time.”
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Rat during Chinese New Year with a vibrant display from January 11 – March 7, 2020. The display includes a breathtaking pavilion made of jade stone. The precious stone symbolizes six virtues in Asian culture: Benevolence, Righteousness, Wisdom, Bravery, Honesty and Cleanliness. The North Garden features a replica of the Golden Lotus Statue of Macau in celebration of their 20th year of independence. On either side of the Golden Lotus Statue of Macau stands Chinese lions representing strength and stability. In the West Garden is the main feature on display representing the Year of the Rat. Flanking the garden are two majestic cherry blossom trees.
The Venetian and The Palazzo always commemorate this prosperous holiday in a big way. The main feature on display at The Venetian and Palazzo’s Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is an installation of a colossal golden rat sculpture. The 2,000-pound golden rodent stands 16 feet tall and is surrounded by tangerine trees, chrysanthemums, orchids, succulents and bromeliads.
Wynn and Encore welcome guests with sculptures symbolizing the Year of the Rat 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 flowers also adorn the Wynn and Encore atriums and throughout the resorts to wish celebrators a healthy and prosperous New Year.