The Chinese New Year Las Vegas 2021 starts on February 12th and runs through February 17th. 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.
Next 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 Ox 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 Ox (a symbol of diligence) are hard working, honest, creative, ambitious, cautious, patient and stable.
2021 is the Year of the Ox or Buffalo. The symbol is the second sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs.
This is your year if you were born in 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021
Chinese New Year Las Vegas Facts
The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle with 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 and traditionally begins on the first day of the month in the Lunar calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.
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 2018 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", in Korea it's "Seol-lal" and in Vietnam it's "Tet New Year".
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
1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Rat represents wisdom and prosperity. People born in the year of the Rat are intelligent, imaginative, witty, sociable, insatiably curious and good at economizing.
1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
The Ox, or Buffalo symbolizes prosperity, self-assurance, inspiration and leadership. People born in the year of the Ox are hard working, honest, creative, dependable and determined.
1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tigers are the symbol of brave. People born in the year of the Tiger are friendly, brave, extremely competitive, love a challenge, charming and endowed with good luck.
Things you should know about Chinese New Year Las Vegas 2021
Chinese New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox or Buffalo, falls on February 12th.
Many of Las Vegas’ well-known traditions will be on-hold this Chinese New Year due to Covid-19
This coming years Chinese New Year in Las Vegas will still be festive because one other major event concedes with the celebrations, namely Valentine's Day.
Expect a few venues to still be closed due to the pandemic. All nightclub venues will be closed and so are buffets and a lot of Vegas shows.
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 radiate hues of gold and red with picture-perfect botanical creations made from flowers, seeds, silks and plants.
On view: January 16, 2021 - March 6, 2021 Free
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours. More Info.
Beginning January 15 throughout The Venetian and The Palazzo, guests will find symbols that celebrate the Year of the Rat. 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 green gardens brightly blooming with red and orange bromeliads, red calandiva, golden yellow chrysanthemums and red and yellow orchids. There are also nine smaller versions of the rat placed throughout the waterfall atrium and the resorts' lobbies in honor of the Lunar New Year.
On view: January 15 – March 4, 2020
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.
Dragon & Lion Dance at The Venetian and Palazzo January 25, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Free
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore welcome guests with sculptures symbolizing the year of the Rat as you enter the property starting Wednesday, Jan. 15. Two eight-foot golden dragons that will spread good luck to visitors outside. Inside the resort the Wynn main atrium will feature spectacular 45-foot long silk dragons hanging above 7,000 vibrant begonias, mums and calandiva flowers and 60 tangerine trees. Lunar New Year decorations also adorn the Wynn and Encore atriums and throughout the resorts to wish celebrators a healthy and prosperous New Year.
On view: Starting Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Celebrate The Year of the Rat at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore with a traditional lion and dragon dance ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, 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 Rat, the main lobby at ARIA Resort 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 with rats surrounding the base of the tree and atop bright floral obelisks inside the Main Lobby. Also on display stands a 9 foot tall Rat that consists of over 44,000 sequins and on both side are two of the ten lions you will find throughout the resort.
Throughout the resort, guests will also find more than 50 spectacular floral arrangements, kumquat citrus trees with lucky money envelopes, a giant Rat at the entrance to the Baccarat Lounge and a special Buddha garden at North Valet. Free
On view: through February 10, 2020
Dragon & Lion Dance at ARIA – Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
To celebrate of the Year of the Rat, 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. The displays will abound with over 4,000 live plants, including 1,400 yellow chrysanthemums, each plant selected for its special meaning in Chinese culture. The resort will be adorned with yellow and red-colored flowers, bamboo for good luck and money trees offering blessings of wealth and good fortune.
On view: From January 15 – February 4, 2020 Free
Dragon & Lion Dance at MGM Grand – Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
Celebrate the 9th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Kick-off the Year of the Rat with 4 days celebrations starting Thursday, January 23, 2020. Below are the schedule of events.
Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24
The Wishing Tree Red Envelope Activation | 2:00, 3:00 & 5:00 p.m.
Lion Dance at The Sky Garden | 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26
Traditional Fan Dancers (Saturday only) | 12 noon
The Wishing Tree Red Envelope Activation | 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Traditional Chinese Drummers | 5:00 p.m.
Lion Dance at The Sky Garden | 6:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian (Las Vegas Strip) Free
Dates: January 23, 2020 – January 26, 2020
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 that includes live Chinese cultural performances, dramatic and energetic lion and dragon dances every Thursday through Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Also enjoy Lucky Lion Dance at The LINQ Hotel + Expereience on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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 Wednesday, Feb. 6 - Saturday, Feb. 9 to mark the start of Chinese New Year festivities. Enjoy the High Roller Lighting and Music Show every half hour starting at 6:30 p.m.
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 or get an adrenaline fueled and electrifying experience on the Fly LINQ Zipline as you are launched from the top of the 114-foot-tall launch tower at The LINQ Hotel + Experience, and travel 1,121 feet above the entire length of The LINQ Promenade. 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 gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, and dragons.
The Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9:30am. As of 2020, the Parade location has changed to Main Street / Arts District (Downtown Las Vegas) and no longer
the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street. The parade begins at Utah Street/Main Street and goes North on Main Street to California Street.Canceled
Don't miss the family-friendly after party celebration in Downtown Las Vegas – The Arts District.
The Spring Festival Parade after party celebration will include lion dances, youth hockey clinic by Vegas Golden Knights, martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, traditional Chinese music performances and folk dances. Children can make lanterns and free t-shirts in the craft area throughout the day. All entertainment is FREE and open to the public.
Downtown Las Vegas – The Arts District
Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Canceled
Celebrate Lunar New Year at Fashion Show with a cultural performance of a lifetime. Walk through the history and beauty of Chinese New Year through dragons, lions, modern & traditional dances, lantern garden & much more!
Jan. 25 - Feb. 8th - Lantern Garden Light Show, everyday at 2 pm, 6 pm & 8 pm
January 26th - Chinese New Year Celebration at 2:00 p.m.
February 1st - East Meets West Runway Show
Location: The Great Hall at the Fashion Show Mall | Canceled
The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas celebrates the Year of the Rat in a glamorous way. Beginning Friday, Jan. 17. on display in the common area will be 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.
On view: starting Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
Witness the largest Yusheng Noodle Toss in the US and watch a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance in the mall common area from acclaimed Martial Arts Studio and America's Got Talent finalists Yau Kung Moon. A traditional blessing by a monk will take place during a private celebration wishing everyone good luck, health and fortune in the new year.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Yusheng Noodle Toss
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lion Dance
1:30 p.m. Blessing Ceremony
Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 26 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 16 through February 26, 2020.Free
To celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rat, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace welcome students from The Meadows School to perform traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 students from The Meadows School – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade.
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.
Event Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Canceled
Celebrate the Year of the Rat at Downtown Summerlin on Saturday, January 25th, at 6pm 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, and gift cards
Event Date: TBA
Location: Park Centre Drive at Downtown Summerlin Canceled
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. Canceled
Celebrate the Year of the Pig 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||$$$||(702) 770-7770|
|Hakkasan Restaurant||MGM Grand||$$$||(702) 891-7888|
|Blossom||ARIA Resort & Casino||$$$$||(702) 590-7111|
|Lemongrass||ARIA Resort & Casino||$$||(702) 590-7111|
|Avenue Café||MGM Grand||$$||(702) 892-3110|
|Morimoto Las Vegas||MGM Grand||$$$||(702) 892-3001|
|Rice and Company||Luxor||$||(702) 262-4774|
|Noodle Shop||Mandalay Bay||$||(702) 632-6071|
|China Poblano by José Andrés||The Cosmopolitan||$$||(702) 698-7900|
|Beijing Noodle No. 9||Caesars Palace||$$||702-731-7110|
|MR CHOW||Caesars Palace||$$$$||702-731-7888|
|Mott32||The Palazzo Resort||$$$||(702) 607-7777|
|Tao Asian Bistro||The Venetian||$$$$||(702) 388-8338|
|Red Plate||Cosmopolitan Las Vegas||$$$$||(702) 698-7000|
|Wing Lei||Wynn Las Vegas||$$$$||(702)770-9966|
|Ping Pong Pang||Gold Coast Hotel||$||702-367-7111|
|Noodle Exchange||Gold Coast Hotel||$$||702-367-7111|
|Ondori Asian Kitchen||The Orleans Hotel||$$||702-365-7111|
|Bacchanal Buffet||Caesars Palace||$$|
|Red Lotus Asian Kitchen||Tropicana Las Vegas||$$|
|Tim Ho Wan||Palms Casino Resort||$$|
|Hong Kong Café||The Palazzo Casino Floor||$$||702-607-2220|
|Studio B Buffet
Sat & Sun 11:30AM - 8:30PM
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."
A continuous visual montage that combines circus acts, acrobatics, synchronized swimming and high diving.
Showing at the Bellagio
LOVE 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