It’s the year of the Tiger!
The tiger is the third animal in the Chinese Zodiac and are known to be ourageous and energetic. They crave excitement and if you’re anything like them these 10 festive ways of celebrating the new lunar year will be right up your alley. You’ll see festival parades, and amazing displays all over Vegas. So if you were born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, or 2010, this is your time to shine!
1. Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade
The Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade is a beloved tradition that brings the whole community together! You’ll see incredibly extravagant floats, elaborate costumes, and vibrant dragons. The Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade takes place in Downtown Vegas on Saturday, February 5, from 11:00 am through 1:00 pm. The parade will start at Fourth Street and Gass Avenue and make its way to Ogden.
Location: Fourth Street and Gass Avenue
Perhaps the most known way of celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Vegas is by visiting The Bellagio’s annual Botanical garden display. This year you can marvel at their spectacular “Eye of the Tiger” display from January 8 until March 5. The Bellagio’s Botanical Garden is a staple of Las Vegas. Each season, the team transforms the 14,000-square-foot Botanical Garden into a wonderland that showcases the spirit and beauty of each season. The four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, are all uniquely displayed—along with a truly spectacular edition for Lunar New Year! This “Eye of the Tiger” display radiates with its golden and scarlet hues. The exhibit features four epic scenes made up of bountiful flora. There are gorgeous lotus flowers, beautiful silk lanterns, precious gold coins—all in honor of the proud and formidable Tiger. The star of the show is an 8,000-pound bronze Tiger drinking from a pond. There are two gold Fu Dog fountains on both sides of the Tiger and represent protection and safety.
Location: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Venetian and The Palazzo are celebrating the Lunar New Year in a big way. Their display and special celebrations are genuinely spectacular. From January 12 through February 15, guests will to taken aback by the majestic 1500 pound Tiger standing over The Venetian Waterfall Atrium. The 10-foot tall statue is surrounded by IChing coins, representing prosperity, happiness, luck, and good health. Red lanterns beautifully frame the grand tiger. The Grand Canal Shoppes will also host special events and performances. Mott 32 will also have a special menu to celebrate the occasion.
Location:3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Downtown Summerlin does a fantastic job celebrating this beautiful holiday. On February 1, starting at 6 pm, Summerlin will host festive activities like the Dragon and Lion Dance with a Percussion Ensemble, followed by a traditional fan dance. There will also be lucky red envelopes filled with chocolate gold coins and gift cards to be enjoyed! Then, from February 1 until February 15, Summerlin will continue celebrating the “Year of The Tiger” with Lunar New Year’s decorations, including a colossal Chinese dragon!
Location: Park Centre Dr, Summerlin South, NV 89135
From February 1 until the 16th The Fashion Show is switching up its usual decor to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There will be vibrant decorations as well as beautiful dances, a lantern garden, and so much more!
Location: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste. 600, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The main lobby at ARIA Resort is fully decked out to bring in the Lunar New year! As guests walk, they will be swept away by the vibrant decor, such as the 190-foot dragon flying above the lobby. Close by, guests will see the money tree, made of a plethora of golden coins symbolizing good fortune. But don’t think they forgot it is the year of the tiger after all. The ARIA has commissioned an impressive Tiger sculpture made completely of chocolate, standing over 5 feet tall. Guest will find many more statues of deities, incredible floral arrangments, lucky money envelopes throughout the resort!
Location: 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
This year marks the 11th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert! This Lunar New Year celebration takes place from February 3-6 at St. Mark’s Square. The celebration will kick off with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. After which, there will be special performances along with a traditional lion blessing and dance.
Location: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The High Roller at The LINQ is the world’s tallest observation wheel and a quintessential Vegas landmark, and it’s celebrating the Lunar New Year in style! The LINQ Promenade will be transformed to reflect the festivities of the beginning of the year of the Tiger. The iconic High Roller will be lit up in vibrant crimson reds, orange gues, and golden yellows on Tuesday, February 1. There will also be a High Roller Lighting and Music Show every half hour starting at 6:30 pm.
Location: 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Resorts World las Vegas may be the new kid in town, but that isn’t stopping them from celebrating the Lunar New Year in style, baby! Some of their fabulous restaurants like FUHU, Genting Palace, and Allē Lounge on 66 have special menus and drinks to mark the occasion. Before you try your luck at their casino, stop by the money tree blossoming at The District. Then on Saturday, February 5 at 5:30 pm, enjoy the Lion and Dragon dance through the casino floor.
Location: 3000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Forum Shops are known for their exclusive shops and delicious restaurants like The Palms and Sushi Roku. But on your next visit, you’ll see their Lunar New year LED Dragon, located at the Fortuna Terrace. This 22-foot-long, 6-foot wide, and 12-foot-high high illuminated Dragon will be on display to celebrate the year of the tiger. The Dragon may be the fifth animal in the Chinese zodiac, but it represents good luck, strength, health, and the male element Yang in Chinese culture. The display is made up of 30,000 flickering LED lights.
Location: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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