LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas commemorates the Chinese New Year with an array of decadent culinary offerings, breathtaking décor and lively entertainment for visitors throughout January and February. Remembering the significance of the sacred Spring Festival, Las Vegas will extend good fortune and prosperity to all who revel in the destination’s cultural festivities.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) continues to aggressively promote Las Vegas as the premier tourism destination and has increased efforts directed toward the Chinese travel industry to promote the Entertainment and Meetings Capital of the World. Visitation from China has steadily increased over the past several years including a nearly 12 percent jump in 2017, making China the top Asian market for Las Vegas visitation. China recorded the most visitors in history with more than 260,000 guests traveling to Las Vegas in 2017.
Some of the decor seen in Las Vegas this year includes the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens which celebrates the Year of the Pig with a captivating display through the beginning of March. Four happy, golden pigs welcome guests as they enter the Conservatory through a breathtaking pavilion made of jade stone, which signifies wisdom, bravery and honesty. Five pendants crown the top of the rotunda, each individually decorated with a gilded dragon intended to watch over guests on their journey through the Conservatory.
As part of the entertainment, students from the Meadows School helped kick off Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Pig with a dragon parade through the Forum Shops at Caesars. Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 6, 2019.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will hosted a dragon and lion dance, beginning at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance on the first floor of the Boulevard Tower Feb. 7, 2019.
Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the world’s tallest observation wheel, The High Roller at The LINQ,
was illuminated in red and gold to mark the beginning of Chinese New Year, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. The famous Las Vegas skyline landmark will serve as the backdrop to nightly dance performances on the promenade’s fountain stage as well as exciting prize drawings.
Fashion Show will hosted the 8th Annual CNY in the Desert™ Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 11, 2019, ringing in the Year of the Pig with a special ribbon cutting and dinner featuring Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. To commemorate Chinese New Year, guests were treated to a special ticketed VIP event, including lion blessings, traditional dances and a cultural fashion runway show. Following the ceremony, guests also had the option of enjoying a special Lunar New Year family-style dinner and cocktails sponsored by Remy Martin.
Spreading wishes of prosperity throughout the valley, CNY in the Desert™ hosted celebrations in Downtown Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Vegas Golden Knights and now in its seventh year, the parade, featuring gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes and dragons is quickly becoming a Las Vegas tradition that entertains thousands who come to watch. The family-friendly celebration included lion dances, youth hockey clinic by Vegas Golden Knights, martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, traditional Chinese music performances and folk dances.