Celebrate Chinese New Year in Las Vegas, the Year of the Snake

Like any other holiday on the Strip, Las Vegas will be celebrating Chinese New Year in a big way - with performances, spectacular displays, culinary feasts, Chinese lion dances and much more at MGM Resorts including Bellagio, Aria, Crystals and MGM Grand.

The Year of the Snake, which begins Feb. 10 is said to be meant for steady progress and attention to detail. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is the most enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of all of the animal signs, so it is no surprise that Las Vegas’ premiere hotels are going all out for this Year’s Chinese New Year.

To commemorate the Year of the Snake, Aria, Crystals, MGM Grand and Bellagio will welcome Yau Kung Moon for the traditional Chinese lion dance. Yau Kung Moon is considered one of the most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations in the world. The group has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 individual World Lion Dance in Malaysia and they are the 10-time undefeated Chinese National Lion Dance Champions.

The following are the dates and times for the lion dances:

  • Aria – Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at the main porte cochere
  • Crystals – Monday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.
  • MGM Grand – Monday, Feb 11 at 7 p.m. at the front desk
  • Bellagio – Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere

Each year the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens puts on a display to celebrate the Chinese New Year and this year the Las Vegas hotel is celebrating the Year of the Snake with an 18-foot-tall money tree decorated with gold coins, a 9-foot blue-and-yellow snake that looks as if it’s ready to strike, a waterfall, a wooden boat with a 38-foot mast in a pond of koi fish among the gardens’ vibrant flowers. There are also figures of six children wearing outfits made from hundreds of colorful carnations and chrysanthemums. The exhibit is on display until March 3.

The Venetian and the Palazzo will also be celebrating Chinese New Year with an art installation featuring a 98-foot-long animatronic snake situated around a 38-foot-tall peach. There are also 28 custom dancing lanterns in the display, which is located in the waterfall atrium that connects the two resorts. A ceremonial dragon dance and eye painting ceremony officially kicks off the Chinese New Year on Saturday with firecrackers, dancers and drummers as it winds it’s way through the Venetian lobby, casino and atrium, ending at the Palazzo waterfall and atrium gardens.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., there will be a traditional Chinese fan dance in the Shoppes at the Palazzo rotunda, with 500 red envelopes filled with gift cards, chocolate coins and other Chinese New Year surprises handed out to guests.
Stay tuned for more Chinese New Year festivities in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV – 02/08/13

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