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2014 Chinese New Year celebrations in Las Vegas

2014 Chinese New Year celebrations in Las Vegas

CREATED Jan 7, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Venetian and the Palazzo may be the perfect place to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Both properties have cleared their displays to make way for new decor for the celebration. The event will kick-off the Year of the Horse will a spectacular dragon dance, with firecrackers and an eye painting ceremony.

The premiere Dragon Dance will take place on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. at the Venetian porte cochere, making its way through the casino to The Waterfall and Atrium Gardens of the Palazzo and beyond.

Some of the art included in this years celebration include 4 8-foot tall horses and a premiere horse which stands 16 foot high. This special art will be on display until Feb. 16.

PANDA! is the featured production for Chinese New Year at both properties. The show includes high-flying acrobats, martial arts and music. PANDA! will perform Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Palazzo Theater. You can buy tickets to the show by clicking here.

Both Venetian and Palazzo will also be celebrating Chinese New year with specials at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Guests can enjoy 15-percent off of their entire purchase at COACH, a free gift from Dior with a $150 purchase, and if you get hungry, 15-percent off your entire bill at Rockhouse.

The M Resort is celebrating the Year of the Horse with a traditional Chinese dragon dancer performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin at 6 p.m. Jan. 31. The dance will include a 30-person assembly with a 63-foot dragon, lion dancers, Buddhas, musicians and festive flags. The Studio B Buffet will also feature favorites like poached chicken with ginger scallions, lion’s head meatballs with baby Bok Choy sweet and sour pork and more beginning Jan. 31.

The Fremont Street Experience is also gearing up for Chinese New Year celebrations.

FSE will host the 3rd annual 'Chinese New Year in the Desert' festival on Feb. 7-9.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will kick-off the opening ceremonies with The Desert Winds, a contemporary ensemble featuring woodwind and brass instruments.

There will also be a live dragon dance by the Las Vegas Lohan School of Shaolin.

"Fremont Street Experience is proud to have hosted the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival since it began two years ago," said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience.

"Now in its third year, the festival has become an important tradition here in Downtown Las Vegas. We invite everyone to join us once again as we continue to honor this important holiday with a three day celebration to usher in the Year of the Horse."

Locals and tourists alike can also enjoy the DragonFest concert series on Fremont Street's 3rd Street Stage.

Acts are as follows:

Friday, Feb. 7
8 p.m. – Kevin Khoa
9 p.m. – Henry Chuc

Saturday, Feb. 8
8 p.m. – The Thai Divas
9 p.m. – Victoria Zhong Wei

Sunday, Feb. 9
6:30 p.m. – Isla Vegas Band
7 p.m. – Gloria Papin
8 p.m. – The Society of Seven

The festival will end on Feb. 9 with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Gass Avenue and 4th Street, the McDonald’s Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will travel up 4th Street through Fremont Street Experience and end at the intersection of 4th Street and Ogden Avenue.

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The Downtown Grand will also be hosting Chinese New Year Festivities in conjunction with the Chinese New year in the Desert Festival. It will serve as an official packet pick up location for participants in the Race to the World Zumba record being held Feb. 8. In addition, the Vietnamese variety act Dragon Fest will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Mob Bar; pianist and Hong Kong native Jenny Cheng will perform 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Art Bar; a DJ will spin tunes from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Downtown Third Stage; a Society of Seven concert will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. Feb. 7 on the Downtown Third Stage; and there will be live entertainment from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 8 at Mob Bar. As a title sponsor of the festival, Downtown Grand will also participate in the International Vendor Village all weekend long.

At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, guests will experience Chinese New Year in a unique and exciting way with distinctive and limited-time cocktails and menu items in addition to hosting a "Dotting of the Eyes" ceremony and street parade. It'll be held at the resort's entrance on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

From Jan. 31 through Feb. 14, China Poblano will feature innovative cocktails and delectable menu items honoring the Chinese New Year.

The George Gee Orchestra featuring vocalist John Dokes is performing Feb. 1 in the Suncoast Showroom. Gee is considered the world's only Chinese-American swing big bandleader and offers a unique cross-cultural appeal. For one special night only, the Suncoast Showroom will feature dance floor space from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees and the event is general admission.

To celebrate the first day of the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Horse, students from The Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars on Friday, Jan. 31 beginning at 10 a.m. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade plus the school’s very special guest, founder and Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman.

FU at the Hard Rock Hotel is offering several Chinese New Year specials including pork shank stewed with preserved bean curd for $28; pan-seared pawns with sweet tomato sauce for $30; wok-fried sea scallops with asparagus for $30; braised Wagyu beef with garlic mashed potato puree for $28; stir-fried lobster for $28; and abalone with mixed mushrooms for $68. Served Jan. 30 through Feb. 13.

Rice & Company at the Luxor is celebrating with a special prix-fixe menu Jan. 31 through Feb. 14 for $49.99 per person. The menu includes pan-fried pot stickers, egg drop soup or mixed greens salad, Kung Pao chicken, Beef & Broccoli or garlic shrimp with vegetables. Dessert is exotic fruit and berries.

The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino will celebrate Chinese New Year with a flourish on Feb. 5, hosting the annual Dragon Dance celebration at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the casino floor.

Guests of all ages are invited to welcome the Year of the Horse by experiencing this authentic cultural celebration, performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin.

The celebration continues into the weekend for guests 21 years of age and older, as the Lucky Money Hot Seat promotion runs from Feb. 7-9, 24 hours a day. The drawing allows over 88 winners per day to select a traditional red envelope containing anything from $25 to $1,000 approximately every 15 minutes. $8,800 will be given away each day.

Chinese New Year is also being recognized at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio Resort. Eight massive stallions occupy a three-tier mountain in a beautiful flower garden filled with tangerines, Chinese lanterns, firecrackers, a gold coin money tree and more.

Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is also a great location to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The restaurant will present a special menu starting Jan. 29. Believed to bring good luck and fortune, the lion dance will be at the epicenter of the restaurant's celebration, being performed spontaneously on the first day, Jan. 31, of the restaurant's Chinese New Year celebration. Lion troupes will make their way through the intimate latticed woodwork cages of Hakkasan, offering symbolic expressions of luck, fortune, wisdom and joy.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore unveiled three 800-pound Tang Dynasty horse sculptures in celebration of Chinese New Year. Two sculptures are located in the Wynn atrium, and one in the garden outside the baccarat room at Encore. The sculptures will be on display through Feb. 14.

The annual Chinese New Year celebration and authentic Asian food gathering in Chinatown will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Entertainment will feature lion dances, Japanese Taiko drums, Chinese folk dances, Chinese martial arts, Polynesian dances, Korean dances, dragon dances and more. More than 100 vendors will participate in the celebration. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 to 12.

ARIA Resort & Casino celebrates Chinese New Year with a traditional Chinese lion dance performed by Yau Kung Moon. The dance will begin at the resort's main porte cochere on Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.