Originating from over 3,500 years ago, Lunar New Year was traditionally a time of prayer and offerings given to gods and ancestors in the hope for good fortune for the upcoming year. It is believed that how one celebrates during this season will determine how their year will turn out. If you’re hoping to enjoy the festive time in Las Vegas, you’re in luck. Here are some of the best Lunar New Year festivities on and off the Las Vegas Strip!
Lunar New Year Specials in Las Vegas
Grand Canal Shoppes
This festive Lunar New Year, the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas offers unique and memorable experiences celebrating The Year of the Rabbit. Guests can marvel at the incredible Golden Dragon art installation, measuring up to 34 feet long. Shoppers can also capture a photo with the impressive traditional Chinese red lantern display located near Smith & Wollensky.
The Grand Canal Shoppes also hosts a series of exciting activities to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit during Lunar New Year. On January 25, guests can participate in a traditional Lion Blessing ceremony at St. Mark’s Square, with folkloric dancers performing on January 27-29 at 4:30 p.m. each day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place on January 26 at noon with additional lion blessing rituals and cultural performances. Grand Canal Shoppes also has a special Lunar New Year-inspired gift with purchases for shoppers spending $450 who show same-day receipts (the special runs through February 5).
Wynn Las Vegas
This Lunar New Year, Wynn Las Vegas celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with a number of special activities. Guests can watch a traditional Lion and Dragon Dance performance on January 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Encore South Valet Entrance. Inside the resort, visitors will be greeted by 100 playful rabbit figurines scattered throughout the Wynn Atrium. Hanging silk dragons adorn the ceiling while numerous citrus trees, symbolizing good luck, are on display to complete the festive Lunar New Year atmosphere. Wing Lei features a specialty “Year of the Rabbit” cocktail made with botanicals, Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black pepper, topped with an edible lucky rabbit decal in homage to Beijing’s White Cloud Monastery.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at China Poblano by Chef José Andrés inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. From January 20 through February 5, guests will be able to indulge in a special seasonal menu specially designed to bring wealth and luck into the lives of those that enjoy them. Enjoy a unique cocktail known as Pears of Prosperity made with Dewar’s White Label Scotch and baijiu, or savor dishes such as Songshu Yu (whole fried fish), Ha Cheung Fun (delicate rice noodle roll with shrimp), Chao Nian Gao (rice cakes) and Lucky 7 (pineapple and pomelo tart). Experience this unique opportunity to feast on authentic Chinese cuisine while ushering in the Year of the Rabbit.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in style with exclusive promotions, events, and offerings. Guests can pick up a special red envelope from guest services between January 26 and the end of February that contains offers and prizes from various stores and restaurants. In addition, TAG Heuer is offering a limited-edition Year of the Rabbit watch, while MCM has their own red envelope promotion. For those looking for something to eat, Water Grill has prepared a special Lunar New Year menu that’s sure to please. To top it all off, the 950-pound steel-framed dragon display features 30,000 LED lights to illuminate Fortuna Terrace near the interior entrance through February. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are truly bringing in the Lunar New Year with unique experiences that you won’t want to miss!
The Cocktail Collective
The Cocktail Collective is the perfect destination to celebrate Lunar New Year and usher in the Year of the Rabbit. With three distinct bars serving exclusive cocktails, each crafted with Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, there is something for everyone’s taste. At The Dorsey, try the Lunar Lantern, an aromatic blend of cognac, Bénédictine and Angostura bitters. Rosina Lounge serves up the Spicy Longevity made to satisfy with notes of spice dram, lime juice and freshly-pressed ginger. And at Electra Club, indulge in a Lucky Red Rabbit--muddled strawberries mixed with a hint of lemon juice and simple syrup plus Rémy Martin VSOP cognac for a festive finish! Don’t miss out on these specialty drinks during Lunar New Year at The Cocktail Collective this January 22 through February 5.
Displays & Events
The massive Year of the Rabbit display at The Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is sure to dazzle visitors this Lunar New Year. This impressive feature stands sixteen feet tall, weighs an incredible 700 pounds, and was meticulously crafted using a steel frame and faux fur to create an inviting design.
The Year of the Rabbit Eye Ceremony and Lion Dance for Lunar New Year is a long-standing tradition that symbolizes luck and prosperity. This year, guests can watch the festivities on January 23 at 3 p.m., where they will be treated to an eye painting ceremony followed by a parade of dancers and drummers winding their way through The Venetian and The Palazzo lobbies and casinos before coming to a close at The Palazzo porte cochere.
To celebrate Lunar New Year, both Mott32 and Hong Kong Café have crafted special menus featuring traditional Chinese delicacies. At Mott32, guests can enjoy a wide selection of exquisitely prepared dishes like lobster and abalone salad, steamed sea bass with chopped red chilis, pan-fried oysters with a honey glaze, and brown sugar sticky rice cakes. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Café’s Year of the Rabbit specials includes sun-dried golden oysters with sea moss, braised sliced abalone with mushrooms, Buddha feast creation and Chef Simon’s signature golden crispy chicken. From the freshest seafood to succulent meat dishes, these two restaurants offer an unforgettable experience to ring in the new year.
Dragon and Lion Dances
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in style with a vibrant and captivating dragon and lion dance performance at four MGM Resorts Las Vegas locations. Yau Kung Moon will take guests on an exciting journey into Chinese martial arts history, as they perform their traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system infused with a modern flair. The stunning show will be presented at Bellagio on Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m., ARIA on Friday, January 27 at 6 p.m., MGM Grand on Saturday, January 28 at 5 p.m. and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m. near the east side resort doors near Starbucks. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness a live performance from some of the most skilled martial artists in the world. Enjoy a truly remarkable experience for Lunar New Year with MGM Resorts.
This Lunar New Year, MGM Resorts is offering exclusive dining specials to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Guests can discover traditional Chinese flavors at ARIA’s Din Tai Fung and Blossom, experience Mexican-Chinese fusion cuisine at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ China Poblano and Red Plate, savor Japanese-style fare at MGM Grand’s Morimoto Las Vegas, Hakkasan Restaurant Las Vegas and Grand Wok Noodle Bar, and indulge in La La Noodle’s authentic noodle dishes at Park MGM.
Dances and Decorations
Lion dances are scheduled to take place throughout all nine of the Caesars Entertainment properties across two days. On January 27, 2023, the festivities start at noon inside The Cromwell, continuing at Flamingo Las Vegas at 1 p.m., LINQ Hotel + Experience at 2 p.m., Harrah’s Las Vegas at 3 p.m. and concluding at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at 5 p.m. On January 28, the dances begin at noon inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, continuing at Paris Las Vegas at 1 p.m., Horseshoe Las Vegas at 2 p.m. (formerly Bally’s Las Vegas) and concluding at Caesars Palace at 5 p.m. Festive decorations can also be found across seven of the properties including lanterns, firecrackers and stunning floral arrangements.
Celebrate in sweet style at Dominique Ansel Las Vegas with January’s Cronut flavor—Mandarin Kumquat & Vanilla. The special flavor celebrates Lunar New Year. This flavor is available through January 31 inside Caesars Palace. The Noodle Bar at Fulton Street Food Hall inside Harrah’s Las Vegas is commemorating Lunar New Year with special dishes, including Oxtail soup, Salt & pepper Shrimp, Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken, Buddha Delight and Sausage Fried Rice.
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets & The Shops at Crystals
The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with special giveaways and entertainment. On January 29, guests can witness a traditional lion dance between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., featuring several vibrant skits to kick off the festivities, while collecting lucky red envelopes filled with exclusive discounts at guest services.
The Shops at Crystals offers special deals for the Year of the Rabbit on Lunar New Year. From unique, limited-edition merchandise to colorful decorations, guests can find everything they need to celebrate in style. Tour the center and pick up exclusive items such as traditional Chinese art pieces, beautiful jewelry pieces inspired by the holiday and festive garments to commemorate the occasion. Plus, don’t forget to take advantage of exclusive discounts across select stores while you’re there.
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Lunar New Year display at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is always a sight to behold and this year’s installation for the Year of the Rabbit is no exception. The most impressive feature in the West Bed is an enormous and beautifully crafted 32-foot medallion honoring the Water Rabbit. Meanwhile, in the North Bed stands a unique Temple of Six Banyan Trees where five floral topiary children, assembled from botanical accents and carnations, frolic playfully around a water feature, symbolizing commerce, celebration, sustainability, enlightenment and joy. While visiting this exquisite installation, visitors can also expect to find lush exotic plants with dynamic decorations such as lanterns and banners to create an atmosphere of cultural splendor. The South Bed of the display features a coterie of live zebra finches that flit and chirp in harmony as visitors pass by. The East Bed is illuminated with soft lunar light from jade rabbit effigy, bringing gentle cheer and contentment to all who view it. All these elements come together to create an unforgettable experience for guests from far and wide.
The Garden Table at Bellagio Las Vegas is offering a special culinary experience for the Lunar New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with two multi-course feasts that will tantalize guests’ taste buds. Eight Treasures Dim Sum Platter Lunch is offered daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and includes decadent delicacies such as Abalone Shui Mai, Traditional Shrimp Har Gau and Barbeque Pork Buns, and more. For those looking for a more hearty meal, the Feast of Prosperity Dinner is available daily at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., featuring opulent items like Fortune Chilean Sea Bass and Joyful Pepper Beef and Longevity Noodles, with dessert and beverages included in the price of $128 per person. Reservations are required and can be made online.
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
For Year of the Rabbit, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod offers a range of delightful food and beverage selections at CHĪ Asian Kitchen. Delight your taste buds with Cantonese lobster served with noodles, ginger, scallions and garlic sauce for just $59 and Shanghai pepper spicy prawns with jalapeños and fried noodles priced at only $32. For those looking for something extra special to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit, be sure to sample the Lunar Moon Shadow cocktail made with Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, yuzu, raspberry marmalade, orange bitters and topped with a rabbit design. To further celebrate this festive occasion on January 22, The STRAT will host a traditional lion dance performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin.