Chinese New Year at Aria Las Vegas

The Liom Dance at Aria Las Vegas for the Year of the Dragon 2013. Photo Credit: KELLYCREATIVE

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Las Vegas this year. The lunar year of the Horse celebrations can be found throughout all major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Brightly colored lanterns, decorated horses, dim sum delights, festive music and Lion Dances to introduce the Horse are on display throughout the month of January and in some cases into February.

From a local’s perspective, here are the Top 5 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year’s in Las Vegas.

Lion Dances

These are the traditional dances that parade through the streets of many larger cities to introduce the new lunar animal. Dances are planned to welcome in the Year of the Horse at the following spots on the Las Vegas Strip:

  • The Venetian and The Palazzo plans a Dragon Dance on at 3pm January 31. Dancers and drummers dressed in authentic costumes will make their way throughout the properties in a ceremony that will include firecrackers and eye painting.
  • Bellagio Resort will celebrate at 4pm February 1.
  • Aria Las Vegas plans its event at 6:30pm onFebruary 3.
Panda Show at Palazzo Las Vegas

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Family Friendly Las Vegas Show

PANDA! onstage at The Palazzo Las Vegas is family friendly show filled with jaw dropping acrobatics and powerful Kung-Fu demonstrations, produced by the same team that created the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The show follows a ponderous panda as he searches China for his Peacock Princess. Along the way, he meets different tribes of Chinese warriors who train him in the art of Kung Fu in order to save his princess from the villainous vultures. It is the most high-tech production on the Las Vegas Strip.

PANDA! performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at The Palazzo Theater. Tickets are $48-$128.

Jasmine Fountains Brunch at Bellagio Las Vegas

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Traditional Food and Drink

Have traditional Chinese dim sum at Jasmine’s at the Bellagio.This elegantly designed room at the Bellagio sits over the lake providing spectacular views of the water show. During Chinese New Year, Jasmine offers a traditional dim sum brunch from 11am-2:30pm January 30-February 9.

Sip tea at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas beginning January 31.Opt for the Gong Fu Cha Tea Ceremony or the Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, both hosted at the Tea Lounge, located on the 23rd floor of the resort. Gong Fu Cha, literally means making tea with efforts, and is a traditional tea service where Imperial Spring Dragonwell tea is pan-fired to create a toasty aroma with a sweet, rounded flavor.

The Tea Lounge offers a selection of high-grade Chinese Teas in addition to other blends to suit a variety of tastes. Afternoon tea service will be served by staff trained in the art of the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

Daily 2-5pm January 31 through February 3 for $35 per person.

Chinese New Year Spa Treatment

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will offer the Good Luck Ritual or Double Luck, a 2-hour ceremony designed for the romantic couple seeking good karma and long lasting relationships. In homage to the spa theories based in traditional Chinese medicine, the two new spa treatments are inspired to bring positive fortune for the spa-goer in this auspicious year. The treatments will be offered in harmony with the 12-month celebration of the Chinese New Year starting January 31.

Rub the Buddah’s Belly

Don’t forget to rub the Buddah’s belly at Aria for luck, then grab the Aria Express (tram) from The Shops at Crystals to 

At the premier of PANDA! Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken/ Las Vegas TMOM
At the premier of PANDA! Photo Credit: Stefanie Van Aken/ Las Vegas TMOM

Bellagio to visit the Conservatory, which is always highly decorated for the Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hey Fat Choy!