The Year of the Rooster is here, and Las Vegas is celebrating the Chinese New Year in style.
At the Forum Shops at Caesars, find an illuminated Chinese dragon display, a traditional symbol of power, strength and good luck. The 22-foot long, 6-foot wide and 12-foot high dragon weights 950-pounds and is covered in 30,000 red and amber LED lights, many of which flicker, offering a perfect photo opp.
Over at the Venetian and Palazzo, a traditional lion dance and eye ceremony welcomed the Chinese New Year, parading through the property on Saturday. The resort’s floral and horticulture department created a massive Chinese New Year installation in the Waterfall Atrium and Gardens, complete with 15-foot tall, 3,500-pound fire rooster crafted of steel and resin. The hand-painted rooster is covered with approximately 68,000 crystals. It’s surrounded by eight smaller roosters throughout the resort, each hand-carved and painted by a team of six artists.
At the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas holds its annual dotting of the eyes ceremony at the Boulevard Pool at 3 p.m. on Monday. Performers will awaken lions by dotting their eyes with red paint. A parade of lions and dancers will march from the Pool District throughout the casino floor.
Caesars Entertainment offers up a plate of mandarin oranges for every guest at Mr Chow at Caesars Palace. On Monday, a lion dance takes place a The Linq Promenade at 6 p.m., while Harrah’s celebrates on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. and the Rio celebrates that same day at 7 p.m.