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Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in Las Vegas Feb. 8 -14, 2016

By November 19, 2015Uncategorized
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Chinese New Year is recognized as the important Chinese holiday and is known as “Spring Festival” in China, “Tet New Year” in Vietnam and “Seol-lal” in Korea. For the first time, Chinese New Year in the Desert™ will be held in multiple locations over a one-week period.  Participating venues include: The LINQ Promenade, Downtown Container Park, Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas Natural History Museum and The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

The fifth annual Chinese New Year in the Desert™ will celebrate the year of the monkey. Forbes Magazine named Las Vegas as one of the “8 Great Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year” in the United States and Canada. Major sponsors for the 2016 celebration include: Caesars Entertainment, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Golden Catalyst, LLC.

WHEN:     Monday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016


The LINQ Promenade

Dragon Dance and Cultural Performances

Monday, Feb. 8 – Friday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Throughout the one-week festival, guests will be taken on a journey around the world as they experience performances from various Asian entertainers on The LINQ Promenade Stage. Dragon dance performances by Lohan School of Shaolin will be held nightly at 7 p.m.

Marquee Events at The LINQ Promenade will include the following:

CNY in the Desert™ opening ceremonies

Usher in the New Year by participating in the Opening Ceremonies and ribbon cutting. The New Year will be greeted with a live authentic dragon dance, an eye painting ceremony and performers dressed in elaborate costumes.

Wishing Tree

Join thousands of people around the world to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with the hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year!

Live Painting

Guerrilla Kages by District Artz and various International artists from China will be joining efforts to do large-scale live canvas paintings.

International Culinary Competitions

Enjoy live cooking demonstrations and food art carvings by Caesars Entertainment and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas chefs.


In collaboration with FightingUnited, the third annual Dance-4-a-Cause will gather thousands of Zumba®, Hot Hula Fitness, U-Jam Fitness®, and MixxedFit® participants from all over the valley. Live DJ and Entertainment. Participants are asked to bring chapter books (K-12th grade) to benefit Somerset Academy and Spread the Word Nevada.

Mass Wedding Ceremony

Las Vegas closes out the Lunar New Year celebration with a Mass Ceremony on Valentine’s Day!

Downtown Container Park & Las Vegas Natural History Museum

The Wishing Trees and Lunar Lantern Festival

Monday, Feb 8 – Saturday, Feb. 13

Wishing trees, money trees, and “hong bao” trees are a big part of Chinese New Year festivities and the Container Park is the place where you’ll see them all! Also, to commemorate the Lunar Lantern Festival, which officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations, students of Clark County School District and Somerset Academy of Las Vegas will be constructing paper lanterns marked with their “wish” for 2016. The lanterns will be on display at Downtown Container Park and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum during the entire Chinese New Year in the Desert week. Additionally, guests and passersby are invited to stop in at a booth located at the Container Park to build their own complimentary lantern on Saturday, Feb. 13, noon – 5pm. The Lunar Lantern Festival is sponsored by Palm Eastern Mortuary.

Downtown Container Park (707 Fremont St.)

Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade and After Party

Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.(Parade); 12pm – 6p.m. (After Party)

Local businesses, organizations, bands, drill teams, and dance groups will come together to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year by showcasing their talent and creativity with the most extravagant floats in vibrant colors to commemorate the rich history of the most important holiday of the Asian community. Immediately following the Parade will be an After Party at Downtown Container Park, an open-air shopping center filled with boutique retail shops, unique restaurants, live entertainment, an interactive playground featuring The Treehouse and various other free activities brought to you by CNY in the Desert™ Sponsors.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Fashion Show

Shopping Spree

Monday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 14

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Fashion Show Mall will be offering unbeatable deals throughout the holiday week.

VISIT: for additional information and updated schedule.

About The LINQ Promenade & High Roller:

Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ Promenade, an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, the Las Vegas High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Promenade features more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and plays host to a variety of special events, festivals and more. Topping out at 550 feet, the High Roller observation wheel is the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins feature an interactive experience including video and music that fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin accommodates up to 40 people. Cabins are available for individual or group experiences. For more information, visit

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