Las Vegas Celebrates Chinese New Year 2013: Year Of The Snake With World-Class Entertainment And Festivities

Unrivaled Cultural Celebrations among Highlights for Ushering in a Year of Luck and Excitement this February in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - This February, Las Vegas resorts will prepare for the Chinese New Year, celebrating Asian culture with stunning showcases of decor, traditional Chinese cuisine and activities to commemorate The Year of the Snake.

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The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio features a prosperous money tree with oversized gold coins hanging from branches. Live music performances will take place on a Chinese junk boat from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 3.

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino and The Palazzo Las Vegas will host a unique Year of the Snake display Jan. 14Feb. 25. Taking center stage will be a 98-foot long animated blue snake and a giant 38-foot cherry tree.

Chinese New Year in the Desert will host a series of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultural celebrations Feb. 8 – 10 throughout the Fremont Street Experience (FSE), a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas, which features Viva Vision.

Traditional dragon and lion dances will kick-off festivities and welcome The Year of the Snake at The Venetian and The Palazzo on Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. A dance troop from Cirque du Soleil's show Ka will parade through MGM Grand on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Firecrackers will light the way as the dragon and lion dance starts on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas. The Bellagio hosts its lion and dragon dance at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. At Gold Coast Hotel and Casino the Lohan School of Shaolin will dance through the casino at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Feb. 13

Relaxation can be found at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas with three exclusive spa treatments available from Jan 23 to Feb. 28. The world's first Nobu Hotel, Nobu Caesars Palace opens just in time for Chinese New Year celebrations with reservations starting Feb. 4.

A number of restaurants will prepare specialty menus and dishes for the holiday celebration including Monte Carlo's Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar, Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay, Rice & Company at Luxor Hotel and Casino, China Poblano by Jose Andres at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, at Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace, MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas, Ping Pong Pang and Noodle Exchange at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, and many more.

To plan your Chinese New Year's trip, visit www.lasvegas.com

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ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With 151,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.

SOURCE: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)

For further information:

Adrienne Prather-Marcos, RR Partners, +1-702-318-4386, Adrienne.prather-marcos@rrpartners.com; Tom Dietz, RR Partners, +1-702-318-4344, Tom.dietz@rrpartners.com

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