Celebrate a Roaring Lunar New Year in Las Vegas (2023)

Now that the slew of holiday stress is behind us, we can pick the party back up with Lunar New Year in Las Vegas. This is one late January holiday that doesn’t involve overdoing the charcuterie boards and gift wrap paper cuts. Check out the Strip’s offering spanning the weeks around Chinese New Year.

Stay awhile and explore the hotels after the lion ceremonies by exploring our Las Vegas Strip map.

Hakkasan Restaurant and its Year of the Rabbit Menu at MGM Grand

red dessert for Lunar New Year at Hakkasan
image courtesy of Tao Group Hospitality

This Year of the Rabbit tasting menu is full of decadence and dim sum, to celebrate the coming of the new year and its well-wishes and prosperity. Dishes include:

  • Lo Hei ‘Prosperity Toss’ octopus salad drizzled with yuzu plum sauce and chili garlic vinegar;
  • Cherrywood smoked roasted duck featuring carrot and kumquat chutney;
  • Stir-fried Wagyu beef including nian gao, shimeji mushroom and golden squash;
  • Steamed John Dory fish dressed with brown butter black bean sauce, accompanied by enoki mushroom and okra;
  • The Lucky Rabbit’ petit gateau from black sesame mousse, raspberry compote and crimson-red sumac sorbet;
  • A Remy Martin-inspired signature cocktail to round out the amalgamation of flavors.

Starting at $158 per person, this exclusive dining experience is available from Jan. 19 to Feb. 5. Make Hakkasan Las Vegas reservations in advance.

CHĪ Asian Kitchen at The STRAT

bikes hanging from Strat restaurant ceiling
image courtesy of Anthony Mair

No Asian cuisine is off the table for the Lunar New Year feasts at Chī Asian Kitchen. Check out the Lunar Moon Shadow cocktail to start the party, featuring the best desired flavors underneath a printed rabbit decal riding the foam.

Find the Rabbit Figurines at Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn atrium with red dragon
image courtesy of Bread & Butter

Mariena Mercer Boarini has worked her magic yet again. The offerings available at Wing Lei, an award-winning Las Vegas Chinese restaurant, are dreamy delights to complement the season. The “Year of the Rabbit” cocktail is an intoxicating mix of cubeb berries, black pepper and lemongrass grains topped with a coconut ginger egg white foam to resemble a cloud.

After dinner, walk among the indoor citrus trees to count all of the ceramic rabbits hiding in the grounds.

A Stunning Display at the Conservatory at Bellagio Las Vegas

Rabbit gong in Bellagio
image courtesy of MGM International

Revel in the red and gold of the latest displays in the Bellagio conservatory beds.

For a rare dining treat, The Garden Table is hosting lunch and dinner service in lieu of the holiday inside the conservatory itself. Choose from the Eight Treasures Dim Sum Platter Lunch or the Feast of Prosperity dinner, with dishes created by Noodles restaurant, each with two seating times and several courses to enjoy.

Tuck into Dim Sum Brunch at Resorts World Las Vegas

Genting Palace is coming to play with an opulent display of dim sum, the sharable delights meant for many. Sushi, sashimi, desserts, drinks and other treats like congee and Western carving bars are featured from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the last two weekends of January.

Visit the Shopping Malls on the Strip for their Special Offerings

Lunar New Year falls on a Sunday in 2023. If family-friendly and free shows are in the cards for the day, hop over to the malls and upscale shopping centers inside the Las Vegas Strip hotels to stroll among the spectacles.

Lunar New Year in the Desert at the Grand Canal Shoppes

dragons standing in Grand Canal Shoppes
image courtesy of Allied Global Marketing

A packed weekend of festivities awaits guests at The Venetian Resort and The Palazzo at The Venetian. Starting with the 12th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 26 at 12 p.m., the days following will feature special offers from select retailers, including a luxury gift set for same-day receipt showing of purchases totaling $450 or more.

Gather inside St. Mark’s Square for some Lunar New Year performances, presented from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29 for photo opportunities and a thrilling show. Don’t forget to stop by Smith & Wollensky to gaze at the lantern display.

Special Dances and Prizes at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

red and yellow crystal dragon
image courtesy of Bread & Butter

It will be hard to miss the 22-foot long, 950-pound dragon resting on the Fortuna Terrace inside the Forum Shops. Make sure you have enough time to admire it, by checking time on a brand-new TAG Heurer Year of the Rabbit watch available for purchase in the Shops location.

Gorgeous Displays at The Shops at Crystals at ARIA Resort & Casino

exterior of The Shops at Crystals
image courtesy of Bread & Butter

Follow the lions around the shops to collect treats from the different retailers inside the Shops at Crystals. for scenery, check out the giant Buddha statue adorned with red lantern and carpeted dragon patterns to get into the spirit.

Lion Blessing at Fashion Show Las Vegas

Go for the gold at Fashion Show Las Vegas — the gold coins stuffed into red envelopes, that is. At noon on Sunday Jan. 22, a lion blessing and lantern lighting event will commence for the actual day of Lunar New Year. Afterwards, shop in some of its stores for exclusive deals.

Head to Chinatown and Beyond for Amazing Authentic Cuisine

Looking to get into the heart of the holiday with some incredible local cuisine? Head just a couple of short miles away from the Strip to experience the city’s favorites for all types of food. To dine as the locals do, we recommend:

  • China Mama – China Mama has been making the rounds on TikTok for being a classic, dependable joint for awesome Chinese food. Visit there after stopping into all of the Las Vegas Strip Chinese restaurants, to get all price points and Peking duck platters.
  • 888 – Thousands of positive reviews don’t lie. As one of the best Korean restaurants in Las Vegas, the wait time is regularly over three hours for fresh, delicious hibachi favorites to complement a wide variety of soju flavors.
  • Weera ThaiLas Vegas Thai food is a love affair on a plate. The Strip has a collection of restaurants that serve up the best in Thai cuisine, while downtown contains gems like Weera Thai for comfort classics.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lunar New Year in Las Vegas

When is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Where can I celebrate Chinese New Year on the Las Vegas Strip?

The best places to visit are the hotels on the Strip, which will be holding lion ceremonies, hosting outstanding meals and offering special deals and discounts.

What is the best thing to do on Chinese New Year?

Obvious answer: eat. The best restaurants on the Strip in Las Vegas are featuring special menus and unique experiences that coincide with Lunar New Year and its positivity-fueled traditions.

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