Southern Nevada offers multiple ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year, from elaborate flower displays and art displays to lion and dragon dances.
The next year of the dog, however, will light up with a new local celebration: China Lights, a lantern festival kicking off a six-week run on Friday at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas.
The star attraction: Over 40 oversized lanterns with high-tech lighting and animation, including an illuminated dragon 200 feet long and three stories high.
âWe travel with the dragon everywhere,â says event manager Huiyan Liu of Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., which has brought China Lights to cities around the world, from Sydney to Spokane, Washington, the first American festival site.
Las Vegas is an ideal festival site due to its established Chinese New Year tradition and large Asian population, she notes.
And Craig Ranch Regional Park is an ideal setting because of its expanse. With trails stretching for about three-quarters of a mile, “around every corner there’s a surprise,” Liu adds.
Beyond the lights themselves, China Lights includes performances – from acrobats to a quick-change mask artist – as well as Asian cuisine and artisans demonstrating Chinese craftsmanship. For more details, visit chinalightslv.com.
â What: China Lights Lantern Festival
â WhenTuesday-Sunday, 19 Jan-Feb: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 25
â Or: Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 Craig Road, North Las Vegas
â Tickets: $ 12 – $ 20 (supplement of $ 10 on February 16 for Chinese New Year), VIP pass $ 30, season pass $ 50 (chinalightslv.com)