Las Vegas is one of the entertainment capitals of the world. However, entertainment here, especially on the Las Vegas Strip, can be pricey. Here are some FREE things to do for fun in Las Vegas.
Happy New Year! After home-made matzoh ball soup, the best thing about being Jewish is being able to celebrate THREE New Years: the calendar new year, the Jewish new year and Chinese new year.
The Chinese new year always starts on on the first day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year that day is Saturday January 25.
It’s the year of the rat. (Appropriate!) Rat years are know for their vivacious energy. They are years when ambition counts.
Most of the Strip casinos have a lion dance through the slot machines. But three of the city’s kewl shopping districts have Chinese New Year celebrations which I find more interesting. ALL are FREE.
The District at Green Valley Ranch Station Casino
The festivities are on Saturday. Head to the courtyard off Main Street to watch the traditional lion dance. There will be K-Pop dances too.
I will be waiting for the martial arts exhibition. And you can take a selfie with the giant Chinese gong.
The celebration goes from 1 to 3.
The lunar new year event will be held next Saturday, the 25th, at 6 pm.
There will be a dragon and line dance, performed by Guan Strong Lion Arts Association. There will also be traditional fan dancers.
Here the performers will be passing out lucky red envelopes. Some of them have gift cards to the Downtown Summerlin stores. Talk about FREE!
The parade will prance down Park Centre Drive.
Fashion Show Mall
The Strip mall shindig is from 2-4 on Sunday, January 26 in the Great Hall.
In addition to the requisite lion dancers, the Fashion Show Mall has put together a lantern garden light show. The show starts on January 25 and goes through February 8. The show lights up at 2, 6 and 8 pm.
And since the mall is known for its fashion shows, it’s staging an East Meets West runway show on February 1. The show has three sets: 11:30 am, 1:30 and 3:30 pm.
China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan $
If you want to spend money, head to China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan. Chef Jose Andres’s restaurant is featuring a Festival menu through February 2. Try the Dragon’s Pearl, scallop and pork dumplings wrapped in Kaikon in mushroom broth, or the Royal Treasure, soft-shell crab, Mexican blue shrimp, salted egg yolk and pea shoots.
GRRR, you do have to pay for parking there….
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)), BETH Ellyn
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