Happy New Year!! Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, the dawn of the Year of the Goat (or Sheep or Ram). The date varies from year-to-year, but Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system.
Whatever the date, it's time to celebrate! Chinese New Year is enjoyed with street parades and festivals, dancing, traditional Chinese costumes, fireworks, and so on. And the spirit of these festivities was on display at the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas when I recently visited it. The entire Conservatory was decorated for the celebration, with Chinese New Year themed decorations, colorful flowers, and an exhibit of animatronic goats. It was beautiful and great fun!
If there's a single place I try to get to everytime I come to Las Vegas it's the Bellagio. Even if its rooms are too pricy for many budgets, anyone can visit and enjoy its beauty for free. The Conservatory is always magnificently displayed. After you're done with an exploration of the floral exhibits, head out to the lake in front of the resort and enjoy the beautiful dancing fountains (another of the best free shows in town). The Bellagio has the best Vegas weekend brunch of those that I've tried (obviously not free).
Here are some photos of the amazing Chinese New Year exhibit at the Bellagio: