UPDATE ON JAN. 18: The China Lights lantern festival is opening Jan. 19 at Craig Ranch Regional Park. Here are some of the special events that will be taken place between Jan. 19 and Feb. 25:
In addition to the nightly events, each weekend there will be a new and exciting event.
January 19-21: "Opening Weekend" includes opening ceremony, giveaways, parades, tours.
January 26-28: "Asian Culture Weekend" includes cooking demonstrations, contests, and food specials.
February 2-4: "Chinese Cultural Weekend" includes videos, lectures, and demonstrations.
February 9-11: "Asian Culture Weekend" featuring Asian acts and Asian food.
February 16-22: "Chinese New Year" celebrating the New Year with parades, additional displays, gifts and fireworks.
February 23-25: "Closing Weekend" where we hold our closing ceremony with giveaways and prizes.
UPDATE ON JAN. 5: The Gold Coast hotel-casino is offering guests a sneak peek at the China Lights lantern festival.
A large, purple kylin lantern was unveiled inside the Gold Coast on January 4.
"In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, the kylin is said to bring wealth and treasure, so we thought it would be fitting to showcase this lantern in the Gold Coast Casino," said Huiyuan Liu, an event manager for Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication.
More lanterns will be on display at other Boyd Gaming properties starting next week in anticipation of the upcoming festival.
Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays during the China Lights lantern festival from January 19 through February 25.
The festival takes place in 100 cities across the globe, according to North Las Vegas mayor John Jay Lee. He joined North Las Vegas councilmen Scott Black and Richard Cherchio at Craig Ranch park on Dec. 4 to announce the event.
Representatives from Boyd Gaming, Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., and the Asian Culture Alliance were also guest speakers at the announcement.
Aside from the LED lantern displays, the festival will also have cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and Western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment.