Forget the Rose Parade.
One of the best flower-filled free attractions in Las Vegas just got decked out for the Chinese New Year. The Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens shakes off the winter decor of the holidays to make way for the Year of the Goat.
The artists here spend more than a year coming up with the design for this display that contains 22,000 flowers in red and gold, and 660 trees and shrubs.
Over there, a 14-foot grassy mountain, home to five animated goats. Yes, they look around.
Below, an Asian home with jade doorknobs. Down the mountain flows a waterfall with citrus trees, bromeliads and cyclamen surrounding the pond.
I-Ching coins line a fence cordoning off a pair of pots with incense diffusers.
Turn to the east to see a 12-foot-tall lantern above a pond filled with 21,000 gallons of water, live koi fish and four bonsai trees. Look around and see illuminated lanterns surrounding the garden cast a red glow on the yellow chrysanthemums and red bromeliads.
Catch a glimpse of the three dancing Chinese children wearing clothes made with 1,000 hand-cut flowers each.
Get there from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a live performance of the Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio, performing traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments.
All is meant to bring you good fortune in the new year.
But hurry. While the Chinese New Year is Feb. 19, these flowers only stick around until March 15.
Don’t want to go there? You can watch it on a webcam instead.
Info: Bellagio Las Vegas