Holidays may be over, but Las Vegas’ giant Chinese lantern light show continues


With its own Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and an Egyptian pyramid-shaped hotel, Las Vegas is no stranger to copycat landmarks. Visitors can also see imitations of Mexico’s Chichen Itza and India’s Taj Mahal during their next visit to the city at the Global Winter Wonderland.

The show is a nod to the tradition of Chinese lanterns, featuring huge light installations, some as tall as 50 feet and as long as 100 feet. It’s meant to re-create a trip around the world, with replicas of tourist attractions such as the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Italy’s leaning Tower of Pisa.


The show opened in mid-December outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and continues through Jan. 20. It’s divided into several lands: North and South Americas as well as Africa, Australia and a winter-themed area. Larger-than-life dragons, an octopus and a penguin also are on display. The designs are illuminated by low-voltage LEDs and fluorescent lights.

In addition, visitors can sample food from various countries, shop for arts and crafts, and take carnival rides. Live entertainment includes nightly performances by kung fu masters the Shaolin Warriors at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Winter Wonderland is open 5-11 p.m. Tickets cost $26 for adults 18 to 60 years old, and $24 for children 6 to 17 years old and seniors.

Parking at the Rio is free.

The lantern festival is produced by the International Culture Exchange Group based in Fremont, Calif.